Week In Reviews: Thought Provoking Titles

This week in reviews, we are showcasing three of our favourite books and reviews from the Nuts About Books and Resourcing Leaders members. These are books we feel are important reads, that stimulate the mind and facilitate conversations. This week, we are highlighting amazing resources from Baker Books and Chosen, divisions of Baker Publishing Group.
Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie
We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can’t do or will never be. But that’s not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters–women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God’s peace-, purpose-, and joy-filled callings.

With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to:

Cultivate unstoppable faith by harnessing God’s Word and promptings;
Usher in lasting peace through prayers that reduce panic, blood pressure, and stress;
Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God’s greatest gifts;
Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed throughout the day;
Participate in a twelve-week study guide to foster new courageous habits.

Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.

Endorsement of Fear Fighting:

“This is Kelly its first book, and wow it has hit its mark. Balarie has written this book for me I felt her words humble and sooth, yet confront and cut deep. Good friends tell it as it is, they want to encourage and uplift, and this author makes you feel like that friend” – City Girl Moves To The Country 

Essential Worship by Greg Scheer
A clear and concise introduction to worship and worship leading

Essential Worship is […]

April 21st, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Career Opportunity: Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Hours Per Week : Fulltime 32-40 hours / weekly; during office hours between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM weekdays.
Place of Work: 40 Church St. West, Elmira
Reports to: President & Publicity Coordinator
Job Duration: Starting May 1 2017 (permanent).
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and within fair market rate.
Expected Results:

Reduction of administrative oversight duties of Management Team
Smooth transition from outgoing Administrative / Marketing Assistant
Reduction of publicity administration duties of Publicity Coordinator

Submit cover letter and resume to:  careers@grafmartin.com

Submission deadline: noon, Friday April 21, 2017.
Primary Responsibilities
Job Description (includes, but not limited to):

Provide administrative support to President & Management Team
Provide administrative support to Bookkeeper, using Quickbooks to input and / or process Accounts Payable and Receivable and processing reports
Invoice clients and track / follow up overdue accounts
Order and receive office supplies and product from clients for marketing campaigns
Manage printing project coordination and obtain print quotes
Manage contact and information databases
Take and distribute meeting minutes as needed
Ensure project management documents (time-trackers, quotes comparisons, etc.) are created and maintained
Assume responsibility for office details as assigned. (i.e. corporate correspondence, parcel pickups, meal coordination, travel arrangements, etc.)
Provide primary or secondary research for campaign projects as needed
Assist in arranging interviews with media outlets
Assist in recording/cataloguing publicity activity
Assist in the implementation and tracking of promotional strategies and media outreach
Greet and host visitors (clients / vendors) in our office
Other duties as assigned

Skill Requirements
The Administrative Assistant must:

Have a heart to see faith and values-based organizations grow and succeed
Be detail-oriented and organized with exceptional prioritization skills
Be able to meet tight deadlines
Be a strong communicator (verbal & written communications)
Possess the ability to work collaboratively as part […]

April 11th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Week In Reviews: Case For Christ In Theatres Today!

Don’t miss this powerful film that leaders are calling the “Most Authentic Christian Film”. The Case For Christ in theatres now!
Graf-Martin Communication was proud to work alongside PureFlix and Lee Strobel to bring this film to Canada. We hosted a screening event in Toronto area, and were privileged enough to give our local leaders as well as influential individuals across Canada early access to view the film! Here are their thoughts on the film, and why we all think you need to see Case For Christ in theatres now! Click here for a list of theatres near you.
Endorsements For The Film
“The movie expertly shows us how Leslie’s journey lead to Lee (Mike Vogel) using his investigative journalism skills to prove to his wife that she was believing in a lie…If you are wondering if Jesus is real and you need evidence to believe, go see the Case for Christ. You won’t be disappointed” – Interviews & Reviews

“This isn’t really a film for the whole family, though teens who face challenges to their faith from fellow students could benefit significantly. Taking a friend, relative, neighbor or coworker who hasn’t yet crossed the line of faith is highly recommended, because when it comes to what Christians believe, at the end of the day, the buck stops with the resurrection” – Book Shop Talk

“…this film is an effective way to engage people’s emotions and to present the truth of the gospel to them in a compelling manner. And as a Christian, I appreciate that I was presented with ways to defend why I believe what I believe.” – Christian Fiction Addiction
Invite Someone To The Case For Christ Movie
We highly recommend bringing someone you know who may be struggling with the idea […]

April 7th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Mark Mattingly – The Stable Collective

We loved working with the team at Graf-Martin Comm, they made our entire quick trip to Canada as impactful as it could be. They worked out everything in advance and treated our entire team like family. Their relationships with media outlets and input on how to navigate the Canadian market is so valuable. We can’t wait to work with them again.

– Mark Mattingly

Artist Manager

The Stable Collective

March 29th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

A Week In Reviews: March 12-18th

Every day, our Nuts About Books reviewers send in reviews of their favourite Christian books and films we’ve sent them over the few past months. We love reading these reviews and finding out what content is resonating and helpful to Christians. We trust their opinions, and think you will too! That is why Graf-Martin Communications is starting a new series to highlight their voices.

This week, our reviewers are talking about titles from Baker Publishing Group and Mongrel Home Entertainment. We are so grateful for their partnership.


Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

“With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites you to crack the case–if you can–alongside the best Memphis has to offer… This series is off to a great start. If you are a fan of Christian romantic suspense you need to give this one a try.” – Paper Tape & Pins


Do you feel ambitious this year? Join Lani, from “All This Crazy Grace” as she tries to read 100 books in 2017! She’s off to a great start with this selection of books she’s reviewed to date! Cheer her on at allthiscrazygrace.com


In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson

“So many elements combine to make this a wonderful story on multiple levels. From unique settings to lovable characters to suspenseful plots to realistic pondering about faith and relationships, “In the Shadow of Denali” is a fantastic start to a new series and a book that I both recommend and plan to enjoy again soon.” – Prairie Sky Book Reviews


Race To Win (2017 film)

“This is surprisingly not your typical story of an underdog horse rising to the top – though I definitely thought it would be! Though we’ve all seen many films like this one, Race […]

March 24th, 2017|Tags: |2 Comments

Why Elmira?

Eight years ago, when we launched our agency, I never imagined the projects, people and places that were ahead of us. It’s been an incredible journey so far! One of the questions we often get asked is, “Why are you in Elmira?” It’s a good question!

We started out in Waterloo, Ontario, by default. It’s just where I happened to live at the time. When we realized that Graf-Martin Communications was taking on a life of it’s own, Dan & I decided to find a home with the right zoning and some potential office space, never imagining that we’d grow beyond a small business with remote staff. When we found our home (with a basement ready to be transformed into my office) in Elmira, no one was more surprised than us. I never thought we’d land in rural Ontario.

But God knew. Just a few years into this journey, we were bursting at the seams but well-settled into life in this gorgeous little town (only 10 minutes outside Waterloo – Canada’s own Silicon Valley). One day, when we knew we needed to find the right space for our growing team, and were bemoaning the lack of office, our financial advisor stepped in with a recommendation on a place that might just be for sale – to the right buyer. The owner was happy to sell to a young family with a newish business and, honestly, this was a dream come true for us. It turns out, one of the best parts of living and working in a small town is being connected!

When we walked into our offices at 40 Church St. West, we knew we were home (although we could hardly believe the opportunity in front of […]

March 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Why Elmira?

Congratulations Blessing Box Winners!

February is a month for love, and we felt it in our offices! Canadians’ love for their churches was evident: we received over 1,700 nominations for churches across the country as we launched our Blessing Box national giveaway initiative! 10 extremely loved churches, nominated by someone in their community as deserving a little encouragement, received a Blessing Box packed full of amazing resources from Baker Publishing Group.

Who won?

Bethel Bay Roberts, NL
New Life Christian Fellowship, AB
Wyoming Baptist Church, ON
Evangel Tabernacle, SK
Grace Bible Church of Vernon, BC
Followers of Christ Fellowship, MB
The Journey Church, NB
Fort Resolution Pentecostal Chapel, NT
Devon Community Church, AB
Metro Wesleyan Church, NS

Baker Publishing Group is a remarkable publisher, and we are so thankful for all they do with us here at Graf-Martin Communication to consistently resource the Church.


What Is Blessing Box?

At Graf-Martin Communications, we love the church – and our clients do too! To help show it in a practical way, the creative team here at our offices launched the Blessing Box Giveaway – supporting churches, pastors and church libraries across the country, keeping them in the loop with the latest and greatest in resources for ministry. Each Blessing Box is packed full of faith-themed books and resources that facilitate conversations, and are sure to impress.

Four times a year, 10 deserving churches across Canada can win a Blessings Boxes valued at over $300 each! That’s $12,000 of resources sent to Canadians each year! To keep it fun, each season we’ll have brand new theme and resources available for giveaway.

