Titles on February’s nonfiction bestseller list burst with action verbs, beating the drums for happy, successful Christian living despite all obstacles. And fiction hits abound with troubled people finding solace and joy in faith.
Regular nonfiction bestselling authors Sarah Young (#1 Jesus Calling and #5 Jesus Always) and Max Lucado (#2 Anxious for Nothing) remained in their January perches as list leaders.
Entrepreneurial Chic Media CEO Rachel Hollis, benefiting from an extensive book tour and strong social media campaign, jumped directly to the #3 spot with Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be.
“Rachel has worked relentlessly on the pre-launch promotion,” says Brian Hampton, senior v-p and publisher for Nelson Books for Girls. “She holds nothing back from her readers, sharing encouragement and advice with women and also revealing her mistakes and screw-ups. The result is her readers identify with her and trust her with their dreams and fears.”
The top five nonfiction titles, including Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited at #4, are all from Thomas Nelson.
B&H brought two books into the top ten. Texas podcasting mom Jamie Ivey writes about God loving even the messiest of lives in her first book, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. Released in January, it was #6 in February. And the new paperback edition of Priscilla Shirer’s 2015 book Fervent, A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer clocked on at #9.
The prolific pastor-author T.D. Jakes’ newest book, Soar: Build Your Vision From the Ground Up (FaithWords) is #10 while two January bestsellers from Zondervan moved up – Henry Cloud’s Boundaries to #7 from #10 and Annie F. Downs’ 100 Days to be Brave rose a notch to #8.
On the fiction list, Francine Rivers’ newest novel, The Masterpiece, (Tyndale), released February 1, went straight to the #1 spot, benefiting from Rivers’ longstanding popularity. The paperback edition of her 2005 book, Redeeming Love (Multnomah) sits at #6. Rivers also hit the road promoting The Masterpiece, including an appearance in her hometown, Pleasanton, Calif., with an American Idol star.
“Francine’s backlist is evergreen, continuing to perform year to year as some of the best-selling titles in the Christian fiction category,” says Tyndale book group publisher Karen Watson. “The Masterpiece is her 23rd title with Tyndale, achieving bestseller status on the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly lists."
Colleen Coble released The View from Rainshadow Bay in January and it jumped directly to #7 on the fiction list. Amanda Bostic, publisher for fiction at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, says the book is part of the new Lavender Tides series Cobble is writing, set on the coast of Washington State. “Even though the series doesn’t have built-in followers, Colleen’s fans are very loyal and love to go with her to new locations — especially coastal ones,” Bostic says.
Sharon Garlough Brown of the Sensible Shoes series walked on to the list at #8 with the latest in the popular series, An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God’s Call (InterVarsity Press).
Many of January’s bestsellers remain in the top ten including: two editions of William P. Young’s The Shack at #4 and #10; Karen Kingsbury’s Love Story at #2; Jonathan Cahn’s The Book of Mysteries at #3; Amy Clipston’s Amish Sweethearts: Four Amish Novellas at #5, and C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce at #8.