Wesleyan Pastor's Book Is Best Seller
Dr. Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church, in the Pacific Southwest District, is the co-author of a book that has just been added to USA Today's best seller list. According to his publisher's news release, Cracking DaVinci's Code has sold over 135,000 copies.
Victor Books' March 2004 release, Cracking DaVinci's Code-You've Read the Fiction, Now read the Facts, appeared at number 138 on USAToday.com's bestseller list as of April 22.
The book, written by Dr. James Garlow and Dr. Peter Jones, addresses controversial ideas presented in The DaVinci Code (Doubleday) by Dan Brown, which Christians consider heretical doctrines veiled in a fiction novel. The authors, graduates of Harvard and Princeton respectively, are scheduled to appear on several national TV venues, including the FOX network and a live interview with Paula Zahn on CNN this Friday.
Cracking DaVinci's Code is already in its third printing, having printed its first two consecutive runs of 90,000 and 40,000 in less than a month. This third printing of 40,000 will bring the total to 170,000 copies now in print since the book's release in March.
A word from Pastor Jim Garlow:
Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code has sold more that 6 million copies, has been translated into 40 languages, and (we are told) is being made into a movie – directed by Ron Howard. The book is seemingly everywhere.
The Da Vinci Code is fiction – and should be treated as such. But many are not. Due to Dan Brown’s book, many have lost confidence in the Bible and in Christianity…and tragically, in Christ (as divine).
After reading The Da Vinci Code, people are filled with hundreds of questions that begin with “is it true that…?” In other words, they wonder if Jesus truly was not divine, as Dan Brown maintains. They wonder if Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene – and had offspring, whose descendents live in France today. They wonder if the New Testament books were merely fabrications. The wonder if the true gospels are The Gospel of Thomas and “Q.” They wonder if Gnosticism is the true Christianity. They wonder if the true divinity is not the God of the Bible, but the “Sacred Feminine.” All of these claims are in Dan Brown’s popular novel. And there are many other false claims throughout the book.
Peter Jones and I have written a book titled Cracking Da Vinci’s Code (Victor Books; Cook Communications) answering the questions raised by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. It should now be in most stores – Wal-Mart, Target, Barnes & Nobel, B. Dalton, and your local Christian book stores. In addition, you can order the book online directly from Cook Communications – www.cookministries.com or from the standard online sources (www.amazon.com etc.). (Please see the attachment -- the cover of Cracking Da Vinci’s Code.)
Why should you read Cracking Da Vinci’s Code? It will help you explain to people where and why Dan Brown’s perceptions of Christianity are fundamentally flawed. It will help you explain how one can know that Jesus is divine. It will help you explain why your New Testament is reliable. It will help you explain why The Gospel of Thomas is not reliable. It will help you explain why we cannot rely on a fictitious document called “Q.” And most importantly, it will help you explain the true “agenda” of Dan Brown’s book. In other words you will be able to “crack” the “code.”
Peter Jones is well qualified to co-author Cracking Da Vinci’s Code.. A graduate of Harvard (and other schools), he is a Gnostics and paganism expert – two movements at the core of Dan Brown’s book. (Born in Liverpool, he was a school chum of John Lenin!) My academic training is in the history of Christianity – thus I responded to Dan Brown on those issues.