Crossroad Publishing Company

Crossroad Publishing Company
Parent company Verlag Herder
Founded 1980
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Distribution Independent Publishers Group
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics spirituality, religion, and wellness
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The Crossroad Publishing Company is a New York-based publishing house for books on spirituality, religion, and wellness. The company is the American branch of the global, 200-year-old Herder family publishing group, with headquarters in Freiburg, Germany (Verlag Herder)[1] and Barcelona, Spain (Herder Editorial).[2]


20th century

In the final decades of the 20th century, Crossroad (and Crossroad/Continuum) offered Christian spirituality authors, including John Michael Talbot, Fr. Thomas Keating, M. Basil Pennington, and Henri Nouwen.

It published books on women and religion, introducing titles such as Holy Saturday by Phyllis Zagano and In Memory of Her by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and She Who Is, by the Grawemeyer Award recipient Elizabeth Johnson. The company has focused on evangelical trade titles, high-level mysticism and theology titles, and spirituality.

21st century

As of 2013 Crossroad is currently directed by Dr. Gwendolin Herder. A native of Freiburg im Breisgau, she trained with Herder publishers as a member of the Herder & Herder family.

Among Crossroad’s titles are John Zmirak’s The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living, Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr, and the multi-volume titles on Ignatian Spirituality by Timothy Gallagher. Books by Robert Ellsberg, including All Saints and Blessed among All Women, have won several awards over the years. Frank J. Hanna’s What Your Money Means was featured in the April 2009 edition of Reader’s Digest.

Academic titles include Passion and Paradise by J. Warren Smith, Grant Kaplan’s Answering the Enlightenment, The Systematic Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar by Kevin Mongrain, Bearing the Weight of Salvation by Michael E. Lee, and The Local Church by Christopher Ruddy. More popular titles include Perpetual Motivation and Win the World without Losing Your Soul by Dave Durand [3] and Holy Sex! by Gregory K. Popcak.[4]

The Catholic Press Association has recognized Thomas Sweetser’s Keeping the Covenant, Michael Morwood’s From Sand to Solid Ground, and Broken Trust by Patrick Fleming, Sue Lauber Fleming, and Mark Matousek.[5] In 2010, Brian Robinette's Grammars of Resurrection won the College Theology Society Book of the Year award as well as the CPA First Place award for Theology and a Second Place award for First-Time Book by an Author.[6] Michael E. Lee's Bearing the Weight of Salvation was honored with the Hispanic Theological Initiative Book of the Year award. Dominic Doyle's manuscript on Christian humanism won a Templeton Prize for Theological Promise.[7] Keith Frome and David Code each earned a Foreword Book medal for Family and Relationships,[8] and Luellen Hoffman's Special Dream was honored with a Mom's Choice Award.[9]


  1. "Verlag Herder". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. "Herder Editorial". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. " - Home". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. "Book - Holy Sex!". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. "Catholic Press June 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  6. "Catholic Press 2010 Book Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  7. "The John Templeton Award for Theological Promise". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  8. "2009 Winners in Family & Relationships". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  9. "Mom's Choice Awards". Retrieved 5 December 2013.

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