Is Rick Warren’s Claim that his book is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”, TRUE?
RICK WARREN, ZONDERVAN, HARPER:
“BESTSELLING NON-FICTION HARDBACK BOOK IN HISTORY” (Publishers Weekly), the Purpose Driven Life has sold over 32 million copies“
SOURCE: http://www.purposedriven.com/books/pdlbook/#purpose & http://media.zondervan.com/images/product/original/9780310329060.JPG
THE BIBLE: 6 BILLION +
A COLLECTION OF QUOTATIONS FROM CHINESE CHAIRMAN MAO ZEDONG: 6.5 billion copies
QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO (THE LITTLE RED BOOK) Chinese, 1964, 800-900 million copies worldwide.
THE KORAN (Q’URAN): 800 million copies sold
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: hundreds of millions
BHAGAVAGITA: hundreds of millions
XINHUA CHINESE DICTIONARY: sold over 400 million copies
CHAIRMAN MAO’S POEMS: 400 million copies
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER: 300 million
FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS: 150 million
SCOUTING FOR BOYS: 150 million
THE BOOK OF MORMON: sold 120 million.
THE GREAT CONTROVERSY: ELLEN G. WHITE: 100 million
THE TRUTH THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE: 107 million
THINK AND GROW RICH: 70 million
STEPS TO CHRIST: ELLEN G. WHITE: 60 million
THE COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE, DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK: 50 million (combined hardcover and paperback)
BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST: sold 50 million
(Published by Harper. You would think they would know that 50 million is greater than 32 million since both Ben-Hur and Purpose-Driven Life are under Harper (now Harper/Collins Publishing). Now it could be argued that this book is in the Fiction category because Ben Hur was not a true historical character. But Christ is historical, therefore Non-fiction.
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY: 24-100 million
Isn’t 50 million, 4-8 hundred million, and a billion, more than 32 million?
I have requested specific proof of page number, date, year of publication in Publishers Week for verification from Zondervan and Harper/Collins of the statement on Rick Warren’s site that Purpose Driven Life is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”. NONE was provided. Since they believe Rick Warren is first in sales in the history of publishing, certainly they would know who came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th….10th. Perhaps if you write them they will provide you the list. Ask them who certified that 52 million books makes Warren the biggest selling non-fiction hardback book in history? In recent history, for example the RIAA certifies record sales when they become Gold (500,000) or Platinum (1 million). Guinness Records are certified too. Where is verifiable data? Where is the list? Where is the trust and accountability? Who audits this list(s)? Here is who you can contact to find out:
HARPER/COLLINS: At Harper/Collins: Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins: mark.schoenwald@harpercollins, Casey Harrell, Director of Corporate Relations: [email protected]
Here is someone who did give me a straight answer…the original source:
George W. Slowik Jr., President of Publishers Weekly:
“I’ve checked our site which includes all of our content from about 1995.
Also touched base with our religion editors and there is no finding of a
quote like that…We don’t generally use the term hardback.” September 30, 2013 11:33:08 PM EDT, “George Slowik Jr.” <[email protected]>
WARNINGS FROM SCRIPTURE:
“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” JESUS CHRIST: JOHN 14:6
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:…A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” PROVERBS 6:16,18
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
“And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” LUKE 19:8
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