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Bethany House signs book deal with author Ashlee Gadd

Bloomington, Minn. (June 15, 2021)Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is pleased to announce the signing of a new contract with Ashlee Gadd, author of The Magic of Motherhood

Gadd’s new book will help mothers joyfully pursue creativity in the margins of motherhood. It’s an uplifting reminder that art and motherhood can—and should!—coexist.

“We can mother and create,” Gadd says. “These roles are not in competition with one another, but actually complement each other. Pursuing both simply requires a little bit of … well, creativity.”

The book is scheduled to release in Spring 2023, in time for Mother’s Day. With a beautiful, giftable format, the book will feature photos, journaling prompts, creative exercises, as well as Gadd’s thoughtful writing.

“We are delighted to partner with Ashlee and showcase not only her wisdom but her creativity,” said Jennifer Dukes Lee, nonfiction acquisitions editor at Bethany. “So many moms are wanting to create, but can’t figure out how to fit creative pursuits into their busy lifestyles. As a creative myself, this is the book I wish I’d had ten years ago. Now, it’s our pleasure at Bethany to partner with Ashlee in serving this generation of creative moms.”

Gadd added: “So many mothers buy into the narrative that pursuing creativity is selfish, or a luxury, rather than viewing it as a vital part of who God designed us to be. When we make space for our creative gifts to shine, we allow ourselves, our families, and the culture at large to benefit from that flourishing. My hope and prayer for this book is that God will use it to ignite sparks in weary mothers who are sitting on their God-ordained creative gifts, simply waiting for a nudge to use them.”

Jenni Burke at Illuminate Literary Agency brokered world rights.

Ashlee Gadd is the founder of Coffee + Crumbs, launched in 2014. She and her team published their first book, The Magic of Motherhood, in 2017. Ashlee lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing or vacuuming Cheerios out of the carpet, she loves making friends on the Internet, eating cereal for dinner, and rearranging bookshelves.

Bethany House is a division of Baker Publishing Group, the largest independent Christian trade book publisher. At Bethany House we seek to uplift readers’ families, faith, and free time with our library of industry-leading fiction and bestselling, Christ-centered nonfiction.

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