A few weeks ago, Publishers Weekly published their list of hardcover bestsellers for 2008. They included all hardcover books that sold more than 100,000 copies. There were 155 fiction titles that made the cut and 119 non-fiction titles. I read through the lists, highlighting the ones that could be considered “Christian,” since I run a Christian publishing company.
Interestingly, only one Christian book made the fiction list—Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice. Knopf published it, and it sold 112,000 units. (There may be others on the list, but I didn’t recognize them. If so, they were published by general trade publishers.)Non-fiction was a different story. Fifteen Christian titles made the list. In the table below, I have provided the overall rank, author, title, publisher, and the number of units sold. In the disclaimer, Publishers Weekly says,
As in previous years, all the calculations on the following pages are based on shipped-and-billed figures supplied by publishers for new books issued in 2007 and 2008 and reflect only 2008 domestic [i.e., USA] trade sales.”
Although Thomas Nelson didn’t have the top-selling title—that honor went to Howard (a division of Simon & Schuster)—we did have the most titles with five on the list. Congratulations to each of the authors, agents, and publishing teams who made the list.
|2||Rick Warren||The Purpose of Christmas||Howard||1,290,000|
|12||Jon & Kate Gosselin||Multiple Blessings||Zondervan||523,000|
|20||Victoria Osteen||Love Your Life||Free Press||325,000|
|28||Robin McGraw||What’s Age Got to Do With It||Nelson||289,000|
|34||Dave Ramsey||The Total Money Makeover||Nelson||252,000|
|35||Dave Ramsey||Become a Better You||Free Press||250,000|
|44||Don & Susie Van Ryn||Mistaken Identity||Howard||235,000|
|45||Mike Huckabee||Do the Right Thing||Sentinel||232,357|
|46||David Jeremiah||What in the World Is Going On?||Nelson||223,000|
|49||T.D. Jakes||Before You Do||Atria||212,984|
|55||Joyce Meyer||The Secret to True Happiness||Faithwords||190,851|
|65||Joyce Meyer||Start Your New Life Today||Faithwords||158,676|
|67||Tim Keller||The Reason for God||Dutton||155,104|
|96||John Eldredge||Walking with God||Nelson||118,000|
|100||Max Lucado||Cast of Characters||Nelson||110,000|
Update: You might also want to take a look at paperback bestsellers for 2008. You’ll find The Shack by William Young as the number two bestselling paperback of 2008. We also had Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Fireproof by Eric Wilson, and Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.