(TabletMag) The only person who can outsell the rabidly popular 50 Shades of Grey series? Jesus, apparently.
In today’s New York Times, Tablet contributor Mark Oppenheimer tracks down the mysterious writer behind the 2004 book Jesus Calling, the reclusive Sarah Young, who lives in Australia with her Presbyterian missionary husband, and whose devotional book has wrested book-selling success from the leather-gloved (possibly?) hands of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
Since its 2004 release, Ms. Young’s “Jesus Calling,” a collection of 365 short daily “devotionals” interlaced with Bible passages, has sold 9 million copies in 26 languages. In the first half of 2013, it outsold “Fifty Shades of Grey.” She has written two follow-up devotionals, as well as tie-in books for children and teens and a “Jesus Calling”-themed Bible.