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Ann Voskamp’s ‘One Thousand Gifts’ sells 1 million copies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:25 AM EDT

ONE_THOUSAND_GIFTS-webAnn Voskamp’s New York Times best-selling debut, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan) has officially surpassed 1 million copies sold.

“Ann’s inspiring words of grace and joy continue to encourage people all over the world to take the dare to live more fully,” said Zondervan Nonfiction Trade Book Publisher David Morris. “Zondervan is honored to be a part of this journey and are thrilled for this milestone.”

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Francesca Battistelli lands Gold certification for hit single PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:15 AM EDT

FrancescaNew-webFrancesca Battistelli’s GRAMMY-nominated single “Free to Be Me” was awarded Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Word Entertainment President and CEO Rod Riley surprised Battistelli with the Gold record at a private Nashville album launch event April 17. “Free To Be Me” is the second single off her debut album, My Paper Heart (Fervent Records/Word Distribution), and spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored in 2009. In 2012, Francesca received a Gold record for My Paper Heart marking the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units.

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Wanda Brunstetter honored with career achievement award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:29 PM EDT

WandaBrunstetter-WebNew York Times best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter won a 2013 Romantic Times (RT) Career Achievement Award April 11. The best-selling Barbour Publishing author won the Career Achievement Award in the Inspirational category, which will be presented at the May 13-18 RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans.

She is the author of more than 60 books that have sold more than 7 million copies and have been translated into four foreign languages. Many of her books have landed on best-seller lists, including the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, CBA, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), and Christian Book Distributors (CBD).

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Christian Small Publisher book award winners emerge from ‘competitive’ slate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:27 PM EDT

CSPA-webThe results are in for the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Awards, with 14 books being honored in 12 categories. Sponsored by the Christian Small Publisher Association (CSPA), the awards honor books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.

“This year the voting was very competitive,” CSPA Director Sarah Bolme said. “Two categories had ties for first place—a first for the Book of the Year Award.”

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Three California gift shows co-host largest gift market in West PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 April 2014 04:02 PM EDT

HowTheWestWasOneThe management teams of the California Market Center (CMC), LA Mart and California Gift Show have joined forces to launch a co-promotional campaign for summer, “How the West Is One.” Putting a spotlight on how the combined product offerings of the three venues create the largest gift and home market in the West, the new campaign is designed to maximize the buying experience for attending retailers.

As part of the unified message, the three venues will honor each other’s admission badges and provide free shuttle service between each location and host hotels.

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The Isaacs clean up at Absolutely Gospel Music Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Monday, 21 April 2014 03:44 PM EDT

AbsolutelyGospelThe Isaacs won five awards at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards, the most of any group or individual. The awards were presented April 15 at a concert celebration in Smyrna, Tenn.

The group was awarded its second consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title and first-ever Best Live Performer. Ben Isaacs took home Producer of the Year (Artist) while songwriting siblings Becky Isaacs Bowman and Sonya Isaacs won Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Bowman was also recognized as Musician of the Year.

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The Blessings Collection caters to pet lovers with new blessing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 April 2014 03:29 PM EDT

TheBlessingCollection-Dog-webInspirational gift company The Blessing Collection offers high-quality framed blessings that celebrate life occasions and special people—and now furry, four-footed friends.

Charlene Quint Kalebic, owner and creative designer at the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company, appeals to dog lovers with a new dog blessing that in its larger sizes can be personalized with a pet’s name. Dog blessings come in various sizes, including 8-by-10-inch for $55 suggested retail and 11-by-14-inch for $95.

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James Dobson wins Obamacare contraceptive battle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Monday, 21 April 2014 02:47 PM EDT

JamesDobson-webDr. James Dobson and his Family Talk radio ministry have won a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the Obamacare employer mandate. Fighting the same contraception-coverage requirements that Hobby Lobby is protesting before the Supreme Court, Dobson and his organization won the injunction before the United States District Court of Colorado, where Family Talk is headquartered.

“In America, we don’t try to separate what people do from what they believe,” Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said of the case. “Faith-based organizations should be free to operate according to the faith they teach and live out every day.”

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