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World Renowned Bible Scholar & Best-selling Author
Eugene H. Peterson Enters Long-Term Agreement with WaterBrook

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Apr. 11, 2016)—One of the world’s most respected and influential pastors, authors, and biblical scholars, Eugene H. Peterson, has signed a significant multiple-book deal, including world rights, with WaterBrook, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

The first book in the agreement, titled As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God, will release May 16, 2017, in print and digital formats. Peterson, known for his best-selling, award-winning and immensely popular paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, writes a comprehensive overview of the breadth and depth of the Christian life for followers of Jesus. As Kingfishers Catch Fire is the culmination of Peterson’s storied teaching and pastoral career.

Peterson has written more than 30 books including best-sellers A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Jesus Way, Leap Over a Wall, and his critically acclaimed memoir The Pastor. For many years, he was the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the founder of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Maryland, where he was the pastor for 29 years.

“We are thrilled to work with Dr. Peterson to bring this new work to the world, as well as a number of other significant works in the future,” said Alex Field, vice president and publisher of WaterBrook & Multnomah. “His influence on the Church around the world through his writing and teaching is deep and wide, and continues to impact the lives of Jesus followers everywhere.”

“There was heated competition for Peterson’s works, which include legacy materials from his unpublished archives,” said Peterson’s long-time agent, Rick Christian, founder and president of Colorado Springs-based Alive Literary Agency, who negotiated the deal. “I couldn’t be more pleased that Alex Field and his team recognized the value of this content early on and spent long hours poring through it before closing the deal for books that will be published over the decade ahead.”

John Blase will serve as editor on the multiple projects.

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WaterBrook is an imprint of Crown at Penguin Random House, LLC. Penguin Random House ( is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in: the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

For more information on this release, please contact Brett Benson, WaterBrook & Multnomah, 719-264-5661 or