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Practitioners of all stripes distill religious teaching for on-the-go Americans

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2009 2:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Overscheduled Americans are fueling a boom in devotional books and media that mete out bite-sized doses of faith, the Los Angeles Times reports. An editor at a Christian book house calls its One Minute Bible “a ready-made, quick little devotion they can do every day.” But it’s not a substitute for real study: “It’s meant to whet your appetite.”

The boom seeks both believers and the uninitiated. One Midwestern evangelical broadcasts a “Faith Minute” he says is “preaching to people who have never been in the choir.” Another pastor canned a weekly study meeting in favor of a daily podcast. “You learn more 10 minutes a day, five days a week,” he said, than “one hour on Sunday, when you’re nodding off.”

A pastor points to a passage in the Bible.
A pastor points to a passage in the Bible.   (AP Photo)
A Bible study reminder adorns a planning calendar.
A Bible study reminder adorns a planning calendar.   (AP Photo)
Imported Bibles on sale at a bookstore in Beijing.
Imported Bibles on sale at a bookstore in Beijing.   (AP Photo)
Inmates read from the Bible at a prison.
Inmates read from the Bible at a prison.   (AP Photo)
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Christian publishers and retailers realize that today's busy consumers are looking for spiritual food that can be consumed in a convenient way. - Bill Anderson, Christian Booksellers Association

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