A quick perusal through Lifeway, the corrupt and compromised for-profit-publish arm of the Southern Baptist Convention reveals something interesting, which is how deeply it skews towards women authors. It really doesn’t matter what category it’s in. With perhaps the exception of ‘Men’s Bible Studies’, by and large, every segment is basically populated by the same 20 women + Tony Evans and one token dude.
Devotionals & Journals? Ellie Holcomb, Sadie Robertson Huff, Rebekah Lyons, Tony Evans, Sophie Hudson and Paul Tripp
Mixed Bible Studies? Priscilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Jen Wilkin, Tony Evans, Lysa Terkeust, and Matt Chandler
New and Bestselling Fiction? Tonya Lowe, Lynn Austin, Wanda Brunstetter, Tracie Peterson, Lynette Eason, Colleen Coble, Tessa Afshar, Tonya Lowe again, Terri Blackstock, Lisa Wingate, Francine Rivers, and our first and only man, Joel Rosenberg.
Christian Living: Lysa Terkeurst, Priscilla Shirer, Jackie Hill Perry, Lore Ferguson, Beth Moore, Robin Dance, Sheila Walsh, Mary Demuth, Tony Evans, and then a few guys like Jonathan Parnell, Jared Wilson, JD Greear and J.T English.
Fiction You Might have Missed? Lisa Wingate, Beverly Lewis, Suzanne Fisher, Tracie Peterson, Dani Pettrey, Lisa Harris, Karen Kingsbury, Kelly Long, Shelly Shepherd, Amy Clipson, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman, and our first and only man, Steven James.
Christian Books on Family Issues? David and Teresa Ferguson, Hillary Ferrer, Kristen Kellen, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Rosei Mckinney, Laura Booz, Alex Kendrick, Ashley Chestnut, Elizabeth George, Tim and Kathy Keller.
The “Featured Authors” pages also heavily SKU towards women, 17 to 12, and of the men that are featured, most of them have few books featured (Or none at all, such as is the case with Russell Moore), compared to the ladies, which have pages after page dedicated to them.
Not that there’s anything wrong with women writing books, even though half the authors that Lifeway platforms and prominently are pure trash, but it does say something about the organization and the future of the SBC, about who is wielding all the influence, and how the company is more than happy to help them achieve it.
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