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Bestselling Author Philip Yancey Signs Contract with Zondervan for Next Major Book Release.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestselling author Philip Yancey has signed a contract for his next major book release with his long- term publishing partner, Zondervan.

Yancey, author of bestselling titles such as What's So Amazing about Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, will explore the topic of prayer in his new book slated to release in fall 2006. This book will mark the 18th Yancey title Zondervan has published during their nearly 30-year partnership.

"Philip Yancey is a gifted writer and clearly one of Zondervan's bestselling and best-read authors," said Scott Bolinder, executive vice president and publisher of Zondervan. "I'm confident that loyal Yancey readers and new ones alike will fall in love with this new book in which Philip will tackle the weighty and sometimes puzzling topic of prayer. We are extremely excited that he will continue to be a key author in our publishing family."

Yancey's books have sold more than 14 million copies since he was first published in 1977. His books have been translated into 25 languages and have been distributed worldwide. Many of his books have won prestigious awards from organizations such as Christianity Today and the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association (ECPA) including ECPA's Kip Jordon Book of the Year award and 12 ECPA Gold Medallions.

"I'm very pleased to extend my publishing partnership with Zondervan and to continue to do work that I love," said Yancey. "Zondervan has been an extremely supportive partner over the years and I have no doubt that our relationship will continue to flourish into the future."

A former journalist and writer by vocation, Yancey spent many of his adult years in Chicago, writing for a wide variety of magazines, including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife and Christianity Today. He's interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller and U2's Bono. He continues to serve as an editor-at-large for Christianity Today and co-chairs the editorial board of Books and Culture, a publication of Christianity Today. He earned graduate degrees in communication and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago.

Over the past three decades, Yancey has written more than 20 books, including Rumors of Another World, Reaching for the Invisible God, Where Is God When It Hurts?, Disappointment with God, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image.

About Zondervan

Zondervan is the leading Christian communications company in the world. Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, produces Bibles, books, new media products, gift products from its Inspirio group and children's products from its Zonderkidz group. The world's leading Bible publisher, Zondervan holds exclusive North American publishing rights to the New International Version of the Bible, the bestselling modern English translation in the world. More than 215 million copies of the NIV have been sold or distributed worldwide. Visit Zondervan on the Web at http://www.zondervan.com/ .

CONTACT: Vicki Cessna of Zondervan, +1-616-698-3214, vicki.cessna@zondervan.com

Web site: http://www.zondervan.com/
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