Archive for August, 2009

Lighthouse Trails New Catalog

Aug 11th, 2009 Posted in new releases | Comments Off on Lighthouse Trails New Catalog

LTRP Note: The 2009 Lighthouse Trails Publishing catalog has now been sent out to Lighthouse Trails Publishing customers. If you would like to have a free copy of the catalog sent to you, just click here.

Lighthouse Trails Publishing began seven years ago in order to publish A Time of Departing. Later we began Lighthouse Trails Research Project as a way to offer free information to a larger number of people. While we hope you will read the books we have published, we provide extensive research, documentation and news on our Research site, blog and newsletter at no cost with the hope they are a blessing to the body of Christ and a witness to those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

We received the following letter today.

I received your catalog today, and decided it was high time for me to write you and tell you what a blessing your ministry has been to me. I regularly read your weekly newsletter, and I really appreciate the straight-forward, yet gracious way you present things. I often copy and paste relevant parts of it to friends and relatives, to warn some and help others be armed as we “… contend earnestly for the faith which was *once* for all *delivered* to the saints.”

May God continue to bless you all,
Beaverton OR

Why compromise in Christian publishing costs in the long run

Aug 1st, 2009 Posted in Christian Publishing in Crisis | Comments Off on Why compromise in Christian publishing costs in the long run

by WorldNetDaily news 
“Why compromise costs in the long run
Exclusive: Jim Fletcher argues publishers can’t leave truth to pursue manna”

By Jim Fletcher, WorldNetDaily

With attendance down significantly at the Christian Booksellers’ Association trade show last week, I want to examine some reasons for the decline in Christian retail—without focusing on the much bemoaned economy.

Discussing the real reasons for that decline, however, can’t be done in polite company.

The production and sale of Christian books assumes that the publishers, trade organizations and sales channels pull in the same direction philosophically. That would mean, of course, that fundamentally, a person working in the Christian book industry would embrace the teachings of the Bible. The Christian Booksellers Association operated on this philosophy for many years.

In the 1990s, however, there was a shift in philosophy. Publishers, stores and distributors began to realize the vast potential for making money. As time went on, to appeal to the broadest possible audience, works began to creep in that were decidedly not aligned with the Bible.

I remember years ago walking onto the floor of a CBA convention and seeing Health Communications’ booth. They were rolling out the first of the wildly successful “Chicken Soup” books. In the first volume, I remember reading an essay that discussed the “Golden Buddha” inside us.

I don’t have a Golden Buddha inside me, and neither do orthodox Christians.

So I wrote to a CBA representative, saying basically, “Hey, you’ll never guess who I saw at CBA. You are probably not aware of this.”

They were aware of it. The representative sent me a letter, then his lawyer sent me a letter. Both explained they had to allow Health Communications to display. Click here to read this entire article.

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