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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 08:42 AM EST

Christian retail offers for the week of Jan. 31

Red is the color this week, with romance and hard rock to the fore

As Valentine's Day nears, Parable stores ask "What's your love language?" to promote Gary Chapman's well-known works. The stores make his The 5 Love Languages, The Five Love Languages of Children and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers available for $8.97 each online.

LifeWay Christian Stores' "wonderful ways to say, 'I love you'" promotion offers The 5 Love Languages for $9.99 (reduced from $14.99) and Emmerson Eggerichs' Love and Respect for a Lifetime for $5 (down from $12.99). Marriage drama Fireproof is reduced from $19.99 to $5.

Until We Have Faces from four-piece Red headlines the Mardel Christian & Education emailing, priced at $9.99. The band's previous Innocence & Instinct is offered for $5.99, with both releases available together, in-store only, for $19.99.

The new release also leads the list of new music from LifeWay, priced at $9.99. The chain's other featured music includes WOW Gospel 2011 (various artists) for $2 off the regular price, at $11.99. Brandon Heath's Leaving Eden is also priced at $9.99 (down from $13.99).

DVDs are also a focus, with Parable's online-only clearance offering a range of titles for $ each. Among them: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and its sequel, The Two Towers, The Black Stallion and Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. Mardel's $7.99 DVD sale includes In the Blink of An Eye, The Story of Ruth, Clancy and Home Beyond the Sun.

Family Christian Stores offers free shipping on any online order of $35 or more and 30% off an entire online purchase of regularly priced items.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 11:52 AM EST

Christian retail offers for the week of Jan. 24

DVDs at discounts prices are the main feature in email promotions from LifeWay Christian Stores and Family Christian Stores.

LifeWay offers pro-marriage bestseller Fireproof for $5, reduced from $19.99, with children's adventure Mandie and the Secret Tunnel available for the same price and music drama The Imposter priced at $7.99 (down from $14.99). New release Like Dandelion Dust is reduced from $22.98 to $17.99.

Family, meanwhile, presents a half-price selection, with The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, Standing Firm, and Hachi: A Dog's Tale each available for $9.99. The Book of Ruth: A Journey of Faith, starring Carman, is priced at $7.49.

Family also spotlights 20% savings on One Year devotionals and Bibles and $8 each for classics by Max Lucado, including Just Like Jesus, He Still Moves Stones and No Wonder They Call Him The Savior. Music releases offered at $7.97 each include Phil Wickham's Heaven & Earth and Third Day's Revelation.

The mailing also includes a coupon for 50% off a second purchase, while LifeWay's promotion has as coupon offering 33% off any one regularly priced item, Jan.31-Feb.2, in the chain's three-day Super Sale Event.

With Valentine's Day in mind, Parable discounts the “Love Dare” line. The original book is priced at $9.99, while the keepsake edition is priced at $17.99. The daily devotional is offered at $13.99 and its wedding edition for $22.99. Like Dandelion Dust is priced at $19.99, in-store only.

Mardel Christian & Education spotlights a sale of Thoughts to Share jewelry, with items reduced to $10 each. A separate emailing from the chain highlights outreach Bibles, with the full text NIV edition available for $1.90 each in packs of 20.


Bonus review: 'Another Dawn' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 January 2011 04:18 PM EST

In Kathryn Cushman’s Another Dawn, single mother Grace Graham finds herself coming full circle after choosing to run from life’s difficulties since her mother’s passing more than four years ago.

At the request of her sister and in hopes of reconciling with her father—whom Grace blames for her mother’s death—Grace heads for her hometown of Shoal Creek, Tenn., to help her father recover from surgery. While there, Grace’s 4-year-old son, Dylan, comes down with the measles. Knowing that her California employer’s son became autistic after being vaccinated worries Grace, so she decides against having Dylan vaccinated. But when the disease spreads and the town is quarantined, Grace is hit with a backlash of hate and blame, including from her sister whose baby daughter is fighting for her life.

In spite of the turmoil, Grace chooses to stay, and with the help of an old friend who comes to her aid, she finds herself praying for her niece to be healed and that God will help her reconcile her relationships. 

Through her characters, Cushman—a former pharmacist—demonstrates both sides of the immunization argument. The well-written Another Dawn shows that choices have consequences, good or bad, that affect others.

—Nicole Anderson

Another Dawn

Kathryn Cushman

Bethany House (Baker Publishing Group)

softcover, 320 pages, $14.99


February 2011

Wanda E. Brunstetter visits Florida fans PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 January 2011 02:48 PM EST

Barbour Publishing author Wanda E. Brunstetter--who recently hit the 5 million copies-sold mark--visited the offices of Christian Retailing with her husband, Richard, Jan. 12. Wanda has been meeting her fans at book signings at stores across Florida, including LifeWay and Family Christian Stores in the Orlando area. Look for the first installment of her "Kentucky Brothers" series, The Journey, in April.

Bonus review: 'Meet Mrs. Smith' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:18 AM EST

Anna Smith--wife of Martin Smith, lead singer for the now-defunct U.K. Christian band Delirious--offers Meet Mrs. Smith, an account of her life with Smith and the band.

Through most of the book, Smith shares about her budding romance and the early days of her marriage. She also writes about her daily life and the ups and downs of her numerous pregnancies.

As the Smiths’ family grows, so does their vision to begin a new life reaching out to impoverished communities around the world. While at times Smith struggled with feeling alone during her husband’s international travels or in understandstanding the things that burdened his heart, she stayed strong, trusting the Lord to open her eyes to the same things—and God was faithful.

Mothers will relate to the stories in Smith’s debut book, as she leads them along her journey from newlywed to mother of six, and sees her family work together to make a difference.

—Heidi Ippolito

Meet Mrs Smith

Anna Smith and Carolyn Johnson

David C. Cook

softcover, 224 pages, $14.99


February 2011

Bonus review: 'The Resurrection' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 08:46 AM EST

Ruby Case, a disabled mother of two boys—and a prayer warrior for her community—just wanted to stay out of the limelight, and she is successful at doing so, that is until she unexpectedly raises a young boy from the dead. The people of the quiet coastal town of Stonetree wonder if it truly was a miracle.

His heart hardened by tragedy, the Rev. Ian Clark isn’t sure he believes in miracles anymore, but he is determined to find out. With the help of a few friends, Case and Clark uncover more secrets than they bargained for. Case’s town is ruled by demonic powers, and it’s up to a faithful few to stand together to expose and defeat the forces that have held their town captive for years.

Duran’s debut novel is full of characters having premonitions, seeing apparitions and engaging in occult practices. It is terrifying, but it’s also engaging and an eye-opener for the church, aiming to demonstrate that spiritual warfare is still a reality today. The Resurrection will appeal to readers of supernatural suspense and fans of authors such as Ted Dekker and Eric Wilson.

—Sarah Stegall

The Resurrection  

Mike Duran  

Realms (Strang Book Group)


February 2011

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