Devotionals, which feature daily readings, reflections, and prayers, dominate the top 10 on our Religion Nonfiction bestsellers list for August. Sarah Young’s 365-day devotional, which is based on the former missionary’s personal prayer journal and recently surpassed 30 million copies sold, takes #4, while 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs charted at #7 driven by promotions through the author’s podcast, That Sounds Fun.
Lysa TerKeurst, president of the online ministry for women Proverbs 31, takes three spots on the chart. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, which describes the author’s cancer diagnosis as well as marital hardships, takes #2 for the second consecutive month, while a companion study guide to the book takes #5. Finally, TerKeurst’s 100-day devotional, Embraced, takes #8. The books were promoted along TerKeurst’s speaking tour as well as on her Facebook and Twitter platforms, where she has over 1.5 million followers combined.
In Religion Fiction, the novelization of Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s new film Overcomer moved up two spots from last month to #1 in light of its theatrical debut on August 23. Lynette Eason’s latest release Vow of Justice debuted at #3 following giveaways and interviews on blog sites dedicated to Christian fiction, while Dani Pettrey’s new The Killing Tide, which PW called a “thrilling standalone” in our review, debuted at #6.