During this time of year, Christian bookstores are visited more now than perhaps any other time of the year. And the majority of the books and DVDs filling the shelves of most of these Christian walk-in stores are from the largest Christian publishers. Unfortunately, most of the larger Christian (evangelical) publishers are releasing books and DVDs that promote contemplative spirituality, the Purpose Driven Movement, and the emerging church, all of which are conduits for the unbiblical “new spirituality.”
Lighthouse Trails has monitored the books and DVDs being released by the large Christian publishers for several years. Below is a list of the publishing companies most responsible for the influx of contemplative/emerging material into mainstream Christianity. If you are buying books/DVDs from any of these publishers, we hope you will contact them and ask them not to publish or produce products that promote contemplative and emerging spirituality.
“Christian” Publishers That DO Publish Contemplative and Emerging Spirituality Books/DVDs:
Bethany House (a division of Baker)
Chosen Books (a division of Baker)’
David C. Cook
W Publishing (div. of Thomas Nelson)
The list above is not comprehensive but lists the most prolific Christian publishers today. (More on contemplative Christian publishers)
List of Christian publishers that are NOT releasing contemplative/emerging/Purpose Driven books.
Important Note: Please note that listing these companies below is not necessarily an endorsement or recommendation. While we believe the companies below do not offer contemplative/emerging/Purpose Driven materials, please use discernment whenever you turn to a book or DVD other than the Word of God for guidance or inspiration. As Christians, we must “Test all things” and “Try the spirits” through the screen of Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1). Most of companies listed below are smaller publishing companies, and your local bookstores may not be carrying their titles. But often you can request your bookstore to order their titles. With the exception of Barbour and Kregel, the larger Christian publishing companies could not be placed in this “good” list.