Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Christian fiction

Zondervan has just given Karen Kingsbury a seven-figure advance for nine books of Christian fiction. Maybe I need to stop blogging and get to writing fiction. Nope, don't do that well. I don't even like Christian fiction, or for that matter, mainstream fiction any more.

It is good to hear that religious books are the publishing industry's hottest sellers today. Kingsbury's most recent book sold 170,000 copies. Wow! Last year customers spent 3.76 billion dollars for books like Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, LaHaye's Glorious Appearing and Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now. Mere Christianity also made the list of best-sellers in 2004. Not much meat there besides Lewis, but I am glad readers are being drawn to religious topics.

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