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Wildlife drama takes filmmakers back to roots Print Email
Written by Andy Butcher   
Monday, 08 December 2008 11:41 AM America/New_York

Grizzly Adams Family Entertainment has released its first feature in a decade after concentrating on family-friendly and faith-based documentaries.

Made with Michael Flynn Productions, wildlife drama Friends for Life (978-1-934-64601-4, $19.95) tells the story of a despondent widower who finds new meaning and hope on becoming the reluctant rescuer of four wolf pups left helpless after the death of their mother.

The story includes a dramatic encounter with a bear, appropriately enough for the makers who brought the successful “Grizzly Adams” stories to cinemas and television in the 1970s.

Shot on location in Utah last year, the new 90-minute film is the first of a planned new raft of family-friendly movies from the producers.

“There’s a yearning among the public for … feel-good movies that used to be produced by Frank Capra 50 years ago,” said Charles E. Sellier, president of Grizzly Adams Productions.


Cowboy Dan explores family-friendly frontier Print Email
Written by Andy Butcher   
Monday, 08 December 2008 11:34 AM America/New_York

Horse-riding children’s presenter ‘has a special way of communicating’

Cowboy Dan hopes that his new children’s DVD series, fresh to Christian retail stores, captures the spirit of Mr. Rogers—though he swaps a hat for a cardigan and welcomes viewers to “Cowboy Dan’s Frontier” rather than the neighborhood.

The 30-minute episodes were shot at a friend’s farm and on location as host “Cowboy Dan” Harrell visits different people on his horse, Biscuit, offering educational tidbits, music and homespun wisdom for a kindergarten through 4th-grade audience.

Created as an outgrowth of Harrell’s popular school assembly presentations about health and character—to more than 450,000 kids in the last 12 years—his videos each take the title of one of the songs he has recorded on three albums. One of the recordings won a Best Children’s Album prize at the Nashville Music Awards.

Last month’s debut release, Under Construction (8-84501-06642-6, $10.99), explicitly features Harrell’s Christian faith. Three more episodes to follow soon offer more general lessons in positive family values, though Harrell intends all future productions to incorporate Christian concepts.

Seasoned children’s authors inspire new readers Print Email
Written by Karen Schmidt   
Monday, 10 November 2008 11:52 AM America/New_York

Dandi Daley Mackall and Crystal Bowman have applied their well-honed writing skills to eight new books in the "I Can Read!" line for children ages 4 to 7 from Zonderkidz. Four books in the "Ali Cat Series" and another four in the "Owl and Otter Series" debut this month from Zondervan’s children’s division.

Originally published by HarperCollins starting in 1957, the "I Can Read!" books ($3.99 each) have sold more than 60 million copies. When Zonderkidz took over the publication of the books in 2007, they hired writers who have been adding the faith element to each story, creating a dual-purpose book, one that fosters the skill of reading and also undergirds a child’s spiritual training.

Classic series aims to avoid ‘fable’ label Print Email
Written by Karen Schmidt   
Monday, 10 November 2008 11:30 AM America/New_York

‘Bibletime’ books telling ‘the same story as the Bible’ arrive in U.S. stores

Carine Mackenzie’s first "Bibletime" children’s book 30 years ago not only launched a worldwide publishing company, but also initiated a series of books that today encircles the globe, continuing to tell children about notable Bible personalities. This month, Scotland-based Christian Focus Publications begins U.S. distribution of Moses: Man of God (978-1-845-50381-9) and Paul: The Wise Preacher (-2-6).

Spanish: Believers urged to pursue their dreams Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York

Pastor and New York Times best-selling author Jentezen Franklin challenges believers to pursue their God-given dreams in Crea que usted puede: Muévase con tenacidad hacia el sueño que Dios le ha dado (Believe That You Can: Moving With Faith and Persistence to the Dream God Has Given You, 978-1-599-79430-3, $10.99), released by Casa Creación last month.

Crea que usted puede emphasizes the supernatural power of dreams. Franklin shows how biblical characters took hold of the dreams and visions God gave them and didn’t let go until they came to pass. He also reveals three hindrances that can stop a dream from being fulfilled.

Spanish: Teen guide aims to serve ‘overlooked’ market Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York

Helping teenage girls recognize and overcome Satan’s lies is the theme of a new book that releases next month from Editorial Portavoz, Kregel’s Spanish imprint.

Mentiras que las jóvenes creen y la verdad que las hace libres (Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, 978-0-825-41202-5, $10.99) by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh will release Dec. 31, having debuted in English from Moody Publishers in February 2008.

“We selected this book to publish because we intentionally want to provide solid Christian material to a market that has been generally overlooked in Spanish Christian publishing—the youth market,” explained Cathy Vila, sales and marketing director at Portavoz. “This book was written with teenagers in mind and is just what is needed to help young women without talking down to them.

“The lies that the authors talk about are universal—they cross the culture barrier—Satan’s lies affect everyone, everywhere,” she added. “The authors both believe that the vast majority of Christian young women are suffering the consequences of believing the lies they see all over television, in movies and on the Internet.”

As part of their research, the authors conducted a survey in 10 cities. They considered the responses of more than 1,000 young women, Vila said.

“They uncovered 25 of the most commonly believed lies. ... The consequences of believing these lies can be broken relationships, fear, depression and guilt—and that’s just the beginning,” she said.
Vila added that the authors are “well-equipped to lead young women in the skills and the truths of Scripture that overcome those lies.”

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