The 100 Bestselling Christian Books of 2010

The books in the table below represent the top 100 bestselling Christian books of 2010. It is based on unit sales for the twelve months ending December 31, 2010.

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We created these lists from a proprietary database we have assembled at Thomas Nelson. It is based on various point-of-sale systems from multiple sales channels.

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This list is not perfect. It is missing sales, for example, from large mass accounts that don’t report to the major services. Nor does it include ministry or direct sales. Nor does it include e-books or sales outside the U.S. It primarily represents sales through traditional bookstores, both general market and Christian specialty stores.

RankAuthorTitlePublisher
1Sarah YoungJesus CallingThomas Nelson
2William P. YoungThe ShackHachette
3Francis ChanCrazy LoveDavid C. Cook
4Gary ChapmanThe Five Love LanguagesMoody
5Dave RamseyThe Total Money MakeoverThomas Nelson
6Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love DareB&H
7Ron Hall and
Denver Moore
Same Kind of Different As MeThomas Nelson
8Beth MooreSo Long InsecurityTyndale
9Francis ChanForgotten GodDavid C. Cook
10Don Piper90 Minutes in HeavenRevell
11David PlattRadicalMultnomah
12Max LucadoFearlessThomas Nelson
13James C. DobsonBringing Up GirlsTyndale
14Kelly PulleyThe Beginner’s BibleZondervan
15Drew BreesComing Back StrongerTyndale
16Rick WarrenThe Purpose Driven LifeZondervan
17Jack CountrymanTime with God for MothersThomas Nelson
18John OrtbergThe Me I Want to BeZondervan
19Francine RiversHer Mother’s HopeTyndale
20Karen KingsburyTake ThreeZondervan
21Eric MetaxasBonhoefferThomas Nelson
22Henry Cloud and
John Townsend
BoundariesZondervan
23Emerson EggerichsLove & RespectThomas Nelson
24Joyce MeyerBattlefield of the MindFaithWords
25Karen KingsburyTake FourZondervan
26Francine RiversRedeeming LoveMultnomah
27David JeremiahThe Coming Economic ArmageddonFaithWords
28Karen KingsburyUnlockedZondervan
29Joyce MeyerPower ThoughtsFaithWords
30Mary Beth ChapmanChoosing to SeeRevell
31Beverly LewisThe TellingBethany
32N/AKJV Standard Lesson Commentary 2010-2011Standard
33Joel C. RosenbergThe Twelfth ImamTyndale
34Jack CountrymanTime with God for FathersThomas Nelson
35Max LucadoOutlive Your LifeThomas Nelson
36Francine RiversA Lineage of GraceTyndale
37Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare Day-by-DayB&H
38Tony DungyThe Mentor LeaderTyndale
39Joel OsteenYour Best Life Begins Each MorningFaithWords
40Ted DekkerBoneman’s DaughtersCenter Street
41Sally Lloyd-JonesThe Jesus Storybook BibleZondervan
42Robert MorrisThe Blessed LifeRegal
43Beverly LewisThe ThornBethany
44John HageeCan America Survive?Howard
45Todd BurpoHeaven Is for RealThomas Nelson
46John and Stasi
Eldredge
CaptivatingThomas Nelson
47Max LucadoGrace for the MomentThomas Nelson
48John EldredgeWild at HeartThomas Nelson
49Beth MooreEstherLifeway
50Kevin Malarkey and
Alex Malarkey
The Boy Who Came Back from HeavenTyndale
51Francine RiversHer Daughter’s DreamTyndale
52Sarah YoungJesus Calling—Deluxe EditionThomas Nelson
53Stormie OmartianThe Power of a Praying WifeHarvest House
54Randy AlcornHeavenTyndale
55Gary ChapmanThe Five Love LanguagesNorthfield
56Charles CappsGod's Creative Power for HealingHarrison House
57Lee StrobelThe Case for ChristZondervan
58Dave RamseyThe Total Money Makeover WorkbookThomas Nelson
59Kerry Shook and
Chris Shook
One Month to LiveWaterbrook
60Max Lucado, et. al.Messiah, Come and Behold HimThomas Nelson
61Mosab Hassan YousefSon of HamasSaltRiver
62Joyce MeyerHearing from God Each MorningFaithWords
63Joyce MeyerStarting Your Day RightFaithWords
64Oswald ChambersMy Utmost for His Highest—
Special Edition
Barbour
65Craig GroeschelThe Christian AtheistZondervan
66Oswald ChambersMy Utmost for His HighestDiscovery House
67Andy AndrewsThe Traveler’s GiftThomas Nelson
68Kevin LemanHave a New Kid by FridayRevell
69Stormie OmartianThe Power of Praying for Your Adult ChildrenHarvest House
70Donald MillerA Million Miles in a Thousand YearsThomas Nelson
71Tim LaHaye and
Craig Parshall
Edge of ApocalypseZondervan
72Karen KingsburyShades of BlueZondervan
73Dodie OsteenHealed of CancerJoel Osteen
Publications
74Joyce MeyerEat the Cookie...Buy the ShoesFaithWords
75Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare [Imitation Leather]B&H
76Andrew NapolitanoLies the Government Told YouThomas Nelson
77John C. MaxwellThe 21 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipThomas Nelson
78Tony DungyQuiet StrengthTyndale
79Andy AndrewThe NoticerThomas Nelson
80John C. DobsonBringing Up BoysTyndale
81Beth MooreBreaking FreeLifeway
82Alex Harris and
Brett Harris
Chuck Norris
Do Hard ThingsMultnomah
83Kerry Shook and
Chris Shook
Love at Last SightWaterBrook
84Tony DungyUncommonTyndale
85Billy GrahamStorm WarningThomas Nelson
86N/AGod's Promises for GraduatesThomas Nelson
87Sarah YoungJesus LivesThomas Nelson
88N/AThe Bible Promise BookBarbour
89Bill Wiese23 Minutes in HellCharisma House
90Foster Cline and
Jim Fay
Parenting With Love And LogicNavPress
91Mike Berenstain,
Stan Berenstain, and
Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden RuleZondervan
92William F. Harley, Jr.His Needs, Her NeedsRevell
93Max LucadoImagine Your Life Without FearThomas Nelson
94John EckhardtPrayers That Rout DemonsCharisma House
95Joanna WeaverHaving a Mary Heart in a Martha WorldWaterBrook
96N/AKJV Standard Lesson Commentary Large PrintStandard
97Lisa Tawn Bergren
Laura J. Bryant
God Gave Us YouWaterbrook
98Donald MillerBlue Like JazzThomas Nelson
99Max LucadoLive to Make A DifferenceThomas Nelson
100Doug Mauss and
Sergio Cariello
The Action BibleDavid C. Cook
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  • Enayena

