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‘The Harbinger’ marks a million in sales with two Evangelical Christian Publishers Association awards Print Email
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:54 AM America/New_York

HarbingerNYTJonathan Cahn’s warning-to-America novel, The Harbinger, has achieved something few titles have, receiving Gold and Platinum sales awards in one year from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) .

Having sold more than 1 million copies, The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future (FrontLine/Charisma House Book Group) received the Gold award for sales of 500,000 units and the Platinum award for sales of 1 million units, at ECPA’s April 29 banquet in Nashville.

ECPA has only ever presented both the Gold and Platinum awards within a consecutive 12-month period to four titles, including the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale House Publishers), The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) and Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson).

Charisma House Book Group Executive Vice President Tessie DeVore said sales of The Harbinger are “indicative of the interest by readers from all walks of life who have been gripped by the uncanny scriptural parallels to what’s happened in current events.” 

“What makes this milestone even more gratifying is to know that people around the world are not only learning about these mysteries, but are also praying for America,” she said.

Released Jan. 3, 2012, the book has been  reprinted more than 17 times and is the first New York Times best-seller for Cahn, who leads one of the country’s largest Messianic congregations.

Tyndale House Publishers has been honored with four sales awards from ECPA. The publisher received a Diamond Award for sales of more than 15 million for More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell.

Tyndale also garnered two Platinum Awards for sales of more than 1 million copies for The Life Recovery Bible by Stephen Arterburn and David A. Stoop (more than 2 million sold) and The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarkey (more than 1 million sold). Additionally, a Gold Award went to Uncommon by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker for sales of more than 500,000 copies via all retail channels.

Earlier this year, ECPA also recognized God’s Inspirational Promises (Thomas Nelson) by Max Lucado; Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey (WaterBrook Press); Radical by David Platt (Multnomah Books); and A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers (Tyndale) with Platinum awards. 

Gold awards went to Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen (FaithWords); How to Hear From God by Joyce Meyer (FaithWords); Heaven Is for Real for Kids by Todd and Sonja Burpo; and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan), among others.