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Tyndale, Zondervan to publish Platt, Gibbs Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 02 April 2012 10:42 AM America/New_York

Tyndale House Publishers has signed Radical author David Platt to a two-book deal, while Zondervan will publish three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Joe Gibbs’ study Bible and devotional.

Platt—author of the New York Times best-seller, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream (Multnomah Books), which has more than 1 million units in print in just 15 months and has spent more than 65 consecutive weeks on the Times’ list—will offer Follow Me, slated for release Feb. 5, 2013. A related DVD curriculum will also be released for churches and small group use.

In Radical, Platt challenged readers to take a look at their lives and to forsake everything for the gospel. In Follow Me, he explores what it really looks like to be a true disciple of Jesus.

Lisa Jackson, associate publisher at Tyndale, said that the company was “extremely honored” to partner with Platt and that he “has an incredibly important message for the church today, a message that will challenge everything you thought you knew about being a Christian in this world.”

In recent months, Platt has joined forces with Crazy Love author Francis Chan to create and distribute discipleship resources. Chan will provide an extended introduction in Platt’s Follow Me. 

Zondervan will publish Gibbs’ Game Plan for Life Bible and the Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks Devotional, both scheduled for release in August.

Written for the “average Joe,” the notes in the Bible aim to guide readers to create a God-honoring game plan for their lives. Featuring the New International Version, the new edition will include devotions and biblical book introductions from Gibbs, as well as contributions from experts on finances, relationships and other topics of interest to men.

Noting Gibb’s success as an NFL coach and team owner who won three NASCAR championships, Chip Brown, senior vice president and publisher, said that Zondervan “wanted to publish his ‘playbook’ so everyday people could learn how to win in life from this consummate pro, and it turns out coach Gibbs’ playbook is the Bible.”

Tyndale released Gibbs’ Game Plan for Life in hardcover in 2009 and in softcover in early 2011.