    the only one I’d read is from Oswald Chambers. I’m amazed that some Christians have time to read so many books ahead of the Bible, God’s word to us.

  • Enayena

    the only one I’d read is from Oswald Chambers. I’m amazed that some Christians have time to read so many books ahead of the Bible, God’s word to us.

  • jeanelane

    What is great about this list is that so many older books are on it. This shows that they have staying power.

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  • Mandafarias

    I didn’t read the book The Case for Christ, but I saw the documentary, WONDERFUL!! Amazing and full of facts I did not know about the Bible and Jesus

  • Mary

    I’m glad I have this for a reading list, but I was disappointed that not all the books were from 2010. It would be nice to see a list of top new releases. Or maybe it would be nice to see new authors get a chance to get on the bookshelves so we could decide for ourselves?

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  • Elizabeth Lampi

    With the ability for information to be passed around world wide in a flash there is a need to learn how to deal with the world as it is portrayed, day by day.

    Hope is crucial and we find hope in the Word of God. There is a strong need to make ‘the corner of our world’ better. Reading books that speak of relationships, making a difference, a focused life based on Christian living, and self-improvement reach out and touch our hearts.

    History may be important; as I see it the time we are living in calls for action both as individuals and as a nation, one world under God. Seeing the top 100 include books that guide and challenges Christian living, challenging and lifting us up as individuals to a higher calling makes sense.

    One key phrase I have heard recently is “Living Intentionally” these books get us there.

    Relationships start at home, books like The Five Love Languages help improve our relationships with family and friends, it lends to understanding . I also have the book The Five Languages of Apology, (Chapman and Thomas) this book also lends to understanding one another.

    The need to reach out and make the world a better place is strong. There are books in this list calling us to action. Other books like The Shack are easy read. This book touches topics such as the God of Wrath -vs- the God of love; depression; objectification of other humans; trust and love; if God loves us why so much pain in the world; our will -vs- his purpose, to mention a few human conditions and FAQ (frequently asked questions). Put in an easy read format allows us to feel and does not require us to tax our interpretation abilities.

    I have 5 books on this list and see several that will go on my wish list: Crazy Love, The Christian Atheist, and Boundaries.

    Thanks for compositing this list, always interesting to see what is popular in respect to man’s current condition.

  • http://twitter.com/pkwhitford Philip Whitford

    Does this list take into account books that have multiple ISBNs? For example the Bible and the Book of Mormon did not make the list. I imagine the combined sales of those two individual writings far outsold Jesus Calling.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I did not include any Bibles in the list, period. The bible has a gzillion ISBNs—different translations, bindings, formats, etc.

      • http://twitter.com/pkwhitford Philip Whitford

        Then I guess you can say this is a biased list.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          No, the Bible is considered a different product class altogether. (My company, Thomas Nelson, is one of the world’s largest Bible publishers.)

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  • Dr. Jenkins

    I have recently proof read a book that has since changed mylife profoundly. It wasn’t that its language was exceedingly complex or the style of its composition exceedingly elligant but none the less the understanding I received was simply profound. The author pronounces plainly that he feels he has received this understanding from what he calls, “the universal source of knowledge”. All I understand is that I cannot get the validity of its profound truth out of my mind. The book was titled, THE TRUTH “The Illumination of Conscience” it is by a first tiime published author Jeff Simoneaux. of New Orleans, Louisiana. He talks about this universal connection we all have to everyone else and everything else and how this connection made of pure energy is our actually real self and that the body we incorporate in the world we sense is actually only a disquise for this other world in which we actually live, a world we manifest along with everything and everyone else, a world that our very Creator is readily available to us, it is His world. I strongly recommend to anyone seeming to be missing out on what life is about and why we are here and why we are the way we are to read this book. I understand his website to be http://www.thetruthbooksite.com Give yourself a gift and go there.

  • Daylenej

    Why is Ted Dekker’s BoneMan’s Daughter on this list?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Because it sold well enough to make the list. Do mean, why did it sell that well? I can’t answer that. I haven’t read it.

  • Nikolyn

    who is the best publisher for biography

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The one who agrees to publish your book. ;-)

      Seriously, there are probably more than 100 publishers in the U.S. who publish biographies. Look at the biographies you love the most and note who published them.
      Thanks.

  • Kennydavies

    Thanks
    Very useful
    Any chance of getting the list for 2011?