UPDATED: Jewish authors seem to do very well in the religion section of Amazon’s Bestsellers which is updated hourly. I was directed to this list by Lisa Alcalay Klug, the author of Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe (see sidebar) and her Cool Jew Blog. Lisa’s book has been hovering in the top ten – and it’s not even out yet
Lewis Black has the #1 and #2 spots for his book Me of Little Faith.
A. J. Jacobs has the fourth spot for The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Only one of the top ten books in religion seems at all serious. One is serious but written with humor and levity. Seven are at least fully or in part comical and includes a calendar of Nuns doing funny things.
Does this mean that no one takes life seriously anymore? Is humor our form of religious worship?
I think that it is not so much a commentary on people’s inability to take life seriously, but rather that Americans have trouble discussing religious issues and find using humor makes it much easier.
Thanks for pointing out my blunder – yes indeed this is a list of religion books in humor.
So my entire premise of the last part of this post is shot. In fact, all that I should now mention is that Jews like to make fun of religion – as do a lot of commenters down below.