Coming in behind Shannon Bream’s The Mothers and the Daughters of the Bible Speak, Amir Tsarfati’s analysis of the final book in the Bible, Revealing Revelation (Harvest Prophecy), debuts on our Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list at #2. Books on biblical prophecy are generating a greater interest, Harvest Prophecy says, and the publisher promoted Revealing Revelations on its website as well as on the Prophecy Pros podcast.
Glad You’re Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences by pop country singer and songwriter Walker Hayes and Craig Cooper debuts at #4 in Religion Nonfiction. The book details how Hayes, formerly an atheist and an alcoholic, met Cooper, a Bible teacher, and converted to Christianity. Author appearances included the Today show, while the book was also promoted during Hayes’ concerts as well as on his social media platforms. Trillia Newbell, acquisitions director at Moody, attributes the strong sales to the authors’ “sincerity.” She says: “Walker is witty and warm... honest and often raw. Craig brings a pastoral tone, like a counselor you’d want to sit down with to share your deepest pain.”
Mark Chase, sales manager at Moody, says Glad You’re Here is selling well in the mainstream market. “Craig and Walker are unknown in the Christian world,” he tells PW. “The majority of the responses are coming from Walker’s fan base and word of mouth.”
Ellie Holcomb, another singer-songwriter, takes #6 on our Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list with Fighting Words Devotional (B&H). Featuring 100 reflections, the book features journaling prompts and Bible passages intended to help readers explore “the power of God’s promises together and speak them into the darkest corners of your soul,” according to the publisher. Proverbs 21 Ministries picked up the book for its May online Bible study, and Holcomb promoted it across her social media platforms as well as along her music tour.
After a months-long reign at the top of the Religion Fiction Bestsellers list, Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom has fallen to #2. Replacing it, The Baxters: A Sequel by Karen Kingsbury, is the latest entry to the popular Baxter Family series, which is getting a small-screen adaptation starring Roma Downey. Another Baxter Family novel, Forgiving Paris, comes in at #10 on our list following its release in paperback.