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Fourth Edition of the Classic ‘The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style’
Provides Answers to the Most Pressing Questions of Writers,
Editors, and Proofreaders
Concentrates on Particular Issues Involved in Religious Writing 

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Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 29 2016— The fourth edition of the standard style guide of the Christian publishing industry, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style (on sale Aug. 30), compiled by veteran Zondervan editor Robert Hudson, contains clear guidance on style questions related to religious writing, including many topics not addressed in other references or online.

Nearly half of this fourth revision is made up of new material, including information about turning blogs into books, the effects of digital media on writing, “adverbial doubles,” “vanishing accents,” word-choice strategies, endorser guidelines, and much more. It also contains an all-new “Word List” which makes up a third of the book. The most needful information remains—entries on capitalization, abbreviation, citations, fictional dialogue, and more—but it has all been updated to keep pace with changes in English language usage. This fourth edition also corresponds with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition(2010), though it isn’t afraid to chart new territory where that reference is unhelpful on issues of religious writing.

Comprehensive yet easy-to-use, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, 4th Edition, is a go-to resource for Christian authors, pastors, teachers, copy writers, editors, proofreaders, publishing and ministry professionals, executive assistants, and students—anyone who writes or edits as a part of their work or study—and for grammar aficionados everywhere.

Robert Hudson is a senior editor-at-large for Zondervan and a nearly 40-year veteran of the publishing industry. He is the author of Kiss the Earth When You Pray: The Father Zosima Poems and the coauthor of Companions for the Soul (with Shelley Townsend-Hudson). He and his wife, Shelley, play in an old-time string band called Gooder’n Grits, and they live in Ada, Michigan. They have three daughters, Abbie, Molly, and Lili.

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit