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Munce, MTL point consumers to Christian retail Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:23 PM America/New_York

KirkBlank-Munce2016Florida-based Munce Group celebrated a quarter-century of service to Christian retailers at its annual supplier appreciation breakfast Monday at Unite 2016 in Cincinnati.

Acclaimed musician Keith Getty spoke to the many suppliers present at the event. His focus was on missions in China, and he highlighted a 1931 hymn he and his wife, Kristyn, rewrote. “Facing a Task Unfinished” is the title track for the group’s new album.

ACFW to honor pioneer novelist Janette Oke Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 27 June 2016 06:58 PM America/New_York

Colleen-Coble-CBA-press-confAmerican Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced the 2016 Carol Award finalists and the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Monday at CBA’s International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) themed UNITE.

The 2016 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be Janette Oke. ACFW CEO Colleen Coble said Oke basically launched Christian fiction as a genre with her "Love Comes Softly" series.

“Janette Oke's 'Love Comes Softly' series opened untold opportunities for faith-based novels,” Coble said. “Would any of us who write for that market be writing today if not for the impact of her novels?”

Hallmark recently turned Oke’s When Calls the Heart into a best-selling series about to begin its fourth season. 

At ACFW's press conference, author Cynthia Ruchti also announced the finalists for the 2016 Carol Awards—named after editor Carol Johnson, Oke’s first editor—in 11 categories of Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year.

The Carol Award winners, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Editor and Agent of the Year, Genesis Contest winners for unpublished manuscripts, and other honors will be awarded Aug. 27 at the gala at the ACFW conference in Nashville, Tennessee.                                              

The 2016 Carol Award finalists are as follows:


Finding Me, Kathryn Cushman (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)

The Art of Losing Yourself, Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook)

As Waters Gone, Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press)


Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, Melanie Dobson (Howard Books)

Secrets She Kept, Cathy Gohlke (Tyndale House Publishers)

Luther and Katharina, Jody Hedlund (WaterBrook)

Historical Romance:

Beyond All Dreams, Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)

Through Waters Deep, Sarah Sundin (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)

A Worthy Pursuit, Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)


The Aleppo Code, Terry Brennan (Kregel Publications)

Blessings in Disguise, Nancy Mehl (Guideposts)

Finding Amanda, Robin Patchen, ACFW QIP (independently published)


A Bride for Bear from The Convenient Bride Collection, Erica Vetsch (Barbour Publishing)

A Palace on the Plains from The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection, Erica Vetsch (Barbour Publishing)

The Archaeologist's Find from The Homestead Brides Collection, Erica Vetsch (Barbour Publishing)


The Beekeeper's Son, Kelly Irvin (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Until the Harvest, Sarah Loudin Thomas (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)

Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Beth K. Vogt (Howard Books)

Romantic Suspense:

No Place to Hide, Lynette Eason (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)

Submerged, Elizabeth Goddard (Love Inspired/Harlequin)

Miracle Drug, Richard L. Mabry, M.D. (Abingdon Press)

Short Novel:

Covert Justice, Lynn Huggins Blackburn (Love Inspired/Harlequin)

The Christmas Family, Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired/Harlequin)

The Doctor's Second Chance, Missy Tippens (Love Inspired/Harlequin)


Vinnie's Diner, Jennifer AlLee (Abingdon Press)

Heir of Hope, Morgan L. Busse (Enclave Publishing)

The Five Times I Met Myself, James L. Rubart (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Young Adult:

Angelhood, A.J. Cattapan (Vinspire Publishing)

The Golden Braid, Melanie Dickerson (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Dauntless, Dina L. Sleiman (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)


The Thornbearer, Pepper Basham (Vinspire Publishing)

The Calling of Ella McFarland, Linda Brooks Davis (Mountainview Books)

The First Principle, Marissa Shrock (Kregel Publications)

Editor of the Year nominees:

Stephanie Broene, Tyndale House Publishers

Jamie Chavez, freelance

Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House 

Agent of the Year nominees:

Jim Hart, Hartline Literary Agency

Greg Johnson, WordServe Literary

Jessica Kirkland, Blythe Daniel Agency

Christian retailers encouraged to 'stand and engage' Print Email
Written by Ann Byle   
Monday, 27 June 2016 04:49 PM America/New_York

KenHamChristian retailers and suppliers were called to "Stand and Engage" during Monday's General Session at Unite 2016. Curtis Riskey, president of CBA, spoke to the crowd of several hundred about “connecting in new ways to make the gospel relevant.”

Riskey introduced Ken Ham, author, president of Answers in Genesis and creator of the Ark Encounter, which opens July 7 in Williamstown, Kentucky. Ham is building a life-sized Noah's ark as “a reminder to dig again the wells so that the water of God continues to flow,” Ham said. “We are on the precipice of catastrophic change in this nation as we see the collapse of Christian culture.”

CBA's Curtis Riskey promises 'new ways of doing business' Print Email
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Monday, 27 June 2016 12:34 PM America/New_York

ICRS2016-RibbonCutting2About 50 retailers and exhibitors gathered at the 2016 ICRS ribbon-cutting ceremony, waiting to be the first to arrive on the exhibit hall floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. The show’s move to Cincinnati represents “the start of a smaller, more intimate, more nimble place for us to strengthen relationships with each other and do business well,” said CBA Chairman of the Board Sue Smith, manager of Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Christian Retailing's Best awards announced at Unite 2016 Print Email
Written by Jenny Rose Curtis   
Monday, 27 June 2016 11:29 AM America/New_York

CRBest-BHWinnersB&H Publishing Group was the runaway winner with 13 awards at the 2016 Christian Retailing’s Best awards. Christian Retailing announced the awards celebrating the best products of the year Monday morning during Unite 2016 (International Christian Retail Show) in Cincinnati. Abingdon Press also had a good showing, winning five awards, while both Lighthouse Christian Products and Baker Publishing Group won four.

Pastor Chris Hill encourages Christian products industry Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:49 PM America/New_York

ChrisHillAttendees of CBA’s Unite 2016 in Cincinnati participated in a Worship Him! service packed with three hours of Spirit-filled praise, inspiring speakers and significant awards.

Chris Hill, senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Denver, Colorado, preached on the life of David before the shepherd became king, a message based on his new book, Walking to Jerusalem (David C Cook).

Kay Arthur wins Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:16 PM America/New_York

AWSAGoldenScroll-2016Torry Martin, a humorist with long red hair and lots of flair, had a guilt problem. He wanted to be free from guilt, so he set out to prove the Bible was wrong. Then, via a poster in an Anchorage, Alaska, laundromat, the Holy Spirit invited him to “Come see if the Bible is real.”

Martin told the story of how God turned his life upside down through that Precept BIble study poster. Later he became a licensed Precept leader, a fact all the more significant because he filled in as keynote speaker for Kay Arthur at Sunday afternoon’s AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Golden Scroll Awards banquet. Arthur, executive vice president and co-CEO of Precept Ministries International, stayed home after her husband, Jack, was hospitalized this week.

Vote for the best products of 2015 Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 21 March 2016 02:05 PM America/New_York

CRBest15-TrophiesChristian Retailing invites Christian retailers, publishers and all who work in the Christian trade to help us name the top products of 2015 in this year's Christian Retailing's Best awards. The voting period runs through March 31.

Click here to vote in more than 35 product categories, including Coloring Books, Devotionals, General Gift Product and DVD: Book/Bible Study.