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W Publishing Group Responds to Global Atrocities
“Defying ISIS” by Johnnie Moore To Be Released Early After Continued Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Stephanie Newton
Director of Publicity
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(NASHVILLE, TN) – This past week, once again, the world witnessed the atrocities committed by the radical terrorist group ISIS, and similar extremist organizations. From the beaches of Egypt, to major city streets and into rural villages, the innocent continue to suffer. A Christian genocide at the hands of Islamic extremists is unfolding in the Middle East. Entire Christian populations have been eliminated, and the ultimate aim of ISIS and the Islamic State is to eradicate the world of Christianity. 

In response, W Publishing Group will be releasing the electronic version of “Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard” by Johnnie Moore on March 13, 2015 (ISBN 9780718039585). The physical print version will follow on April 21 (ISBN 9780718039592). With never before told stories of horror and of hope, Moore unveils the threat of ISIS against worldwide Christianity, and what the world must do about it. Along the way, he introduces us to the courageous Christians who have stared down ISIS and lived to raise their crosses higher. 

“The current situation with the Islamic State is producing a cultural environment unlike any we’ve seen in many years,” says Matt Baugher, Senior Vice President and Publisher for W Publishing Group. “As a publisher, I feel it is our responsibility to release books that allow a more in-depth and nuanced presentation than the plethora of sound-bites available in the wider media. This is exactly why we’ve made the decision to release the e-book early for ‘Defying ISIS.’ I pray that both our actions and our attitudes will be rightly set in the days ahead.” 

Also strategically released early, “Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe” (ISBN 9780718030681) by Tom Doyle, a man who has spent years in the Middle East dealing with this issue, is now available on the topic. W Publishing Group released it two weeks early to bring awareness to the personal stories of those Christians in persecution. 

W Publishing Group is an imprint of Thomas Nelson – a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The home of Billy Graham, Andy Andrews, and Jennie Allen, several of W’s recent best-sellers have been adapted into major motion pictures such as “Heaven Is for Real,” “God’s Not Dead,” and “Same Kind of Different as Me.” W Publishing Group aims to impact the world through words, stories, truth, and transformation. 

About Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore is a best-selling author and humanitarian who has worked with genocide victims in the Middle East, Bosnia and Rwanda, visited the world’s largest refugee camps, and on five different occasions has worked in places that were later bombed by Islamic extremists. 

In 2014, Moore witnessed the current Middle East refugee crisis firsthand and met with the King of Jordan and the Institute of Global Engagement. The result was The Cradle Fund, a non-profit organization focused on providing immediate humanitarian assistance for the rescue, restoration and return of displaced Christians to practice their faith free from fear.    



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