Pottermania is alive and well. This weekend, the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—a two-part play that picks up where J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series ends—was released in book form. Well, the sales numbers are in. And they’re staggering. Scholastic announced that Cursed Child has already sold more than 2 million copies in North America alone. It’s been out for two days.
Oh, and that doesn’t include e-books (which aren't sold through Scholastic).
It’s already one of the fastest-selling books in history, according to Vulture. But even then, Cursed Child falls far short of the seventh book in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which sold an absurd 8.3 million copies in 24 hours. (And even got reviewed by none other than Christopher Hitchens.) Discuss
This week on the podcast, we talk with author and the social critic Os Guinness about the challenges—and opportunities—facing Christians in the 21-century, digital world. Jesse introduces a groundbreaking new game (called Shark Tank Rejects). We discuss open marriages, weird Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mashups, basketball legend Michael Jordan and much, much more. Read More
Tim LaHaye, who co-wrote the best-selling end times series Left Behind, has passed away at the age of 90. The series of novels was based on a literal interpretation of the Book of Revelation, and went on to sell more than 80 million copies and spawned several movie adaptations.
Though he’s probably best known for his novels, LaHaye was an influential figure in Christian education—he founded San Diego Christian College, the Institute for Creation Research, a dozen Christian secondary schools and Liberty University’s Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy. In a statement, his Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins said, “Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul that I don't expect to be filled until I see him again.” Discuss
This week, we talk to culture critic and author Chuck Klosterman about his new book on the nature of truth. It’s a fascinating conversation, especially for Christians. Also, activist and author Lisa Sharon Harper joins us to talk about gaining a new understanding of biblical justice. And of course, Pokemon Go makes an appearance. Read More