Your Christian Book Is Crucial

The United States is steadily becoming less Christian and less religiously observant, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Only 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christian today. This represents a 12-point decrease in the past decade. In 2009, 77% of American adults identified as Christian.

65% of Americans are Chrisitan

In this same period, those who describe themselves as having no religion, referred to as “nones” in the United States have grown. Currently about 17% of the American adult population identifies as “nothing in particular” when asked about their religion. This is up five points from 12% in 2009.

The Pew Research Center data shows a wide gap between older Americans and younger generations. More than eight out of ten members (84%) of the Silent Generation (born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians, as do three-quarters (76%) of Baby Boomers. In contrast, only half of Millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians, while four out of ten are religious “nones”.

The need for Christian witness in the United States in great. Christian books are needed today as much—if not more—then they ever have been.

Christian books are lights—shining beacons that accomplish two important purposes:

1. Christian books point people to God.

Studies show that Millennials read. In fact, adults aged 18 to 35 purchase and read more books each year than those in other age groups. Your Christian books can be a tool in proclaiming the Gospel and drawing people to God.

2. Christian books strengthen believers.

Christian books reveal truth about God’s Word to believers. Your Christian book serves to encourage and strengthen Christ followers so that they can shine the light of Jesus to the dark world around them.

Christian author, don’t give up. Your Christian book is needed in America today. Our country (and the whole world) needs to know God and his son Jesus.

My prayer is that your Christian books would touch people’s lives. I pray the Caleb Prayer for our country. I invite you to pray it with me.

O High King of heaven,
Have mercy on our land.
Revive your church;
Send the Holy Spirit
For the sake of the children.
May your kingdom come to our nation.
In Jesus’ might name.
Amen.

P.S. If you live in or around the Capital of our country, I invite you to join me at the Capital Christian Writers Fellowship Conference on January 25, 2020. I will be presenting a keynote talk on “What Makes a Book Christian?”

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Christian Belief in America

Is Christianity in decline in America? Many people believe it is.

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However, a new Pew Research study recently found that a large percentage of Americans still hold to traditional beliefs about Jesus. The study found that:

  • 73 percent of U.S. adults believe Jesus was born to a virgin.
  • 81 percent believe the baby Jesus was actually laid in a manger.
  • 75 percent believe wise men guided by a star brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
  • 74 percent believe an angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds nearby.

The study indicates that 65 percent of American believe all four of these elements of the birth of Jesus, while a mere 14 percent believe none of them.

Hollywood has caught onto this strong and possibly growing faith element in American society. Have you noticed how many faith-based movies Hollywood has been producing lately?

The results of this survey bring good news for authors and publishers of Christian material. After all, who reads Christian materials? For the most part, Christian books are created for those who already have some belief in Jesus. The whole purpose of Christian books is to help those who know God gain a deeper relationship with Him and for those who are seeking to find Him. The more people that profess some belief in Jesus, the larger the audience is for Christian books.

From the results of this study, it looks like Christian books will continue to have a strong standing for the next few years. So, if you write or publish Christian books, take heart. While you will still need to identify your target audience and market to that audience, in actuality, that audience may be larger than you think.

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