Christian Retailing


Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:34 AM EST

Christian retail offers for the week of Jan. 3

Shoppers with an eye for making personal changes are the focus of two offers.

Parable encourages people to “Shape Up Your Soul, Body & Finances,” offering The One Year Bible in NLT and NIV editions for $14.97 each (usual price $18.99). 31 Days to a Younger You by Arlene Pellicane is reduced from $11.99 to $9.97 while Fit For My King by Sheri Rose Shepherd, usually $12.99, is available for $10.97.

Parable's promotion also features Ellie Kay's The 60 Minute Money Workout, reduced from $14.99 to $12.97 and includes a coupon for free shipping on online orders of $40 or more.

Mardel Christian & Education leads its emailing with the One Year Bible God Sightings editions, available in NLT and NIV, for $9.99. The same price is given to The Daily Bible, NIV. Mardel also presents the deluxe, bonded leather edition of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for $9.99, down from $19.99, and a selection of spiral journals for $5 each.

Family Christian Stores introduces its 2011 Book of the Year, Francis Chan's Crazy Love, at $11.24, reduced from $14.99. The 4-CD audio edition is reduced from $19.99 to $14.99. The chain also features Chan's The Forgotten God for $11.24. Jentezen Franklin's Fasting, with a bonus CD/DVD, is offered for $11.99, a saving of $8 on the regular price.

LifeWay Christian Stores' music emailing presents a selection of $5 CDs, among them BarlowGirl's Love & War, Point of Grace's How You Live, Deluxe Edition and Mandisa's True Beauty. Brandon Heath's forthcoming Leaving Eden is priced at $9.99 for pre-purchase, down from $13.99. The promotion also offers Priscilla Shirer's forthcoming book, Life Interrupted, for pre-buy at $9.99, with a free copy of her One In A Million, through Feb. 28. prices Kara Williamson's CD, Undisguised, at $1.99 (regular price $13.99). Book offers include Dr. Don Colbert's Eat This and Live! For Kids for $9.99, down from $17.99, and Bill Hybels' Too Busy Not To Pray hardcover club edition for $4.99 from $15.


Christian retail offers for the week of Dec. 20

Last-minute Christmas deals can be found aplenty, with Family Christian Stores leading the way with a bumper promotion offering savings of up to 50% on a wide range of products.

Among the half-off items are children's titles including Stephen Elkins' 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs (from $19.99 to $9.99) and top adult titles including Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover: Revised Third Edition ($24.99 to $12.49) and Sarah Young's Jesus Calling devotional ($16.99 to $8.49).

The chain also has all sweatshirts and Christmas tees at half-price, while Bibles are reduced up to 40%, including the NIV Adventure Bible, available for $16.70 (regular price, $27.99). Boxed fiction is marked down 20%, pricing Karen Kingsbury's “Above the Line” set at $35.99 (regularly $44.99) and Janette Oke's “Love Comes Softly,”: books 5-8, for $41.59 ($51.99).

Parable leads its promotion with Jesus Calling specials, pricing the imitation leather edition at $14.97 for online shoppers, down from $18.99. The children's edition is available for $19.97 online, reduced from $14.99. Bodie & Brock Thoene's The Gathering Storm, the first in their new “Zion Dairies” series, is offered for $12.97 (usual price, $14.99).

Mardel Christian & Education is taking an additional 25% off all framed art and offering a 50% reduction on ESV Study Bibles. The chain also has graphic tees from Kerusso for $9.99 and select CDs available for $5 each. They include Toby Mac's Portable Sounds, Kutless' Strong Tower and Jeremy Camp's Speaking Louder Than Before.

Berean Christian Stores promotes the final days of its Christmas Bucks program which gives discounts on January shopping for December purchases. Included in the emailing is an additional coupon offering 15% off purchases between $35 and $75, 20% off $75-$125 and 25% off $125-plus.

Bonus review: 'How to Be Perfect' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 December 2010 08:42 AM EST

Daniel Harrell, senior minister of Colonial Church, Edina, Minn., wanted to do more than preach about Leviticus—he wanted to live it. He records his online Levites-for-a-month experiment in How to Be Perfect: One Church’s Audacious Experiment in Living the Old Testament Book of Leviticus.

Harrell and a likeminded group of 18 church members share insights into their desire to be holy and their need for much grace. Although the pastor admits he doesn’t always understand Levitical law concerning food, clothing and skin disease, he explains such regulations are given because God wants to be involved in every area of life.

The book, which will appeal to younger readers, vacillates between a serious attempt at holiness and an excuse for lightheartedness. However, Harrell addresses with insight some social issues such as homosexuality and poverty. He also successfully relates Jesus’ teaching to Old Testament law, and underscores getting to the heart of God’s commands rather than mere appearances.

Readers of similar titles such as A.J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically may be interested to see how Harrell’s congregation approached the subject, and how the church used social media to start this movement.

—Eilene Ishler

How to Be Perfect

Daniel M. Harrell


hardcover, 224 pages, $19.95


January 2011

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 11:30 AM EST

Christian retail offers for the week of Dec. 13

Christmas savings are the big emphasis, as Berean Christian Stores promotes its Christmas Bucks program. The chain is offering $10 to spend in January for every $50 spent through Dec. 24. Its email promotion also includes a coupon for 50% off a second Bible with the purchase of one at regular price, through Dec. 20.

LifeWay Christian Stores offers a coupon for 33% off one regularly priced item in its Last Minute Sale, Dec. 17-18, while Family Christian Stores presents a coupon for 25% off a customer's entire purchase, valid through Jan. 2, 20011. Family also announces extended shopping hours, Dec. 19, noon-7 p.m.; Dec. 20-23, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Berean's emailing highlights Bible savings, with 30% off select NIVs and 25% of NLT editions. LifeWay spotlights DVDs for Christmas gifts—The Blind Side reduced from $19.98 to $15.99 and Amish Grace down from $22.98 to $18.38.

Family focuses on children's products, with savings of up to 50%. The Voyage of the Dawntreader Movie Tie-In Edition Box Set of C.S. Lewis' seven “Narnia” books is priced at $45 and Fisher-Price's Little People Nativity set is available for $29.97 (regular price, $39.99).

Parable stores include a coupon for $5 off an online purchase of $20 or more through Dec. 18. The email highlights "Stories of Enduring Love< featuring the first two titles in Karen Kingsbury's "Timeless Love" series for $12.97 each. The same price is offered for the first release in Brock and Bodie Thoene's new ?Zion Diaries" series, The Gathering Storm.

Bonus review: 'Angel Harp' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 December 2010 11:02 AM EST

Michael Phillips pens an adventurous tale of amateur harpist Angel Marie Buchan and her encounter with the townspeople of a Scottish village full of dark secrets.

A widow, 40-year-old Marie fulfills her dream to visit the land of the Celts. Traveling from her home in Canada, she finds herself drawn to the fishing village of Port Scarnose and extends her stay when her harp captures the interest of Gwendolyn, a savant with a degenerative disease, and the curate, Iain Barclay. Marie becomes entangled in the folklore around Gwendolyn's birth, and learns that both the curate and the duke were in love with Gwendolyn's mother, who died in childbirth.

Exclusive 'Dawn Treader' interview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 01:46 PM EST

Christian Retailing News Editor Eric Tiansay talks with Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis' stepson and executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—to be released Dec. 10 by Walden Media and 20th Century Fox.

Executer of the C.S. Lewis estate, Gresham—also co-producer of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, the first two installments of “The Chronicles of Narnia” movie series—discusses the importance of box-office support for Dawn Treader from the faith-based community, including Christian retailers and churches. Listen below.

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