Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Kyle Idleman’s ‘Not a Fan’ reaches sales milestone
Kyle Idleman’s ‘Not a Fan’ reaches sales milestone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 06:29 PM EDT

NotAFan-1MilNot a Fan by pastor Kyle Idleman has sold 1 million copies, according to the book’s publisher Zondervan.

Idleman’s call to Christians to stop simply being fans, but rather become true followers of Jesus has been met with an online movement of more than 100,000 Christians deepening their relationship with God. 

Additionally, the book’s student edition has surpassed 100,000 in sales.

Not a Fan offers a message that’s encouraging yet serious-minded about what it means to be a Christian,” said David Morris, vice president and publisher of nonfiction trade books, Zondervan. “It’s a message that’s timeless, but is especially helpful today when believers are so distracted and hungry for substance and real commitment.

“Success like this points to how powerful a single book can be in changing lives, and the continued importance of crafting messages that speak to spiritual needs,” Morris added.

Released in May 2011, Not a Fan takes on the celebrity-driven fan culture of America and how it has permeated Christianity. The release came at an especially opportune time, as a then-recent survey exposed new statistics about Americans who see themselves as fans, but not necessarily followers, of Jesus.

“According to that survey, 75% of Americans said they were ‘fans’ of Jesus Christ, but less than half of them claimed to be completely committed followers,” Idleman said. “When compared to the 48% of Buddhists and 50% of Hindus who claim to be fans of Jesus, it is clear that simply being a ‘fan’ is not enough.”

Idleman is teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, America’s fifth-largest church. 

 

In this current issue:

Francine Rivers to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

News image

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced the finalists for the...

READ MORE

Parable, WestBow announce writing contest finalists

News image

The Parable Group and WestBow Press, the self-publishing division of...

READ MORE

International Christian Visual Media announces Crown Awards

News image

More than 100 directors, producers, actors and other visual media...

READ MORE

ICRS: Legal panel addresses religious liberty

News image

A panel of legal experts addressed publishers and retailers during...

READ MORE

Christian retailers called 'significant' at Worship Him! service

News image

Retailers received a message of encouragement and inspiration as the...

READ MORE

CBA honors Josh McDowell with Lifetime Achievement Award

News image

CBA recognized best-selling author, apologist and evangelist Josh McDowell with...

READ MORE

International attendees engage in Digital Publishing Training

News image

The 2015 International Christian Retail Show, launched Sunday, June 28...

READ MORE

Chonda Pierce keynotes AWSA Golden Scroll Awards

News image

Author and humorist Chonda Pierce kept members of the Advanced...

READ MORE

Logos stores meet for annual conference

News image

Members of the Association of Logos Bookstores gathered for their...

READ MORE

Kerusso licenses 'War Room' products

News image

Kerusso has announced the product line of officially licensed merchandise...

READ MORE

LifeWay announces three strategic changes

News image

LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom Rainer recently laid...

READ MORE

CBA, CAN plan pre-ICRS literacy outreach

News image

The Christian Authors Network (CAN) and CBA will co-host two...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a