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October 2, 2007

Who are the bestselling Christian authors?

Here's a follow-up to a previous post, in case anybody is wondering exactly who are the bestselling Christian authors. According to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, the top 50 bestselling Christian authors are the following (as of September 2007, in alphabetical order):

Alcorn, Randy C.
Alexander, Shaun
Arterburn, Stephen
Beers, Ron
Bell, Rob
Blackaby, Henry T.
Brunstetter, Wanda E.
Chapman, Gary
Cloud, Henry
Colbert, Don
Collins, Brandilyn
Dekker, Ted
DeMoss, Nancy Leigh
Dungy, Tony
Eggerichs, Emerson
Eldredge, John
Ethridge, Shannon
Feldhahn, Shaunti
Gregory, David
Hagee, John
Heavilin, Marilyn
Henderson, Dee
Hybels, Bill
Jakes, T. D.
Jeremiah, David
Kilgore, Kay Wheeler
Kingsbury, Karen
LaHaye, Tim
Lewis, Beverly
Lucado, Max
MacArthur, John
McGraw, Robin
Meyer, Joyce
Miller, Donald
Moore, Beth
Oke, Janette
Omartian, Stormie
Osteen, Joel
Piper, Don
Rice, Helen Steiner
Rivers, Francine
Rosenberg, Joel C.
Shepherd, Sheri Rose
Strobel, Lee
Warren, Rick
Weaver, Joanna
Wick, Lori
Yancey, Philip

If you're curious, here are IVP's top selling general trade books (for the month of July 2007):

1. Knowing God, J. I. Packer
2. Too Busy Not to Pray, Bill Hybels
3. Finding God in the Questions, Timothy Johnson
4. The Dawkins Delusion, Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath
5. Evil and the Justice of God, N. T. Wright
6. The Universe Next Door, James W. Sire
7. Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets, John Teter and Alex Gee
8. Basic Christianity, John Stott
9. A Mind for God, James Emery White
10. Praying, J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom

Other books that routinely show up in our top sellers, depending on the month, include Dallas Willard's Hearing God, N. T. Wright's The Challenge of Jesus, Eugene Peterson's A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Gary Haugen's Good News About Injustice, Adele Calhoun's Spiritual Disciplines Handbook and Bill Hybels's Who You Are When No One's Looking. (Our online bestsellers list looks somewhat different because it calculates books, booklets and Bible study guides all together in terms of net units.)

Posted by Al Hsu at October 2, 2007 7:35 AM Bookmark and Share


Um, that's only 48 authors, dude.

Comment by: Frank Turk (centuri0n) at October 3, 2007 11:54 AM

Yup, only 48. How about Reformed Authors?

Comment by: Joshua at October 3, 2007 12:51 PM

so sad that John Piper isn't on there

Comment by: anonymous at October 3, 2007 1:10 PM

I'd like to suggest Robert Jeffress who is now pastor of First Baptist-Dallas. He has written 16 books and has a terrific radio and tv ministry called Pathway to Victory.

Comment by: debbie at October 3, 2007 1:23 PM

Huh. Yup, it's just 48. I just cut and paste directly from ECPA's "Top 50" list, so something must have dropped out on their end. Or maybe it's just a mislabeled "Top 48" list.

Comment by: Al Hsu at October 3, 2007 1:42 PM

If I were John MacArthur, I'd be very concerned.

Comment by: Ken Davis at October 3, 2007 1:58 PM

Wow! I didn't realize CBD had such a corner on the "Christian" book market.

Comment by: Phil at October 3, 2007 7:44 PM

Dungy, Tony?

Granted a great FB coach -- but not someone I would instantly put in the "Christian Author" category. Some notable misses....as others have noted.

Comment by: Michael at October 4, 2007 7:59 PM

Obviously the list is the top 48 in quantity, not necessarily quality.

Comment by: Morris Brooks at October 6, 2007 12:07 AM

One of my favorite writers is Beth Moore. I'd like to see her on the list. Also, D.M. Renshaw
has a wonderful children's book entitled A Day To Remember...Amazon Books

Comment by: Dooris at October 16, 2007 1:14 PM

It's a "bestselling" list, folks--therefore the placement and position have to do with the amount they're selling, not how good their books are. Hence, Rick Warren way down the list since PDL has about run its course, sales-wise. Tony Dungy's on there because he has a new inspirational-themed book out that I presume is being sold in the Christian marketplace, since it's new and he appeals to a wide range of readers (i.e., sports fans), his sales numbers are pretty good this month. Give it 6 months and he probably won't show up at all.

All in all, an interesting list indeed.

Comment by: KO at October 16, 2007 4:45 PM

It's an alphabetical list, that's why Warren is way down it.

Comment by: Steve at October 21, 2007 8:51 AM

Most of the great authors have been dead for hundreds of years. There is very little quality and depth in today's writings. If you really want to grow and be challanged try reading some of the free books at www.ccel.org. Now that's Christian.

Comment by: Kevin at October 24, 2007 10:40 PM

Some of us even don't realize the importance of this information. What a pity.

Comment by: CrisBetewsky at July 6, 2009 12:47 PM

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