THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER: Searching for the Bible in America. By Kenneth A. Briggs. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Co., 2016. Xvi + 239 pages.
The American People buy Bibles, lots of Bibles. It remains a perennial bestseller. Part of the reason for this might be the penchant publishers to continually bring out new translations and new editions. There are study Bibles, children’s Bibles, men’s devotional Bibles, women’s devotional Bibles, etc. There is a Bible for every person and every need in most every recent translation. If you’re like me, you have multitudes of Bibles, covering numerous translations. Of course, today we are “blessed” with numerous on-line apps that will give us access to multiple translations, reading guides, and study helps. Despite the riches out there, there’s lots of evidence that people simply people aren’t reading the Bible. I would have added “like they used to,” but I’m not sure that more people read the Bible in the past, they just didn’t have so many choices.