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'Missional fiction' features diverse themes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 01:42 PM EDT
While "bonnet books" continue to dominate Christian fiction, interest is piquing in other areas. The typically clean, safe themes found in Amish romance novels contest another evolving trend in inspirational novels-fiction with a mission.

While an exact term for the emerging genre has yet to be coined, some authors and publishers refer to it as "missions fiction" or "missional fiction." Its themes are diverse, but it includes a great story with a strong side of realism.
Mary Beth Chapman debuts on ECPA list PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 01:33 PM EDT
Mary Beth Chapman's Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Revell/Baker Publishing Group) has cracked the top 10, falling in at No. 6 on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's (ECPA) monthly sales chart.

The title penned--published Sept. 9--with Ellen Vaughn reached No. 6 on the October list, which accounts for the four-week cycle ending Sept. 18.
Casting Crowns, 'Faith Like Potatoes' still atop SoundScan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 01:24 PM EDT
The Altar and the Door by Casting Crowns (Beach Street Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution) still held the top spot of SoundScan's Christian/gospel music Christian retail chart for sales the week ending Sept. 26, while Faith Like Potatoes (Affirm Films/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/Provident-Integrity) remained atop the Christian Videos list.

Following The Altar and the Door were: 2. We Cry Out by Jeremy Camp (BEC Recordings/EMI CMG Distribution); 3. Love God. Love People. by Israel Houghton (Integrity Music/Columbia Records/Provident-Integrity); 4. Women of Faith Worship by Women of Faith Worship Team (Thomas Nelson); 5. Greatly Blessed by Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group/EMI CMG); 6. Pieces of a Real Heart by Sanctus Real (Sparrow Records/EMI CMG); 7. Third Day Chronology: Volume One by Third Day (Essential Records/Provident-Integrity); 8. Love Revolution by Natalie Grant (Curb Records/Word Distribution); My Paper Heart by Francesca Battistelli (Fervent Records/Word); and 10. Born Again by the Newsboys (Inpop Records/EMI CMG).

‘Transitions’ highlights personnel changes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 01:19 PM EDT
What is Selma Wilson's new position at B&H Publishing Group? Who is Abingdon Press' new assistant marketing manager of publicity?
'WWJD' coming to Christian stores PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 01:12 PM EDT
WWJD is being released Oct. 12 on DVD by Nasser Entertainment Group and distributed to by Phase 4 Films.

The modern-day version of the best-selling 1896 novel by Charles M. Sheldon, In His Steps, marks a 10-year labor of love for producer Joseph Nasser, whose Hollywood credentials include making more than 50 films and working with the likes of Sidney Poitier, Faye Dunaway, Patty Duke, Tom Berenger and Mary McDonnell.

B&H Publishing Group makes leadership changes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 10:59 AM EDT
B&H Publishing Group has announced executive leadership changes, including appointing Selma Wilson as its new president-effective immediately.

Former president Brad Waggoner, who will continue to serve as publisher of B&H, has also been promoted to executive vice president of B&H's parent company LifeWay Christian Resources (LCR).

Wilson, who joined LifeWay in 1989, most recently served as associate vice president of its church resources division. She has also held roles as director of organizational performance as well as director of the discipleship and family magazine department. LCR President and CEO Thom Rainer called Wilson "one of the most highly respected leaders" on staff.

In her new position, Wilson will provide leadership to B&H's publishing strategy, which includes best-selling authors such as Stephen and Alex Kendrick and Beth Moore as well as Bible and reference products, church supplies, B&H Academic, digital initiatives, and the CrossBooks Publishing self-publishing imprint.

Waggoner joined LCR in 2007 as founding director of LifeWay Research, and was named B&H president and publisher in 2008.
Rainer said that Waggoner "has led B&H to incredible new heights. . . . He will assume greater responsibility in giving operational oversight and leadership to the executive leadership team and the greater LifeWay family."

Abingdon hires assistant marketing manager of publicity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 10:35 AM EDT
Abingdon Press--publishing arm of the United Methodist Publishing House--has announced the hiring of Desireé Davis as assistant marketing manager of publicity.

Davis, who will manage publicity campaigns for the imprint's nonfiction titles, previously worked as a broadcast media publicist with television booking firm, where she frequently booked national news appearances for authors, political pundits and financial experts. She also consulted as a guest booker for Daytime TV, a nationally syndicated morning show, as well as marketing events for Lipscomb University's athletics department.

Christian book sales increase PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 September 2010 01:45 PM EDT

Christian book sales were up 10% in August, according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

The average rise for the month was found in data from 14 member publishers whose sales information is gathered by the association for reporting to the Association of American Publishers, with 10 seeing a median net increase over the same time last year of 8%. Four companies reported a median drop of 11% for the same period.

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