Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Christian Title Is Left Behind
Here are the latest bestseller lists, with Mitch Albom's "For One More Day" atop the fiction list and Hilary Clinton's future running mate Barack Obama on top of the nonfiction list. But what struck me most this week was the collapse of "John's Story: The Last Eyewitness" at #27. It's only been out since late November but the new collaboration by the authors behind the Left Behind series has been a big commercial flop. Check out the diary posted by Jerry B. Jenkins at Amazon and it doesn't sound like their book tour has been a lot of fun either. Given the stunning success of the Left Behind series, which stretches to dozens of books both in the main series and in spin-offs for teens, etc., I'm not quite sure why this new series (a proposed look at all four authors of the Gospels) has failed entirely to reach even their core audience. Perhaps it's the title? Catholics, at least, acknowledge that the Gospels were NOT written by eyewitnesses to Jesus; they were written decades later by people who got their info second and third hand.