Topping PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list for August is the 30th anniversary edition of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A perennial bestseller, the semi-spiritual guide for navigating blocks to creativity was first published in 1992. It has sold millions of copies and inspired follow-up books such as The Artist’s Way Every Day and It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again. Cameron remains active in the literary world today, and she recently spoke with LitHub about sobriety and her work as a writer. The Story Exchange also featured The Artist's Way in July, in addition to recent coverage on Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper and NPR.
Jesus Calling, one of the most successful devotionals of all time, comes in at #2 in Religion Nonfiction for August. Jesus Calling as well as other books by Sarah Young under the Jesus Calling brand at Thomas Nelson have sold over 45 million units, according to the publisher. Young recently passed away at age 77, and renewed interest in her work is likely to surface in September.
Hosanna Wong, a spokenword artist and the author of How (Not) to Save the World, takes #3 with her newly released You Are More Than You’ve Been Told (Thomas Nelson). Publicity for the book included several speaking engagements, promotions on the author’s social media platforms, and a focused author newsletter push, according to Thomas Nelson.
Damon Reiss, v-p and publisher of Thomas Nelson’s W Publishing imprint, describes You Are More Than What You’ve Been Told as a much-needed lesson on conquering self-doubt. “Hosanna vulnerably shares her own struggle to squash the limiting lies she was told and, instead, joyfully embrace her identity,” he tells PW. “This is highly relatable to readers who feel like society is putting limits on how they should live out the faith that is such a cornerstone of their identity.”
Also marking its debut on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers List, Like A River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache (Thomas Nelson) by former country music singer and songwriter Granger Smith takes #4. In the book, Smith recalls the tragic death of his three-year-old son and feelings of hopelessness that led to a sudden realization about God’s unconditional love set him on a new path of faith. Our review of Like A River called it “sensitive and moving,” and Smith is now a Southern Baptist minister. Publicity for the book included coverage on FOX &Friends, People.com, and the cover of WOLRD Magazine.
Mitch Albom’s Stranger in the Lifeboat maintains its run at #1 in Religion Fiction, while two new installments to Harlequin Books’ Love Inspired line, Baby Rescue Mission by Lisa Childs and Kidnapped in Kansas by Jennifer Brown, debut at #5 and #8. Both books are part of the Protectors Collection from the publisher, and marketing included support through Love Inspired’s social media properties and newsletters.