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EMI CMG Distribution and Creative Trust Media (CTM), the media arm of entertainment and literary management company Creative Trust, Inc., have entered an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement to market and distribute CONVERGENCE: Where Faith and Life Meet, a series of DVD resources aimed at small groups hosted by best-selling author Donald Miller. Releasing on November 17, the first three DVDs in the new CONVERGENCE series are: * “Frustration and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World - Conversations with Donald Miller and Dan Allender and Tremper Longman” * “Spiritual Practices: How to Meet God in the Everyday - Conversations with Donald Miller and Lauren Winner” * “Breaking the Ice: Learning to Share Our Stories - Conversations with Donald Miller and Phyllis Tickle” The DVDs, designed for church and home Bible studies and small groups, feature Miller engaged in authentic conversations with prominent Christian writers and thinkers. Each one-hour CONVERGENCE video will feature three 15-minute conversations along with bonus features.

“Since the release of Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller has quickly become an influential voice for this generation of Christians. EMI CMG is honored to work with Creative Trust Media on CONVERGENCE which delivers thought-provoking conversations about how our faith impacts real life,” said Greg Bays, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.

“We feel CONVERGENCE is a unique and useful tool for the Church that can help foster conversations that help people grow in Christ. We are grateful to have a partner like EMI CMG,” said Eric Goss, Managing Partner of Creative Trust Media. “They have been a huge help in the development of CONVERGENCE and no one executes distribution better, ensuring that these new DVDs get into the hands of retailers and consumers.” CONVERGENCE: Where Faith and Life Meet represents a new form of small group DVD resources with honest and straightforward dialogue about what it means for Christians to live out their faith in their everyday lives. Unlike other DVD series that rely on a single person to speak and teach, the interplay between Miller and his guests is designed so that groups may listen, learn and move the conversation into their own lives. “Frustration and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World” features renown Christian counselor and author Dan Allender and Old Testament expert and Bible translator Tremper Longman, who together have written over a dozen books including bestsellers Bold Love, Intimate Allies and Cry of the Soul. In this DVD they discuss the implications of living in a fallen world, and our tendency to turn to idols to satisfy our desires. They also explain the hope provided by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Breaking the Ice: Learning to Share our Stories” features Miller and writer and founding Religion Editor for Publishers Weekly Phyllis Tickle discussing the impact of our life stories and how they form our character, personalities and spirituality. This DVD offers small groups the opportunity to better understand the elements of story and how sharing our stories can help us better know each other and ourselves.

This DVD explores the importance of place, people, ambition and disappointment and how God uses them as a part of His redemptive story. “Spiritual Practices: How to Meet God in the Everyday” features Miller with Lauren Winner, best-selling author of Girl Meets God, discussing common spiritual disciplines including prayer, reading the Bible, community and keeping the Sabbath. Winner, who was an Orthodox Jew before her collegiate conversion to Christianity, shares how her upbringing helped her to better understand the spiritual disciplines. She also discusses how they are a gift from God to experience Him in our everyday lives. “CONVERGENCE gives me the opportunity to talk to some of the leading scholars on various topics, and I couldn’t be more honored to be the guy who gets to ask the questions,” said Miller. “We imagine small groups of people sitting around in a living room sharing their opinions and ideas stimulated by our conversation on the screen. Hopefully people will fell less alone in whatever they are dealing with and be given a perspective that will help them as they attempt to care for each other and follow God.

Miller has sold nearly two million books with his memoir Blue Like Jazz spending 43 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Miller just released A Million Miles in A Thousand Years (Thomas Nelson) which has already made its debut on the New York Times Best-Seller List for Hardcover Non-fiction. He has an expanding social media fan base, capturing more than 30,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently on a 65-story book tour through November in support of A Million Miles where retailers may be invited to a private Meet & Greet with Miller.

Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. In addition to distributing EMI CMG fully-owned labels, which include EMI CMG Label Group's Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Tooth & Nail/BEC, EE-Taow Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Hal Leonard, Inpop, Just Me Music, Madacy Entertainment, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Cloud 9 Games, First Look Studios, Genius Products, GT Media, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Kelly Filmworks and Third Day Games. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, a unit of EMI Music (www.emi.com

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