The conventional wisdom has always been that in hard times readers seek guidance and solace in books on religion and spirituality, boosting sales. But as I spoke to publishers in the category at BEA, many noted that in the Great Recession of the past two years, that conventional wisdom has not held true. Still, there were bright spots: Bible sales have remained strong, and in some cases grown, and there are signs of recovery on the horizon, at least if the pace of acquisitions is any measure. As consumers once again begin to buy books, these publishers will be poised to meet their needs for inspiration to face the challenges ahead. –Lynn Garrett