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Christian Product Expo Murfreesboro gathers independent retailers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 03:48 PM EDT

TenthAvenueNorth-webMunce Group hosted independent Christian retailers Sept. 21-23 for the Christian Product Expo (CPE) at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Highlights of the event included a talk from author Ryan Dobson (Building a Family Legacy Project, LifeWay Christian Resources); devotions with Philip Yancey (Vanishing Grace, Zondervan); the Author Meet and Greet Personality Party and dinner hosted by Charisma Media; the Night of Worship with Jon Weece, author of Jesus Prom (Thomas Nelson) and music by Kim Hill, Ashley Cleveland, Margaret Becker and Paulette Wooten; music and readings from The Isaacs, who were attending on behalf of their mother, Lily Isaac, who recently wrote You Don’t Cry Out Loud (New Leaf Publishing Group); a message from Tullian Tchividjian based on his book One Way Love (David C Cook); and an acoustic set from Tenth Avenue North.

Parable Group promotes digital team’s Laura Clark PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 01:29 PM EDT

LauraClark-webSan Luis Obispo-based The Parable Group recently announced the promotion of Laura Clark to digital marketing manager. Clark has a 13-year background in sales and marketing with specialties in online display advertising and social media.

“Laura has already made a tremendous contribution to our digital team, and she is highly qualified to carry forward The Parable Group mission and ministry in her new position,” said Steve Potratz, president of The Parable Group.

‘Be the Message’ becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 01:25 PM EDT

BeTheMessage-webHouston-based megachurch pastors Kerry and Chris Shook’s latest book, Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action (Sept. 9, WaterBrook Press), debuted at No. 18 on the Sept. 28 Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous New York Times list and is slated to appear again at No. 12 on the Oct. 5 list.

Be the Message encourages readers to move beyond sermons to take action in becoming the gospel in their homes, communities and the world. The Shooks’ new bestseller was born out of the authors’ fatigue with sermons and the desire to make Jesus real to those around them. The book shares their personal journey as they have changed the way they think about the gospel and live it out.

GMA Canada announces 36th Annual Covenant Award nominees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:12 AM EDT

Beautiful-DanBremnes-webGospel Music Association (GMA) Canada has announced the nominees for the 36th Annual Covenant Awards. Singer/songwriter Dan Bremnes (Capitol Christian Music Group/Capitol Christian Distribution) has been nominated for Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the year for “Beautiful.” The awards will be presented in Vancouver, Canada, on Nov. 13.

A native of British Columbia, Bremnes said the nominations were “completely unexpected,” adding, “I'm very grateful to be recognized alongside such a talented group of artists!”

David C Cook restructures, promotes Michelle Anthony PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 09:40 AM EDT

MichelleAnthony-webDavid C Cook has merged all of the company’s learning-resource departments, including Bible-in-Life (BIL), Echoes, Tru, Strategic Partnerships and Field Consulting and Events, into the Learning Resources Group. Michelle Anthony has been named vice president and publisher of Learning Resources Group. Recently announced by Cook, the move was effective July 1.

As Family Ministry Architect for David C Cook since 2009, Dr. Anthony spearheaded the development and launch of the Tru Philosophy and Tru Curriculum, which have become successful ministry-focused brands. A 25-year veteran of church ministry, she holds graduate degrees in Christian education, theology and leadership from Biola University and Talbot Theological Seminary as well as a doctorate in theological education from Southern Theological Seminary.

Christian Authors Network honors retailers at Munce-hosted expo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 September 2014 09:17 AM EDT

CAN2-webThe Christian Authors Network (CAN) presented three retailers with books valued at $3,300 total at the Munce Christian Product Expo (CPE) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The event ran Sept. 21-23, with training and a personality party Sunday where authors signed copies of their books.

Winners of the book bundles were: Ellen Meece, owner, Handfuls on Purpose, Marion, Illinois; Deb Woodard, owner, Bethany Book and Gift, Baxter, Minnesota; and Kris Jodon, manager, The Bookstore at Chapelwood, Houston. Retailers who attended the event received gift bags containing bookmarks featuring CAN members’ books and their 2015 releases.

Revell joke book for kids sells half-million copies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 04:30 PM EDT

LaughOutLoudJokesForKidsRevell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has announced that Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott has reached a sales milestone of over 500,000 copies sold.

Published in 2010, Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids was ranked as the top-selling title by Amazon this past Christmas season, with Elliott’s Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids placing at No. 2 on Amazon’s best-seller list.

Both titles also have been repeatedly featured on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association best-sellers list.

Biblica appoints Carl Moeller as CEO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 04:23 PM EDT

CarlMoeller-webBiblica’s board of directors has appointed by unanimous vote Carl A. Moeller as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 14.

Since 2000, Dr. Moeller served three years as a pastor at Saddleback Church, then nine years as president and CEO for Open Doors, USA, before founding Sequoia Global Resources in 2012. He will replace Doug Lockhart, who announced last March that he would transition from his role as CEO by early 2015.

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