Christian Supply Closes, Sells Assets to

Chuck Wallington, president of Christian Supply, has closed the family business he started as a bookstore 65 years ago in Spartenburg, S.C., the largest online retailer of Christian products for individuals and churches, has acquired the domain name and customer lists. No terms were disclosed. Ray Hendrickson, president and CEO of Christianbook, based in Peabody, Mass., commented, “Just like Christian Supply, Christianbook is a family-owned and operated company dedicated to serving Christians worldwide.” The company offers 65 catalogs, with an inventory of 500,000 items.

Awards Season is Underway

IVP authors have landed top honors in two award competitions that recognize Christian books. James R. Patton’s The Victory of the Cross won the 2020 academic nonfiction category award from the Word Guild, which focuses on Canadian Christian writers. And Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove was chosen as the 2019 ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year in the Political and Social Sciences category. Wilson-Hartgrove explores how religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense of the poor.

The American Christian Fiction Writers have named 33 finalists for the Carol Awards, which honor books with a Christian worldview that were published in 2019. Three books are named in each of 11 categories: Contemporary; Debut Novel; Historical (through Vietnam era); Historical Romance (through Vietnam era); Mystery/Suspense/Thriller; Novella; Romance; Romantic Suspense; Short Novel; Speculative, and Young Adult.

Winners will be announced at the ACFW’s virtual conference in September and the ACFW 2020 Editor, Agent, and Mentor of the Year winners will also be named then. The finalists, listed alphabetically, are: editors Jocelyn Bailey, Kelsey Bowen, and Robin Patchen; agents Linda Glaz, Tamela Hancock Murray, and Cynthia Ruchti; mentors Chautona Havig, Lisa Jordan, and KyLee Woodley.