Archive for August 21st, 2013

August 21, 2013

Best-selling author Nick Vujicic signs new multi-book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group has signed a new multi-book, major deal, including world rights, with Nick Vujicic, the and internationally best-selling author of Life Without Limits, Unstoppable and Limitless(WaterBrook Press).

Vujicic is the Australian-native, international evangelist, and inspirational speaker born without arms or legs who travels the world speaking to large audiences about living a “ridiculously good life.” He is the founder of Life Without Limbs, an organization that helps share a message of hope to the entire globe. He has been featured on such programs as “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Oprah’s Life Class,” and “60 Minutes.” His books with WaterBrook Press have more than a million copies in print and have been translated into 28 languages.

The first book in the new agreement, tentatively titled Love Without Limits, is scheduled to publish in 2015. It tells Vujicic’s stories of finding his spouse and the birth of his son—both gifts of love from the God of love—and the hope his experience offers for all of us.

“We are thrilled with our publishing relationship with Nick Vujicic,” said Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of the Crown Publishing Group. “Nick is an inspiration, reaching millions of people in countries that don’t often hear a message like his. We see a significant future in his ministry and are happy to be a partner in it with him.”

Vujicic is represented by Jan Miller, CEO and founder of Dupree Miller and Associates.

Under his current contract, Vujicic’s fourth non-fiction title, A Bully’s Dream, will release on Apr. 15, 2014. Drawing from his painful, personal experience as a victim of bullies, Vujicic offers compelling advice on how to respond to the negative influence of emotional and physical abuse from peers. He provides encouragement, motivation, and practical directions on how young people can overcome personal challenges, and then, both individually and collectively, work to make their world a better place.

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August 21, 2013

Newsboys to headline Winter Jam West

The internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular—featuring 10 artists for $10—is set to hit 11 Western cities this fall, headlined by multi-GRAMMY-nominated Newsboys. Once again boasting many of the top names in Christian music, Winter Jam West kicks-off in Los Angeles Nov. 8 at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Created and hosted by GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, the tour also includes Tenth Avenue North; Thousand Foot Krutch; Plumb; and Building 429, along with a special worship set from Crowder (select cities) or Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (select cities), in addition to a message from evangelist Nick Hall. The Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam party will feature Love & The Outcome, Everfound, and Dara Maclean.

Winter Jam West is slated to hit Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center; the Rose Garden Arena in Portland; Sacramento, California’s Sleep Train Arena; World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO; Boise, Idaho’s Taco Bell Arena; and Glendale, Arizona’s Jobing.com Arena, among other top venues, before concluding Nov. 24 at the Ft. Worth Convention Center in Ft. Worth, TX.

Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, Winter Jam West partners include God’s Not Dead the movie; University of Mobile; PEPSI; Teen Missions International, Xtreme Conferences; Camp Electric; Premier Christian Cruises; Wayne E. Bailey Produce; and Texas TransEastern.

For further information, visit www.jamtour.com or .

August 21, 2013

Joel Osteen’s I Declare hits one million copies sold in 10 months

FaithWords (Hachette Book Group) announced that by Joel Osteen has passed the one million mark in sales, 10 months after its publication in hardcover, eBook, and audiobook. I Declare is currently available in Spanish and released in trade paperback Aug. 6.

“We knew I Declare was a special book from the beginning,” said Rolf Zettersten, SVP & publisher for Hachette Nashville. “We were confident it would sell a million copies, but it exceeded our expectations by doing so in less than 10 months.”

Broken into 31 segments, I Declare defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations affirm God’s blessings in the areas of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.

Osteen’s new book, Break Out! releases Oct. 1. Break Out! challenges readers to have a new perspective, to let nothing hold them back, and to reject labels that might limit them.

