Year long devotionals account for half of the top 10 Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers amid the busy holiday shopping season of last year. Shannon Roberts tops the December chart with Prayer Journal for Women, a 12-month guide to Scripture that features hand-drawn chalk art, Bible verses, reflection questions, and journal prompts. At #3, Bob Goff’s 365-day devotional Live in Grace, Walk in Love sold nearly 45,000 copies amid promotions and discounts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and on the publisher Thomas Nelson’s website during the month of December.
Additionally, Sarah Young’s classic devotional Jesus Calling came in at #4 in Religion Nonfiction ahead of Christmas Day, while Lysa TerKeurst followed at #7 with Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close. President of the online women’s ministry Proverbs 31 and the bestselling author of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, TerKeurst promoted the devotional via her social media platforms, including on Twitter where she has over 320,000 followers. Finally, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp comes in at #8 on the list. The book has sold over 500,000 copies across all formats since its publication in 2014, according to Crossway.
Though Jonathan Cahn tops with The Oracle in Religion Fiction, Francine Rivers takes three spots on the list amid the gift-giving season. Redeeming Love, first published in 1991, takes #2, followed by The Masterpiece at #3, and finally A Lineage of Grace lands at #8. “Her backlist has incredible staying power and is engaging a new generation of enthusiastic fans,” says Karen Watson, publisher of Tyndale Fiction.
This edition of the bestsellers is based on a five-week period ended January 1, 2020.