This week Loyola Press sold the 100,000th copy of My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. Very few trade books come anywhere near this milestone. Terry Locke, associate publisher of Loyola Press, noted in a company-wide email that less than 1% of all trade books sell as many as 20,000 copies. The 100,000 mark is especially rare for books on religious themes from Catholic publishers.
My Life with the Saints recounts Fr. Martin’s personal relationship with 17 saints. These holy men and women are not historical figures accessed in reference books but real people who matter to a thoroughly modern man living in Manhattan in the 21st century. Go here for a sample chapter.