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Books cited for political impact PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:10 PM EST

Self-publisher Schiel & Denver (S&D) has named five Christian books that have made an impact on political thought.

The Houston-based company polled to examine the role of “how Christian literature has affected governmental decision-making inside the ‘inner belt’ of Congress and played a part in our great nation's continued development as Christianity resonates in U.S. politics at all levels.”

Heading the list was The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield, published by Thomas Nelson in 2008. It “examines the 44th U.S. president's intellectual faith journey, with critical analysis and insightful comparisons to President George W. Bush,” S&D said.

Next was Does God Believe in Atheists by John Blanchard (Evangelical Press, 2000). Noted for allegedly being amongst the reading matter of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford in the wake of his extramarital-affair scandal, the book is cited for its “easy writing style and comprehensive approach to redemption and faith exploration.” 

Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley (Zondervan, 2008), is said to be a “fascinating and in-depth biography” and “the book that many Americans first turned towards to learn more about the story of Sarah Palin at a critical time in her public career during the 2008 election.”

Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity (Crossway Books, 2004) “has made an undeniable impact on how American evangelicals in Congress have re-examined their place in the secular/sacred divide.” The book “lays the foundation for how Christian educators can address the dissemination of the gospel through Christian schools and ministries across the United States.”

Also on the list is Breakfast With Jesus by Greg Laurie (Tyndale House Publishers, 2003), which S&D says “provides an inspirational and brilliantly written analysis that should be required reading for all Christian schools and universities.”

Rock band makes tour-help appeal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:09 PM EST

Rising Christian rock band Hyland has appealed for help in keeping its show on the road after the theft of equipment on the eve of a major tour.

The four-piece from Elk River, Minn., had its trailer containing all its instruments and gear stolen from the parking lot of the band members' church, The Crossing. With a single, “This Love Is Free,” getting airplay in radio and a debut album out in May, the group is due to start a monthlong tour with Fireflight soon.

Since the theft was featured in a local FOX News TV report, the band has received $5,000 in donations towards the $20,000 loss. “Hyland has never before asked for money. Ever,” said singer Jon Lewis. “Rarely do we even ask for favors. We are not that kind of band.

“We believe in earning our keep, working hard and paying it forward, but this is different. We can’t just get on the road and make this back. We don’t have anything to sell.”

Tooth & Nail Records is due to release Hyland’s Weights & Measures on May 3.

Faith films in focus PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:09 PM EST

More and more churches fed up with Hollywood fare are making their own movies—clik here for details in our Industry Radar roundup of other media's reporting on the Christian products world.

Teen sailor's dramatic 12,000-mile journey PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:08 PM EST

Aiming to sail her way into the record books, Abby Sunderland found herself in the headlines instead when her round-the-world effort ended in disaster.

Now the 16-year-old has told the story of her dramatic 12,000-mile journey in Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle on the High Seas, releasing next month from Thomas Nelson.

Written with New York Times best-selling co-author Lynn Vincent, the $22.99 book recounts how Sunderland was shipwrecked nearly 2,000 miles east of Madagascar.

“The morning after I rolled I was sitting on my chart desk, and I was starting to think a little bit too much about what was happening, so I prayed, and just seconds after I prayed, a huge plane flew over me,” Sunderland recalled.

“It’s said that at some point in any sailor’s life, they are going to reach their limit and they’re going to reach their breaking point and call on the Lord—and that was mine there. He came through for me. I’d been a strong Christian throughout my whole trip and came out an even stronger one in the end.”

The teenager hopes that her story will inspire others to “see that you can follow your dreams. Things don’t always work out, but it’s good to go for it.”

Read more in the April issue of Christian Retailing.

Fresh face for ‘Left Behind’ series PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:05 PM EST

Tyndale House Publishers is putting a fresh face on its blockbuster “Left Behind” series. The successful end-times set is being repackaged with new covers and updated content “to inspire a new generation of readers.”

Sales for the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have “remained consistently strong since we stopped publishing new titles in 2007,” said Cheryl Kerwin, Tyndale senior marketing manager. The titles remain among the company’s top-selling fiction titles, and more than 25,000 copies of the e-book versions have been sold since they were released a few months ago. “We felt the time was right to give the books a new look that evokes a sense of timeliness for the days in which we live,” Kerwin said.

With bright orange spines and strong graphics, the new designs “imagine how TV networks would cover the end times as the sequence of events takes place,” said Kerwin. “We approached the imagery and composition with an eye for photojournalism rather than pure fictional drama. The result is a collection of covers as arresting as a breaking news bulletin. We have been very pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received from the trade.”

In addition to the new look, additional content includes a “Test Your Prophecy IQ,” “The Prophecy Behind the Scenes” and “In the Meantime,” a look at events that have occurred since the series released.

Since the series began 16 years ago, “Left Behind” and related titles has sold more than 63 million copies. Seven titles in the series were No. 1 best-sellers. The “Left Behind” brand includes 12 adult novels, three prequels, one sequel, a set of 40 juvenile novels, audiobooks, devotionals and graphic novels.

Study-group first for debut novel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:05 PM EST

What is believed to be the first small group curriculum kit for churches based on a modern Christian novel is being prepared for a September release by LifeWay Church Resources in association with B&H Publishing Group.

The teaching DVD and expanded study guide will explore themes from Rooms, James L. Rubart’s best-selling debut novel about a man whose coastal Oregon house is revealed to be a physical manifestation of his soul.

“This will be a tool for churches to reach out to their members in a new way,” said Brian Daniel, LifeWay’s small group curriculum director. “It gives the small group leader an opportunity to use story to convey messages and themes found in Scripture.”

B&H fiction marketing manager Julie Gwinn said: “Jesus taught using parables; stories are certainly an effective way to stimulate thinking about important issues of life and faith. We’ve definitely seen that happening with Rooms, so we’re very excited to bring this story to the church.”

New tees ‘Knockin’ Out Temptation’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:04 PM EST

Two companies have joined forces to launch a new line of Christian T-shirts aimed at teenagers. Creation By Design has linked with K.O.T. Shirts to promote the message, “Knockin' Out Temptation.”

Founded in 2006 by Steven Kaye, Creation By Design launched a line of Bible trading cards, “My Bible Cards,” featuring computer-generated images. Last year the company introduced the “Xander Nash” children’s chapter-book series and a line of activity books, posters, artwork and postcards. K.O.T. Shirts was founded by teenager Nathan Cabrera, whose mother was killed in a gang attack on the family home.

From keepsake to connection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Monday, 07 March 2011 02:42 PM EST

Family Bibles are no longer just basic text editions recording births, deaths, baptisms, confirmations and marriages—and often collecting dust on bookshelves.

The subcategory now offers a variety of features—including color illustrations, drawings and art, children's stories and pictures, as well as expanded notes and records sections—all designed to encourage family members to read the Scriptures together.

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