The Christian Method of Making it in America
Perhaps it’s true that, with enough drive, anyone in America can become a millionaire. One vehicle for moneymaking appears to be establishing yourself as a Christian author and joining the $4.63 billion industry surrounding Christian merchandise – not including the Bible itself, which has generated worldwide sales of around $6 billion.
Inspirational fiction is a genre that was inspired by several different works over a period dating from 1678, when John Bunyan famously penned the influential “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Following him was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who is still well known today for her novel challenge to the American institution of slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in 1852. When Lew Wallace published “Ben-Hur” in 1880, he had written one of the world’s most famous – and most overtly Christian – novels. Finally, Charles Sheldon created the final inspiration for the genre of inspirational fiction when he wrote “In His Steps.”
Following in the footsteps of the inspirational genre-molders are the genre icons, including C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and Jeanette Oke.
C.S. Lewis, who passed away in 1963, was the famous author behind “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, a seven-part story that has sold 120 million copies around the world. The second book of the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” sold 85 million copies. Thanks in part to a recent movie series – as well as the books’ overall timelessness – they continue to sell like hotcakes.
Billy Graham, born in 1918, is still leading a storied life, having preached the word of the gospel to around 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories around the world and served as a spiritual advisor to every American president since Dwight Eisenhower. His 31 books have sold more than 12 million copies, making it easy to see why he is so well thought of in the world of inspirational fiction.
Jeanette Oke, born in 1935, has penned around 70 books and sold around 22 million copies of them. Her best known work, “Love Comes Softly,” served as the inspiration for both a book and television movie series. Her work has influenced many of the inspirational Christian writers who grace the modern bestseller list, including Beverly Lewis.
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Written by Cowboy on October 8th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture