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.


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.”


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.


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