TO SAVE A LIFE NOVEL WINS SILVER MEDAL IN 2009 MOONBEAM CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS.
Novel by Jim and Rachel Britts Made into Motion Picture, In Theaters January 2010
Outreach, Inc. is proud to announce that the upcoming novel, TO SAVE A LIFE written by Jim and Rachel Britts, has been awarded the Silver Medal in the 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the category of Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues. The awards will be presented Saturday, October 10 at the Marriott Charleston Town Center, in Charleston, WV. To Save A Life has already been made into a motion picture that will be in theatres January 2010, nationwide.
Jim and Rachel Britts have spent their lives working with teens: Rachel as a high school teacher and Jim as Next Generation Pastor at New Song Community Church. Both graduates of Biola University, Jim planned to go into a career in Hollywood as a screenwriter, until an internship during his senior year inspired him to complete an MA in seminary and devote his time to ministry. Rachel, whose desire is to encourage creativity through writing and literature, shared her passion with Jim to write a story that could both help and inspire teens.
“Rachel and I really just wanted to empower teenagers to reach out to the hurting and lonely on their campus and literally be able to change the world by saving a life,” explains Jim. “We are honored to be nominated for this award and hope that this will help get this book in the hands of more teens.”
To Save a Life is the story of an all-star athlete, Jake Taylor. After a childhood friend’s death, Jake’s world spins out of control and he has to make changes in his life and sacrifice some dreams to save the lives of others.
The films trailer can be viewed at tosavealifemovie.com.
To Save A Life has been made into a feature film that will be in theaters January 2010. The film stars Randy Wayne (The Dukes of Hazard, Foreign Exchange), Sean Afable (Akeelah and the Bee, Phil of the Future), Deja Kreutzberg (CSI Miami, Law and Order), and Kim Hidalgo (Ball Don’t Lie, Scrubs).
Now in its third year, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are poised to give attention to the years best in children’s literature and help encourage children in a life long passion for reading. Judges chose gold, silver and bronze medalists in 36 categories, covering the full range of children’s book genres from picture books to poetry; holiday to health issues.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.
For more information on the awards, please see www.moonbeamawards.com
For more information on the film, please see www.tosavealifemovie.com
For more information on the book, please see www.outreachpublishing.com
To Save A Life is published by Outreach, Inc and will be in stores November 2009.
About Rachel Britts:
Rachel has been a high school English teacher for nine years in several different southern California districts. She’s currently been at Oceanside High for four years, teaching 11th grade American Literature. Rachel has a passion for helping teenagers awaken their imaginations through writing and encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be. She also loves long distance running, eating ice cream while watching The Biggest Loser, Walmart and playing piano. Rachel made her debut in the film world as the set designer on To Save a Life. She graduated with her BA(99) and MA(02) in Education at Biola University. That’s where she met Jim, her husband of seven years. Even before becoming a youth pastor’s wife Rachel joyfully volunteered as a high school small group leader. She continues to partner with Jim in youth ministry and inspired him greatly in writing the movie script. To Save a Life is Rachel’s first novel and she prays that this simple story will inspire many teenagers to live life with hope and look at life a bit differently.
About Jim Britts
Jim has served as a youth pastor for the past ten years, but that was never the plan. He went to Biola University as a screen writing major but during the summer before his senior year he interned at a church with high school students and was never the same again. He finished his senior year and went back to that same church in Sacramento where he completed in MA in general ministry at Western Seminary. He’s currently served at New Song Community church in Oceanside as the Next Generation Pastor since 2002. In January of 2007 he combined his film degree and experiences in youth ministry to begin writing the script for To Save A Life. Many of the characters and scenes were inspired by students and events in his ministry experiences and he prays that the film and book may inspire many young people to reach out to the hurting and lonely around them. Jim is married to his beautiful bride, Rachel, who is a high school English teacher at Oceanside High. Jim loves long distance running, the Sacramento Kings, In-n-Out burger and helping students figure out how God wants to use them to change their world. To Save a Life is Jim’s first novel.
Presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards are given in 36 categories covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.
As our society has become more complex and growing up more complicated, children’s book authors and publishers have risen to the occasion, creating books that not only celebrate the joys of childhood, but also help kids and families deal with its challenges. The Moonbeam Awards will recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are presented by publishing services company Jenkins Group, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and many of its founders and employees now have children and grandchildren who strongly influence the company culture with their youthful exuberance and love of books.
About Outreach Publishing
Founded in 1996, Outreach Inc has quickly grown to become the largest provider of outreach products and services in North America. The company was launched with the mission of empowering Christian churches to reach their communities for Jesus Christ. Products and services are available to empower leaders with cost-effective, proven outreach methods and tools. In order to better serve the growing needs of the church, Outreach has established six divisions under the umbrella of Outreach Inc, including Marketing, Training, Publishing, Events, Web Properties and the Media Group.