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ECPA announces Christian bestsellers for January

Wednesday, January 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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by Stan Jantz, President & CEO, ECPA


During a doctor’s appointment in December, I had a conversation with a nurse who weighed me and took my blood pressure. As we chatted, she asked what I did for a living. When I told her I was involved with Christian publishing, she blurted out, “What book should I read?” Without skipping a beat I responded, “Jesus Calling.” I gave her a brief summary, and she seemed genuinely interested.


Evidently my recommendation was matched by many other book buyers in December. In its various forms and editions, Jesus Calling (Thomas Nelson) represents 10 percent of the ECPA Top 50 bestsellers list for January, reflecting POS sales in December as compiled by NPD Book Scan.


In fact, devotionals from seven different publishers occupy 14 of the top 50 spots in January. New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp (Crossway) is at #18. Daily Guideposts 2019(Zondervan) follows at #22. Two compilations by Barbour Publishing, Daily Wisdom for Women and Daily Wisdom for Men, come in at #26 and #33. Two Joyce Meyer titles, The Confident Woman Devotional and Trusting God Day by Day FaithWords), are at #35 and #36.


God Hears Us, compiled by Our Daily Bread and published by Discovery House, takes the #40 spot. Billy Graham’s devotional, Hope for Each New Day (Thomas Nelson) is at #45, while Tony Dungy’s The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge (Tyndale) rounds out the Top 50 at #50.


For the second month in a row, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson) is the #1 book on the ECPA Top 50 bestsellers list. Publishers Weekly reports that Girl, Wash Your Face was the third bestselling book in 2018, surpassed only by Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines.


Congratulations to Joshua Becker and WaterBrook for the sole new release in ECPA’s Top 50. Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to “find more by owning less.” His latest book, The Minimalist Home, comes in at #24.


The Top 25 Fiction bestsellers list offers no surprises. Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books) has the top two titles, When We Were Young and A Baxter Family Christmas, both released in October. Francine Rivers places three titles in the Top 25. At #4 is The Masterpiece (Tyndale), at #6 is Redeeming Love (Multnomah), first released in 2005. And Rivers’ A Lineage of Grace (Tyndale), released in 2009, is at #13. The top selling new release in the fiction Top 25 is The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen (Bethany House), coming in at #9.


Devotional titles also dominated the Top 50 Spanish bestsellers list, taking 14 of the slots. Five of Sarah Young’s devotionals (Grupo Nelson) are on the list, including the #1 title. Joyce Meyer (FaithWords) places three devotional titles in the Top 50, and two devotionals each from Barbour Publishing and B&H Espanol, are on the list.

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