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AWSA announces Golden Scroll winners Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:40 PM America/New_York

SuzanneKuhn-ShawnKuhn-AWSA-2017Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced the winners of the 2017 Golden Scroll Awards on Tuesday, June 27, at the Golden Scroll Banquet at the Hilton Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati.

Kregel Publishers won the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award, which honors outstanding ministry partnerships between a publisher and its authors.

Letitia Suk, an AWSA author, praised Kregel.

“I’m proud to have Kregel’s name on my book and so grateful for their support and investment in me,” Suk said.

Stephen Barcliff won the Golden Scroll Nonfiction Editor of the Year Award. Suk also spoke of her respect for Barcliff.

“Steve is sharp and smart about business but always has time for his authors,” Suk said.

Pelican Book Group’s Lisa McCaskill won the Fiction Editor of the Year award.

AWSA author Robin Bayne praised McCaskill.

“Lisa put a lot of dedicated effort into the re-release of my novel,” Bayne said. “She made the entire experience a breeze.”

The Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Lynn Eib for Peace in the Face of Cancer from Tyndale House Publishers.

The judges explained that Peace in the Face of Cancer was “a comforting, practical book about living with cancer by a survivor with a longtime ministry to patients.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction winners included Suk for Getaway With God: The Every Women’s Guide to Personal Retreat (Kregel Publications), Margot Starbuck for He Knows Your Name (Kregel) and Lucinda Secrest McDowell for Dwelling Places—Words to Live in Every Season (Abingdon Press).

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction went to Edie Melson for While My Child is Away (Worthy Inspired), Starbuck for Overplayed (Herald Press) and Joy Schneider for How to Keep Grief from Stealing Your Destiny (Water of Life Unlimited).

Cynthia Ruchti’s Song of Silence (Abingdon Press) won the Golden Scroll Novel of the Year Award.  The judges described Ruchti’s novel as “a stunning, beautiful, poetic, touching read.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction winners included Martha Bolton for The Home Game (Faith Happenings Publishers), Lynette Eason for Without Warning (Revell/Baker Publishing Group) and Edie Melson for Alone (Prism Book Group).

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction went to DiAnn Mills for Deadly Encounter (Tyndale House Publishers), Marilyn Turk for The Gilded Curse (Heritage Beacon Fiction) and Lynette Eason for Moving Target (Revell/Baker).

Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley’s Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers (Discovery House) won the Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year. In a statement, the judges explained their rationale.

“This is an excellent book for teaching children ages 6 to 10 more about God,” the panel said.

The Golden Scroll Merit Award for Children’s Book of the Year went to Jeanne Dennis and Sheila Seifert for Bible Kid Adventures: Stories of Danger and Courage (Tyndale).

AWSA’s official magazine, Leading Hearts, won its third straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The magazine honored its columnists, including Pam Farrel, Michelle S. Cox, Rhonda Rhea, Penelope Carlevato, Saundra Dalton, Sharon Elliot, Kathy Collard Miller, Karen Porter and Cynthia Simmons.

Suzanne Kuhn was named the 2017 AWSA Member of the Year. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd shared kind words about Kuhn.

“Suzanne has so many hard-earned insights and gifts regarding building an author’s platform, and she never hesitates to share her knowledge with her AWSA sisters,” Shepherd said.

Medical professional Karynthia Phillips won the Beyond Me Award. Phillips not only works with women who have high-risk pregnancies in the prison population but also with women audiences through her mentoring, writing and speaking.

Carol Kent served as the keynote speaker and recording artist Ginny Owens performed the special music.  Kent received the prestigious 2017 Impact Award.

“Carol has served the Lord through both tragedy and pain, and made such a difference for the cause of Christ,” Shepherd said.

AWSA President Karen Porter served as emcee. Kent and Shepherd presented the awards, and Dennis performed a parody written by Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.

For more information, visit AWSA's official site.

 
CBA shares State of the Industry Report at Unite 2017 Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 03:40 PM America/New_York

Unite-signEric Grimm, CBA’s director of communications, gave retailers plenty of reasons for optimism with CBA’s State of the Industry report. The briefing was held Wednesday at the Big Idea Stage at CBA’s Unite 2017 show.

