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Publishers serve up tasty fiction Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Monday, 22 December 2008 04:46 PM America/New_York

Publishers are looking to feed the growing appetite for Christian fiction with some additional takeaway value. Several new and recently released books feature recipes that allow readers to literally chew over what they have read.

Among the authors serving up the extras is best-selling Amish drama writer Wanda E. Brunstetter, who recently completed a taste-test book tour in support of White Christmas Pie—released in September by Barbour Publishing.


‘Library Journal’s’ best Christian list Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Monday, 22 December 2008 04:33 PM America/New_York

Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Knopf) by former best-selling vampire novelist Anne Rice was named among the top Christian fiction of 2008 by Library Journal in its annual Best Books list.

The other Christian novels recognized were Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook) and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers) as well as Embrace Me by Lisa Samson and Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz (both Thomas Nelson).

CBA launches inventory tool Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 11:01 AM America/New_York

After field-testing the resource in five stores this fall, CBA is rolling out a new tool that equips Christian retailers to refine their inventory mix for maximum profitability. The service is being backed by Tyndale House Publishers, which says the system can be a big help to Christian retailers.

Custom Inventory Accelerator (CIA) uses a store’s current inventory data overlaid with aggregate CROSS:SCAN information on products with “demonstrated consumer demand,” identifying slow-moving inventory that needs to be returned or removed as well as strong-performing products, the booksellers association said.

Religious book sales see steep decline Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 10:30 AM America/New_York

In a continuing sign of the sliding economy, sales of religious books fell a quarter in October, while all book categories were down 20% for the month, according to the Association of American Publishers.

The month’s sales for religious books were $57.1 million, down 25.6%, while the category’s sales were down 11.5% for the year. Sales of religious books also decreased 11.8% and 10.8% for the months of September and August, respectively.

Nelson's easy-to-read bilingual Bible Print Email
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Monday, 08 December 2008 02:29 PM America/New_York

A bilingual Bible with two columns—the Nueva Biblia al Día (NBD) translation on one side and the New Century Version (NCV) on the other—will launch from Grupo Nelson, Thomas Nelson’s Spanish division, Feb. 3.

Biblia bilingüe NBD (978-1-602-55181-7, $39.99) includes the thought-for-thought Spanish translation of the Bible published by Grupo Nelson in September. The NBD, produced by the International Bible Society, is an updated version of Biblia al Día, published in Spanish in 1979 and based on The Living Bible. The NCV is a revision of the International Children’s Bible, completed in 1991.

“This is the first easy-to-read bilingual Bible—great for ministry and for people learning a second language,” Sam Rodríguez, associate publisher of Grupo Nelson, told Christian Retailing. “It’s also the only bilingual Bible out there that has a bilingual concordance.”

Stress book publisher aims for crossover market Print Email
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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:44 AM America/New_York

In a move to enter the crossover market, Editorial Patmos released Mary Southerland’s Cómo escapar de la trampa del estrés: 9 estrategias prácticas para superar la sobrecarga (Escaping the Stress Trap: 9 Practical Strategies to Overcome Overload, 978-1-588-02412-1, $11.95), Nov. 30. Harvest House Publishers released the original English version in 2004, reissuing it three years later.

“We want to get the Christian message across to the secular market,” Vern Peterson, general manager of Editorial Patmos, told Christian Retailing. “For years, this has been something that Spanish Christian booksellers have wanted to do—produce books that are useful and practical with a Christian message.

“We feel this will be an excellent crossover book to the secular market while maintaining a Christian message,” he added.

Well-known evangelist backs youth Bible Print Email
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Monday, 08 December 2008 09:40 AM America/New_York

Supporting notes challenge Christians to be 'heroes and change agents'

Contributions from well-known Argentine evangelist Dante Gebel are featured in a youth-oriented edition of the Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI), a translation of the New International Version. Biblia NVI Héroes (NVI heroes Bible) debuts from Editorial Vida, Zondervan’s Spanish division, Feb. 1.

Biblia NVI Héroes is “a radical Bible” that also quotes from great Christian leaders and offers Gebel’s reflections about what he defines as the true Christian way of life, said David Coyotl, Editorial Vida’s marketing manager.

Gebel, a resident of Miami who ministers worldwide, said Christians need to be “heroes and change agents in a society where the real values of integrity have become blurred. We need to raise up a counterculture people with a manual of spiritual formation, which is the Bible.”

Among the hundreds of heroes cited in the special edition Bible are Nehemiah, Ezra and Paul.


Casting Crowns, Max Lucado, Mark Schultz, Joel Osteen Print Email
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Thursday, 11 December 2008 03:27 PM America/New_York

Casting Crowns comes up six for six.  The GRAMMY-winning band recently received its sixth consecutive Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) milestone with the Gold certification of the group’s third live DVD/CD release, The Altar and the Door Live (Beach Street Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution). The RIAA Gold recognition represents more than 500,000 units sold. Both of the band’s previous live DVDs—Live From Atlanta in 2004 and Lifesong Live in 2006—received Platinum certification, which signifies U.S. album shipments exceeding 1 million units. Casting Crowns—the group’s debut album in 2003—and Lifesong in 2005 also reached Platinum status, while The Altar and the Door in 2007 received Gold certification.

Speaking of top-sellers, more than 4 million units of products tied to 3:16: The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)—including a million copies of the book—have been sold since the title was released in September 2007. Nelson and a group of licensed partners distributed a variety of 3:16 products, including greeting cards and wearable items.

Dove Award-winning artist Mark Schultz performed on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show, Oct. 26.  The episode of the popular reality series featured Schultz performing his song “He’s My Son” from his 2005 album Mark Schultz Live ... A Night of Stories & Songs (Word Records/Word Distribution).

Featuring the text of the New Living Translation, the Hope for Today Bible—with notes and encouragement from pastor and author Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria—is to be released in March by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Osteen—author of the best-sellers Your Best Life Now (FaithWords) and Become a Better You (Free Press)—pastors Lakewood Church in Houston with Victoria, author of Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy & Whole (Free Press).