Six books for every pastor’s library

6 Books for Every Pastor

Pastors buy a ton of books, according to a new survey by the Barna Group. On average pastors purchase about forty-five titles a year, considerably more than the general population. How many books are we talking about? Protestant congregations number about 315,000 in this country, Catholic and Orthodox another 25,000. That means pastors buy about 15 million books a year, more or less.As a publishing professional, let me just pause and say thank you to all the pastors out there. My family … [Read more...]

Learning from tragedy: Blow

'Blow' movie poster

Some people find it odd that I'm a fan of the movie Blow, a flick about the ins and outs of the cocaine trade. Those same folks may find it strange that I'm likewise a fan of the book by the same title and enjoyed plowing through its pages.It was easy plowing. Author Bruce Porter is a masterful storyteller. The tome on which the Johnny Depp movie is based is decidedly more complicated than the film, as its principal figure, narcotrafficker George Jung, is a decidedly complicated individual … [Read more...]


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