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Maranatha! Music Equips The Church With New Evangelism Resource, The Invitation Narrated By Lee Strobel

CD Debuts At #1 In LifeWay And Family Christian Stores

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September 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES (September 24, 2012) - Maranatha! Music recently debuted a new evangelism resource, a tract on CD entitled, The Invitation Narrated By Lee Strobel, on which the renowned New York Times best-selling author, pastor and apologist shares his faith and personal testimony. The CD landed at #1 in LifeWay Stores and Family Christian Stores during the first two weeks of the release. The CD is the latest in the best-selling Invitation series, which has sold over 2 million copies. It is distributed by EMI-CMG Distribution.

"It's exciting to see the response from the church and the Christian community about The Invitation CD. This project is really the heart of Maranatha!'s mission. We couldn't be more thankful and grateful to our retail partners for joining with us in reaching out to the lost with the message of Jesus," said Randy Alward, president of Maranatha! Music.

The CD, narrated by Strobel, is a spoken-word evangelism tool, a tract on CD, created for believers to share their faith with seekers. The Invitation features a narrative of Biblical truth supported with songs of faith. Strobel shares his personal riveting testimony and the Biblical evidence that impacted his own decision for Christ, urging the listener to reach a verdict of their own, followed by an invitation to pray to receive Christ. The CD opens with a musical interlude setting the tone and closes the narrative after Strobel's prayer with a short worship set which includes "He Knows My Name" by Tommy Walker and "Power of the Cross" by Shelly E. Johnson.

For more information on The Invitation evangelism resources, please visit the web links below.


Described in the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists," former atheist Lee Strobel has won many prestigious awards, including the Christian Book of the Year award and Gold Medallions for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator. After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. In 1987 he joined the pastoral staff at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Then he began serving at Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA as a teaching pastor in 2000. He departed Saddleback to focus on writing. Among his many best-selling books and spiritual growth resources, Lee is co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian course, which has trained more than a million Christians on how to naturally and effectively talk with others about Jesus. For more information on Lee Strobel, visit

Since 1971, Maranatha! Music has been creating life-changing music and ministry resources for the body of Christ. The company's passion for the lost was the driving force behind the development of the
best-selling The Invitation CD series featuring Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Kay Warren and John Baker. Not only has the series sold over 2 million copies to date, but thousands of lives have been impacted by the salvation message of Jesus. Maranatha! Music is a pioneer in praise and worship music publishing. Best known for the Invitation Series, Praise Series, Praise Band Series, and Top 25 Series, Maranatha! Music has sold more than 30 million records and changed lives worldwide. For more information, visit

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