Sarah Young, who regularly appears among the top 10 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers lists with her popular 365-day devotionals, comes in at #1 in June with 2004’s Jesus Calling. The book has sold 40 million copies since HCCP initially published it in 2004, in part because of what v-p and publisher of the Jesus Calling brand Michael Aulisio describes as its power to deliver peace and comfort to readers.
“Whether people are grappling with global issues or the difficulties we all face at different times, Jesus Calling provides hope and encouragement both on a personal level and as a heartfelt go-to gift for readers to share with loved ones,” he tells PW.
Bible teacher, founder of the If: Gathering conferences for women, and author Jennie Allen takes two spots on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list: Get Out of Your Head (2020) comes in at #2, followed by Find Your People (2022). Allen, who described herself as “bossy with a smile” while talking to PW, continually promotes the books at her conferences, on her Made for This podcast, and on social media, according to the publisher, which also credited organic, word-of-mouth sales growth
“Both books tap directly into compelling reader interests—for connection and community in a fractured, divisive culture and for a sense of peace and calm in a world that continually feeds our anxious thoughts,” says Laura Barker, v-p, publisher of WaterBrook and Multnomah.
Additionally, toward the end of May, Get Out of Your Head was featured in a series on Chip Ingram’s radio show Living on the Edge, which is available on thousands of Christian radio channels.
Nearly 20 years after its initial publication, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer takes #8 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list. The book, which offers a reporter’s look inside a crime committed by members of the Mormon Church, was adapted into a seven-part series that premiered on Hulu in April and starred Andrew Garfield.
"The adaptation and the press surrounding it, in which Jon took part, has been responsible for a nearly ten-fold increase in sales year on year, and now the renewed word of mouth is sustaining it,” Suzanne Herz, executive v-p and publisher of PRH’s Vintage & Anchor imprints, says. “With Andrew Garfield now nominated for an Emmy we have no doubt that interest will continue through the year and even more readers will come to Jon Krakauer’s landmark book."
After slipping to #2 last month, Mitch Albom’s The Stranger in the Lifeboat is back to #1 in Religion Fiction. Taking its place in the #2 spot is The Baxters: A Prequel by Karen Kingsbury, followed by Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love, which is still benefitting from its big-screen adaptation, which premiered earlier this year.