Are you a published author living in, near, or visiting
the Cincinnati area June 26th, 2016?

This free event, offered by the Christian Booksellers Association in partnership with the Christian Authors Network, offers a career track for building up our published authors during the UNITE 2016 event in Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you need career help, inspiration, networking, and quality teaching to move forward then you’ll love this event. Register at the door. Click the article link below for more information. We look forward to pouring our experience and heart for the published author into your career.

See you soon in Cincinnati!

Angela Breidenbach, Christian Authors Network president

CAN hosts Author Boot Camp sessions

 

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Angela Breidenbach, the Christian Authors Network president, here to share the first in our series on Christian bookstores making a difference in their communities. This article is written by one of our Christian Authors Network members, Dianne Neal Matthews. Dianne’s expertise in sharing human interest stories comes through as she interviewed Herman and Denese Morris of the Manna Christian Bookstore in Sanford, NC. I think you’ll enjoy their way of managing a bookstore ministry and Diane’s way of delving into who they are and what they do at Manna Christian Bookstore…and by the way, they were one of the two stores that won a huge box of books from CAN members at the Munce Christian Product Expo in Sept. That’s what brought this special store to our attention. But what we learned is worth sharing with you! Introducing Manna Christian Bookstore…

A Little Bookstore with a Big Impact

From the outside, Manna Christian Bookstore may seem like nothing more than a modest storefront in a small town. But a lot of ministry goes on inside this building—some of it on the other side of the world. Herman and Denese Morris opened the bookstore in Sanford, North Carolina, in 1996. They used to have help from their daughter, until she moved away due to her husband’s work. Now the couple manages the business on their own, while also pastoring a church together.

The owners of Manna Bookstore have a heart for missions. Herman and Denese consider themselves “honored to bless other ministries”, especially the opportunity to send boxes of Bibles and books to pastors and lay people in other countries. They were thrilled by reports they received after a recent shipment to Africa. Through their efforts, some pastors received the first Bible they had ever owned. In areas where believers consider the possession of a few pages of Scripture a privilege, the gift of a complete, intact Bible seemed like an impossible dream come true.

That’s not to say that Manna Bookstore doesn’t minister to the local community as well. People stop by on a regular basis just to have someone to talk to or to ask for prayer. Others come in seeking a recommendation of a Bible, book, or other resource. On many occasions, these customers walk out with a gift from Herman or Denese rather than a purchase.

At a time when independent Christian bookstores struggle to stay in business, Denese believes their participation in missions is what keeps them open. “Selling books hasn’t made us rich,” she adds. “But building up the Kingdom makes us millionaires.” Herman sometimes jokingly reminds her that “we can’t give away the whole store.” But both husband and wife agree that “The more we give, the more God blesses us.”

With such a heart for ministry, God surely has more blessings in store for Manna Christian Bookstore.

Manna Christian Bookstore

The small storefront hides a big ministry at Manna Christian Bookstore

 

How to contact and find Manna Christian Bookstore

Address: 201 E Main St, Sanford, NC 27332

About Dianne Neal Matthews:

Dianne has published three other devotional books: The One Year Women of the Bible (Tyndale), Drawing Closer to God: 365 Daily Meditations on Questions in the Bible, and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation (both by Baker Books). Designed for Devotion won a 2013 Selah Award.

 

Dianne is one of ten authors who contributed devotions to Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus 2013, 2014, 2015, and the upcoming 2016 edition.

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25 Christmas Blessings by Dena Dyer

25 Christmas Blessings by Dena Dyer

Title: 25 Christmas Blessings: An Inspiring Countdown
to Christmas!
Author: Dena Dyer
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1634093187

Book Description
Every day for the 25 days leading up to Christmas, 25 Christmas Blessings will give families an inspiring, holiday-themed topic such as Celebrate, Remember, Give, Love, Listen, Rest, and many more to focus on. Each themed section will feature a devotional, a prayer, a “Top 10 Ways to Bless Others this Christmas” list, and relevant scriptures to remember.

