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Children’s workshop filled to overflowing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 07:45 AM EDT

In her 18th consecutive CBA convention, Dr. Mary Manz Simon delivered the latest news in children’s trends coupled with the wildly popular supplier product giveaway event Monday afternoon.

Emerging technology dominated the talk, but while e-books are surging in the general market, Simon says the app invasion is a big thing in CBA’s new kid products. The Beginner Bible from Zonderkidz is coming soon with a free app and free initial story pack.  Also, “Five Love Languages” author Gary Chapman made his first appearance at a children’s trend seminar, by introducing his Northfield Publishing book A Perfect Fit for Peyton, where five pets discover their personal love languages, with a free app and digital pop-ups. 

Reaching new types of families with children was a hot button with grandfamilies, involved grandparents who live miles away from their grandchildren; mombassadors, moms who are engaged in product information from various technologies before they even enter the store; and next generation dads, who are spending more time than ever with kids, being catered to with new marketing strategies and product releases.  

Supplier Bill Reese recommended that retailers implement 360 branding. He suggested that retailers pick a product and get behind it, even leaving it on display for more than two weeks to reach less frequent shoppers.  

While children’s icons such as Disney and Girls Scouts announcing drastic changes in their core product and marketing this year, Simon says the core Christian message in 2012 is still that “we are passionate about connecting children to Jesus Christ.”

True Potential acquires Milestones International PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 08:11 AM EDT

True Potential Publishing, based in Traveler’s Rest, S.C., has acquired the business assets and operations of Milestones International Publishers from Milestones Evangelistic Ministries of Shippensburg, Pa. Jim Rill, Milestones’ publisher, will continue as publisher.

Speaker's 'sense of mission' challenges conventioneers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 08:00 AM EDT

Christine-Caine-ICRS-editedConventioneers received an in-your-face pep talk Sunday from the founder of an anti-sex-trafficking ministry, who encouraged them to be bold in doing ministry.

Christine Caine, who founded A21 ( in 2008 to bring justice to victims of slavery and degradation of mostly women and children, was the keynote speaker during the “Stores as Ministry Connectors” General Session.

Caine, who talked fast and darted back and forth on stage, focused on the theme of ICRS: Isaiah 61:1, which says “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

International businesses face 'myriad of challenges' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 07:56 AM EDT

CBA-General-Session-editedA panel discussion Sunday pondered the “myriad of challenges” facing international publishers, retailers, suppliers and distributors.

During CBA and Christian Trade Association International's (CTAI) inaugural International General Session: International Business Vision, Chris Johnsen, founder of Christian Art Distributors based in South Africa, moderated a panel that discussed findings from an international business survey conducted by CBA and CTAI.

Panelists included Paul Bootes, managing director of Koorong, Australia’s largest Christian retailer; Modupe Ehirim, president of the Christian Booksellers Association Nigeria; Thomas Tang, general secretary of Christian Communications in China; and Melvin Rivera Velázquez, interim head of the new global bible publishing unit of the United Bible Societies.

Canadian retailer gives 'right on' stewardship talk PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 07:53 AM EDT

Mark-Hutchinson-editedThe man who brought a Canadian Christian bookstore chain back from the brink encouraged conventioneers yesterday to be good stewards with what God has entrusted them.

Mark Hutchinson, president and CEO of British Columbia, Canada-based Blessings, was the featured speaker during Christian Trade Association International’s (CTAI) Global Worship Gathering.

Also an accredited preaching pastor, Hutchinson developed a multimillion-dollar carpet cleaning franchise before entering the Christian products industry in 2006. Buying a bankrupt company with a $2.1 million debt, he took Blessings from a chain of 27 corporate and franchised stores to three physical outlets and an online store whose sales volume is a third of the larger former group.

Champions of the Faith honored PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 07:49 AM EDT

Champions-of-the-Faith-editedThe Second Annual Champions of the Faith Awards and Benefit Concert was presented by the Premier Foundation in partnership with CBA on Saturday—prior to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.

Held in the Chapin Theater, the awards in seven categories honored businesses, organizations, entertainers and other individuals who are champions of the Christian faith by living their lives dedicated to the principles Jesus taught.

June Hunt receives Lifetime Achievement Award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2012 07:43 AM EDT

June-Hunt-editedThe Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced the 12th annual Golden Scroll Awards at a banquet of the group’s members Sunday, July 15.

June Hunt was the keynote speaker at the event, held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. A best-selling author and radio personality, Hunt also was this year’s recipient of the Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award.

“What an anchor is to a ship, hope is to a soul,” Hunt said as she displayed various types of anchors. The theme of hope is close to her heart, as she is founder and CEO of Hope for the Heart, a biblical counseling ministry with radio programs “Hope for the Heart” and “Hope in the Night,” heard on 1,000 outlets worldwide.

'Son of Hamas' film in the works PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:00 PM EDT

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of Hamas and author of Son of Hamas (Tyndale Momentum), is working on a movie based on his memoir and another about the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Yousef announced the two projects at a press conference in Jerusalem last month—his first visit to Israel since he left in 2007, the Jerusalem Post reported. He is working with Israeli film producer and actor Sam Feuer (Munich), who will produce a feature film adaptation of Son of Hamas as well as the yet-untitled Muhammad movie—which Feuer said would be a "historical account" faithful to Muslim texts, the Post reported.

"I think this is the time to expose the real nature of Islam," Yousef told reporters. "Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of war and most Muslims don't understand the true nature of Islam. This is the time and I would like to announce it today here from Jerusalem, next to the Temple Mount."

Depictions of Muhammad are forbidden according to Islamic tradition. But Yousef and Feuer insisted they are not frightened by the possibility of violence surrounding the film, the Post reported.

Released in 2010, Son of Hamas is New York Times best-selling book that details Yousef's six-year-long conversion process that originated with a Bible study in Jerusalem and resulted in his departure from the Palestinian terrorist organization. In his memoir, Yousef explains how he worked with Israeli security from around 1996 to 2006 to stop terror attacks against the Israelis. There are approximately 150,000 copies in print of Son of Hamas, Tyndale officials said.

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