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Bookmasters, Paraclete Press sign fulfillment agreement Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:55 PM America/New_York

bookmasters-logoBookmasters has signed an agreement with Paraclete Press to provide full-service fulfillment in the U.S. and Canada for the ecumenical publisher's catalog of Christian books, CDs and DVDs.

Paraclete Press was incorporated in 1983 and is the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical monastic community rooted in the Benedictine tradition. Paraclete publishes approximately 40 books each year and is headquartered in Brewster, Massachusetts.

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Provident announces appointments Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:38 PM America/New_York

provident-label-groupProvident Music Group announced Thursday the hiring of Brian Dishon as vice president of marketing and Jeff Cruz as vice president of promotions for Provident Label Group (PLG). Dishon and Cruz will oversee rosters on the Essential Records, Reunion Records and Beach Street Records imprints, and will begin their new roles April 4.

Dishon returns to Provident after a four-year term as multi-site ministries director for Cross Point Church in Nashville. During his previous employment at Provident, Dishon led the label group’s promotions team and served as vice president of marketing.

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Worthy, Genesis Marketing Group partner Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:08 PM America/New_York

worthy-publishing-logoWorthy Publishing announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Genesis Marketing Group for sales representation to the independent Christian retail market across the U.S., effective April 1. The decision was driven by Worthy’s continuing rapid growth and a long-term commitment to serving independent Christian retailers.

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Brunstetter’s ‘The Restoration’ tops best-seller lists Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:02 PM America/New_York

wanda-brunstetter-mugWanda E. Brunstetter’s The Restoration (Shiloh Run Press/Barbour Publishing) earned the No. 1 spot on both the February Publishers Weekly Religion Fiction best-seller list and on the March Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) list. The Restoration is the conclusion of Brunstetter’s "Prairie State Friends" trilogy.

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Ministry Brands acquires ACTIVE Network’s faith division Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:54 AM America/New_York

ministry-brandsChristian software company Ministry Brands announced today it has acquired ACTIVE Network's faith division, including the Fellowship One software product. Fellowship One provides a suite of programs to integrate church administrative functions. By acquiring ACTIVE’s faith division, Ministry Brands adds more than 4,500 churches to its portfolio.

The acquisition represents strategic decisions by both companies. For Ministry Brands, the acquisition is part of a larger strategy to serve churches with streamlined, comprehensive technology, allowing pastors, other church leaders and administrators to focus on ministry.  For ACTIVE, the divestiture will allow ACTIVE to focus on core competencies and customers in the sports, communities and outdoors markets.

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Newsboys’ 'Love Riot' excels Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:51 AM America/New_York

love-riot-albumNewsboys’ latest album, Love Riot (Fair Trade Services), debuted atop multiple charts following its March 4 release, marking one of the biggest sales weeks for a Christian artist to date this year.

The album bowed at No. 1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Christian Digital Albums chart, No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian Top Albums chart and in the Top 10 on iTunes’ overall Top Albums chart. In addition, Love Riot debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200.

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Oasis, Tyndale partner on ‘Africa Study Bible’ Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:48 AM America/New_York

africa-study-bibleMajor Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans. The new study Bible was born out of a six-year, cross-continental effort.

To support the effort, Oasis is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Cru/Jesus Film, Saddleback Church, Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Scripture Union, American Bible Society, Compassion, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Radio, The Center for Early African Christianity, Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane, MMD Global, The Livingstone Corp., InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc. and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa.

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Simplified Planner founder Emily Ley signs with Thomas Nelson Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 14 March 2016 03:43 PM America/New_York

GraceNotPerfectionEmily Ley, creative director of the Emily Ley lifestyle brand and founder of The Simplified Planner, will publish her first book, Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, with Thomas Nelson this fall. The October release will draw on Ley's popular blog, social media feeds and daily planner to inspire women to simplify, prioritize and allow the grace of God into their lives.

“We are delighted to add Emily to our author roster and share her approach of embracing the perfectly imperfect,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and publisher of children’s books, gift books and new media at Thomas Nelson. “Countless women have already caught on to the concept of holding themselves ‘to a standard of grace, not perfection,’ as Emily says, and we think that this will be one of our standout books releasing this fall.”

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