Meet the Publishers: Cedar Fort Celebrates Fastest-Growing Ranking with Pancake Breakfast!

Do you ever have a day when you just need to celebrate? We did.

On March 9, 2015, Publisher’s Weekly ran an article on the fastest-growing publishers in the country, and Cedar Fort made it into the top 10!

We were so thrilled! After lots of growth in the past few years and many growing pains along the way, it was fantastic to have our efforts recognized by the industry at large.

We knew it was time to celebrate, so that morning we had a big pancake breakfast for everyone in the company.Lyle

But not just any pancakes. We wanted to make them extra awesome by incorporating recipes from Karly Campbell’s recently published Stack Happy—an entire cookbook stuffed with delicious pancake and topping recipes.

So, in keeping with our signature Cedar Fort style of collaboration and cooperation, we each brought a topping or side to share.

With tables of bacon, eggs, potato pancakes, browned butter drizzle, cinnamon streusel, and more awaiting us, we said a quick prayer and dug in! We spent the next hour eating and talking.

Bacon-and-eggsThe food was delicious. Lauren Error, the graphic designer who worked on Stack Happy said, “It felt good to see the very first book I worked on come to life—or come to the table.”

As we ate, we asked each other a series of questions like, “If you could remove any one person’s vocal chords for a year, who would you choose?” and “Which person from the past are you most looking forward to meeting after you die?” As you can imagine, the answers were both funny and illuminating. Here at Cedar Fort, many of us are divided into specific genre groups and don’t work much with those outside our team. We wanted to give everyone a chance to spend time with each other.

KellyEmily Chambers said, “It was fun to get to know my coworkers in a relaxed, unusual way—a way I don’t normally get to interact with them. My favorite part was everyone’s answer to the question, ‘If you could suddenly discover that one fictional book was actually real, which book would you want it to be?’ Most everyone answered something like Harry Potter, but one person said Jurassic Park and I thought that was both awesome and terrifying.”

Lauren said, “I enjoyed getting to know people I don’t normally talk to and having conversations about topics that wouldn’t normally come up.”

BryceEven though we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we loved taking the time to recognize our success and realize how far we’ve come as a company. Zane Phillips, who works in our warehouse, said, “It’s encouraging. [Before the breakfast] I didn’t know we were one of the fastest-growing publishers.” This news gives each of us extra motivation to produce and deliver the best possible products to our customers.

As Lyle Mortimer, our CEO, put it, “[With this article], we’re invited to the big dance.” We have a real opportunity to have a voice in publishing. We can make a difference and spread positive, inspiring messages in a time when they’re sorely needed.questions

We invite you to celebrate this achievement with us as part of our Cedar Fort family, and we’d especially like to thank all of our authors, illustrators, and friends who helped us to reach this point.

To read the full text of the Publisher’s Weekly article, click here.

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For more information about the pancakes and toppings we enjoyed, check out Stack Happy by Karly Campbell, available now for purchase on our Books & Things website. Click here!

We’d love to hear your answers to some of the questions we asked at our breakfast. Just leave us a comment below!

  1. If you could remove one person’s vocal chords for one year, who would you choose?
  2. Which person from the past are you most looking forward to meeting after you die?
  3. If you could suddenly discover that one fictional book was actually real, which book would you want it to be?
  4. If you could live in a hotel in any city in the world for one year, which city would you pick?

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day?

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day?

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day? Here are three Cedar Fort titles that he’s sure to love:

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1) “Daddy’s Diary” by author J. Kevin Morris. Check out this endorsement from the San Francisco Book Review:

 

“This book was an excellent read, filled with whimsical and humorous accounts of one man’s journey through life as a father of three who spent much of his time as the caregiver for the children while his wife and the children’s loving mom did what she did best, excel in working… This meant Dad was left to do everything that moms usually excel at, drawing upon minimal experience to get through his days while keeping the kids alive for at least another day.

 

J. Kevin Morris paints a candid story, and one we can relate to our own family, as we have three daughters ranging from nine to nineteen. Over the years, I’ve seen the hairdos, the outfits, and the meals my husband has managed to wholeheartedly attempt his best at. Somehow they have all survived at the hands of Dad and with as much humor as Morris’s own experiences.

 

While a quick read, Morris is able to paint a thoroughly enjoyable read reminding us that kids are quite pliable creatures and can survive all of the horrors of parenting right alongside us, creating some of the most memorable moments to be shared for a lifetime. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, gift, or good spirited laugh, then this book is the right choice for sure!”

 

2) “Marriage 101 For Men: Why Taking Out the Trash is a Turn-On” by Sherri Mills.

 

Get out of the doghouse and back into the bedroom by adopting one simple phrase—Help isn’t helpful. Whether you’ve been married for three months or thirty years, failing to “help around the house” remains a major cause of discord. Following this book’s principles, a husband learns to decrease disputes and increase intimacy by owning his share of household work, not helping his wife do it all.

 

3) “Dad Rules” by Treion Muller.

