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.”
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,”
“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 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.
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
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.
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
“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
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
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.
Written by Eric Tiansay
Monday, 07 March 2011 02:42 PM EST
Bibles are no longer just basic text editions recording births, deaths,
baptisms, confirmations and marriages—and often collecting dust on
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