August 21, 2013

Influence Music We Believe Live Album hits No. 1

The debut album from Influence Music, We Believe Live, has taken this week’s No. 1 position on the Nielsen / SoundScan Praise & Worship chart. (The chart compiles digital and physical sales and then ranks albums based on total U.S. sales.) The album topped long-time powerhouse artists including Hillsong United, Passion, and Chris Tomlin. Additionally, the album broke into the Top 200, a feat not often reached by worship albums. (The Billboard Top 200 ranks albums in all secular and Christian genres.)

“Having so much momentum around a debut album is unique. It really shows the strength of the songs and the power of our movement,” said Josh Babyar, director of new media for the Assemblies of God (U.S.), which created Influence Music.
According to Sol Arledge, COO of the AG, by focusing on three up-and-coming worship leaders from within the Assemblies of God—Kurtis Parks from National Community Church in Washington, DC (Mark Batterson, lead pastor), Clayton Brooks from The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, TX (Scott Wilson, senior pastor), and Ryan Williams from River Valley Church in the twin cities area (Rob Ketterling, lead pastor)—the goal was to capture the sound of the movement. “We have so much talent and heritage inside of our local churches,” Arledge said. “We wanted to put some of that art on a platform that unites us in worship.”

Recently, the three artists led worship for the Influence Conference, General Council’s opening service and the youth service on Wednesday night. “It was so powerful,” said Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of AG. “Having this team, all leaders from different regions of our movement, humbly leading the body in worship really ushered in the presence of God in a very special way.”

The group will reunite on Sept. 3 at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), where We Believe Live was recorded during the school’s annual 7:14 Prayer conference. They will lead the student body in worship during the university’s spiritual emphasis week.

August 21, 2013

44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations Announced Today

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 42 categories for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The show will be broadcast on Monday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Voting for the final winners will run Sept. 3-24. All tabulations certified by the independent accounting firm, Kraft CPAs PLLC.

Additionally, key partners for this year’s show were announced including Food for the Hungry, Official Humanitarian Partner; Cantinas Ranch, Nominee Lunch Partner; Kia Motors, Dove Cares Red Carpet and HearitFirst.com, Technology Partner. Hearitfirst.com will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities.

The nominees in 22 categories were revealed today during the press conference, and the remaining categories can be found atwww.doveawardsvoting.com/nominees. Included here are five of the top categories announced today.

 

Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords

Francesca Battistelli, Fervent

Lecrae, Reach Records

Tamela Mann, TillyMann

TobyMac, ForeFront Records

New Artist of the Year

Capital Kings, Gotee Records

Colton Dixon, Sparrow Records

for King & Country, Fervent

Rhett Walker Band, Essential Records

Tasha Cobbs, EMI Gospel

 

Song of the Year

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman, (writers) Matt

Redman, Jonas Myrin

“All I Can Do (Thank You),” Mikeschair, (writers) Mike Grayson,

Ben Glover, David Garcia

“Break Every Chain,” Tasha Cobbs, (writer) Will Reagan

“Forgiveness,” Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West

“From My Rags To His Riches,” Devin McGlamery featuring Dailey & Vincent, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

“Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored,” Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) Larry Gatlin, Bill Gaither

“Hold On,” Canton Junction, (writer) Gerald Crabb

“I’m Learning,” Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (writers) Lee Black, Michael Fordinal, Kenna West

“Live Like That,” Sidewalk Prophets, (writers) Dave Fray, Ben McDonald, Ben Glover

“Need You Now (How Many Times),” Plumb, (writers) Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Luke Sheets, Christa Wells

“Not For a Moment (After All),” Meredith Andrews, (writers) Meredith Andrews, Jacob Sooter, Mia Fieldes

“One Thing Remains,” Kristian Stanfill, (writers) Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

“Redeemed,” Big Daddy Weave, (writers) Mike Weaver, Benji Cowart

“Sometimes I Wonder,&rdquo

August 21, 2013

Nielsen signs agreement to acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products

Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, and ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions, have signed a definitive agreement for Nielsen to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products. This acquisition will build on Nielsen’s existing global book intelligence by adding enhanced offerings in transaction services and sales measurement and analysis.

