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Christian Publishing News Roundup

Ellen Graf-Martin of Graf-Martin Communications on the set of The 700 Club Canada taping an interview in celebration of the marketing company’s tenth anniversary. The segment will air in November.


♦ Children’s Bible-related books tend to focus on the First Testament stories or the Gospels, but rarely on anything in the Epistles. So this book from Eerdman’s (pictured at right on desktop, or above on mobile) Paul Writes (a Letter) by Chris Raschka is a refreshing change.

♦ If you haven’t stocked it, the book will be controversial, however check out this article,  Has Irresistible Cracked the Code to Reach the Nones? Review sample: “For Christians that don’t see the big deal, it’s because we grew up on the inside. But think about the confusion that it would create if Americans put the Articles of Confederation (the binding document that preceded the Constitution) together with the Constitution and said they are both authoritative, even though we only live under the Constitution. It could get confusing to those on the outside. Or it would be like being married to your current spouse but still maintaining an intimate relationship with your ex-spouse or your ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. Things probably wouldn’t work out so well.”…

♦ …and then this article, which also looks at “Stanleyism” at its conclusion foreshadows another look at the issue forthcoming in February, The Lost World of the Torah.

…This book is written by the certifiably evangelical John H. Walton, Old Testament professor at Wheaton College in Illinois and formerly at the Moody Bible Institute, and his son J. Harvey Walton, a graduate student at St. Andrews University. The publisher is the certifiably evangelical InterVarsity Press…We can anticipate more lively Christian debate ahead regarding the Old Testament.

♦ This article may help you better understand some of the customers you serve. I begin with a memory of a woman who was teaching Sunday School in my own church. She believed in reincarnation. Fortunately one of the Grade Five boys told his mom and she was relieved of her duties… On Monday, Pew Research reported “Most American adults self-identify as Christians. But many [American] Christians also hold what are sometimes characterized as “New Age” beliefs – including belief in reincarnation, astrology, psychics and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects like mountains or trees.”  

♦Trying to decide whether to carry The Star when the animated film from last year releases on DVD? This review from Focus on the Family’s Plugged In movie reviews should alleviate your concerns.

♦ Narnia on Netflix: Christian Today reports, “Netflix is to develop a ‘Narnia universe’ based on the classic CS Lewis novels for children…The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company…”

♦ Losing Her Religion: A review of Lisa Gungor’s new book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen (Zondervan). 

Describing faith like a sweater, she says: “…over the years, a thread comes loose and you try to just tuck it in” but eventually you decide you don’t need it anymore – the thread comes out easily and the sweater stays together. But over time “you pull another, and another, and soon you find all the yarn is gone. You have deconstructed the entire thing.” This is what Lisa says happened to her.

♦ Publisher’s Weekly reports, “A number of industry members have gotten together to form Love Your Bookstore, a campaign aimed to help draw attention to all physical bookstores as the holiday shopping season begins.”

♦ Dealing with Lineups: “43% of Canadians say they are interested in payments becoming more “invisible,” where they happen automatically through a linked account… [O]ne of the biggest sources of friction for shoppers currently is because of inconvenience at checkout, with 53% saying it has caused them to abandon a purchase in the last year. And while Canadians under 35 are more interested in invisible payments than the rest of the population, the pain point exists for consumers up to 64.”  

♦ Christian fiction chapter excerpts for you and your customers at Happily Ever After, a division of USA Today.

♦ Wondering why sales are down? A study shows the more religious you are, the more you will value frugality, which means the less likely you are to make impulse purchases. (In other words, we’re selling to people who, by definition, like to keep their cash in their pockets.)

♦ At what point is someone a “professional” writer? Here are three criteria.

♦ Zondervan has just posted a 5-minute preview of Lysa TerKeurst’s group curriculum for It’s Not Supposed to be That Way.




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  1. Bruce Allen
    October 14, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Looks like an interesting lineup of books = thoughts, Paul.

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