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  • Terry Eagleton: A Late-Life Return to Religion

    Terry Eagleton is a bookseller's nightmare. "They simply don't know where to put me," he says. With good reason: the pre-eminent cultural critic and distinguished professor has written on cultural theory, politics, and history, as well as a memoir and a novel. In recent years, his attention has returned to religion.

  • Direct-to-Digital Christian Fiction Picks Up Steam

    Christian publishers are experimenting with digital publishing, trying out serializations, separate digital-first lists, and more. The key, publishers have found, is flexibility.

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, June 25, 2014

    An Amish weekend; Catholic Press Association selects best books; awards and honors.

  • PW Talks with Don Piper: '90 Minutes in Heaven' Celebrates 10 Years

    Don Piper’s car was hit by a truck in 1989, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Piper wrote about what happened next in the bestselling "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life," which paved the way for other recent bestsellers recounting glimpses of the afterlife.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, June 25, 2014

    Beyonce's pastor writes about love; liberation theologian Leonardo Boff assesses Pope Francis.

  • Minka Disbrow, Mother Who Never Gave Up, Dies at 102

    Minka Disbrow, the mother separated from her daughter by adoption who spent nearly 80 years searching for her, has died at the age of 102. Disbrow’s story was told in a May 2014 book, 'The Waiting: A True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up,' by her granddaughter, Cathy LaGrow.

  • Dan Brown Interviewed by NPR at Mark Twain House Benefit

    Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” and current bestseller “Inferno,” was interviewed June 7 by NPR's John Dankosky at a benefit for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn. The conversation turned to religion and science, topics Brown has dealt with in his novels.

  • Family Christian Stores Names New CEO

    Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian retail chain in the U.S., has appointed Charles Bengochea as president and CEO, succeeding Cliff Bartow, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm.

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, June 11, 2014

    Bruderhof magazine back in print; a signal anniversary for women in ministry; readers join authors online and on the water; publishing seminar offered; awards and honors.

  • Jon Sweeney: A Life in Books and On the Move

    Jon Sweeney's religious evolution has been as peripatetic as his writing and publishing careers. From evangelical to Episcopal to Catholic (and married to a rabbi); from bookseller to publisher to author, his love of religions and thirst for learning have kept him on the move.

  • Religion On-Sale Calendar: June 2014

    Significant religion books publishing in June.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, June 11, 2014

    Starred review for a historian's thoughtful, humorous memoir of his Mormon missionary youth; Christian pastor Bill Hybels offers strategies for simplifying life.

  • PW Talks with Joseph Telushkin: Legacy of the Rebbe

    In his new biography of Menachem M. Schneerson, Joseph Telushkin offers admiring but clear-eyed insight into the life and legacy of the 7th Rebbe of the Lubavitch Chabad movement and explains why the Rebbe is still such a presence in the Chasidic world, 20 years after his death.

  • E-book Subscription Service for Christian Books Launched

    Entitle Books, an e-book subscription service, has launched Entitle Christian, devoted exclusively to Christian books.

  • From Ducks to Bells: Religion Publishers Trumpet Big Books at BEA

    Religion publishers showcased big new books and previewed forthcoming titles—including the Duck Dynasty patriarch's autobiography and a VeggieTales comic book series--at BookExpo America in New York May 29-31.

  • BEA 2014: Steady and Strong for Religion Publishers

    Religion publishers were busy during BookExpo America's three-day run in New York May 29-31. Their participation seems to have stabilized--there were no new dropouts, and some publishers have returned after taking breaks over costs vs. benefits, finding the show valuable after all.

  • RBTE 2014: Catholic Show Soldiers On

    With half as many vendors and buyers as last year, the 23rd annual Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit was very quiet, and speculation on the future of the show continues.

  • Same-Sex Relationships: In Churches, Change Is Coming, But Slowly

    Just as attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted greatly in the wider culture, change is coming in Christian churches too, though at a relative snail’s pace. Churches worry today about stemming the tide of young refugees from the pews, and intolerance toward gays is cited as a key issue for many who drop out. Some pastors are reexamining the Bible and rethinking traditional views.

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