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Dianne Barker

CAN member, Dianne Barker, shares CAN member experiences with Munce’s Christian Product Expo:

(Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Independent Christian retailers from across the U.S. attended the Munce Christian Product Expo September 21-23 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Besides providing workshops, training sessions, and heartening messages and music from top artists and authors that ignited worship and vision, the tradeshow allowed retailers to interact with authors, publishing reps, and industry friends as they reviewed new products.

Christian Authors Network presentation by Karen Whiting (CAN treasurer) explained how CAN partners with CPE to support retailers and provide tools to help them engage customers. She traced the long journey to publication of her newest release, The One Year Devotions for Active Boys (with co-author Jesse Florea). Katrina Cassel read from her Promises for God’s Princesses. Dianne Barker related the backstory of her 1986 best-seller, Twice Pardoned, first book for Focus on the Family Publishing. Cec Murphey, author of 138 books, stressed the important role of Christian retailers and suggested strategies to strengthen business in challenging times.

Karen Whiting, Dianne Barker, and Kris Jodon

Karen Whiting, Dianne Barker, and Kris Jodon

Three retailers won book bundles by CAN authors with a total value of $3,300. Winners were Ellen Meece, owner of Handfuls on Purpose in Marion, Illinois; Deb Woodard, owner of Bethany Book and Gift in Baxter, Minnesota; and Kris Jodon, manager of The Bookstore at Chapelwood in Houston, Texas.

Ellen Meese and Katrina Cassel

Ellen Meese and Katrina Cassel

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Cec Murphey and Deb Woodard

Ellen said, “I never win anything. For Pastor Appreciation Month, I plan to give copies of books I won to local pastors.”
“I was shocked! Thrilled!” Deb said. “The unexpected gift was a tremendous honor and a privilege. It was a blessing and a great boost to us. It will be fun to share some books with others.” She added, “It’s great connecting with CAN authors at CPE. I love hearing from the heart of authors and their behind-the-scene stories.”

CAN honored two retailers celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Dennis and Andrea Lovvorn of New Covenant Christian Bookstore in Shelbyville, Tennessee marked their twentieth year in business. Deb and Mike Woodard’s Bethany Book and Gift has been in business seventy-five years (under their ownership for eight years, and Deb worked at the store for eighteen years prior).

Retailers received gift bags containing bookmarks featuring books by CAN members 2015 releases.

CAN’s Cynthia Ruchti led a training session, “When Your Life’s Work Feels Like the Reason David Wrote the Psalms.”

Five CAN authors participated in the Personality Party signing free copies of their books: Cec Murphey, Stolen; Cynthia Ruchti, As Waters Gone By; Dianne Barker, I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore; Karen Whiting, Nature Girl and The One Year Devotions for Active Boys; Katrina Cassel, Promises for God’s Princesses.

The Munce Group hosts two annual retailer events. Founder Bob Munce said the CPE goal is “to encourage, equip, and engage.”

Kirk Blank, Munce group president, said, “I believe we accomplished that. Retailers were encouraged by authors as well as vendors as they prepared for Christmas. The authors and speakers and music artists provided a great source of encouragement for everyone.” Blank added, “We’re always thrilled when we can bring CAN in for fellowship and leadership as we interact with authors and retailers. CAN has done a fabulous job providing much-needed service and help for retailers throughout the year. Having them at CPE was an added blessing.”

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10606017_10152624009535982_5004891867303148916_nSnowflake Tiara Releasing Sep 1, 2014 is two Christmas romance books in one. Set in Helena, MT against the backdrop of Montana’s new statehood in 1889 & then at Montana’s 125th anniversary in 2014…What if you were caught doing good, but the man you loved didn’t see it that way.

Snowflake Tiara’s first novella, The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?

ABOUT Angela: Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, professional judge of 1000 books, She serves nationally as the Christian Author Network’s president, and hosts the radio show Lit Up on Toginet and Apple Podcasts where she picks the brains of industry experts to help creatives have a more lucrative career. With a volume of appearances on television, stage, and radio Angela loves to share her knowledge to build up others in the industry. Comedy by Writer & Muse can be found on social media and their blog, A-Muse-ings at  http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com

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