Thursday, June 16, 2011

Soul Surfer Hamilton, Sing Off Champions and Duggar family will be at ICRS

Christianity’s Most Creative and Influential Voices
to Attend International Christian Retail Show

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, actor John Schneider, a capella stars Committed,
and TLC’s Duggar family join authors, musicians, film producers, film stars,
and more at annual convention
Atlanta, GA—Many of the most creative and influential voices for Christianity will be attending the International Christian Retail Show July 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. From pop culture personalities in music, television, and film to authors and the deepest minds in theology, apologetics, and social issues, these innovators will discuss latest works, current thought, and upcoming releases that will impact the culture and Christianity in years to come.

Although the ICRS exhibit floor is not open to the public, there will be public events on Sunday, such as the evening worship service and the Champions of the Faith concert and auction which will recognize top leaders in professional fields who daily live out their Christian faith. Additionally, opening Sunday is the three-day Celebrate the Word Bible Legacy Exhibit of historical Bibles and artifacts to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible translation.

New to the convention line-up is competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack, but never lost her faith. Her story and testimony are the focus of the feature film Soul Surfer which is now being released on DVD.

The Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, will perform music at the open-to-the-public Sunday, July 10 Worship Him service. The Duggars also will perform and sign autographs in the Town Center on the exhibit floor and be in the Spring Arbor Content Group exhibit booth during the show.

John Schneider (Bo Duke of The Dukes of Hazzard) stars in Doonby, the story of a mysterious drifter who makes himself indispensable to a small Texas town. The pro-life film features a cameo by Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. McCorvey later converted to Christianity. Schneider’s RV will be parked on the ICRS exhibit floor, and he will be available to discuss the film to be released later this year.

Committed, the six-man a capella group that won NBC-TV’s Season 2 of the hit series The Sing Off, will perform on the Town Center stage during ICRS. The Alabama-based group members expressed their faith and performed Gospel songs and favorite hits on the show.

The open-to-the-public Sunday evening service will feature Randy Frazee, who will speak from his latest work with Max Lucado, The Story¾an overarching multimedia epic of God’s story through time that’s still relevant today. Nicole C. Mullen will sing work from her upcoming worship album, Captivated, a homage to Jesus Christ’s majesty. Atlanta’s North Point Live also will lead Sunday worship.

Best-selling fiction author Karen Kingsbury will be announcing a contest to promote reading at ICRS. She also will receive one of the inaugural Champions of the Faith awards.

ICRS will host many other authors, artists, and church leaders. For more information, visit

About ICRS: Hosted by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, the International Christian Retail Show is the largest annual gathering of Christian authors, artists, pastors, and leaders. ICRS is a trade show for Christian-store retailers and publishers, producers, and distributors of Christian books, Bibles, music, films, DVDs, apparel, and other resources.

Top authors and leaders:

· George Barna (pollster and analyst)
· Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns NFL football rookie)
· Pat Williams (Orlando Magic basketball team’s senior vice president)
· Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages, on the NYT bestseller list for 188 weeks)
· Jim McBride (producer of Fireproof and the upcoming Courageous)
· Nicole C. Mullen (award-winning recording artist)
· Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick (popular Christian film producers)

As well as:

Randy Alcorn
Steve Arterburn
Candace Cameron Bure
Ray Comfort
John Eldredge
Pam Farrel
Richard Foster
Norman Geisler
Ken Ham
Mike Nawrocki
Max Lucado
Josh McDowell
Dennis Rainey

Popular fiction authors:

Terri Blackstock
Wanda Brunstetter
Melody Carlson
Brandilyn Collins
Dale Cramer
Ted Dekker
Liz Curtis Higgs
Karen Kingsbury
Tosca Lee
Debbie Macomber
DiAnn Mills
Cynthia Ruchti
… and many more.

Issues and Answers: Attending authors and artists will be addressing many issues and hot topics ranging from persecution of the church and the Middle East to sex trafficking and international adoption.

· Science and evolution
· Leadership
· Living debt free
· Expressing faith in an anti-God culture
· Poverty in the U.S.
· Islam in America
· Impact of stress on your life
· Segregation still alive in U.S. churches
· An insider’s look into the upcoming elections
· Human trafficking
· Co-parenting
· Rebuilding families after suicide
· Adult children still living at home

For ICRS schedules, event details, and a complete listing of authors and artists available for interviews visit

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