By Karen O’Connor:
This week I read a review in The Wall Street Journal of a new book titled, Hit List, written by James W. Hall, on how to make big money in fiction writing. The author of the book talked about many all-time best-sellers including Jaws, Peyton Place, and To Kill a Mockingbird. He also commented on religious works that sell so well that “most bestseller lists shunt them off into a separate category so the mainstream nonreligious books will have some slim chance of survival.” How interesting that finding God in the best selling books of all time actually creates competition for those books that have nothing to do with things spiritual.
Though the focus was on best-selling books, the Bible was not among those featured, even though it is easily one of the best-selling and most widely read books of all time according to the online report, The 21 Best-Selling Books of All Time by Ed Grabianowski. (Wikipedia reports an estimate of 2.5 to 6 billion Bibles sold.)
Finding God in the best selling books of all time may come about in various ways—through a character in a novel or in a true story of redemption, but it’s a sure thing if you turn to the Bible where God is on every page, from Genesis to Revelation. If you’d like to start reading the Bible but aren’t sure where to begin and what to expect, check out this article for practical suggestions: How do I start reading the Bible? posted at intervarsity.org.
And for fun view this YouTube video featuring the top ten best-selling novels of all time. You might be surprised at some of the titles found there.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com