 

Kids don’t come with a manual and so far there’s no app for fatherhood, but that doesn’t mean you should parent empty-handed. No matter what fathering challenges you face, you can find the answer in here—along with a healthy dose of humor. Whether you’re a dad to tots or teens, these simple but effective dad rules are guaranteed to get the job done right.

 

 

You can find all these books and more online at www.booksandthings.com

 

 

 

Pentagon Caving to Demands of Anti-Christian Crusaders

Following a highly publicized meeting with the Pentagon in April and a flurry of activity that followed it appears the influence of Type of Christiananti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is being felt in very real ways among American servicemen. Late last month the MRFF issued a formal complaint about a painting hanging in the dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base that features a medieval crusader and airman with a biblical reference from Matthew 5:9 which reads “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Following the MRFF complaint, along with the alleged complaints of over 20 military personnel at the facility, the painting was removed in compliance with Weinstein’s demands who gave the Pentagon one hour to remove the painting. The MMFF called the painting “repugnant” and an “overt display of Christian nationalism.”

The overt targeting of Christian materials and those who openly express Christian beliefs is an ongoing mission of the MMFF and Weinstein who in April commented “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior… It is a version of being spiritually raped.” Although individuals such as Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council have come forward in defense of the military’s existing regulations against harmful evangelization, the Pentagon has continued to give ear to Weinstein’s aggressive demands creating an increasingly toxic and risky environment for Christian service men and women in the American armed services.   

While it’s noble and necessary for influencers and leaders to come forth in defense of Christian values in the military, it’s even more important that the rank and file Christians in the armed forces come forth to defend their faith and religious expression” says Eric Shuster, author of the book Where are the Christians: the Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion. Shuster continues “If the 20 military personnel who opposed the painting were met with 200 who supported the painting what would the Pentagon had done then? Until Christians set aside denominational differences and learn to unite along common values to consolidate its societal influence and not only stand up to bullies like Weinstein, but persecution from the IRS and other governmental institutions, it stands the risk of becoming publicly irrelevant in the not-so-distant future.”

About the Book:

Where are the Christians? uses the classic format of who, what, where and how to explore Christianity and the dynamics that unite and divide the religion into what Shuster refers to as “the unrealized potential it suffers from today.” The book examines hundreds of Biblical and scholarly sources, analyzing data from a multitude of studies leading to unique perspectives and solutions to the challenges facing Christianity in the modern era.

About the Author:

Eric Shuster has dedicated his writing career to building bridges of understanding between Christians. He is the executive director of Where Christians Companion Workbook 2x3the Foundation for Christian Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of Christianity in support of essential Christian values and compassionate service across the globe. With his professional research background, directorship at the Foundation for Christian Studies, and his unique life experiences, Eric is able to delve into complex spiritual subject matter and make it understandable and enjoyable to the everyday reader.

A Mother’s Day Story

A Mother’s Day Story

The following story is from Sherri Mills;Sherri Mills Daily Dish

The best Mother’s day I can remember was a long time ago when my children were small. Every time it was Mother’s Day the kids would save their pennies way ahead of time so they could buy something real nice. I couldn’t see them always spending their hard earned money on me so I mentioned before the next Mother’s day that I would like them to give me a gift of chores they could do.

Every now and then I would see them collaborating together over what seemed like a very important subject. This was weeks before my day was to be here, and I had forgotten about the small hint I had given them, so I was just enjoying the closeness of three siblings who, quite often were at odds with each other. As time went on I had somewhat of an idea what was up, so I would make myself scarce in order to let them have their little meetings in private.

Mother’s Day; very early in the morning I got a call from my husband, who was out of town on business. He had forgotten about the time change and the call awakened me out of a sound sleep; 5 AM my time. After I got off of the phone, I could hear rustling at the foot of my bed. I was stilMarriage 101 For Men 2x3l in shock by the telephone and all three kids popped up and screamed, “Happy Mother’s Day!” I jerked around and looked at the clock, to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. My children never got up early in the morning. I Almost Divorced My Husband_2x3

They were all so excited. My bedroom felt like it was Christmas and Santa’s little elves were at my beck and call. They all talked at once. “Here is my list of chores I am going to do for you.” “I made you breakfast.” “Here’s my list.” I was in perpetual shock. Then I smelled something burning in the kitchen. Nicole ran out to save the day. She opened the door to let the smoke out, and then within a few minutes all three of them brought me breakfast in bed.

On the menu was a sloshy half raw, half burnt egg, completely black toast and a very warm glass of milk. The milk had been poured early on.. To this day it was the best breakfast I have ever eaten. As the kids fell asleep one by one I went out to the kitchen, which was in shambles. This was the only time I loved cleaning the kitchen.

The happiest Mother’s Day ever.

Sherri Mills is the author of “Marriage 101 For Men: Why Taking Out The Trash is a Turn-On,” and “I Almost Divorced My Husband, But I Went On Strike Instead.”