Bowker’s industry-leading Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products will be integrated into Nielsen’s book portfolio upon completion of this acquisition. Nielsen will soon be able to measure the impact of eBook sales in the U.S. and UK and provide insights and trends around the volume and value of books sales by various demographic criteria. Nielsen will also be able to offer for the first time a B2B service that enables retailers to source and order books throughout the English-language book market.

“We are committed to elevating the global book industry’s understanding of print and digital book measurement and discovery within an evolving media landscape,” said Jonathan Nowell, president, books, Nielsen. “Bowker has developed first-rate book analytic solutions, which offer a great complement to Nielsen’s existing solutions for the book industry. We are excited to welcome Bowker’s team to Nielsen, and we will work together to provide our clients with the measurement, tools, insights and linked commerce solutions needed to exceed their current and future expectations.”

“Our commitment at Bowker and ProQuest is to develop solutions that streamline the workflow of our customers,” said ProQuest CEO Kurt Sanford. “By bringing together Nielsen and Bowker analytic services, book publishers will receive the critical data they require to navigate the transition to digital-first publishing, through one tool set from one source, significantly simplifying the collection of business intelligence.”

Bowker will continue to play a key role for book publishers by powering and transforming book discovery. Working closely with its affiliate ProQuest, Bowker will focus on facilitating and enhancing book discovery through technology solutions, such as Syndetic Solutions™ and Summon®, and through identifier services (including ISBNs and ISNIs).

This acquisition of select Bowker products underscores Nielsen’s desire to advance the holistic understanding and supply chain efficiency of the global book industry. Bowker products that will be available as part of the Nielsen Book portfolio include:

·         Business Intelligence products: PubTrack ™ Digital, PubTrack ™ Christian, PubTrack™ Higher-Ed, and Bowker Market Research Books & Consumers, Global Ebook Monitor, and custom research

·         Commerce Solutions products: PubEasy® and Pubnet®

The Nielsen Book portfolio currently includes BookData, BookNet, Registration Agencies and BookScan.

August 21, 2013

B&H Publishing Group announces Jim Baird as VP of B&H Academic, WORDsearch, and CrossBooks

Selma Wilson, B&H Publishing Group president, announced a strategic shift that will incorporate three of the organization’s key consumer brands under the oversight of Jim Baird, who has led B&H Academic since 2008.

In his new role, Baird will manage B&H Academic, WORDSearch, and CrossBooks with a team comprised of Paul Mikos, who will set strategy for CrossBooks, and Chris Cowan, who will set strategy for B&H Academic.

“Jim’s background and experience in the academic, software, publishing, ministry and business arenas make him uniquely gifted for this role,” Wilson said. “His leadership both internally and externally has helped build B&H Academic as a recognized leader amongst authors and scholars.”

LifeWay acquired the Bible software solutions WORDsearch and QuickVerse in 2011. WORDhas been a provider of Bible study software since 1987, offering over 4,800 Bibles and books that make study faster, easier and more enjoyable. As part of the WORDsearch family of software, QuickVerse has been known for over 20 years as an affordable, easy-to-use Bible software program that can be found in more Christian bookstores and retail outlets than any other Bible software.

Baird sees a natural alignment between B&H Academic and Wordsearch. “As a WORD consumer for many years, I know from experience that we serve well those who teach and preach. We are able to reach the masses through all forms of technology including desktop, iOS app, cloud and coming soon the Android app,” Baird said.

August 21, 2013

The Jesus Storybook Bible Tops One Million Copies Sold

Author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ top-selling The Jesus Storybook Bible(Zonderkidz, 2007) has surpassed one million units sold.

Since its debut, The Jesus Storybook Bible has been published in eight different formats including a church curriculum, and collector’s edition with award-winning audio narrated by David Suchet and animated videos. This storybook Bible has been published in 19 different languages worldwide and is the narrative of 44 Bible stories of a young Jesus who comes to win back his lost treasure. Readers of all ages have been impacted by the story of God’s love for his children and how he came to rescue them.

