I grew up on bestseller charts, especially ones dealing with popular music and various sub-genres. I read them, studied them, and at several stages of life was involved in preparing them. For me, Billboard Magazine was like a textbook; and I carried this love of charts into my still-growing affection for books and readings.
If you spend any time at all in the Christian blogosphere, you tend to get focused on a collection of titles that is both eclectic and esoteric, but one that doesn’t always reflect what’s going on in the trenches; what books are being scanned at the cash registers of various Christian stores. Furthermore, because the Christian blogosphere is not balanced denominationally — I’ve written about this before — certain publishers’ products tend to dominate.
So here’s a look at the top 40 Christian book chart from my part of the world — sans any additional commentary — which I think is fairly reflective of national trends in North America. The comment section is all yours to discuss any of the given authors or charts in general, but on the latter, remember that for Christian retailers, awareness of what people are buying is a necessary evil, and objectively, nobody is presupposing that one book worthy of more honor than any other on the list.