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Steven Curtis Chapman ‘Humbled & Honored’ by Song’s Role in the Writebol Family Ebola Journey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 03:41 PM EDT

StevenCurtisChapman-webAward-winning Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman took to Twitter today to say he is “honored & humbled” by the way one of his songs comforted the family of Ebola virus victim Nancy Writebol.

Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly contracted the often deadly virus while they were working in Africa as Christian aid workers. They were flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they were successfully treated for the virus and are expected to make full recoveries. Writebol was quietly released from the hospital on Tuesday; Brantly was released today.

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Denver Gift Show More Than Doubles Buyer Attendance Over Last Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:38 PM EDT

DenverGiftShowAugust2014-webRocky Mountain Gift Show Introduces ‘Smoking Accessories & Gifts’ at the Aug. 21-25 Show

Pre-registered buyers for the Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry & Resort Show more than doubled over last year, the Gift Show team recently announced, with 1,030 buyers registered a week prior to the show, up from 460 at the same time in 2013. The Rocky Mountain Gift Show, which runs Aug. 21-25 at the Denver Mart, credits the rise in registrations to “grassroots efforts” and “big name” speakers for the show’s seminars. New interest may also have spiked due to the show offering “Smoking Accessories & Gifts” for the first time.

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ALS ‘Ice Bucket’ Challenge an Unprecedented Viral Hit, Christian Celebs Get Wet for the Cause PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:16 PM EDT

ALSIceBucketChallenge-JohnMaxwellSocial Media Campaign Sensation Raises $41.8 million in 3 Weeks

Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, best-selling author John Maxwell, actress Candace Cameron Bure, and literary agent Chip MacGregor are just a few of the hundreds of Christian authors, agents, artists and other personalities joining the ALS “Ice Bucket” Challenge and posting their videos on Facebook, Instagram and other social-media sites. The celebs join tens of, if not hundreds of thousands of people who have participated to date by having buckets of ice water dumped on their heads in order to bring awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Back-to-School Shoppers Use Coupons, Delay Purchases to Get the Best Deals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:15 AM EDT

MatthewShay-NRF-WebEven as the first school bells ring around the nation, many families have lots of school-supply shopping left to do. The National Retail Federation’s latest Back-to-School/College Surveys show that the average family with children in grades K-12 completed just half (49.9%) of their shopping by mid-August, down slightly from last year (52.1%).

“As the shopping season draws to a close, budget-conscious parents are likely hoping that end-of-summer sales and promotions will be just what they need to wrap up their school lists,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Much of the delay this summer could also stem from families holding out for a sales-tax holiday in their state, as well as from influential teenagers who want to first see what their friends are buying before they ask Mom and Dad to commit to their fall needs.”

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Michael W. Smith Partners with Top Country Music Artists on New Christmas Record PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:35 AM EDT

MWS Christmas WorkingCover-webMichael W. Smith invited A-list artists Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and other best-selling singers to join him on his upcoming Christmas release, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, due in stores Sept. 30. Three-time GRAMMY-winner Smith also partners with longtime friend Amy Grant, U2 frontman Bono, Jennifer Nettles, Little Big Town and Michael McDonald on the holiday release. Smith will launch "The Spirit of Christmas Tour" later this fall, including co-billed shows with Amy Grant in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I've ever done in my 31-year career,” Smith said. “The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song…There’s my granddaughter’s voice singing the song from Home Alone, plus the whole orchestral and symphonic feeling of Christmas, mixed together with all these amazing voices and guests--yet it all fits together in a remarkable way." 

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Coach Bobby Bowden Pens New Book on Faith, Plans Book Signings in FL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:23 AM EDT

TheWisdomOfFaithBobbyBowden-webFormer Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden will sign his new book The Wisdom of Faith at several Florida bookstores after making media rounds in New York City to support the new book. The Wisdom of Faith was written with his son, Steve Bowden, and releases Sept. 1 from B&H Publishing Group.

Bowden, the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I football history, will be in Florida for multiple book signings the week of Sept. 1, 2014. Stops include Orlando’s LifeWay Christian Store on Sept. 3, Family Christian Store in Pensacola on Sept. 4, Barnes and Noble Tallahassee Mall location on Sept. 5, and the Seminole Sportshop on the Florida State campus in Tallahassee on Sept. 6.

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Long’s Christian announces closing of Greater Orlando store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 18 August 2014 03:05 PM EDT

LongsChristian-LineOutside-webStore owner Rodger Long recently announced the forthcoming closing of Long’s Christian Book & Outlet in Greater Orlando, Florida.

Long previously owned a separate larger store in the College Park area of the city, but closed it eight years ago. He had used the second location as an outlet only, but chose to combine the store and the outlet at that time.

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Study: Bulk of retail purchases happen in-store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 18 August 2014 02:57 PM EDT

30398564Sm  Istockphoto-LDProd-webMost U.S. retail sales—a whopping 92%—still happen offline, according to a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers conducted by Ripen Ecommerce.

Using Google Consumer Surveys, analysts polled more than 1,000 American shoppers to discover the number-one thing keeping them offline while shopping.

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