As the storybook Bible gained in popularity, so did its broad appeal. “The Jesus Storybook Bible” spans across all ages being used in men’s and women’s ministry groups, prison ministries, seminary classes and endorsed by several pastors. Just this year, was put on the list of recommended titles for Bible Study Fellowship.

Accompanied with original and unique illustrations by artist Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible has received several notable awards including the Mom’s Choice Award, Moonbeam Award, and NAPPA Award. It has been mentioned in thousands of blogs, magazines, newspapers, and trade reviews.

“One million units is nothing short of incredible,” commented Annette Bourland, SVP and group publisher of Zondervan Books. “Sally and Jago create such inspiration in all of their works and we are thrilled to share this milestone. Our continued focus on making this available to more people will bless children, families, churches, and other organizations who want to plant the seed of Christ.”

For more information, visit www.JesusStoryBookBible.com.

August 21, 2013

B&H Publishing Group announces Jim Baird as VP of B&H Academic, WORDsearch, and CrossBooks

Selma Wilson, B&H Publishing Group president, announced a strategic shift that will incorporate three of the organization’s key consumer brands under the oversight of Jim Baird, who has led B&H Academic since 2008.

In his new role, Baird will manage B&H Academic, WORDSearch, and CrossBooks with a team comprised of Paul Mikos, who will set strategy for CrossBooks, and Chris Cowan, who will set strategy for B&H Academic.

“Jim’s background and experience in the academic, software, publishing, ministry and business arenas make him uniquely gifted for this role,” Wilson said. “His leadership both internally and externally has helped build B&H Academic as a recognized leader amongst authors and scholars.”

LifeWay acquired the Bible software solutions WORDsearch and QuickVerse in 2011. WORDhas been a provider of Bible study software since 1987, offering over 4,800 Bibles and books that make study faster, easier and more enjoyable. As part of the WORDsearch family of software, QuickVerse has been known for over 20 years as an affordable, easy-to-use Bible software program that can be found in more Christian bookstores and retail outlets than any other Bible software.

Baird sees a natural alignment between B&H Academic and Wordsearch. “As a WORD consumer for many years, I know from experience that we serve well those who teach and preach. We are able to reach the masses through all forms of technology including desktop, iOS app, cloud and coming soon the Android app,” Baird said.

Likewise, CrossBooks, launched in 2009, offers traditional and self-publishing, a process that entails meeting the same rigorous theological standards of B&H Academic and its parent company B&H Publishing Group.

August 21, 2013

Crossway Books Appoints Justin Taylor Publisher Of Books

Allan Fisher, Crossway’s SVP and publisher for books, retired in July, after serving as Crossway’s book publisher over the last eight years. Before joining Crossway, Fisher began his publishing career nearly 40 years ago at Baker Publishing Group, where he served as director of publications, later holding the same position for five years at P&R Publishing.

As Crossway president Dr. Lane Dennis noted, “We are deeply grateful to Allan Fisher for the enormous contribution he has made to the Crossway publishing program—but much more than this, to all of Christian publishing throughout his distinguished career as an editor and publisher. Allan has overseen publication of well over a thousand books during his career—books that have had an immeasurable impact for the sake of the gospel and edification of the church.”

As of Aug. 15, Crossway announced the appointment of Justin Taylor to the position of SVP and publisher for books, held previously by Allan Fisher. Justin came to Crossway in 2006, serving most recently as VP for book publishing. Before coming to Crossway, Justin served as the director of theological and educational development at Desiring God. He received his Master of Arts degree in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he is currently working on a PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Taylor has co-edited numerous books and is well known through his daily blog, “Between Two Worlds,” which is widely recognized as one of the most influential Christian blogs.

