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They Will Know We are Christians by Our Bestseller Lists. Or Will They?

What do evangelical reading habits say about us?
They Will Know We are Christians by Our Bestseller Lists. Or Will They?

As the Preacher said, "Of the making of bestseller lists there is no end." Friends: please welcome Laura Turner in her PARSE debut, with a nifty little piece riffing on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's recently announced top sellers. - Paul

We want to know what heaven is like. We need help handling money, losing weight, and figuring out just exactly when to prepare for the apocalypse. We love the family behind Duck Dynasty and will buy almost any Jesus Calling spinoff—especially if it's bound in pink leather. All of this—based on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association May 2014 list of bestselling books—may hold the key to understanding the state of evangelical church at the moment. Then again, maybe not. It would be nice to assume that we could get to a place of clear cultural insight so easily, but I don't want to draw too-broad conclusions about "the church," as if "the church" were a monolithic ...

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