Posts tagged ‘2011’

October 6, 2011

Christian Weekly Bestseller List For The Week Ended October 2, 2011

Heaven is for Real sits at No. 1 on the Top 20 General best-sellers list, while Beverly Lewis’ final installment of “The Rose” trilogy, The Mercy, heads the Top 10 Fiction list in the new weekly best-sellers introduced by Christian Retailing in association with the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). In addition, Zondervan took all five spots in Top Five Bibles, with the hardcover NIV Adventure Bible leading the list.

The Mercy also stands at No. 8 on the General list, while Francis Chan sees three titles (all David C. Cook) posted this week, Crazy Love at No. 4, Forgotten God at No. 18 and Erasing Hell, co-written with Preston Sprinkle, at No. 19.

Courageous, Randy Alcorn’s Tyndale House-published novelization of the new Sherwood Pictures’ movie, sits second to Lewis’ Amish fiction and at No. 17 on the General list. B&H Books’ The Resolution for Men by Stephen and Alex Kendrick is at No. 18.

In full, the Top 20 General list is as follows: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson); Every Day a Friday, Joel Osteen (FaithWords); Jesus Calling, hardcover, Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); Crazy LoveRadical, David Platt (Multnomah Publishers); Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman (Zondervan); The Mercy (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group); One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp (Zondervan); The Well, Mark Hall with Tim Luke (Zondervan); Expecting to See Jesus, Anne Graham Lotz (Zondervan); One-Year Women’s Devotional (NavPress); Jesus Calling, deluxe, Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); Empowered Evangelicals, Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson (Ampelon Publishing); KJV Standard Lesson Commentary 2011-2012 (Standard Publishing); The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishing); The Resolution for MenCourageousForgotten GodErasing Hell; and Living Beyond Your Feelings, Joyce Meyer (FaithWords).

Top 10 Fiction: The Mercy (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group); CourageousThe Healing, Wanda E. Brunstetter (Barbour Publishing); The Crossing, Serita Ann Jakes (); Forbidden, Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (Center Street); The Judgment, Lewis (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group); Fatal Convictions, Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers); Learning, Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan); Code Triage, Candace Calvert (Tyndale); and A Lineage of Grace, Francine Rivers (Tyndale).

Top Five Bibles: NIV Adventure Bible, hardcover; NIV Church Bible, navy, large print; NIV Teen Study Bible, hardcover; The Story, NIV, hardcover; and The Journey, NIV, softcover.

Drawn from the ECPA’s national Pubtrack Christian store data, the lists track sales for the week ending Sept. 24.

September 8, 2011

JOHN PIPER To Release New Book On Racism & The Power Of The Cross Called Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, September 30th, 2011

John Piper is releasing a new book on racism later this month wherein he candidly talks about his own past racial prejudice and the power of the Cross to overcome racial prejudice in all its forms.  He begins Bloodlines with a confession of his own sins and experience with racial tensions, and shares about the journey of transformation God has taken him and his Church on, on this deeply personal yet controversial subject.

“I grew up In Greenville, South Carolina, where enforced segregation was almost absolute,” he writes.  Comparing his world to that of Jesse Jackson, who lived just across town, he observed that it was no wonder Jackson attended a liberal theological institution rather than a fundamental or evangelical school in the South, which were “committed to segregation.”

Despite his racist tendencies, Piper had an affection for Lucy, a black woman who came to clean the family’s home every week. His mother, a “gutsy Yankee fundamentalist,” invited Lucy to their church for his sister’s wedding—a daring move in 1962 when the congregation had voted not to allow blacks into services. Piper’s mother was the lone voice against the motion.

Along with his mother’s good example, Piper was strongly affected by a comment by an Urbana missions convention speaker in favor of interracial marriage. God’s work in his life regarding his racist attitudes continued at Fuller Seminary and beyond.

Today, working in an urban parish, he doesn’t see himself as a model multi-ethnic pastor, but his congregation is intentionally aiming for greater diversity, and not long after he turned 50, he and his wife, Noel, adopted an African-American little girl.

Piper wrote Bloodlines with the aim of seeing Christ-followers learn to live “the kind of lives that advance the cause of Christ-exalting racial diversity and Spirit-enabled racial harmony.” He sees the gospel as “the only sufficient power for this effort, and the only power that in the end will bring the bloodlines of race into the single bloodlines of the cross.”

He devotes much of the book to the gospel remedy for racism, and addresses the Reformed church, acknowledging that some of its representatives have not always been good examples of racial reconciliation.

Piper also warns against another extreme—making race an idol. “Some churches have never taken the first baby steps in thinking biblically about race and ethnicity. Others devote so much focus to it that people get sick of the issue, and backlash sets in,” he writes, urging a God-centered balance.

In Bloodlines, Piper enables readers to grasp the reality and extent of racism, and then he demonstrates from Scripture how the light of the gospel penetrates the darkness of this destructive sin.

To order Bloodlines, call 800-323-3890, or visit or find it on amazon here.

September 3, 2011

CHRIS TOMLIN To Release New Record “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD: The Essential Collection” On November 15, 2011

(Nashville, Tenn) September 1, 2011— According to TIME magazine over 40 million people sing the songs of Chris Tomlin each week, suggesting he is “likely the most often sung artist anywhere.” As a result, church congregations worldwide feel a connection with the lyrics and music Tomlin writes. On November 15th, sixstepsrecords will release a collection featuring many of Tomlin’s most defining songs to date on How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection.

How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection will feature 14 tracks; seven of which went to #1 at Christian AC Radio, 4 are currently in the Top 10 of most sung songs at Churches, and all 14 songs are in the top 120. Accolades aside, these are songs that not only have defined Tomlin, but have given a voice to the Church and millions of people around the world as they worship Jesus. Most notably, the record will also include new renditions of “Forever,” “We Fall Down” and a new version of the title track and current #1 CCLI song newly entitled “How Great Is Our God (The World Sings)” featuring the voices of influential worship leaders from around the world. For a full track listing see below.

Before the release of his new project, Tomlin will once again unite with friends Louie Giglio and Christy Nockels for the fall leg of his “And If Our God Is For Us…Tour.” Tomlin’s spring leg of the tour drew sold out crowds across the country. The event was in such high demand, second shows were added in Portland, Phoenix and Houston, and seats sold out shortly after they were announced. This season the tour will visit fans in Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, St. Louis and more. See a full list of tour dates below. Tickets for all dates are currently on-sale now at

Track Listing:

  1. Forever (New Recording)
  2. Wonderful Cross
  3. We Fall Down (New Recording)
  4. Famous One
  5. Enough
  6. Indescribable
  7. How Great Is Our God (The World Sings) (New Recording)
  8. Holy is the Lord
  9. Made to Worship
  10. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  11. Jesus Messiah
  12. God of this City
  13. I Will Rise
  14. Our God

Chris Tomlin AND IF OUR GOD IS FOR US… TOUR with Louie Giglio & Christy Nockels 10/19 Colorado Springs, CO
10/20 Wichita, KS
10/21 Little Rock, AR
10/22 Pensacola, FL
10/25 Austin, TX
10/26 Corpus Christi, TX
10/27 College Station, TX
10/28 Shreveport, LA
10/29 Hattiesburg, MS
11/2 Indianapolis, IN – SOLD OUT
11/3 Johnstown, PA
11/4 Washington DC
11/5 Charleston, WV
11/11 Nashville, TN
11/12 Corbin, KY
11/16 Bourbonnais, IL
11/17 Memphis, TN
11/18 St. Louis, MO
11/19 Birmingham, AL