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Editorial Concordia releases bilingual VBS Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 09 February 2009 01:42 PM America/New_York

Program’s miniature characters experience a backyard adventure

spanish bookBuilding on seven years of producing bilingual five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs, Editorial Concordia releases its 2009 curriculum this month, Un viaje en miniatura: Descubriendo la grandeza de Dios (A Tiny Adventure: Discovering the Greatness of God).

The program is available in Spanish and bilingual versions for four age groups: level 1 (3-5), level 2 (6-8), level 3 (9-11) and level 4 (12-14). Student packs of five lessons for each level retail for $14.99 (Spanish) or $16.99 (bilingual). The teacher’s guide (including adult Bible studies), covering all age groups, is priced at $53.99 in Spanish (978-0-758-61703-3) and $59.99 in the bilingual edition (-8-8).

Becker comes up for ‘Air’ after a long break Print Email
Written by Cameron Conant   
Monday, 09 February 2009 10:20 AM America/New_York

Dove Award-winner Margaret Becker hasn’t released a new album in nearly a decade, but that all changes this month with Air (0-80856-00242-7, Modern Records/Go Global Entertainment). The independent album has been available for several months on iTunes and at some retail chains, but releases Feb. 10 to independent stores.

Becker has found plenty of things to occupy her time these last 10 years, including speaking and writing—she published a book in 2006, Coming Up for Air (NavPress), that loosely ties into the album—and she seems to be OK with not having music first and foremost in her life anymore.

On the up and up from Down Under Print Email
Written by Cameron Conant   
Monday, 09 February 2009 10:17 AM America/New_York

Aussie rockers arrive with a little help from their Third Day friends

revive cdAustralian rockers Revive met Third Day in 2007 and the quartet from Sydney hasn’t been the same since. Revive and a few other bands opened shows for Third Day during the group’s Australian tour, but Revive was the only one “cheeky” enough to ask Third Day to watch its set and provide feedback, said Dave Hanbury, Revive’s frontman.

“Third Day said, ‘If you ever come to America, please let us know.’ Maybe they didn’t watch the other opening acts,” Hanbury told Christian Retailing.

Bible playset maker expands faith fleet Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Monday, 09 February 2009 09:47 AM America/New_York

Doll and action figure company one2believe strengthened its position in the toy industry with the release of two playsets in January.

The company launched its first playsets in 2007 with a 17-piece nativity and three-piece PVC figurine Bible story sets. The “Tales of Glory” line expands to include a Noah’s ark set and a Galilee boat set, each constructed of PVC and designed for children ages 3 and up.

“We have two boat sets because not only are they important stories from the Bible, but kids love to play with boats,” said one2believe President Josh Livingston. “We are always looking to create toys that have as much added play value as possible, and we know that these two ‘Tales of Glory’ sets accomplish that while also introducing great Bible stories to young children.”

The Noah’s ark play set includes a figure of Noah, 14 animals and the ark. The ark floats, making it suitable for bath time or the pool. Suggested retail is $29.99.

The Galilee boat set is taken from the story in Luke 5 when Jesus told Peter to row out to deep water and throw out the nets to catch fish, even though Peter had not been able to catch a single fish all day. The set includes 14 figures and a boat. Suggested retail is $24.99.

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Trading cards aim to teach without classroom feel Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Monday, 09 February 2009 09:46 AM America/New_York

Creation By Design has come up with a Bible-based trading card series that hops on the popular trading and collecting bandwagon, slipping in a biblical and random facts education along the way.

The company hopes its original 3-D computer-generated artwork will grab the attention of kids, and rekindle their interest in the adventures of the Bible.

“I wanted my kids, ages 7 and 5, to be able to learn about their religion without them feeling like they were in Sunday school,” said Steven Kaye, creator of the trading card line. “These cards had to be made in a way that the kids want to look at them, want to read them, want to collect them.”

Supplier makes a clear spectacle of faith Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Monday, 09 February 2009 09:44 AM America/New_York

Reading glasses come in cross or dove themes with scripture lines on arms

glassesDisciple Shades rolled out the industry’s first collection of Scripture-based reading glasses with Bible verses on the inside of every style last month.
Following up its summer 2006 release of sunglasses for men and women with spiritual icons and scripture, the company decided it needed to create reading glasses with a spiritual emphasis as well.

“Our glasses provide a unique way to keep our attention on what is truly important—our faith and spirituality,” said Disciple Shades President Sherrie Gornish.