18 CSM Titles Launched at the 2019 MIBF


Oct 09, 2019

CSM Publishing (Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc.) launched 18 brand-new titles in a Grand Book Launch last September 13, 2019 at the Stage Area of the SMX Convention Center during the 40th Manila International Book Fair. 

Out of the 18 new titles, 11 were written by local authors and 7 are from international publishers. To learn more about these titles, visit this page.

Aside from these titles, CSM’s Vacation Bible School curriculum for 2020 entitled VBS Crossover: Champions for Jesus was also launched. VBS Crossover is the first-ever basketball-themed VBS that teaches children all about basketball and at the same time, introduces Jesus Christ as the Champion of All Champions and Greatest Coach of all time.


CSM’s Founder Dr. William Gopffarth, who traveled all the way from Texas, USA, gives the welcoming remarks at the Grand Book Launch



L-R: Chinkee Tan (My Utang-Free Diary), Grace Gaston-Dousel (I Married an Alien: The Quirks of a Cross-Cultural Marriage), and Nelson T. Dy (How Do I Know “The One”?)



 L-R: First-time CSM author Victoria Rico Costina (And God also Made a Cat: 90 Devotions for Cat People), Pastor Joey Umali (Unli Rice and Unlimited Rice vols. 7), and Dr. Grace Shangkuan Koo (In the Triumph Song of Life: Turning Adversity into Strength)



L-R: Dr. Armand Canoy (Preaching Nga Ba o Assuming Lang?), Dr. Lizette Knight (How to Start a Senior Adults Ministry), and Crossover World representative Pastor Nonie Lesada (VBS Crossover: Champions for Jesus 2020)



 9 Take Heart writers representing 14 posing with Ms. Grace D. Chong, Take Heart Foreword writer and author of new title, The Other Cheek: What It Takes to Forgive | L-R: Angelique Campos, Alea Toledo, Vea Candy Versoza, Anna Dominique Gonzaga, Grace D. Chong, Ruzelle Tan, Joyce-Anne Ticsay, Christianne Fayth Ong, Ivy Micah Amurao, and Janella Joyce Rodelas


In this year’s line-up, two titles were written by first-time author and first-time published writers: And God also Made a Cat: 90 Devotions for Cat People and Take Heart: Letters of Faith, Hope, and Love.



First-time author Victoria Rico Costina, coming all the way from Baguio, introduces her first book, And God also Made a Cat: 90 Devotion for Cat People.



L-R: Take Heart writers Ruzelle Tan and Anna Dominique Gonzaga share the two-year journey of how Take Heart was formed and completed; 9 of the 14 Take Heart writers were able to attend the Grand Book Launch



Authors unveiling their newest titles at the end of the Grand Book Launch



CSM VP for Publishing Joy Solina leads the prayer of dedication for CSM’s new line-up of titles



Authors holding their newly-launched titles pose with CSM BOT Chairman Romy Elbinias (second from the left, top row), CSM VP for Publishing Joy Solina (third from the left, top row), CSM CEO & President Abner Lacson (third from the right, top row), and CSM Founder William Gopffarth (center)


The theme of this year’s Grand Book Launch is entitled Good News from the God Who Reigns. And indeed, this event is a testament that there is a God Who Reigns and as long as CSM exists, they will continue to publish Good News of His love, faithfulness, and salvation to all the world!