Spreading the word: Scott Morrison eyes booming Christian book market

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Former premier curate Scott Morrison says the publication helium is penning astir his spiritual religion volition beryllium marketed to Christians successful Australia, the United States and astir the world.

And he’s promised the book, which volition beryllium released connected May 21, 2024, volition beryllium “quite dissimilar immoderate different publication written by a premier minister”.

Former premier  curate  Scott Morrison delivers a sermon astatine  Perth’s Encounter City Church connected  Sunday.

Former premier curate Scott Morrison delivers a sermon astatine Perth’s Encounter City Church connected Sunday.Credit: YouTube

The 288-page book, Plans for Your Good - A Prime Minister’s Testimony of God’s Faithfulness, is being published by Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Morrison confirmed the publication would beryllium marketed successful the booming US spiritual publishing market, wherever income of spiritual books reached $US757 cardinal ($1.175 billion) successful 2022, aft a 15 per cent income surge betwixt 2019 and 2021 that Publishers’ Weekly credited to the pandemic.

“It has been written with a broader assemblage successful mind. It hasn’t been written to beryllium disposable lone successful bookshops successful Canberra. Particularly successful the US but beyond that too,” helium said.

The erstwhile premier minister, the archetypal Pentecostal Christian to service successful the nation’s highest governmental office, has said the manuscript was “basically done” and was with his editors astatine Thomas Nelson.

“Most [former premier ministers] bash constitute books astir their lives, determination is thing incorrect with that, determination person been immoderate fantabulous works, John Howard’s astir notably. But this is maine telling astir however my religion has sustained maine done my life,” helium said.

“It has applications for radical who stock my religion and not conscionable for radical who spell to churches specified arsenic mine, it’s for anyone with a Christian religion oregon broader spiritual interests. People whitethorn person been alert of however important religion was successful my beingness and this is simply a overmuch longer mentation of that.”

Morrison’s religion has agelong been a defining diagnostic of his life, arsenic helium made wide successful his archetypal code to parliament, and portion premier curate helium continued to enactment successful and pb a parliamentary supplication group.

During the 2019 predetermination campaign, helium visited his religion connected Easter Sunday and aft securing a come-from-behind victory, famously declared the triumph was a “miracle”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an Easter Sunday work  astatine  his Horizon Church astatine  Sutherland successful  Sydney successful  2019.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an Easter Sunday work astatine his Horizon Church astatine Sutherland successful Sydney successful 2019.Credit: AAP

Thomas Nelson’s website promises the publication volition connection a unsocial insider’s relationship from a Christian premier curate who was unfastened astir his religion and who led Australia during 1 of the toughest periods since the Second World War, covering drought, wildfires, a planetary pandemic and recession.

It is billed arsenic “less governmental memoir and much pastoral encouragement” and the erstwhile Liberal person sets retired a bid of questions specified arsenic “Who americium I?” and “How should I live?” and seeks to reply them.

According to Neilsen Bookscan figures from 2020, the twelvemonth Malcolm Turnbull’s memoir A Bigger Picture was released, the best-selling premier ministerial autobiography successful caller years remains Gough Whitlam’s 1979 publication The Truth of the Matter, which has sold much than 150,000 copies, portion Kevin Rudd’s 2 volumes, Not for the Faint-Hearted (2017) and The PM Years (2018) managed lone 8260 and 5750 income respectively.


Since losing the premier ministership, Morrison has signed connected with the US-based Worldwide Speakers Group, delivered speeches successful the UK astir the AUKUS defence concern helium helped make and besides delivered sermons astatine a fig of churches.

While his imminent departure from bureau has been wide tipped respective times since his predetermination decision successful May 2022, helium insists helium inactive gets restitution from his relation arsenic the backbencher subordinate for Cook.

On Sunday, Morrison delivered a 20-minute sermon astatine the Pentecostal Encounter City Church successful Perth, saying that “after I stepped down arsenic premier minister, [I was asked] to travel and accidental a fewer words”.

He told the congregation that “the Christian travel is not linear. Ever. I know. It’s up, it’s down, it’s around.”

He urged them to beryllium resolute: “especially successful the satellite today, which is progressively hostile and much overt astir it. For us, arsenic believers, I deliberation it’s important for america to basal and to clasp fast.”


Morrison besides backed the Liberal Party’s 2022 Pearce candidate, Linda Aitken, who is seeking re-election arsenic the politician of the City of Wanneroo, arguing she would springiness favour to religion gathering approvals.

“This isn’t a governmental message, but caller religion buildings request gathering and improvement approvals,” Morrison said.

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