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CBA invites exhibitors for ICRS 2015 preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 04:00 PM EDT

NorthSouthBuilding-webExhibitors for the 2015 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) are invited for a site visit in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The visit will present an opportunity to preview the site where ICRS will be held at the Orange County Convention Center and will include advance information on new ICRS direction for 2016 and beyond.

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Carpentree announces store winner of ICRS product drawing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 03:39 PM EDT

CarpentreeLogoResized-webA video testimonial made by Brenda Harrison, owner of Lighthouse Christian Store in Bedford, Indiana, has paid off in $500 of free Carpentree product. Carpentree sponsored the drawing at the June International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta.

To qualify, stores needed to place an order at the show and be willing to record a testimonial for the company. The winning store had the option to select from among items in Carpentree’s entire line of framed art décor and gifts.

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HarperCollins Christian launches Bible training portal for retailers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 01:03 PM EDT

DylanHillhouse-webHarperCollins Christian Publishing, the corporate home to Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, recently developed a new Bible Training Portal for retailers to educate and equip sales associates in three areas—Bible translations, Bible types and Bible selling.

HarperCollins Christian launched a revised and re-written Bible Training Portal at June’s International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, showcasing it for retailers in attendance. 

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Kendrick Brothers wrap first film independent of Sherwood Pictures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 05:15 PM EDT

Alex-StephenKendrick-TheGemTheater-CreditAlex and Stephen Kendrick—creators of hit faith films Fireproof and Courageous—have just wrapped principal photography on their as-yet-untitled fifth movie, a family drama focused on the power of prayer. 

“We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate families to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible,” said director and co-screenwriter Alex Kendrick. “We have plans for everything—careers, finances, health. But what about a strategy for prayer for our lives, our spouses and our children?”

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Bobby Bowden, Darrell Waltrip to appear at LifeWay's The Main Event PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 28 July 2014 04:18 PM EDT

BobbyBowden-FB-webLifeWay’s Conference for Men known as “The Main Event” will be held Aug. 1-2 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. At the gathering, 10,000 men from around the nation are expected attend to hear from top speakers, including the authors of The Race, NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip, Billy Mauldin and Kyle Froman; and the author of The Two Minute Drill to Manhood and Raising a Princess, John Croyle. Former President George W. Bush also will make an appearance at the event, according to the LifeWay website.

Bobby Bowden, who is launching his new book sharing the story of his faith called The Wisdom of Faith, and his son Tommy Bowden, author of Winning Character, are also scheduled to speak. Other speakers include Matt Carter, Derwin Gray and Major Jeff Streucker (best known from the 1993 conflict in Somalia, commonly referred to as Black Hawk Down).

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Publicists: Inform retailers of your fall releases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 28 July 2014 03:55 PM EDT

CRTag-webChristian Retailing magazine is requesting product information on October and November releases, including children’s, young adult, Spanish and Catholic books. Gifts released for fall will be considered for inclusion in our October issue Buyer’s Guide.

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Former Gospel Light President Bill Greig launches new Churchgrowth.org company PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 28 July 2014 03:21 PM EDT

ChurchGrowth-webFormer Gospel Light President Bill Greig III and his wife, Rhonni, are resetting their direction with an innovative new publishing company called Churchgrowth.org, which is also its domain name.

This transition came about as the Greigs sensed a shift in this season of life. Bill took a sabbatical from Gospel Light in 2013 to consider the couple’s future direction and felt that God was leading him to leave the company, which was founded by Henrietta Mears and handed down to his care from his father and grandfather, and to implement a new virtual-publishing model.

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Novelist Wanda Brunstetter to visit Pennsylvania stores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 28 July 2014 03:02 PM EDT

TheHealingQuilt-webNew York Times best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter will visit Pennsylvania bookstores for a signing tour in August. The Amish-fiction author will promote her latest novel, The Healing Quilt (Aug. 5), and the play Half-Stitched: The Musical, based on her best-seller The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club.

The Healing Quilt is book three in the “Amish Quilting Club” series from Barbour Publishing and follows retired newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller to Florida, where they have decided to buy a winter home in Sarasota and lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students. 

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