The Universal Christ, an examination of the qualities of God by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, debuts at #4 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction bestsellers list. Marketing for the book included email outreach in partnership with Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation, while media appearances included outlets such as Religion News Service, Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, and Sirius XM Radio's The Catholic Channel.
David Jeremiah, the author of bestsellers such as Is This the End? and A Life Beyond Amazing, comes in at #5 in Religion Nonfiction with his latest work of biblical prophecy, The Book of Signs. Thomas Nelson promoted the book through partnerships with Jeremiah’s global broadcast and print ministry, Turning Point, as well as with Shadow Mountain Community Church, where he serves as senior pastor.
Holy Envy by Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor debuts at #9 in religion nonfiction following a 10-city book tour, coverage by NPR, Religion News Service, Sojourners, and more, as well as blurbs by authors such as Mirabai Starr and Shauna Niequist. While speaking to PW about the new book, Brown described it as being “for Christians looking for good Christian reasons to engage people of other faiths and practice other forms of spirituality.”
The trade paperback edition of Francine Rivers’ The Masterpiece, published in February one year after the hardcover appeared, once again tops our Religion Fiction list for the second consecutive month. The romance novel, which PW called “ambitious,” sold over 250,000 copies across all formats in its first year, according to Tyndale House Publishers. The paperback release of The Masterpiece is also boosting sales of Rivers’ 28-year-old hit, Redeeming Love, which took #5 in Religion Fiction.