|‘Harbinger’ marks 100 weeks as ‘New York Times’ best-seller|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Thursday, 16 January 2014 01:47 PM America/New_York|
Prophetic novel’s ‘crucial message’ sells more than 1.2 million copies for Charisma House Book Group
The Harbinger, a FrontLine/Charisma House novel warning America of God’s judgment, has reached the 100-week milestone on the New York Times printed and extended Paperback Trade Fiction best-seller list.
Published Jan. 3, 2012, the novel by Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn debuted on the New York Times list its first week of release and has been reprinted 22 times, selling more than 1.2 million copies. It maintained its momentum through media appearances, enthusiastic readership and a viral video taken at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast that garnered more than a half-million views online.
Subtitled “The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future,” The Harbinger traces a series of detailed parallels between what has happened in the U.S. since the 2001 terrorist attacks—including the economic collapse—and the history of Israel after the nation turned away from God. Told in story form, the book unfolds how nine signs concealed in recent events reveal God’s progressive judgment.
“We attribute the success of The Harbinger to something much bigger than ourselves,” said Tessie DeVore, executive vice president at Charisma House Book Group. “God has entrusted us with this crucial message, and we are humbled by its vast acceptance and impact.
“Not only is The Harbinger a publishing phenomenon, it has become a catalyst and rallying cry to pray for America and its leaders,” DeVore added.
Cahn’s first book has become part of national discourse in the U.S.
“I just got a photograph someone emailed me that was taken last month,” said Cahn, speaking at a Charisma Media staff meeting Jan. 10. “Probably the second-most powerful man in America is John Boehner, Speaker of the House [of Representatives], and it’s a picture of him holding up a copy of The Harbinger.”
Cahn ascribed the message and the success of the book entirely to God, and believes The Harbinger is both a warning of judgment and a call to revival.
“I have been continually blown away by what has happened,” he said, pointing to harbingers that have continued to come to fruition since the book’s publication, including the withering of the “tree of hope” planted at New York City’s Ground Zero.
Ancillary products expanding on the book’s premise include The Harbinger Companion Study Guide and The Harbinger Decoded DVD, the official documentary that provides an audiovisual experience for viewers who want to learn more about the author as well as the book’s teachings and origin.