“It is my delight,” Lane Dennis said, “to welcome Justin in his new role as Crossway’s Publisher for Books. Justin has already made a tremendous contribution to our publishing program, and he is highly qualified both theologically and personally to carry forward the Crossway mission and ministry in this new position.”

“I am honored beyond words to accept the position of Crossway’s Publisher for Books,” Justin Taylor noted. “Allan Fisher has made an indelible mark on Christian publishing, and it has been a great privilege to be mentored by him in preparation for this role. By God’s grace, under the leadership of Dr. Lane Dennis and the Crossway board, our desire is that Crossway would continue to be a pacesetter for faithful gospel-centered publishing for generations to come.”

Similarly, Fisher notes, “Having worked with Justin for more than five years, I could not be happier about his becoming Crossway’s next Publisher for Books. Though attaining this position at a relatively young age, he has clearly demonstrated his readiness for the position. Bringing together a devotion to Christ, keen theological insight, and personal warmth, Justin will make a lasting contribution in the world of Christian publishing.”

While Allan Fisher will be retiring from his current position, he will continue to work part-time at Crossway in the area of Bible publishing rights and will be advising Crossway on specific key projects.

August 21, 2013

Daniel Bashta To Hit The Road For His Fall Strip Everything Away Tour With Cody Reese

Daniel Bashta, Integrity Music worship leader and writer of “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead),” will take his music on the road this fall, visiting 38 cities across the U.S. with guest speaker Cody Deese for the free “Strip Everything Away Tour.”

Referencing the lyrics “strip everything away ‘til all I have is You” from his song “Pursuit,” Bashta launches the tour at the Salvation Army Church in Anaheim, CA, on Sept. 5 with stops in 19 states before concluding at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NJ, on Nov. 18. A list of tour dates and cities follows below with information also available at .

For more information, visit www.danielbashta.com.

August 21, 2013

Women of Faith to launch national Bible study event featuring well-known Bible teachers , Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper

Women of Faith, the nation’s largest live event for Christian women, will host , a brand new, in-depth Bible study event happening in 2014, featuring five of this generation’s most gifted Bible teachers, Beth Moore, Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper, together on one platform for the first time.

Unwrap the Bible will take place Feb. 21-22, 2014, at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, and is expected to draw thousands of women from across the country seeking transformational Bible teaching. Women of Faith will encourage those who attend this event to open their Bible and experience God’s Word in a new way.

“This gathering is a dream come true for me,” said Christine Caine, Bible Teachers and Founder of A21, an organization seeking to abolish injustice in the 21st century. “This is a new day full of passion, purpose, unity, faith, hope and love. We have prayed, planned and prepared and are expecting Jesus to do great things in our midst. It won’t be the same without you.”

August 21, 2013

Hands and Feet Project partners with Tim Tebow Foundation for fundraiser

The Hands & Feet Project, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, announced their next big event to raise awareness for the children of Haiti. This Septe. 6, join Audio Adrenaline and a few of their friends at their “Run For Joy” 5K Celebrity Fun Run to be held in Orlando, FL, during Disney World’s Night Of Joy music event, where you can run for the orphaned and abandoned children of Haiti along with your favorite artists!

Sign up to run and to fundraise for your favorite artists’ team that are already confirmed to participate in “Run For Joy.” You can join in on Team Audio A to support the members of Audio Adrenaline, Team Colton Dixon, Team For King And Country, Team KJ-52, as well as Team All Things New, Team Kutless, and more are being announced soon.

For only $30 per person, each participant receives registration to the race, an artist swag bag, a race t-shirt, race day breakfast, as well as a fundraising page to help raise funds and awareness for the Hands & Feet Project. The Hands & Feet Project is comprised of two children’s villages in Cyvadier/Jacmel and Grand Goave, Haiti, which cares for 100 orphans and abandonded Haitian children.

To find out more about Run For Joy Celebrity 5K and to register for the race, visit Hands & Feet Project.