Best Selling Apologetics Books of 2012

Back in 2012 I was reviewing some statistics from the previous year’s Amazon affiliate links, and a top-10 post came together: the Best Selling Apologetics Books of 2011. It only seemed appropriate to do the same this year, with a bit of a longer list, as well as with the inclusion of Kindle titles. Keep in mind that this list is only for books purchased via Apologetics 315’s links.

The best-selling books of 2012 were Greg Koukl’s excellent book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions as well as the Kindle version of Christian Apologetics by Douglas Groothuis. Personally, I loved the new children’s books by William Lane Craig (#13, #15), which continue to be released.

So here’s the list of the 15 top-selling paper books through Apologetics 315 in 2012, based upon those purchased through Ap315’s affiliate links:

  1. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
  2. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision
  3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
  4. Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics (Holman Quicksource Guides)
  5. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists
  6. DREAMS AND VISIONS: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?
  7. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
  8. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
  9. The Reason Why: Faith Makes Sense
  10. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus
  11. How Will You Measure Your Life?
  12. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
  13. God Is Spirit (Volume 1)
  14. Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe If It’s Not True: Is There Absolute Truth?
  15. God Is Everywhere (Volume 2)

And here’s the list of the 15 top-selling Kindle books through Apologetics 315 in 2012:

  1. Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith
  2. True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism
  3. Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning
  4. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists
  5. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul
  6. Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture
  7. Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity
  8. Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
  9. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
  10. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
  11. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ with Bonus Content (Designed for Influence)
  12. The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith
  13. Arguing with Friends
  14. Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion
  15. The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus

It was clear to me that many of the paper book sales were favoring those that may have been purchased in larger quantities for books studies. As for Kindle books, the ones that had been on sale in some way or which were heavily tweeted did very well. For instance, Christian Apologetics by Groothuis is a massive tome, but can still be purchased on Kindle for around four dollars.

What were your favorite books of 2012?

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Brian Auten is the founder emeritus of Apologetics315. He is also director of Reasonable Faith Belfast. Brian holds a Masters degree in Christian Apologetics and has interviewed over 150 Christian apologists. His background is in missions, media direction, graphic design, and administration. Brian started Apologetics315 in 2007 to be an apologetics hub to equip Christians to defend the faith.

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