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Jack Countryman, late Brennan Manning to receive Lifetime Achievement awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:06 PM EDT

ECPA-40-webThe Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will present Jordon Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jack Countryman, founder of JCountryman Gift Books, and posthumously to best-selling author Brennan Manning. The awards will be conferred April 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo., opening night of the ECPA Leadership Summit.

Countryman’s 30-plus years in Christian publishing have allowed him the opportunity to help create and develop bestselling gift books such as God's Promises for Your Every Need, God's Promises for Men and God Listens. This year not only marks 20 million JCountryman books sold, but also the 30th anniversary of the God’s Promises brand.

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‘Living Bible’ to receive first-ever Quadruple Diamond Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 02:52 PM EDT

TheLivingBible-webThe Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will present Diamond Awards to two Tyndale House Publishers Bibles, including the first-ever Quadruple Diamond designation. The awards will be conferred April 28 at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary Banquet at Focus on the Family’s Colorado Springs, Colo., headquarters.

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Beverly Lewis’ latest becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:24 PM EDT

TheLastBrideBeverlyLewis-webAmish-fiction pioneer Beverly Lewis’ The Last Bride (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group) debuted at No. 5 on the April 20 edition of the New York Times Trade Paperback best-seller list, reflecting sales for the week ending April 5.

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Convergent publisher addresses gay-book controversy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:22 PM EDT

GodAndTheGayChristian-webConvergent Books, an imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, today addressed concerns expressed by some conservative Christians regarding the April 22 publication of Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian.

Cultural analyst Matt Barber of BarbWire.com, earlier cited an unspecified source with ties to Multnomah, who said it was “reasonable to speculate that Multnomah is trying to cover up its fast-growing connection to sexual sin activism.”

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MercyMe album lands highest ‘Billboard 200’ debut of week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:07 PM EDT

MercyMeWelcomeToTheNew-webMercyMe’s Welcome to the New nabs the highest debut of the week on Billboard’s charts, landing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart. The eighth album from the GRAMMY-winning band also performed well on iTunes’ charts, peaking at No. 3 on the Overall Albums chart and No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart.

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Chris Tomlin leads Christian finalists for Billboard Music Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:52 PM EDT

2014BillboardMusicAwardsLogo-webChris Tomlin leads Christian artists in finalist nods for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, earning a spot in each of the three dedicated Christian music categories. In addition, Mandisa, Skillet and Matthew West each secured two finalist spots.

Finalists for Top Christian Artist are Mandisa, Skillet, TobyMac, Tomlin and West.

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Abingdon Press welcomes new trade sales director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:42 PM EDT

RussSellars-webAbingdon Press has announced the hiring of Russ Sellars as the new director of trade sales, effective immediately.

“Russ is known for his solutions-focused sales management and proven background in employing analysis and business intelligence aimed at identifying target markets and opportunities,” said Tamara Crabtree, Abingdon’s executive director of marketing and sales. “This type of strategic vision is the perfect match for our company’s initiatives. Likewise, his dedication to building solid relationships and customer loyalty will serve our books and resources well in today’s marketplace.”

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Lighthouse Christian Products follows up biblical best-seller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:31 PM EDT

Lighthouse-Ark-webLighthouse Christian Products has seen sales success with its Ark of the Covenant sculpture, and is now adding a similar product.

“The demand for both sizes continues to amaze us,” said Ed Nizynski, sales vice president, of the two formats available of the Ark piece.

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