|News Beat June 2011|
|Written by Production|
|Wednesday, 15 June 2011 02:26 PM America/New_York|
Despite the disappointing box-office tally of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Walden Media is looking to produce The Magician’s Nephew as the fourth film in the franchise based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved children’s fantasy novels. The sixth book in Lewis’ seven-title series, The Magician’s Nephew is a prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, telling the story of the creation of Narnia and how evil entered into the magical land. ?
Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. honored the writers and publishers of last year’s most-performed
Christian songs on U.S. radio and TV during its annual Christian Music Awards, held April 4 in Nashville. For the second consecutive year, TobyMac (right) was recognized as Songwriter of the Year along with Southern gospel’s Rodney Griffin and Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart. Written by Scott Krippayne and was recorded by Kutless, “What Faith Can Do” was named Song of the Year. ?
David Wilkerson—pastor and author of the 1963 best-seller The Cross and the Switchblade (Chosen Books/Baker Publishing Group), which helped launch the charismatic-publishing market—died in a car crash in East Texas on April 27. Wilkerson, 79, was founder and senior pastor of Times Square Church in New York City. He authored more than 30 books, but was best known for The Cross and the Switchblade, which has sold more than 15 million copies, and introduced readers to the struggles of inner-city youth recruited by gangs. ?
Due to “significant response” to Ann Voskamp’s recently released New York Times best-selling memoir, One Thousand Gifts, Zondervan and the author have launched www.OneThousandGifts.com to give readers a place to share their everyday gifts as they count their way to 1,000. In One Thousand Gifts, Voskamp explores what it is to “fully live” —delving into Jesus’ earthly life, taking bread and giving thanks.