Any consumer of Fox News media on any platform in April doubtless encountered Shannon Bream, a Fox news legal analyst and host, as a guest presenting her new title The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons For Today (Broadside) The second of three books planned for the new FOX News Books platform highlighting patriotism, faith and family titles, Bream’s book surpassed 145,000 copies sold within three weeks of its March 30 release. That put it squarely at #1 on April’s religion nonfiction bestseller list.
Powerhouse evangelical pastor and author Bishop T.D. Jakes and his pastor daughter Sarah Jakes Roberts both joined the bestseller list with their April titles. Jakes’ Don’t Drop the Mic: The Power of Your Words Can Change the World (FaithWords) is #4, topped by Roberts at #2 with Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life (Thomas Nelson)
Voddie T. Baucham, a former Texas pastor who is now Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Zambia, shifts attention from personal faith to finding sinister theological flaws in the social gospel-spouting progressive wing of American Christianity. His title, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe (Salem) was released April 6 and moved quickly to #3 on the list.
Lysa TerKeurst owns the middle of the April list with two titles from Thomas Nelson: #5, Seeing Beautiful Again: 50 Devotions to Find Redemption in Every Part of Your Story, and #6, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life that’s Beautiful Again. Her name was in lights last month as one of the stars of HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s newly reorganized and expanded Bible study and church curriculum offerings.
The top 10 rankings round out with familiar favorites: Jennie Allen’s Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts (WaterBrook) at #7; Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (Thomas Nelson) at #8; Priscilla Shirer’s Elijah—Bible Study: Faith and Fire (Lifeway) is #9. Wrapping up the list at #10 is March’s #1 title, Craig Groeschel’s Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life (Zondervan).
Three new titles released in April hopped to the top 10 list, lead by ever-popular Karen Kingsbury’s A Distant Shore (Atria) at #1. Colleen Coble’s third entry in her Pelican Harbor mystery-suspense series, Three Missing Days (Thomas Nelson) chimed in at #4. And Denise Hunter’s romance title Bookshop by the Sea (also from Thomas Nelson) is at #8.
March bestseller by Wanda E. Brunstetter, The Robin’s Greeting, Volume 3: Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3 (Shiloh Run Press), slid down from #2 in March but hangs on to the April list at #10. The rest of the top 10 slots range from long-running favorites published in 2020 such as #2, The Brothers of Auschwitz (One More Chapter) by Malka Adler, to very long-running favorites going as far back as Francine Rivers’ 2005 hit Redeeming Love (Multnomah) tucked into the #5 spot for April.
Jonathan Cahn’s 2012 title The Harbringer (Frontline) is #7, topped by Cahn’s sequel for Frontline in September, The Harbinger II: The Return at #3. The multi-million-selling original and sequel stand on the premise that prophecies hidden in Scripture foretell America’s future.
And where would the fiction list be without William P. Young’s The Shack (Windblown Media) hovering mid-list and now #6 and C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce (HarperOne) currently #9.