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Adam Hamilton appointed to presidential administration post PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:00 AM EST

adam-hamilton-alt-mugPresident Barack Obama has appointed best-selling author and Pastor Adam Hamilton as a member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. His selection as an appointee was announced in an official White House statement Jan. 29.

The other intended appointees joining Hamilton include Christian blogger and author Rachel Held Evans and Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, acting executive minister of justice and witness ministries for the United Church of Christ and pastor at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri.

Tyndale House releases Bible for gamers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:56 AM EST

the-aetherlight-bibleTyndale House Publishers and Scarlet City Studios are partnering to create the first Bible designed for young gamers. Themed around the new action-adventure computer game The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance, this Bible (The Aetherlight Bible: Chronicles of the Resistance) will help players of the game engage with Scripture. The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance will be available in March 2016, and the companion Bible will be released in summer 2016.

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance is the first digital engagement experience of its kind. The game aims to help young people see their story in the context of God’s story via a world grounded in the biblical narrative. The new Aetherlight companion Bible will help families build upon the bridge between the game’s allegory and the words of Scripture.

NAE: Evangelical leaders want books about mission, social action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:48 AM EST

nae-logoIn a survey by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), U.S. evangelical leaders listed topics for books they would want to be published in the next two years. The topics primarily focused on mission, social action and evangelism. One-fourth of evangelical leaders suggested book topics about living biblically in an increasingly pluralistic society, according to the December Evangelical Leaders Survey.

One leader provided the title Living for Jesus in Modern Babylon. Another leader suggested a book on “honoring Christian consciousness while living in community with a world of pluralistic values.” One nonprofit executive recommended a book about the implications of a more pluralistic society on the religious exercise of Christian nonprofits. Other leaders focused outward—reaching out with love to Muslims, engaging a changing mission field, addressing the worldwide refugee crisis and immigration issues, giving generously in order to diminish world economic issues and caring for the poor.

Signature Marketing Network releases year-end retail results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 01 February 2016 04:56 PM EST

SignatureMarketingNetworkSignature Marketing Network retailers reported sales and margin gains for 2015 in their year-end wrap-up.  

“We were able to bring in more customers and increase sales in 2015,” said Rodney MacKrill, owner of Divine Truth in LaVista, Nebraska. “Our promotions with customer savings to 50 percent featured on our endcaps and supported with our website and emails really helped us fulfill our commitment to compete in service and price every month, with strong profitability.”

‘Jesus Storybook Bible’ reaches sales milestone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:56 PM EST

sally-lloyd-jones-mugZonderkidz announced Saturday that The Jesus Storybook Bible has reached a milestone of 2 million copies sold. The storybook Bible by New York Times best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones was also recently included on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Top 100 Best-sellers of 2015 list. 

The title has won many awards, including the 2007 Moonbeam Award, the 2009 NAPPA Award, the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award, the 2010 ALA Notable Award, the 2011 ECPA Gold Book Award, the 2014 Rodda Award and the 2014 Best in Children’s Media Award from the Association of Christian Booksellers Group-U.K. The book has had eight editions since its debut in 2007, including a Spanish bilingual version, a deluxe edition (with audio narrated by British actor David Suchet), a collectors’ edition (with animated videos) and a curriculum. The storybook Bible is now available in over 30 languages.

Joe Allison retires from Warner Press PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:51 PM EST

Warner-Press-logoWarner Press announced Friday that Rev. Joe Allison is retiring from his position as editorial director, discipleship resources and curriculum. He was responsible for overseeing the editorial development of curriculum, periodicals and discipleship resources.

Allison is retiring from a career of nearly 45 years in spent Christian publishing. He was first hired by Warner Press in 1971 and later worked for Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishing House and Evangel Publishing House. In 2004, he went back to Anderson, Indiana, to become the publishing and creative services coordinator for Church of God Ministries, where he coordinated the publishing ministry of Church of God Ministries. Allison returned to Warner Press in 2014.

David C Cook hires new publisher PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:42 PM EST

DavidCCook-webDavid C Cook (DCC) announced Friday that Lindsay Black has joined DCC as publisher of traditional children’s resources. Black previously spent 13 years working for Standard Publishing.

DCC recently acquired Standard Publishing and will continue Standard’s legacy of Bible-based, high-quality Sunday school curriculum under Black’s leadership. Black will be publisher of Standard’s HeartShaper children’s curriculum and the Encounter curriculum for teens. She will also be publisher of Gospel Light’s traditional children’s resources, which DCC acquired in fall 2015.

IVP announces publisher search PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 01 February 2016 12:16 PM EST

Bob-Fryling-IntervarsityInterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s search for the new publisher for InterVarsity Press (IVP) officially began Friday. Last October, Publisher Bob Fryling announced he would retire in June 2016.

InterVarsity seeks a new publisher who is inspired by IVP’s rich publishing heritage and excited to lead innovation and growth in a rapidly changing publishing environment.

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