Harvest House Publishers celebrated its 45th anniversary last month, marking the historic moment with a staff celebration.
In remarks to the team, Harvest House President Bob Hawkins Jr. reminisced about significant corporate milestones and embraced the work ahead with a positive and encouraging message.
“When my dad originally founded the company with five titles and a dream, he never imagined the company would be one of the leading publishers of Christian literature in the world,” said Hawkins, according to a press release. “Now, after publishing over 140 million copies in more than 75 languages around the world, comprised of works by 907 authors, with eight titles that have each sold over 1 million copies, we know more than ever that the mission has just begun and the best days are yet ahead.”
Harvest House’s 2020 publishing roster is home to one of the most noteworthy lists in the company’s history, with titles forthcoming by Ruth Chou Simons, Gloria Furman, Amir Tsarfati, Naomi Zacharias McNeil, Donna VanLiere, Jerrad Lopes, Tony Evans, and Jeremy and Adie Camp, to name a few.
“We’ve been blessed to publish so many important messages, but I have to say I am personally excited about the lineup for next year and the world-class team here that will be responsible for shepherding those launches,” said Hawkins.
True to the company’s guiding principles, management stayed late the night before the party to decorate the corporate office to surprise workers when they arrived the next day.
“Our core values include fostering an environment in which people are highly valued as well as placing an emphasis on teamwork,” said Hawkins. “We wanted to celebrate our staff, and what better way to do that than to have the leadership team throw a party?”
Hawkins Jr. has led the company since 1991. With a commitment to distributing Biblically sound books that proclaim Jesus as the answer to every human need, he believes that their work is more important now than ever before.
“When you work with our company in any capacity or purchase one of our books, we want the end result to be an affirmation of biblical values,” he concluded. “In a world that can place priority elsewhere, we have chosen to glorify God through our high-quality products, and that will continue to be the mission of the company for the next 45 years.”