Pope’s book on Christ’s life hits No. 5 on Times’ bestseller list
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week continues climb toward No. 1 amid soaring interest.
by Kevin Wandra Monday, March 28, 2011
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Alexis Walkenstein, 678-990-9032,
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2011 – After debuting as an instant bestseller, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week has moved to No. 5 on the April 3 New York Times bestseller list. The book also made the bestseller lists published by The Wall Street Journal and “Publisher’s Weekly.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s second volume on Christ’s life was released worldwide March 10 and covers the last week of Jesus’ earthly life – from his entrance into Jerusalem to his resurrection and appearances to his apostles and other followers.
“It’s great to see Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week move toward No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list,” said Ignatius Press President Mark Brumley. “This book presents Jesus in a powerful way, so we’re excited that so many people are getting the book and getting to know Jesus Christ better through it. During Lent, this is especially important for believers. But it’s also important for nonbelievers and seekers to encounter the real Jesus.”
“I have tried to maintain a distance from any controversies over particular points,” Benedict XVI writes in the book’s foreword, “and to consider only the essential words and deeds of Jesus…. Even if there will always be details that remain open for discussion, I still hope that I have been granted an insight into the figure of our Lord that can be helpful to all readers who seek to encounter Jesus and to believe in him.
Guest commentators on the book’s blog site – and other reviewers – have praised Pope Benedict for making a significant contribution to the study and understanding of the historical and theological figure of Jesus.
For more information about Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Ignatius Press Publisher Jesuit Fr. Joseph Fessio, Ignatius Press President Mark Brumley or others, please contact Alexis Walkenstein with The Maximus Group at 678-990-9032.
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