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Announcing February's bestselling books and Bibles

Monday, February 5, 2018  
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by Stan Jantz, ECPA executive director


It’s human nature to desire new beginnings, especially at the beginning of the year. That principle is reflected in ECPA’s Top 50 Bestsellers list for February, showing POS sales for January as compiled by NPD BookScan. Six of the Top 10 books in the overall Top 50 list could be classified as “fresh start.”


Okay, maybe we’re stretching things a bit to label the #1 title, Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages (Moody), as a book of new beginnings, but think about it. When are couples, whether married or about to be married, more likely to recalibrate their relationships? At the beginning of the New Year.


Like you, I continue to be amazed at the sales power of Chapman’s book, first published in 1995. Is this a phenomenon limited to Christian sales channels with no correlation to the general market? Not in the least.


As of this writing, The 5 Love Languages is ranked #9 overall on Amazon’s Top 100 list. The # 2 book in our Top 50,  Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson), is currently at #66 on Amazon, making it the next highest ranked book from an ECPA publisher on Amazon’s Top 100. Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson) is the #3 book in our Top 50 and #103 on Amazon. Clearly the bestselling books on ECPA’s Top 50 are bestsellers in the general market as well.


Coming in at #4 on ECPA’s Top 50 is the brand new release from Michael Hyatt,Your Best Year Ever(Baker Books). Michael is, of course, the former president of Thomas Nelson and a past chair of the ECPA board. Rounding out the Top 10 is the new release from leadership titan John Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You (HarperCollins Leadership).


Three authors have three or more titles on the Top 50: Books by Sarah Young are at #2, #8, #30, #36, and #41. Max Lucado holds the #3, #29, and #39 slots. Books by Joyce Meyer (FaithWords) are at #25, #34, and #49.


The Top 25 Fiction Bestsellers list is fueled by new releases. Nine of the Top 25 titles were released in January, including three of the Top 10:Love Storyby Karen Kingsbury at #3,An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman (Zondervan) at #6, andAmish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston (Zondervan) at #9. At the same time, the #1 fiction book was released 10 years ago. That would beThe Shack by William Paul Young (Windblown Media).


In the Top 25 Juvenile Bestsellers list, Bibles hold five of the Top 10 slots. Two versions ofThe Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Zonderkidz) are at #1 and #2. Children’s versions ofJesus Calling and Jesus Always (Thomas Nelson) are in the Top 25, giving Sarah Young a total of seven slots in ECPA’s bestsellers lists for February.


In the Top 25 Bibles Bestsellers list, the NLT One Year Bible (Tyndale) is the top selling Bible, with theNIV Adventure Bible by Larry Richards (Zonderkidz) coming in at #2. In fact, 15 of the Top 25 slots are held by various editions of the NLT and the NIV Bibles.


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