I Just Signed with New Growth Press for a Book Releasing Next Year

In this nonfiction work, Ted Turnau, myself, and Jared Moore will explore gospel-centered parenting and popular culture for God’s glory.
on May 11, 2019

This week, I signed a contract for my first book.

This work of nonfiction will release next year, 2020, from New Growth Press.

Our title is technically pending. Yet I can say that the book explores this question:

How can gospel-centered Christians raise their children to engage popular culture, to glorify God, serve in the church, and connect with our neighbors?

I’m joined by two coauthors, Ted Turnau and Jared Moore.

Ted Turnau wrote the book Popologetics and teaches in the Czech Republic.

Jared Moore pastors a church and cohosts the Pop Culture Coram Deo podcast.

Indeed, we look forward to sharing this book with Christian parents and leaders, to help equip families and churches.

Many great articles, books, and podcasts already help Christians explore popular culture. Yet this may be the first book of its kind to help Christian grown-ups engage popular culture with their children, finding a popular cultural work’s common graces and idols. Best of all, we explore how to know and teach how Jesus alone perfectly fulfills the good “promises” that no story could ever fulfill.1

From my new publisher’s website:

New Growth Press (NGP) is a growing Christian publisher, producing a wide variety of gospel-centered resources for individuals, families, and churches. NGP publishes books, minibooks, small group, and Gospel Story for Kids resources that provide churches, families, and individuals with gospel-driven publications for all ages.2

Please pray, and watch for more updates as we move into this publication journey.

E. Stephen Burnett, book signing

  1. I model the book’s approach to cultural engagement, in part, in my May 10 article at Christ and Pop Culture: Avengers: Endgame Helps Us Behold an Epically Joyous Fantasy Apocalypse.
  2. Last month at Teach Them Diligently in Waco, my wife, Lacy, and I found an amazing book called The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New. We already wanted this book. Then we saw the publisher’s name: New Growth Press.
E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of Lorehaven.com and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.
  1. Congratulations 🙂

  2. This is exciting. Did you get your car fixed yet?

    • Alas, that car likely can’t be fixed. Instead, we’ll purchase a new car. Feels a bit strange, getting a book contract and then going out the same week to buy a new car! That’s solely the Lord’s timing of events, and correlation does not imply causation.

  3. Scott Minor says:

    Congratulations, Stephen. That is great news!

  4. Miriam E says:

    Very excited for this! As someone who has been reading your writing on Spec Faith and beyond since at least 2011, who admires the way you approach topics of Pop Culture and faith, and who respects your loving approach to your detractors, I cannot wait to see your writing in a book. All the best for this new project!

    • Thank you so much, Miriam! Alas that I only found your comment twenty-three days later. Just this afternoon I learned of our (on-paper) release date for the book, and I had to laugh. After all, this particular date should be of unique delight to Christian fantasy fans . . .

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