CBA’s State of the Industry is an annual survey conducted among Christian retailers, researching trends and their potential implications for the industry. Grimm said this year’s finding were consistent with prior years.

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Unite show opener encourages Christian retailers Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:22 PM America/New_York

RicardoSanchez-webCBA kicked off the Unite 2017 convention in Cincinnati with encouragement and inspiration. The Tuesday evening show opener, “Worship Him!”, drew a sparse crowd for the service that featured author Mary DeMuth (Harvest House Publishers) as the main speaker along with artists The Collingsworth Family (StowTown Records/Provident Distribution) and Ricardo Sanchez (Difference Media).

In her opening remarks, Sue Smith, chair of CBA’s board of directors, acknowledged this reality but expressed optimism for both the show and the year ahead.

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Final Family Christian stores close this week Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:10 AM America/New_York

unnamed 2Family Christian announced that it will close the last of its stores this week. Fifty-eight stores will close their doors from May 9-13, including 27 stores on May 13, according to an official bulletin.

This represents the conclusion of a process that began in February, when Family Christian announced its closure after 85 years in business. Since then, over 150 stores nationwide have been shuttered.

At the time, Family Christian president Chuck Bengochea commented on the importance of finishing with excellence.

“Family Christian has left a powerful legacy of helping people find, grow, share and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “Today and always, we are grateful to God for the privilege of serving Him and look forward to finishing strong for His name’s sake.”

In April, Harrison House President and CEO Troy Wormell announced the acquisition of 15 Family Christian Stores, which have been renamed Empowered Life Christian Books & Gifts.

Family Christian has one last sale for its last week—a “Final Days” sale that offers up to 90 percent off everything in-store.

Editor's Note: The original newsletter version of this story incorrectly claimed February was when Family Christian announced bankruptcy. The story has been updated for accuracy.

 
Harrison House CEO acquires multiple Family Christian stores Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:34 PM America/New_York

TroyWormell-webHarrison House President and CEO Troy Wormell and his wife, Joyce Wormell, announced in April the acquisition of 15 Family Christian Stores location. The new chain of Christian retail stores has the working name of Empowered Life Christian Books & Gifts.

The stores are in well-established locations in states across the U.S., including New Jersey, Arizona, Illinois and Florida. The headquarters, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will serve as the stores’ distribution center.

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Nomination period opens for 2017 CR Best awards Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 16 January 2017 01:47 PM America/New_York

CRBest-Award statue webChristian Retailing opens the nomination period today for the 2017 Christian Retailing’s Best awards. Vendors and authors can enter their products between Jan. 16 and Feb. 28 at christianretailingsbest.com.

Nominations may go under one of more than 50 product categories, including Gifts for the Home, Accessories/Apparel, Coloring Book and Fiction: Historical. Any products released in 2016 may be placed in any of these categories. Products released in 2015 or before may be entered in the Backlist category.

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Tessie Güell DeVore resigns from Charisma House to head up the Lumo Project Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 13 January 2017 02:35 PM America/New_York

Tessie-DeVoreAfter 23 years with Charisma House, Tessie DeVore has resigned from her role as executive vice president and publisher to serve as president of a new nonprofit, the Lumo Project, a ministry dedicated to Bible engagement.

Marcos Perez, vice president of sales and marketing for Charisma House, has been promoted to executive vice president and publisher by Steve Strang, CEO and founder of Charisma Media.

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CBA recasts retail show to unite Christian products industry Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 June 2016 03:17 PM America/New_York

ArkEncounter-AnswersInGenesisFrom content creators to church bookstore managers, the Christian products industry met in Cincinnati this week for CBA’s UNITE 2016. Otherwise known as the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), the recast convention drew a total of 2,114 professionals June 26-29 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Last year’s attendance for the Orlando, Florida, show was much higher at over 3,000 total.

CBA President Curtis Riskey welcomed how attendees responded enthusiastically to the theme of UNITE 2016.

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