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IVP to publish ‘one of the most important Christian artists of our day’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 15 September 2014 01:40 PM EDT

MakotoFujimura-webInterVarsity Press (IVP) has announced the acquisition of three books by Makoto Fujimura, Andy Crouch and the late Richard Twiss, who have been described as a culture shaper, a visionary on culture, and a reconciler, respectively.

“For decades, IVP has been committed to offering a multiplicity of voices to enrich the church,” said Andy Le Peau, associate publisher for editorial at InterVarsity Press. “These new books by Fujimura, Crouch and Twiss will do just that.”

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WaterBrook Press to publish upcoming Rifqa Bary memoir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 15 September 2014 01:37 PM EDT

HidingInTheLight-webMuslim-turned-Christian Rifqa Bary takes readers beyond the headlines of her national news story in an upcoming WaterBrook Press book. The publisher announced today the signing of Bary, who became the subject of media attention after she fled her Ohio home, claiming her Muslim father had threatened to kill her for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Now a 22-year-old college student—living in an undisclosed location, still convinced her life is under threat—Bary shares more about her decision to run away, the consequences she faced and her continuing faith in Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus.

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Southern gospel event aims for record attendance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:28 AM EDT

ClarkeBeasley-webPreparations are under way for the National Quartet Convention to be held Sept. 21-27 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee—a change in location that has drawn more Southern gospel music fans than ever. Organizers also are pleased that 30% of the crowd this year will be first-time attendees of the event.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the response our move to Pigeon Forge has received,” said Clarke Beasley, executive vice president of the convention. “We set high goals and high expectations when we decided to move to Pigeon Forge, but we would not have dared to project this kind of attendance. Not since the late 1990s have sales been this high, and an all-time attendance record is a real possibility.”

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U.S. retail sales pick up slightly in August PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:06 AM EDT

(BackpackShopping2-17287977SM  Istockphoto-Juanmonino)Commerce Department figures announced Friday showed a 0.6% increase for U.S. retail and food-services sales in August, the largest rise in four months. The government also revised its July figure from an estimate of zero to 0.3% growth.

Retail sales rose to a seasonally adjusted $444.4 billion, which was 5% above August 2013.

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HCSB translation joins Blue Letter Bible site PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:04 AM EDT

HCSB-BlueLetterBibleThe full text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is now available on Blue Letter Bible’s website, BlueLetterBible.org, and iPhone/iPad mobile app. Holman Bible Publishers, an imprint of B&H Publishing Group, has given Blue Letter Bible free use of the HCSB translation.

Blue Letter Bible’s mission is to facilitate an in-depth study of God’s Word through an online interactive reference library, including the complete text of Scripture. The site is continuously updated from the teachings and commentaries of selected pastors and teachers who hold to the conservative, historic Christian faith.

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‘Harbinger’ follow-up hits ‘New York Times’ list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:16 AM EDT

TheMysteryoftheShemitah-webJonathan Cahn’s The Mystery of the Shemitah (FrontLine) has charted simultaneously on two best-seller lists. The follow-up to Cahn’s debut novel, The Harbinger, the new nonfiction book released Sept. 2, placing sixth on the New York Times Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous list and 31st on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books Top 150 list.

In Shemitah, Cahn reveals a 3,000-year-old biblical prophecy for America’s future, building on the mysterious biblical prophecy from The Harbinger, which sold 1.6 million copies and remained on the New York Times Paperback Fiction list for more than 110 weeks.

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Southern Gospel Music Association announces Hall of Fame inductees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 02:31 PM EDT

SGMA-webThe Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) announced the eight individuals who are the 2014 inductees to the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Each of the inductees has left their own special touch on Southern gospel music, and as a result, it is only fitting that his or her contributions and work be forever honored.

“As we have been with each inductee class, we are very excited to have another group of Southern gospel pioneers and leaders come into the Hall of Fame membership,” SGMA President Arthur Rice said. “The Southern gospel music community has certainly benefited from the work and dedication of these people through the years.”

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CBA announces ICRS 2015 theme PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 02:13 PM EDT

CurtisRiskey-OfficialWebCBA has announced the 2015 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) theme—“Expect.” ICRS is scheduled for June 28-July 1 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“The theme speaks to faith and anticipation of fulfilling our ministry calling through distributing Christian thought, ideas and resources that transform lives,” the Association for Christian Retail said.

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