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LifeWay holds Children’s Ministry Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:58 AM EST

Lifeway-ChildrensMinistryDayLifeWay Christian Stores is hosting an All for You Children’s Ministry Day in partnership with Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The event, held Saturday, Feb. 13, promote missions awareness among children grades 1-6.

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Charisma House names new sales director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:34 AM EST

ken-peckettCharisma House announced Wednesday the addition of a Christian publishing industry veteran to its team. Ken Peckett will now serve as director of CBA and international sales.

Effective immediately, Peckett will head day-to-day sales operations of CBA and international channels, aiming to achieve divisional objectives for Charisma House. Peckett was the director of sales and marketing for 10 years at Influence Resources/My Healthy Church, the publishing and distribution arm of the Assemblies of God (AG). He led the reintroduction of Gospel Publishing House (GPH) and AG materials into trade and international markets, supported the launch of My Healthy Church and Influence Resources, and developed strategic partnerships with publishers, denominations and distributors to help bring Spirit-empowered resources to the local church.

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NRF: Valentine’s Day spending reaches record high PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:23 AM EST

Valentine.shutterstock 69051025Americans plan to spoil their loved ones this Valentine’s Day, according to a new study by the National Retail Federation (NRF). In the NRF’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 54.8 percent of consumers surveyed said they will celebrate Valentine’s Day, spending an average of $146.84 on flowers, jewelry, candy, apparel and more, up from $142.31 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.7 billion, a survey high.

When it comes to the top gifts this Valentine’s Day, 50 percent of consumers surveyed said they plan to buy candy, spending a total of $1.7 billion. Nearly 4 in 10 of those celebrating the holiday (38.3 percent) plan to treat their dates to a night out at a restaurant, tickets to a show or another experience, spending a record total of $4.5 billion, the highest since NRF began tracking spending on gifts in 2010.

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Christianaudio receives Audie nominations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:18 AM EST

boy-born-deadChristianaudio received two Audie nominations from the Audio Publishers Association for The Boy Born Dead and The Pastor’s Wife. The Audie nominations were announced Feb. 9.

The Boy Born Dead was narrated by Paul Michael, written by David Ring, John Driver and David Wideman, and published in print by Baker Books. The Pastor’s Wife was narrated by Sadie Alexandru, written by Sabina Wurmbrand and published by Voice of the Martyrs. Both were nominated in the Inspirational Non-Fiction category.

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FaithWords sees big sales for Osteen's 'The Power of I Am' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 08 February 2016 04:16 PM EST

power-of-i-am-osteenHachette Nashville announced it has shipped more than 400,000 copies of Joel Osteen's The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today, which released Oct. 6, 2015. Published under the FaithWords imprint, the book spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, was No. 1 on CBA's best-seller list and is in its fifth printing.

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Matthew Lockhart joins David C Cook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 08 February 2016 12:12 PM EST

DavidCCook-webDavid C Cook announced that Christian publishing veteran Matthew Lockhart was hired Feb. 1 as publisher of the Standard Lesson Commentary, Bible-in-Life curriculum and adult trade book resources.

Lockhart has over 20 years of experience in the industry, specializing in developing resources for the church and its leaders. He has served in a variety of roles at Serendipity House, Group Publishing and, most recently, Standard Publishing as vice president, general manager and publisher.

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'Fringe Hours' makes ‘Wall Street Journal’ best-seller list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 08 February 2016 12:09 PM EST

fringe-hours-coverJessica N. Turner’s first book with Revell, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You has hit the Wall Street Journal best-seller list for the week ending Jan. 17. The book debuted at No. 6 on the nonfiction e-book list. This news comes on the heels of the release of a related title, My Fringe Hours gift book.

With the new release, the Baker Publishing Group division engaged in additional marketing and promotion efforts to promote the core message of The Fringe Hours through various online channels. The promotional campaign featured a variety of guest and feature posts from popular bloggers. Turner and her books have also received significant publicity features including O magazine, Today.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Prevention.com, Parenting.com, Houston Family, The Chicago Tribune and The Tennessean.

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Kingsbury, Downey team up to bring Baxter family to television PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 08 February 2016 12:05 PM EST

Karen-Kingsbury-mugRoma Downey and LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM, have acquired rights to adapt best-selling author Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter family novels as a TV series. The acquisition was announced Thursday by Rick Christian, president of Alive Literary Agency.

The deal builds on record audience response for Kingsbury’s three Hallmark Channel movies. They first aired last December, with two more airing in March and May.

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