by Isaac Wilson editor-in-chief
On Monday, Nov. 4, 117-year-old Moody Publishers acquired WingSpread Publishers, the publishing division of parent company Zur, Ltd. By adding WingSpread’s 138 titles, including 57 works by A.W. Tozer, to its line, Moody Publishers is making a substantial expansion to its already extensive collection of both classic and newer authors.
“We recognize this is a great opportunity for our authors to engage with one of the leading Christian publishers,” said Raymond Paton, vice president of operations for Zur, Ltd. “We are certain Moody Publishers will carry on our legacy of printed Christian publications with impeccable integrity.”
Located in Camp Hills, PA, WingSpread began as a missionary periodical in 1880 under the name “The Gospel in All Lands,” and later expanded to include book publishing. The titles originally under WingSpread will be integrated into the Moody Publishers’ Spiritual Life and Ministry Team, led by associate publisher Duane Sherman. The staff of Moody Publishers, according to Sherman, is thrilled about this acquisition.
Commenting on Tozer’s works, Sherman stated, “Books like ‘The Pursuit of God’ (written on a single train ride from Chicago to Texas, purportedly on his knees) have stood the test of time, edifying believers here in the U.S. and across the globe.” Sherman also said he is eager to dig into the rest of the acquired works, including those by A.B. Simpson and many others.
Jason Leman, senior theology major, said he believes the titles being transferred to Moody Publishers are worthy additions to the lineup. He said Tozer’s works are addressed to the church today and use strong words intended to stir believers from apathy. “He was a cultural exegete who was not uncommonly ahead of his time in his warnings to the church and exhortations to true worship,” Leman said. “He was an advocate of a passionate worship that avoided giving in to a culture of praise as entertainment.” Leman added that he’s curious to see what Moody Publishers does with Tozer’s works going forward.
Sherman said, “I believe future generations of readers will find [Tozer’s] work just as relevant to their lives as they were to those in his day. These spiritually formative works urge believers to tune into a big God who still speaks to his children today if they will only develop the receptivity to hear His voice.”