Beth Moore, who recently spoke out against sexual assault amid the #metoo movement, came in at #4 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list with 2015’s Audacious. The book, which is geared toward women, features Bible-based encouragement on how to improve self-confidence, overcome shame, and live without fear. A special giveaway at LifeWay Christian Stores in November helped boost its sales, with the retailer telling PW that Audacious “continues to sell well and impact the lives of women every day. We’re excited by the response and anticipate [the] continued strength of this message.”
Debuting on PW’s Religion Nonfiction chart, Tyler Perry came in at #5 with his personal story of spiritual formation, Higher Is Waiting. The filmmaker promoted the book during launch events in New York and Atlanta, as well as through appearances on national Christian and mainstream media outlets such as CBS This Morning, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, People magazine, and more. The publisher also helped spread the word via influencer mailings, email promotions, and offering a dedicated discussion guide for Bible study and prayer groups.
Two pastors, Joel Osteen and Bishop T.D. Jakes, are also on the Religion Nonfiction list in November with their latest releases from FaithWords—Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness took #6, while Soar by Jakes followed at #7. Both authors participated in multi-city book signing tours, while FaithWords teamed up with their respective megachurches to promote and sell the books.
On our Religion Fiction Bestsellers list, Karen Kingsbury took #1 with In This Moment, the newest release in the bestselling Baxter family series. Marketing and publicity for the title included bookstore events throughout November, and it was selected for the Karen Kingsbury Official Online Book Club, which is hosted through Facebook and has over 14,000 members.