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Fox News’ chief legal correspondent and “Fox News @ Night” anchor, Shannon Bream is also an author and recently landed on the New York Times bestseller list with back-to-back titles on the lives of biblical women.
“Bible Women Speak” was released in March 2021 and its sequel, “Bible Mothers and Daughters Speak,” was released a year later. Both were hugely successful and helped Bream achieve his dream of landing on the prestigious roster.
“When you create a book, no matter how hard you want to focus on the content, you have this crazy dream – could this book ever make it to the New York Times bestseller list? And I don’t think just not that anyone who helped put those last two books together on the Fox label would ever have imagined that we would get this response that we got from people,” Bream told Fox News Digital.
The “Fox News @ Night” anchor believes her series has resonated with Americans because it offers a ray of hope in difficult times.
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“This first book, ‘Women of the Bible’, I started writing during the pandemic at a time when we were all scared and anxious and suffering from all kinds of different losses, and it was truly a blessing to me, reminded me of my roots spirituality and the promises of God and how he works through terrible circumstances and stories where people were in really tragic circumstances,” Bream said. “That’s my best estimate of why. why it resonated so much with people…for a while they were [on the bestsellers list] together. So I just have to think there’s something encouraging, hopeful at a time when people really need it.”
FOX News Books, which launched in November 2020, has seen its four titles achieve best-selling status, such as “Modern Warriors” by Pete Hegseth and “All American Christmas” by Rachel Campos-Duffy and her husband, Sean Duffy , have also flourished.
“I think it’s an incredible achievement for Fox News to work in the books department, because we know we have loyal viewers and readers who care about the things we talk about, whether it’s ‘a story of politics or cultural issues of faith, the military, whatever. I think it was great for Fox to say, ‘Look, let’s almost give our viewers a gift in these books,’ because it’s is what they really are,” Bream said.
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“It’s kind of a love story to say, ‘We see the topics that interest you. We want to answer that and what you want to know and develop,'” Bream continued. “I think it’s just dynamite, this collaboration, these ideas that Fox had about creating a book label and getting these books out into space, knowing that our viewers, our readers, our listeners are all part of the family and I think these books are just an extension of that.”
While Bream is thrilled to have back-to-back titles on the New York Times bestseller list, some Americans see the paper itself as a symbol of corporate media driven by a liberal agenda. There are many ways to judge a book’s success, such as by looking strictly at sales volume or Amazon charts, but Bream thinks watchers should appreciate the Times bestseller list, especially when it recognizes authors who do not align themselves with the journal’s ideology.
“The New York Times is kind of the classic measure of how these books are sold, where they’re sold, and how they get into the mainstream. So everyone is always going to be looking at that list, if you don’t don’t agree with what you think is the newspaper’s view,” Bream said.
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“I feel like when conservative authors or faith issues or books that are considered ‘Fox News’ books end up on the list, that really means The New York Times must have noticed there’s has readers who are excited about these books, that they are invested in these books, that they support these books,” she added. “So any time you end up on the list there, it’s a great achievement as a writer.”
“The Women of the Bible Speak,” an inspiring interpretation of the lives of 16 influential biblical women, was the No. 1 religious book of 2021, according to Bookscan. However, Bream doesn’t think you have to be a person of faith to enjoy his series.
“They’re heroic, they’re heartbreaking, they’re inspiring, they’re empowering. There are issues out there that are a lot of what we’re dealing with in 2022 centuries ago, whether it’s women who are going through widowhood or financial ruin, health issues, infertility, broken families, I mean, who can’t relate to struggling with some of those things, if not several things in our lives,” said she declared.
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“For me these stories have been very inspiring to see how these women found courage, how they found faith, how God worked even when they felt like he was absent or not part of their life. You can see how their stories are intertwined and how much good can really come from really difficult circumstances,” Bream said. “So for someone who might not pick up the Bible or be not interested in that, I think I’ll always be fascinated by the stories of these women and really motivated and challenged by the strength they found and how they got through some really tough times of things.”