Pop singer Justin Bieber may have helped boost sales of Pastor Judah Smith's new book after the Canadian sensation told his 6.8 million Instagram followers to read Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human. The book from The City Church pastor, made available on Amazon on Tuesday, currently holds the no. 1 spot among Christian books on the retailer's website.
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Bieber, 18, shared an Instagram photo of the cover of Smith's book Tuesday, writing, "So proud of my pastor. This book comes out on the 26th. Judah is the best speaker of our generation. Read this book [you] won't regret it."
Although Feb. 26 is listed on Amazon as the official publication date for Jesus Is, Smith's book went on sale yesterday, according to the promotional website launched by publisher Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Smith, who is lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle along with his wife, Chelsea Smith, has been seen in photos and videos with Bieber, although the full extent of their relationship is not known.
Bieber is outspoken about his faith and has said that he has a relationship with Jesus Christ, whom he believes died for his sins. The Canadian pop singer is reportedly also a regular participant in a monthly Bible study held in Beverly Hills with other young stars, including Bieber's former girlfriend, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens, who is known for her role in the television series "High School Musical." The Bible study was reportedly organized by Jason Kennedy, a Christian who works as a correspondent for E! Entertainment. Kennedy has also endorsed Smith's new book, saying "it will change your life."
When Pastor Smith caught wind of Bieber's Jesus Is Instagram shout-out on Tuesday, he tweeted, "I love you @justinbieber for life. #family Thnx for the INSTA. #JesusIs."
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SOURCE: Christian Post