For as long as I can remember,
I have believed in God.
I haven’t always felt close to God or understood what it means to claim Christianity for myself. In my desire to stay connected and better comprehend the mystery, I have kneeled on wooden benches in Episcopal parishes, joined hands with strangers in nondenominational megachurches, and chanted alongside monks in remote monasteries. I’ve gone on retreat, walked in the woods, sat cross-legged in silence, and circled labyrinths in three states. It’s quite the mixed bag of spiritual longing.
Honoring that kind of deep-seated hunger is what Fresh Air Books is all about. Curiosity, restlessness, and maybe even a bit of alienation: all are respected here. Mixed in with the doubts and dilemmas are celebrations of joys fulfilled and dreams realized. We don’t pretend to have all the answers at Fresh Air Books. What we can promise is that you’re not alone and that your questions are welcome here.
- Amy Lyles Wilson
What happens when a Baptist minister marries a devout Hindu who was formerly a monk? Find out in J. Dana Trent’s memoir.
FRESH AIR BOOKS publishes books that inspire readers to explore Christian faith in a fresh, experiential way.
Our books are for all people who want to know God, whether they call themselves Christian or not. We market our books primarily through booksellers such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon, who help us reach as wide an audience as possible.
Rather than telling readers what to do, our books show the way, mostly through stories of people who live out authentic, compassionate faith in the real world.
We believe that faith influences everything we do, and therefore, we consider manuscripts that address most areas of life. Currently, we do not publish fiction or poetry, nor do we publish scholarly or academic works.
We encourage authors to write about God and people in an inclusive manner and to use a variety of metaphors describing God.
WHO READS FRESH AIR BOOKS?
Our books are for people who long for deeper meaning in their lives, but who may feel unheard, misunderstood, or even excluded by the church. We also publish for Christians who long to go deeper and find a fresh way to connect with God. This imprint serves Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, as well as spiritual seekers and adherents of other faiths.
SENDING MATERIAL TO FRESH AIR BOOKS
After you have determined that your material matches the mission of FRESH AIR BOOKS, you may submit a book proposal to our editors. (We prefer to receive proposals rather than complete manuscripts.) The process takes time, normally up to twelve weeks, so we can’t promise you a quick response. When sending us a book proposal, please include the following:
- A proposed title
- A statement of your purpose for writing the book
- A table of contents with annotations describing the content of each chapter
- One complete sample chapter
- A statement indicating why you are the person to write this book
- Your ideas regarding market and marketing strategies for the book: Who is the audience?
How can you help promote this book? What makes your book unique?
Note: Proposals should be typewritten, double-spaced, and one-sided. At this time we prefer not to receive submissions via e-mail.
Please send all submissions to:
FRESH AIR BOOKS
P.O. BOX 340004
NASHVILLE, TN 37203-0004
We are happy to review any proposal that is sent to us for consideration. Careful editorial attention is
given to every proposal we receive.
We appreciate your interest in FRESH AIR BOOKS.
FRESH AIR BOOKS is an imprint of UPPER ROOM BOOKS. Since 1935, THE UPPER ROOM has been a leading
publisher of spiritual formation resources.