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Industry Radar for the week of Decemeber 29, 2010.
Fiction 'takes you forward': Novelist Penny McCowen says Christian fiction “takes you somewhere, and shows that God can meet you there and take you forward.”
Ex-President's book signing: Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, make a book-signing stop at Ruth's Attic Bookstore at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.
Industry 'soul searching': The Christian retail industry is “in a state of soul-searching.”
Young Christians' consumer habits: Brett McCracken, author of “Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide,” reflects on how young Christians' gift-buying choices are changing.
Why Francis Chan 'walked': Why pastor and author Francis Chan “walked away at the peak of his professional career.”
Industry Radar for the week of Decemeber 22, 2010.
Jars' filled with water: Jars of Clay has met its goal of providing clean water to 1,000 African communities through the organization it founded, Blood:Water Mission, and its 1,000 Wells Project.
Another 'Blind Side' movie: Forthcoming movie, “One Heart,” tells how a family took in a troubled 16-year-old, similar to the story of “The Blind Side”.
Books A Million's foundations: The Books A Million chain started out as a Christian bookstore.
Focused on fair trade: The Book Parlor in Spokane, Wash., sells books, fair-trade gifts and local art.
Governor's 'courageous' book tour: Tim Pawlenty, the governor of Minnesota, plans a multistate tour to promote his book, “Courage to Stand,” to be released by Tyndale House Publishers in January.
C.S. Lewis Bible criticized: HarperOne's C.S. Lewis Bible comes under fire from some who criticize the choice of translation.
Christian boutique debuts: One Wing Boutique, a Christian-themed store selling clothing, jewelry, books, journals and home décor, opens in Chandler, Ariz.
'Sappy Christian art' slammed: A pastor and author believes that much Christian art is “stale, sappy and downright embarrassing.”
'Religious Right' authors named: Several authors are among a list of the Top Ten New Faces of the Christian Right.
Mardel gift benefits university: Oral Roberts University is to receive $10 million from the owners of Hobby Lobby and Mardel Christian Book Store to be used for campus renovations and maintenance projects.
Magi book's 'valuable message': Brent Landua's "Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men's Journey to Bethlehem offers “a valuable message of tolerance.”
Christmas guide spotlights store: Marie’s Christian Book and Gift Center in Jacksonville, Fla., is highlighted in a local Christmas shoppers' guide.
'Mega-selling' Christian author profiled: Naming the “mega-selling Christian and conservative novelist” who “isn't considered part of the Christian subculture at all.”
'Right-wing children's books': The “Left Behind” and “Narnia” series are referenced in an article about “the rise of the right-wing children's book.”
'Ambitious' Bible history reviewed: Larry Stone's “The History of the Bible” is “ambitious, accessible and colorful, though simplistic.”
Religious card sales up: Despite the sour economy, religious card sakes are up.
School hosts author day: Several local children's authors participated in the Author Extravaganza day at Mandarin Christian School's in Jacksonville, Fla.
C.S. Lewis remembered: An examination of the enduring appeal of C.S. Lewis' work.
'Bonhoeffer' biographer interviewed: An interview with Eric Metaxas, author of the “monumental” biography, “Bonhoeffer.”
Jamaica's patois New Testament: A patois translation of the entire New Testament is expected in August 2012, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence.
The legacy of Lewis: The man behind the latest “Narnia” movie on the legacy of author C.S. Lewis.
Industry Radar for the week of Decemeber 15, 2010.
'Narnia' movie's twin reach: The makers of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawntreader” are trying to reach both Christian and secular audiences.
'Dawntreader' 'story of grace': The third movie in the Narnia series is “a story of temptation, transformation, redemption and grace.”
'Narnia' is ho-hum: Though “well-paced, well-performed and full of visual wows,” “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader “ stops “just short of committing to its grounding themes.”
Point of Grace's Christmas: Point of Grace's “Home for the Holidays” Christmas album “blends longtime holidays favorites with some new material.”
Heaven book sells well: “Heaven is for Real” is flying off the shelves in many locations, with a spot on the “New York Times” best seller list.
Palin memoir sales 'disappointing': Sarah Palin's new memoir “has logged disappointing receipts since it officially went on sale/”
'Narnia' hits troubled waters: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is about a majestic ship sailing into uncertain waters and “the theme may as well apply to the franchise itself.”
'Narnia' 'not much fun': Review: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is “serviceable, but certainly not much fun.”
Fans inspire musician's book: Michael W. Smith's next book, “A Simple Blessing; The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer,” was inspired by fan response to a prayer he's been sharing at concerts.
Documentary examines C.S. Lewis: Several authors feature in the Asbury University-produced documentary, “C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today.”
