know that nearly 1 in 2 people live with chronic illness
in the USA and 96% of it is invisible?
Do you publish
books on topics such as illness, suffering, encouragement,
helping a hurting friend, care-giving or cancer?
Publishers, a branch of Rest
Ministries, the largest Christian organization in
the U.S. specifically reaching out to the chronically
ill with spiritual and emotional support at www.RestMinistries.org
currently compiling our Top 100 Christian Books for People
Who Live with Chronic Illness and Those Who Care. Rest
Ministries is also the founder/sponsor of National
Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, held annually
title published in 2007, will be presented with the
an special award; it will be recognized as a book that
exemplifies meeting the spiritual, practical and/or
emotional needs of someone who lives with a chronic
of this book will be featured in HopeKeepers
Magazine, interviewed on Hope Endures podcast, and
have their book given free ad space on the Rest Ministries
web site for 90 days (with about 80,000 visitors per month).
100 list exists to help bookstore owners, publishers and
the chronically ill and those caring about them in the
bookstore owners with a comprehensive listing of resources
they can confidently refer their clients who have an
illness or serve someone with a chronic illness.
bookstore owners to increase sales and meet client's
needs by pulling books on the list off of shelves and
creating a display acknowledging National Invisible
Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 18, 2008. [Note:
Books on chronic illness are often spread all over the
store, falling into a wide variety of classifications
such as health, grief, suffering, church resources,
and even death and dying.]
publishers an outlet to advocate and promote their books
that minister to people with chronic illness. Nearly
half the U.S. population (133 million) lives with chronic
conditions and 50 million are caregivers. This "niche
market" is overwhelmingly large, but with 96% of
illnesses being invisible, there is a misconception
that health reigns.
a list of quality Christian books to those living with
illness and their loved ones, that address their spiritual
and practical needs and concerns; books rarely publicized
and sometimes hard to even locate.
churches with a list of exceptional materials for illness/health
ministries, care-giving, and pastoral care.
of the review committee will take into consideration editorial
excellence, professional production, originality, author
credentials relative to the book, and the value the book
provides for the reader.
you to look at your publishing company's titles and decide
on the books appropriate for consideration. The topics
of books considered are as follows:
· Bible Studies
· Disability/illness/health ministry
· Health-related (but we are very selective)
· Help a Friend
· Mental Illness
note that Rest Ministries has a viewpoint on healing that
can be read here. We do not promote books that claim a
specific formula, whether it be a diet or prayer, makes
a healing inevitable.
For an example
of the 2007 Top 100 books selected click
for submissions must be made electronically here.
copies can be sent to us at REST PUBLISHERS, Attn: Review
Committee for Top 100, PO Box 502928, San Diego, CA
may have been published during any year, but the more
recent the publishing date, the better the chances of
it being selected. The content should not be out-dated.
published by any publisher, author, self-publisher,
or simply printed are eligible.
that are only in electronic or audio format are ineligible.
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008
OF SELECTED TITLES__________________________
plans of the Top 100 list include, but are not limited
promotion at RestMinistries.org,
including author podcast interviews on Hope Endures,
excerpts, article interviews with authors and more.
- An ad
Magazine which mentions the list and where to
find it online. Individual ad spaces are available for
this glossy, quarterly, 64-page digest size magazine,
published by Rest Ministries.
of the list at the 2008 International Christian Retail
Show. Rest Publishers will be represented by founder,
Lisa Copen, as part of the Christian Small Publishers
for authors are available for participation in National
Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week as
guest speakers for telephone seminars, paid sponsorships,
order inserts, guest blogging and more.
releases will be sent out via SBWire and Christian News
mailing about the Top 100 list to all bookstore owners
pre-registered for ICRS
posting of all the list of all books
to all of the books on Rest Ministries web site and
the web site of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness
Week at Amazon.com
labels will be available for a small fee that can be
attached to the book
graphic will be available for internet usage.
you will take this opportunity to help promote not only
the books you may publish that many are familiar with,
but especially those gems that may not be given a publicity
budget or be as highly recognized as well-known authors.
this to anyone who may be interested, including individual
authors if they would like to nominate their own book.
Anyone can nominate book--publishers, authors, publicists,
or even readers. However a copy of the book must be sent
to the review committee.
forward to your response and are happy to answer any questions.
nominate the book(s) click here!
Director, Rest Ministries
Rest Ministries Publishers