Top 100 Christian Books

bestseller - wood typeBelow are the top selling Christian books of 2010. This list was compiled by Thomas Nelson’s CEO, Michael Hyatt and includes sales through traditional bookstores (not ebooks, sales outside the U.S., and a couple of other factors).  Either way, it gives a good picture of what is popular in Christian book sales right now.  Leave your impressions at the end of the post.

Rank Author Title Publisher
1 Sarah Young Jesus Calling Thomas Nelson
2 William P. Young The Shack Hachette
3 Francis Chan Crazy Love David C. Cook
4 Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages Moody
5 Dave Ramsey The Total Money Makeover Thomas Nelson
6 Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare B&H
7 Ron Hall and
Denver Moore
Same Kind of Different As Me Thomas Nelson
8 Beth Moore So Long Insecurity Tyndale
9 Francis Chan Forgotten God David C. Cook
10 Don Piper 90 Minutes in Heaven Revell
11 David Platt Radical Multnomah
12 Max Lucado Fearless Thomas Nelson
13 James C. Dobson Bringing Up Girls Tyndale
14 Kelly Pulley The Beginner’s Bible Zondervan
15 Drew Brees Coming Back Stronger Tyndale
16 Rick Warren The Purpose Driven Life Zondervan
17 Jack Countryman Time with God for Mothers Thomas Nelson
18 John Ortberg The Me I Want to Be Zondervan
19 Francine Rivers Her Mother’s Hope Tyndale
20 Karen Kingsbury Take Three Zondervan
21 Eric Metaxas Bonhoeffer Thomas Nelson
22 Henry Cloud and
John Townsend
Boundaries Zondervan
23 Emerson Eggerichs Love & Respect Thomas Nelson
24 Joyce Meyer Battlefield of the Mind FaithWords
25 Karen Kingsbury Take Four Zondervan
26 Francine Rivers Redeeming Love Multnomah
27 David Jeremiah The Coming Economic Armageddon FaithWords
28 Karen Kingsbury Unlocked Zondervan
29 Joyce Meyer Power Thoughts FaithWords
30 Mary Beth Chapman Choosing to See Revell
31 Beverly Lewis The Telling Bethany
32 N/A KJV Standard Lesson Commentary 2010-2011 Standard
33 Joel C. Rosenberg The Twelfth Imam Tyndale
34 Jack Countryman Time with God for Fathers Thomas Nelson
35 Max Lucado Outlive Your Life Thomas Nelson
36 Francine Rivers A Lineage of Grace Tyndale
37 Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare Day-by-Day B&H
38 Tony Dungy The Mentor Leader Tyndale
39 Joel Osteen Your Best Life Begins Each Morning FaithWords
40 Ted Dekker Boneman’s Daughters Center Street
41 Sally Lloyd-Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible Zondervan
42 Robert Morris The Blessed Life Regal
43 Beverly Lewis The Thorn Bethany
44 John Hagee Can America Survive? Howard
45 Todd Burpo Heaven Is for Real Thomas Nelson
46 John and Stasi
Captivating Thomas Nelson
47 Max Lucado Grace for the Moment Thomas Nelson
48 John Eldredge Wild at Heart Thomas Nelson
49 Beth Moore Esther Lifeway
50 Kevin Malarkey and
Alex Malarkey
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven Tyndale
51 Francine Rivers Her Daughter’s Dream Tyndale
52 Sarah Young Jesus Calling—Deluxe Edition Thomas Nelson
53 Stormie Omartian The Power of a Praying Wife Harvest House
54 Randy Alcorn Heaven Tyndale
55 Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages Northfield
56 Charles Capps God’s Creative Power for Healing Harrison House
57 Lee Strobel The Case for Christ Zondervan
58 Dave Ramsey The Total Money Makeover Workbook Thomas Nelson
59 Kerry Shook and
Chris Shook
One Month to Live Waterbrook
60 Max Lucado, et. al. Messiah, Come and Behold Him Thomas Nelson
61 Mosab Hassan Yousef Son of Hamas SaltRiver
62 Joyce Meyer Hearing from God Each Morning FaithWords
63 Joyce Meyer Starting Your Day Right FaithWords
64 Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest—
Special Edition
65 Craig Groeschel The Christian Atheist Zondervan
66 Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest Discovery House
67 Andy Andrews The Traveler’s Gift Thomas Nelson
68 Kevin Leman Have a New Kid by Friday Revell
69 Stormie Omartian The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children Harvest House
70 Donald Miller A Million Miles in a Thousand Years Thomas Nelson
71 Tim LaHaye and
Craig Parshall
Edge of Apocalypse Zondervan
72 Karen Kingsbury Shades of Blue Zondervan
73 Dodie Osteen Healed of Cancer Joel Osteen
74 Joyce Meyer Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes FaithWords
75 Stephen Kendrick
and Alex Kendrick
The Love Dare [Imitation Leather] B&H
76 Andrew Napolitano Lies the Government Told You Thomas Nelson
77 John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Thomas Nelson
78 Tony Dungy Quiet Strength Tyndale
79 Andy Andrew The Noticer Thomas Nelson
80 John C. Dobson Bringing Up Boys Tyndale
81 Beth Moore Breaking Free Lifeway
82 Alex Harris and
Brett Harris
Chuck Norris
Do Hard Things Multnomah
83 Kerry Shook and
Chris Shook
Love at Last Sight WaterBrook
84 Tony Dungy Uncommon Tyndale
85 Billy Graham Storm Warning Thomas Nelson
86 N/A God’s Promises for Graduates Thomas Nelson
87 Sarah Young Jesus Lives Thomas Nelson
88 N/A The Bible Promise Book Barbour
89 Bill Wiese 23 Minutes in Hell Charisma House
90 Foster Cline and
Jim Fay
Parenting With Love And Logic NavPress
91 Mike Berenstain,
Stan Berenstain, and
Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule Zondervan
92 William F. Harley, Jr. His Needs, Her Needs Revell
93 Max Lucado Imagine Your Life Without Fear Thomas Nelson
94 John Eckhardt Prayers That Rout Demons Charisma House
95 Joanna Weaver Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World WaterBrook
96 N/A KJV Standard Lesson Commentary Large Print Standard
97 Lisa Tawn Bergren
Laura J. Bryant
God Gave Us You Waterbrook
98 Donald Miller Blue Like Jazz Thomas Nelson
99 Max Lucado Live to Make A Difference Thomas Nelson
100 Doug Mauss and
Sergio Cariello
The Action Bible David C. Cook

