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Thursday, 05 May 2011 04:16 PM America/New_York

Pat Williams—Orlando Magic co-founder and author of numerous Christian books—has been diagnosed with bone cancer. Williams, 70, was diagnosed in January after an extensive physical the Magic require of all executives. Multiple myeloma is inoperable and incurable, but sometimes can be treated with chemotherapy to the point of inactivity. Williams has written more than 70 books, including his latest—Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours—released in February by Revell/Baker Publishing Group.  


Christian novelist Leisha Kelly was killed in a car accident Jan. 25 near Fowler, Ill. She was 47. Her 16-year-old son, Justice, also died in the accident. A resident of Clayton, Ill., Kelly authored 11 books, including The House on Malcolm Street, published by Revell/Baker Publishing Group in September 2010.  


Tyndale House Publishers will publish the novelization of Courageous—the follow-up from the makers of the hit movie Fireproof—which will release in theaters nationwide Sept. 30. Based on the screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Courageous: A Novel—to be released in August and retail for $14.99—will be written by best-selling author Randy Alcorn. Versions of the Kendricks' The Love Dare (B&H Books/B&H Publishing Group)a plot device in Fireproof and published in 2008have sold more than 4 million copies.  


A division of Salem Communications Corp., Salem Consumer Products has acquired an online bookstore that specializes in a Reformed selection of evangelical books and Bibles. Evangelical Bible Book Store,, focuses on resources in areas such as history, Puritan writings, science and creation, as well as theology and doctrine. Salem Consumer Products also owns another online Christian bookstore——with a catalog of more than 100,000 Christian products.