Movies ‘teach Hollywood’: They “won’t win any Oscars, but a new wave of Christian-made movies are teaching Hollywood that religion is good for business.” The Daily Telegraph

 

Breakout gospel singer: Unlikely artist Liz Vice says the best compliment she received is someone telling her “you almost made me believe in Jesus.” Index-Journal

 

Amy Grant tours: Amy Grant has teamed up with Nichole Nordeman and Ellie Holcomb for the 14-city Live Life Together Tour. The Augusta Chronicle

 

Sandi talks retirement: Sandi Patty talks about putting down the microphone after more than three decades. Austin-American Statesman

 

Controversial atheist book: Before his death, leading atheist and author Christopher Hitchens considered becoming a Christian, according to a controversial new book. Religion News Service

 

John Eldredge’s movie: Author John Eldredge talks about his latest project, “a beautiful adventure film with rich content.” The Gazette

 

Nashville’s movie link: As the faith-based film industry has risen in recent years, studios have tapped into Nashville’s Christian music industry for help with marketing, especially reaching churches and youth groups. The Tennessean

 

Small publishers award: Candida Sullivan’s Despite Your Circumstances won best book in the Christian Living category in the 2016 Christian Small Publishers Awards. Middlesboro Daily News

 

Author, Joy speaker: Author Angela Thomas is a regular speaker on the Women of Joy tour. Abilene Reporter-News

 

Same-sex supporter: Michael Coren, a well-known and respected Canadian Christian author, has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Torontoist.com

 

Community service movies: A radio station is honored for its community service, including sponsoring free screenings of Christian movies including War Room. Edmond Sun

 

Considering Christian music: Reflecting on “Christian music in the era of Lady Gaga.” Deseret News

 

Audrey Assad’s ‘calm’: Audrey Assad “boasts a beautifully trained operatic voice that, while strong, seems to lull anyone who hears it into a state of calm.” FSUNews.com

 

Phelps’ musical family: Music is a family affair for singer David Phelps: his sister is part of the band, playing trumpet and other instruments. Douglas County Sentinel

 

Missionary pens novel: Jean Phillips’ novel, Light in the Darkness, is based on real people and circumstances she and her late husband encountered during their 40 years as missionaries in Africa. Chronicle Independent

 

MercyMe’s musical success: Grammy-nominated MercyMe has won American Music and Dove awards and sold more than 8.5 million CDs, singles, and DVDs. DoSavannah.com

 

Bible society anniversary: The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society tells the organization’s story as it marks the 200th anniversary of its founding. Religion Dispatches

 

New Tenth Avenue: Tenth Avenue North has a new album coming later this year. Journal & Courier

 

Music ‘a journey’: For Michael W. Smith, a concert is “more than just getting up and singing a bunch of songs… I take everybody on a journey.” The Spectrum