ECPA releases June Christian Bestseller Lists: “Relationship Goals” by Michael Todd is #1

ECPA releases June Christian Bestseller Lists: “Relationship Goals” by Michael Todd is #1 The current Top 50 bestsellers list features a new #1 book, Relationship Goals by Michael Todd (WaterBrook), a debut title whose Study Guide is the #3 most bestselling Christian title: Study Guide for Relationship Goals. Michael Todd is the lead pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Other notable new releases in the Top 50 for June include The Water Keeper by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson) and Seeing Jesus From the East by the late…

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Christian publishing community invited to NCU webinar tonight: “Challenging the Church: It’s time for the Narrative to Change”

Christian publishing community invited to NCU webinar tonight: “Challenging the Church: It’s time for the Narrative to Change” ECPA affiliate Skot Welch, president of Global Bridgebuilders, is a panelist in an important webcast tonight at 7 pm (central time) sponsored by North Central University on the Church’s response to racial injustice.  The Zoom webcast, “Challenging the Church: It’s Time for the Narrative to Change,” will also include panelists Dr. Rich Wilkerson, Reggie Dabbs, Kwame Anku, Dr. Antipas Harris, Dr. Scott…

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An Interview with Devin Maddox, Trade Group Publisher for B&H Publishing Group

An Interview with Devin Maddox, Trade Group Publisher for B&H Publishing Group THE CHURCH, COVID-19, AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR CHRISTIAN PUBLISHERS Recently ECPA president Stan Jantz had a conversation with Devin Maddox, Trade Group Publisher for B&H Publishing Group. Stan asked Devin about the ways publishers can serve pastors and the church during the current crisis, as well as in the next few months and years when the world emerges from the pandemic.  SJ: What are the two or…

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Curbside pickup, online sales flourishing during Covid-19 quarantine at Baker Book House

Curbside pickup, online sales flourishing during Covid-19 quarantine at Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore in North America, has seen dramatic increases in website sales and third-party online sales in recent weeks as customers continue to purchase books and Bibles during the Covid-19 crisis. “Our website sales have risen 120 percent from this time last year, and our third-party sales through Amazon have tripled over the same period,” said Sue Smith, EVP of Retail….

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ECPA Member Meeting and Town Hall webcast scheduled for Wednesday

ECPA Member Meeting and Town Hall webcast scheduled for Wednesday The annual ECPA Member Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 6 from 11 am to 12 pm central time and will be conducted as a webinar and town hall discussion. The 2020-2021 board will be introduced, along with new members, and committee reports.  Following, a town hall discussion will take place.  Registration is open to ECPA members only. REGISTER

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UMPH plans staff reductions

UMPH plans staff reductions Nashville, April 30, 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) reported today that a combination of pre-COVID-19 trends, the impact of the pandemic on church attendance since mid-March, and the unpredictable rates at which congregations will return to regular activities for the remainder of 2020, will result in sales levels that are 40% to 50% lower than the same period last year. “Taken together, these factors require that UMPH make major adjustments in spending now,…

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Christianity Today recognized with 29 Evangelical Press Association Awards

Christianity Today recognized with 29 Evangelical Press Association Awards CAROL STREAM, Ill., April 11, 2019 — This week Christianity Today won 29 publishing awards chosen by journalism peers at the Evangelical Press Association’s (EPA) annual convention April 7-9, 2019 in Oklahoma City. Each year the Evangelical Press Association honors member publications through two contests: the Awards of Excellence for publications as a whole and the Higher Goals for individual pieces that were produced during the 2018 calendar year. ChristianityToday.com won the top Award of…

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David and Tamela Mann receive NAACP Image Award for their book, “Us Against the World”

David and Tamela Mann receive NAACP Image Award for their book, “Us Against the World” Nashville, Tenn. (April 2, 2019) –  David and Tamela Mann with Shaun Saunders received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author for Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family during the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards March 30, 2019 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The book is published by W Publishing, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. “We are honored and…

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Ligonier Ministries releases State of Theology survey

Ligonier Ministries releases State of Theology survey Evangelicals deeply confused about core Christian beliefs A major new survey released today reveals that evangelicals are confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith. Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com. Evangelicals A majority of evangelicals said (1) that most people are basically good, (2) that God accepts the…

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Liane Moriarty, NYT #1 bestselling author, to keynote at WriterFest Nashville

Liane Moriarty, NYT #1 bestselling author, to keynote at WriterFest Nashville Moriarty’s New Novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, Debuts Same Week as WriterFest Keynote Speakers now include Liane Moriarty, Allan Heinberg and Tom Douglas WriterFest attendees will receive Moriarty’s new novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, debuting same week as the festival Interviews available with Ami McConnell, founder of BookFest Nashville Nashville, Tenn, September 12, 2018 – WriterFest Nashville announces its final keynote speaker for 2018: Liane Moriarty. Moriarty is the author of seven international bestsellers including three New York Times #1 bestsellers. Her books for…

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Elk Lake Publishing reveals new logo

Elk Lake Publishing reveals new logo Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. has debuted its new logo.  Publisher Deb Haggerty states, “A new look was necessary to promote our mission of publishing positive books for the Christian market.” One of the few Christian-owned and operated traditional, royalty-paying publishing companies, Elk Lake has books for readers of all ages in a variety of genres. Elk Lake, headquartered in Plymouth, MA, publishes thirty to forty books a year. Recent book releases include, among others:…

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Brazos Press appoints new acquisitions editor

Brazos Press appoints new acquisitions editor Baker Publishing Group is pleased to announce the addition of Katelyn Beaty to its acquisitions team in the role of Acquisitions Editor, Brazos Press. Beaty will secure new author relationships and participate in publishing strategy. Beaty began her career as copy editor of Christianity Today, where she went on to manage the print publication and serve as the youngest and first female managing editor. She also cofounded the women’s website Her.meneutics (now CT Women) and served as…

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Sheridan increases its digital and inkjet print capabilities with the addition of two HP presses

Sheridan increases its digital and inkjet print capabilities with the addition of two HP presses August 15, 2018, Hanover, PA—Sheridan’s Pennsylvania print facility is adding two new HP presses to the production floor: an HP PageWide T240HD Color Print Inkjet system equipped with a Duplex Primer system and a Magnum InLine FlexBook Finisher, and an HP Indigo 12000 B2-format digital press. These important additions address the growing demand to support the life cycle of books, whether it be with longer-run…

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Zondervan promotes Stephanie Smith to associate publisher, hires Andy Rogers as acquisitions editor

Zondervan promotes Stephanie Smith to associate publisher, hires Andy Rogers as acquisitions editor (Nashville, TN) May 31, 2018—Today, Zondervan named Stephanie Smith as associate publisher and hired Andy Rogers as acquisitions editor for their nonfiction publishing division. Smith joined Zondervan in 2014 as an acquisitions editor. Her first acquisition—Coming Clean by Seth Haines—went on to be a Christianity Today book of merit winner. Other notable acquisitions include Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece, and Kind is the New…

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“100 Days to Brave” celebrates more than 100,000 units sold

“100 Days to Brave” celebrates more than 100,000 units sold Nashville, Tenn., May 4, 2018 – Bestselling author and nationally known speaker, Annie F. Downs, has reached a milestone: 100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self, has sold more than 100,000 units. The book released October 2017 and has become so popular that it is continuously flying off the shelves at these retailers: Amazon, Target, LifeWay, and Barnes & Noble stores.  “Annie comes alongside the reader as a friend…

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