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Author Dubbed 'Next Great' Leadership Voice Print Email
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Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York

Myles Munroe release signals push to expand readership into business circles.

“The book is about being in charge of your own gift, refining and developing it.” —Myles Munroe

A popular speaker and prolific writer with best-sellers Applying the Kingdom and Releasing Your Potential (Destiny Image Publishers) to his credit, Myles Munroe’s In Charge: Finding the Leader Within You from his new publisher, FaithWords, signals a more concentrated push to the corporate world.

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Better living trend a ‘silly’ rejection of grace Print Email
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Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York

The growing trend of presenting the gospel as a form of self-help is squeezing out the true message of Jesus, writes Michael Horton in Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (978-0-801-01318-8, Baker Books/Baker Publishing Group), which releases this month.

Horton, professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Seminary California and editor of Modern Reformation magazine, believes that too much outside influence, such as consumerism, has changed the message of the church.


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Bible Beat: 'Chronological Study Bible', 'iStand', BiblesOnDVD Print Email
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Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York

Holman Bibles (B&H Publishing Group) released iStand: A One Minute Bible for Students last month. The softcover Bible targets high school students with profiles of historical characters that made bold choices, questions for personal reflection, weekly worship themes and devotional content from the Livingstone Corporation (producers of The Apologetics Study Bible and The Life Application Bible). The Bible retails for $17.99.

Zondervan released the KJV/Amplified Parallel Bible in Italian DuoTone binding last month. The Bible contains texts of both versions side-by-side for reading and study along with a concordance and the words of Christ in red. The Bibles were released in a regular print Italian DuoTone Gold/Rich Red (8-point type) for $64.99 and a large print (10-point type) Italian DuoTone Rich Red/Camel for $69.99.

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More creations from ‘The Potter’s Shed’ Print Email
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Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York
New inspirational home and garden products feature 'sought-after' art

Gift vendor Enesco signed a licensing agreement with artist Michael Macone for The Potter’s Shed, his line of contemporary ceramic home and garden accessories. Having released previously from Macone’s own company, the line has been popular with Christian retailers because of the inspirational sayings on many of the designs.

Enesco, whose agreement covers marketing and distribution for The Potter’s Shed, expects to re-launch the existing products in January 2009 with new inspirational designs from Macone tentatively scheduled for mid-2009.

"We are thrilled to partner with Enesco," Macone said. "The company’s global leadership grants us a great opportunity to grow and share our designs worldwide, something we could never do with our own resources."

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Cards, prints mark return of Seeds after struggles Print Email
Written by Rhonda Sholar   
Monday, 10 November 2008 12:00 AM America/New_York
After being away from the Christian products industry for 13 years, an artist and her husband have returned with new lines of greeting cards, and framed and unframed prints.

Artist Debbie Bell Jarratt and her husband, Thomas, of Durham, N.C., launched Seeds Evangelical Greeting Cards, a religious all-occasion greeting card business, in 1986. Beginning in 1997, the company suffered financial setbacks as Jarratt’s health declined to the point she had to endure loss of sight in one eye and multiple joint replacements. But in 2000, the Jarratts were able to revive their company and launched new categories, including a line of figurines.

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DVD Beat: Carlos Caterpillar, VeggieTales' Christmas, 'Expellled' Print Email
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Thursday, 06 November 2008 12:19 PM America/New_York

Move over Hermie, “The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar” recruits bugs to teach 4- to 10-year-olds, with programs 4 and 5 released last month from Vision Video. The Litterbug DVD addresses care of the environment, while Buggy Bigbucks looks at contentment and true friendship. Each 25-minute episode has English and Spanish subtitles, and retails for $9.99.    

Moving underwater, the “Starfish Cove” series has just brought two episodes to Christian retail. Distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group, Never Trust a Krum! alerts youngsters to the dangers of child predators, while Da’Codfather recasts the story of the good Samaritan. Total running time for the set, with extras, is 49 minutes. Retail price, $14.95.

 

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