So what do you think? Interesting? What books have you read on the list that you really liked or disliked? What SHOULD be on this list that isn’t? What does this say about the state of evangelicalism?


  1. Ok so is there anything Chuck Norris can’t do? I guess it would be funnier if he was number 1 but gettting in at #82 is still pretty awesome! And somehow “The Five Love Languages” is number 4 and 55? hmm…

    Last thought, I am really suprised that “The Purpose Driven Life” is still in the top 20. I thought that everyone already had 2 copies of that book like 5 years ago. If I ever suggested that someone read it I wouldn’t tell them to buy it, I’d just give them one of my 5 copies. My guess: Churches giving graduation presents to high school/college students. Thats where I got 2 of my 5.

    1. Chuck Norris SHOULD be number 1. He really had little to do with the “Do Hard Things” book, but it is funny he is on there. The reason “5 Love Languages” is on there twice is because of two different publishers.

      The PDL will probably go down as the best-selling Christian book of all time (at least in our generation) behind only The Bible. I actually thought Joel Osteen’s books would’ve been higher. Also, when I went to the Christian book store, there were a lot more about about “Armageddon” and “Economic Devastation coming to America” than this list had. Thank goodness!

      1. Yea I agree with thinking that Joel Osteen would have been higher. I also know that Beck would agree with Sara about Beth Moore’s new book.

        The one I just thought about that does suprise me that isn’t on the list is Don’t Waste Your Life, or anything from John Piper. Also it suprises me that the only 2 bibles on this list are both the KJV. I would have thought that the NIV would be selling way more than KJV.

        And I agree with you, Thank goodness there aren’t more doom and gloom books on that list! Its also kinda cool that the Dave Ramsey book is as high as it is. Hopefully people that are buying it are actually reading it and putting some of that stuff into practice. Me and Beck got a lot of help in setting up a budget and trying to be responsible with our finances.

  2. There were some great ones on that list like Beth Moore’s new book about Insecurity (don’t be deceived by the uninspiring title and self-helpish cover…it’s fantastic) and some classics like Redeeming Love and Oswald Chambers. I’m interested in who Sarah Young is…I’ve not really heard much about her but she’s towards the top and shows up a few times. Also I’m curious how the Bearenstain Bears made it on the list. Not smashing the book mind you, it’s great literature, just a little surprised to see it there. :o)

  3. What about John Bevere? I was ignorant if Holy Fear until I read his books.
    Also what about Dr David Cho?- the pastor if the worlds largest church.

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