Thinking Out Loud

May 17, 2014

Previously Published As…

Rachel Held Evans Titles

In 2010 and 2011 on my book industry blog, I tried to keep up with all the books that get republished under different titles.  I thought I would be able to keep this up, but there are simply so many of them.  I was reminded of this recently with two different titles.

Tim Keller’s King’s Cross and Jesus the King are the same book. It’s somewhat obvious when you — after the fact — look at the covers, but not so much when you’re ordering out of a catalog or off an online list with no graphics.

And Rachel Held Evans’ Faith Revealed is a re-release of Evolving in Monkey Town with only very minor edits.

So why do publishers do this?  To get more mileage out of a title they feel performed under its potential. But it drives readers and booksellers nuts.  Here’s a look at some of the ones I tracked a few years ago and you are welcome to add others in the comments.

(Ignore the time references)

  • This one will hit hard next month: Karen Kingsbury’s Remember Tuesday Morning is actually a re-issue of Every Now And Then.
  • Donita K. Paul’s only dragon-less title The Vanishing Sculptor resurfaces as The Dragons of Chiril.
  • Andy Stanley’s Enemies of the Heart,  releasing this fall, was previously issued as It Came from Within.
  • Max Lucado’s One Incredible Savior is a new title for One Incredible Moment.
  • Evidence for the Historical Jesus by Bill Wilson and Josh McDowell is a relaunch of He Walked Among Us.
  • Beth Moore’s My Child, My Princess began life as A Parable of the King (missing from our previous list)
  • Another forthcoming one, The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie Omartian is a repackaging of Praying Through The Deeper Issues of Marriage.
  • The Revell pocket book, Boys Will Be Joys is the same as the previous Stark Raving Dad. 
  • Another Revell pocket book, Elizabeth Elliott’s Finding Your Way Through Loneliness is a retitling of The Path of Loneliness.
  • Unlocking Your Family Patterns which includes John Townsend among the author list, is actually a remake of Secrets of Your Family Tree.
  • The Man Who Makes a Difference by Jim George is another round for the book God’s Man of Influence.
  • Andy Andrew’s The Heart Mender is another life for Island of Saints.
  • We just found out the ’09 title, Quiet Confidence for a Woman’s Heart by Elizabeth George is the same as Powerful Promises for Every Woman.
  • H. Norman Wright’s homage to cats, Nine Lives To Live is the new title for The Purrfect Companion.
  • Philip Yancey’s The Skeptic’s Guide to Faith is actually a reprint of Rumors of Another World
  • John Ortberg’s Know Doubt is a repackaging of Faith and Doubt
  • Donald Miller’s “newest” Father Fiction is a slightly revised edition of To Own A Dragon
  • John Eldredge’s Fathered by God is really a re-do of The Way of the Wild Heart
  • Dee Henderson’s Kidnapped is a repackage of True Courage
  • Liz Curtis Higgs’ Unveiling Mary Magdalene is the same as the still-requested Mad Mary
  • John and Paul Sandford’s Transforming the Inner Man is a kind of mash up of bits from Transformation of the Inner Man and Healing the Wounded Spirit
  • Max Lucado’s Cast of Characters is the book equivalent of a Greatest Hits album with a ‘tossed salad’ of excerpts from other titles
  • Lynn Austin’s God and Kings originally bore the series title, Chronicles of the King
  • Michelle McKinney Hammond’s How to Be Found by Mr. Right sounds like, but isn’t a sequel to Ending the Search for Mr. Right
  • Andy Andrews’ soon-to-be-released The Heart Mender was first published as Island of Saints
  • John McArthur’s A Simple Christianity was once titled First Love
  • Adrian Plass’ Silver Birches first appeared as Ghosts
  • Joseph Girzone’s Joshua and the Shepherd was formerly simply The Shepherd
  • Cloud and Townsend’s How to Have That Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding was published as Boundaries: Face to Face in a rather rare example of “un-branding” from a series.

Did we miss any?  Does this happen in the general market to the same degree?  Do you notice how some publishers are more represented here than others? Have you ever been stung with a duplicate copy you were unable to return?

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2 Comments »

  1. Surely the authors would have to agree? I would call it at least bordering on dishonesty – but maybe I am too old fashioned.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — May 18, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    • Really good comment! Are the authors on-board with this, or just told it’s going to happen? Either way, it really gets under the skin of confused consumers.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 18, 2014 @ 8:23 pm


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