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(Grand Rapids, MI, June 2, 2011)  Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has signed Chris Seay, author and pastor of Ecclesia Houston, for a new book and DVD project titled A Place at the Table (Book ISBN: 978-0-8010-1451-2, $13.99; DVD ISBN: 978-0-8010-1452-9, $19.99), set to release in January 2012. The author is represented by the literary agency of Fedd & Company, Inc.

Following the pattern of his successful Advent Conspiracy, Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus. He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways.

A Place at the Table will include a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process. The six-session DVD, sold separately and shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Ecuador, and Haiti, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace. The project will also benefit from high visibility and support through a partnership with Compassion International and Living Water International.

“We are honored and excited,” said Chad Allen, editorial director of Baker Books, “to partner with Chris as well as Compassion International and Living Water. We expect this partnership to have a significant impact on both readers and the people with whom readers will identify as a result of these resources.”

In addition to the book and DVD, e-book, and enhanced e-book with additional videos will also be available.

Chris Seay is a church planter, author, pastor of Ecclesia Houston and the author or coauthor of several books, including Advent Conspiracy, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and The Gospel According to Jesus. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including CNN and ABC News. His work has been reviewed in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and Publishers Weekly. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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