Would you like to be informed when the next giveaway is announced? Sign up to hear about the next Blessing Box as soon as it is launched!


How Can My Church Participate?

All you need to do is nominate your church! […]

March 21st, 2017|Tags: |Comments Off on Congratulations Blessing Box Winners!

The Shack film in Canada, thanks to Ministry Partners

We are privileged to be working on The Shack movie in conjunction with Entertainment One Canada. Entertainment One have been great to work with and W Paul Young has been an excellent support to us and to the ministries in Canada.

With over 22 million copies sold, and 105 weeks spent on the New York Times and 49 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s best-sellers lists, The Shack arrives in theatres on Friday, March 3rd.

The Shack shares the story of a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a crisis of faith. After receiving a mysterious letter, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

A Great Ministry Tool
Although the book has raised controversy, many have appreciated the story’s parable and The Shack has served as the cornerstone for many readers’ journeys of healing and a reconnection with God. The Shack provides a compelling platform from which to engage in a discussion and exploration of who God is, and how he cares.
Paul Young was asked: Why do you think your book appealed to so many people?

His answer: Because it deals with difficult issues and does so as a human being and not a religious person who relies on platitudes, principles and formulas. The Shack gave people a language to have a conversation about God that wasn’t religious, but RELATIONAL and had the respect to allow the reader to hear for themselves. It also validated the holiness of people’s stories and the preciousness of their tears. [Source]

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Has The Church Changed The Message Of Jesus?

Pastor Bruxy Cavey unfolds the piety-smashing message of God in Reunion
WATERLOO, ON – February 23, 2017 –  Is it possible that over the centuries the church has altered the message of Christ? Has modern Christianity wrapped itself so tightly in a fragmented, inactive version of the gospel that the life-changing message of God has been smothered? Canadian Pastor Bruxy Cavey thinks the answer is yes. He speaks to a new generation interested in Jesus but embarrassed by Christians in his latest book, Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners (Herald Press, May 2017).
“The message of Jesus changed the world . . . until the world changed the message,” says Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House. “But I’m happy to say that there is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who are calling for a return to the first and foundational good news message of Jesus. This book is inspired by them, and it is an invitation to join their ranks.”
In Reunion, Cavey explains why Christians shouldn’t follow the Bible—but why they will want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus. He encourages readers to discover their true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where they might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one.
“One of the biggest obstacles to Christ has sometimes been Christians,” says activist and bestselling author Shane Claiborne in the foreword to Reunion. “We often look very unlike the Christ we worship. . . . Bruxy wants a Christianity that looks like Jesus again.”
The Meeting House is one of the largest churches in Canada, according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. More than 10,000 […]

February 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Has The Church Changed The Message Of Jesus?

Lee Strobel’s Best-Selling “The Case For Christ” Comes To Life In Film

“The Case For Christ” is set to release broadly across Canada April 7, 2017
WATERLOO—February 21, 2017—THE CASE FOR CHRIST comes to life in its big screen debut, releasing in select markets across Canada on April 7, 2017. The film is based on Lee Strobel’s best-selling book about his own journey as an award-winning investigative journalist and resolute atheist who sets out to disprove Christianity.
“The book The Case for Christ lays out the overwhelming foundation of evidence from which personal faith can rise,” Strobel said. The film gives the dramatic story behind the story of a man with personal animosity for Christianity who used journalistic and legal techniques to evaluate its claims. THE CASE FOR CHRIST takes audiences on an exciting journey from skepticism to belief. The film draws on the true story of Lee and Leslie Strobel, whose marriage struggled as her growing faith collided with his determined atheism. The dramatic retelling of their journey offers a human touch on the in-depth research Lee Strobel conducted. THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a moving story that will inspire everyone who sees it: believers, those who are searching, and even those who are where Lee Strobel once was.

From Pure Flix and Triple Horse Studios, THE CASE FOR CHRIST stars Mike Vogel (The Help), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Academy Award® winner Faye Dunaway (Bonnie And Clyde, Chinatown), Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), L. Scott Caldwell (Lost) and Frankie Faison (The Wire).
Jonathan M. Gunn (Do You Believe?) directs THE CASE FOR CHRIST, written by Brian Bird, (When Calls the Heart, Touched by An Angel) and based on Strobel’s book, published by Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
In 1980, after he won prestigious awards for investigative journalism, […]

February 21st, 2017|Tags: |1 Comment