B&H Achieves Major Publishing Milestones: Bestsellers, Award Winners, and “Unprecedented” Growth
Nashville, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – B&H Publishing Group, the publishing imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, has experienced a remarkably successful 2016 with award-winning, bestselling books and resources.
Christianity Today selected Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore as its 2016 Book of the Year. Onward, which has been a significant seller, appeared on multiple national bestseller lists and gained a variety of national media coverage. Christianity Today also featured Moore and Onward on its cover in September 2015.
Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer was named Christian Book Award 2016 Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Since its release in July 2015, Fervent has sold more than 500,000 copies and remained on multiple bestseller lists including CBA, ECPA, and The New York Times.
B&H also won in the ECPA children’s category with The Bible is My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh. Other ECPA inspiration finalists included The Battle Plan for Prayer and Peter’s Perfect Place, both by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, and PrayerWorks by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick with Amy Parker. The entire product line for the War Room movie has enjoyed impressive sales since the movie’s release in August 2015. The most recent addition to the War Room product line, The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer, is the #1 new ECPA children’s/youth book for May 2016.
B&H recently released Christian rapper and hip hop artist Lecrae’s first book, Unashamed, which landed on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week. Unashamed debuted with an unprecedented blitz of media coverage including NBCNews.com, Jet Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Relevant Magazine, as well as appearances on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” B&H also partnered with Lecrae’s “Higher Learning Tour” to over 25 college campuses in early 2016, which helped pre-sell thousands of books.
The Essential Teen Study Bible (For Teens) was awarded the 2016 Outreach Resource of the Year by Outreach.com and Outreach Magazine, the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world.
B&H scored additional bestsellers on the national CBA lists in May with appearances by Lauren Chandler (Steadfast Love), Nicki Koziarz (5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit), and Annie F. Downs (Looking for Lovely) on the adult nonfiction lists. Teen to Teen Devotions for girls and boys were #1 and #2 respectively on the Young Adult CBA Bestsellers list for February 2016.
B&H will release LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer’s latest book Who Moved My Pulpit? in June 2016. Rainer is the author of national bestsellers Autopsy of a Deceased Church, I Will, and I Am A Church Member, which has sold more than one million copies since its release in 2013.