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Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?

Stats show that Christian readers prefer nonfiction. But some are betting that’s going to change.
Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?
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Sales of religious fiction recently took a nosedive.

But that didn’t discourage popular Bible teacher Beth Moore from writing her first work of fiction this year.

In between writing Bible studies and speaking on tour with her Living Proof Ministries, the 58-year-old author composed her first fictional title, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. Scheduled to be released in September, the book follows a young woman returning home to New Orleans.

“Who knows if I'll ever write another novel, that's entirely up to Jesus,” stated Moore. “But somehow he saw fit for me to get through this one.”

Slow sales also didn’t stop industry veterans from launching a new Christian fiction publishing house last month, with plans to release 40 to 50 titles in 2017.

Among Americans overall, fiction is a good bet. When given a chance to read for fun, most adults prefer to settle in with a fiction book (53%) than with a nonfiction book (45%), according to a recent Barna Group ...

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