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Former Gospel Light President Bill Greig III and his wife, Rhonni, are resetting their direction with an innovative new publishing company called Churchgrowth.org PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 28 July 2014 03:21 PM EDT

ChurchGrowth-webFormer Gospel Light President Bill Greig III and his wife, Rhonni, are resetting their direction with an innovative new publishing company called Churchgrowth.org, which is also its domain name.

This transition came about as the Greigs sensed a shift in this season of life. Bill took a sabbatical from Gospel Light in 2013 to consider the couple’s future direction and felt that God was leading him to leave the company, which was founded by Henrietta Mears and handed down to his care from his father and grandfather, and to implement a new virtual-publishing model.

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About a Mile garners 2014’s highest-selling debut from new artist PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:49 PM EDT

AboutAMile-webAdam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty—three brothers collectively known as About A Mile—released their self-titled debut last week from Word Entertainment. This week, the Word Entertainment group, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross “about a mile,” has the best-selling album debut in its genre for a new artist this year, and hit No. 4 on iTunes’ Christian/Gospel album chart.

Produced by GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning producers Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, All Star United) and Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Third Day), mixed by Neal Avron (Weezer, Linkin Park, Switchfoot) with additional mixing credits from Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Creed, Daughtry), About A Mile continues to gather acclaim. Word Entertainment celebrated the band’s debut, hosting an event in its Nashville offices.

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Box-office hit ‘Heaven Is for Real’ now in Christian retail stores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:46 PM EDT

HeavenIsForRealDVD-webHeaven Is for Real landed on Christian retail-store shelves July 22. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD was a hit at the box office, raking in more than $90 million.

Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent and published by Thomas Nelson, the movie recounts the true story of Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear), a small-town pastor whose young son, Colton (Connor Corum), miraculously recovers from a near-death experience with vivid memories of his visit to heaven.

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Trevin Wax named to CT’s millennial influencer list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:44 PM EDT

TrevinWax-webB&H Publishing Group author Trevin Wax was named to Christianity Today’s “33 under 33” list of influential millennial Christians. Wax is the author of four books, including 2013’s Gospel-Centered Teaching.

In the July/August issue, the magazine (CT) named 33 young believers who “are leading today’s church in key ways—and who embody what it will look like in the years to come,” and came up with a list of men and women under age 33 who are influencers “in business and nonprofits, media organizations and ministries, academia and the arts.”

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NRF expects stronger second half of retail year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:31 AM EDT

iStock 000001589232-webThe National Retail Federation on Wednesday lowered its retail sales forecast for 2014 because of slow growth recorded during the first half of the year, but it said sales are expected to grow significantly faster over the next five months. NRF forecasted in January that retail sales would grow 4.1% in 2014 over 2013, but today’s revision lowers the forecast to a 3.6% bump.

NRF calculated that sales grew 2.9% during the first half of the year and are expected to grow at least 3.9% during the second half. The numbers include general retail sales and non-store sales and exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

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Barbour Publishing signs contract with Josh McDowell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:22 AM EDT

JoshMcDowell-UndauntedMovieBarbour Publishing has announced it has signed a contract with Josh McDowell—best-selling author, speaker and founder of Josh McDowell Ministry, a ministry of Cru (the U.S. division of Campus Crusade for Christ International).

Under the contract, Barbour will release two titles under its new Shiloh Run Press imprint, which focuses heavily on the Christian Living category and on uniquely qualified new and experienced authors. 

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New Abbey Press products feature popular verse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 02:31 PM EDT

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Abbey Press has introduced three new products to its collection of gifts featuring the best-selling “I Said a Prayer for You Today” verse.

The popular sentiment by Frank Zamboni has been a consistent presence in the Abbey Press product line for more than 30 years. It has been featured on a range of products, including mugs, prints, plaques and cards.

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Shoppers say back-to-school shopping is best in-store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 02:28 PM EDT

PGD-BackToSchoolDesk-webStudents soon will be headed back to school (BTS), and more than one-third (37%) of consumers already have begun their BTS shopping—up from the 29% who started at this time last year. Roughly 90% of households indicated a selection of brick-and-mortar retail as a shopping venue for the BTS season, according to a new International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)-Goldman Sachs survey conducted this month by Opinion Research Corp. 

Consumers will shop in a variety of places for their BTS items this year. While discounters are still expected to be the winners, the number of households selecting this shopping venue dropped from 90% last year to 80% this year. For all 2014 BTS shopping venues, discounters represented a 23.7% share of where consumers will shop. Many retailers in regional malls and open-air centers should see increased activity during this season.

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