Library hosts Christian writer: A Dover, Ohio library hosts a reading group virtual visit by a Christian author.
School wins 'Narnia' premiere: Students at Louisville Christian Academy won a hometown premiere of the latest “Narnia” movie in a competition run by Twentieth Century Fox and Walden Media, in association with Operation Christmas Child.
'Narnia' movie's religious controversy: The latest “Narnia” film has “stirred religious controversy.”
'Narnia': 'Most uneven film': “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is the “most uneven film adaptation in the series.”
Author's 'presidential' tour: The promotional tour for Tim Pawlenty 's January release from Tyndale House Publishers, "Courage to Stand," has a “distinctly presidential flavor.”
'Narnia' treads water: The latest “Narnia” movie “merely treads water” at the box office on its opening weekend.
Industry Radar for the week of Decemeber 8, 2010.
Anne Rice's 'morality tale': Novelist Anne Rice's latest book, “Of Love and Evil,” is a “classic battle between good and evil, angels and devils... an unabashed morality tale.”
Thomas Kinkade's new partners: “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade's business plans include building partnerships with companies like Disney and Warner Bros., and strengthening avenues that cater directly to consumers, like home shopping corporation QVC.
Cat devotional 'brings giggles': Anna Aquino's contributions to "Heavenly Humor for the Cat Lover's Soul" are intended to “bring the giggles that only cats can bring.”
NewSong's greatest non-hit: While considered a Christian music band, NewSong's most-requested and most-performed song, "The Christmas Shoes," never was a major hit on Christian radio.
Faith-based 'Flag' film: Forthcoming faith-based film, "Flag of My Father," features renowned actors William Devane and John Schneider.
Promise Keeper founder's apology: Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney apologizes for a past comment about gays.
'Profound appeal' of Amish fiction: Despite snarky media coverage of the popularity of Amish fiction, the books “hold a profound appeal.”
Hip Christians book reviewed: A book examines how “Christian hipsters” are “shifting the emphasis from God to consumption and image.”
Newspaper offers Christmas list: A newspaper offers a list of ideas for Christmas gifts with a religious twist.
'Bonhoeffer' and Glenn Beck: Glenn Beck interviews Eric Metaxas, author of "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.”
Eclectic new store opens: The owner of the Mustard Seed in Aubrey, Texas, “isn’t sure if there is a term to describe his eclectic faith-based bookstore because it offers more than books...”
Books marks store anniversary: Betty Burke has written “From Ashes to Healing,” the story of her turbulent past, to celebrate 30 years' running The Good News Shop in Leyton, England, with her husband, Tom.
'Fireproof' stars honorary posting: Kirk Cameron is made an honorary firefighter for his role in “Fireproof.”
'Narnia' sequel faces challenge: With the opening of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” comes “a study in one of the most difficult challenges a studio can face: fixing a broken movie series.”
Google eBooks arrives: Newly launched Google eBooks is rolling out across the Web with hundreds of thousands of popular titles for sale and millions more free, to compete for a slice of the digital books business.
Industry Radar for the week of Decemeber 1, 2010.
Sixty-plus years over: Abilene Educational Supply and Christian Bookstores at Abilene Christian University will close its doors this May after 66 years of business.
Treasure House hunts help: Treasure House, a four-decade downtown fixture in Longview, Wash., will shut its doors by the end of the year if a buyer doesn't come to the rescue.
Church store tax fight: A South Nashville megachurch facing a $425,000 property tax bill is fighting the assessment on its gym, bookstore and cafe.
'Courageous' rough cut done: Sherwood Baptist Church has finished the rough editing of latest movie, "Courageous," which will hit the big screen next year.
'Lost' star for 'Jazz': “Lost” star Tania Raymonde is part of the cast for the film version of Donald Miller's “Blue Like Jazz.”
Christian store burgled: The Christian Book Store in Mountain Home, Ark., was broken into.
Musician's 'hard' Christmas: Michael W. Smith's annual Christmas shows are "probably the hardest that I work every year.”
Mardel welcomes Sarah Palin: A line formed outside Mardel Christian & Education in Tulsa, Okla., 24 hours ahead of Sarah Palin's book signing visit.
Hundreds wait for Palin: Hundreds waited outside Mardel Christian & Education in Tulsa, Okla., to meet Sarah Palin.
'Max' author's church visit: Emily Colson, daughter of former presidential counsel Chuck Colson, speaks at a church about her book, “Dancing with Max.”
Help for hurting store: Proceeds from the raffle of a guitar will go to help a financially strapped Christian bookstore in Plano, Texas.