Top Christian Publisher Passes Away at Age 88

June 05, 2018Jun 05, 2018

Christianity Today reports that the longtime Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO, Sam Moore, died on Friday at the age of 88. Although once a great CEO, Moore worked his way up from the bottom, starting as a door-to-door Bible salesman, eventually running one of the largest Bible businesses in the world. 

Moore famously led Thomas Nelson, which today is recognized as one of the largest divisions of HarperCollins Christian publishing. He ran Thomas Nelson for 47 years, expanding it to become one of the world's largest publishers of Bibles and Christian books. 

His friends and family are mourning his loss, especially because he was such a unique man who embraced God's plan or his life. With courage and enthusiasm, Moore worked tirelessly to bring the Bible to the world. 

“Sam was a unique man who embraced God’s plan for his life every day with courage and enthusiasm,” said Mark Schoenwald, president, and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, according to Christianity Today. “He dedicated his life’s work to preach and teach the good news of the gospel. Sam impacted and changed the lives of countless people with his time, effort, and resources.”

Indeed, Moore is a person who had a positive impact on the world because he dedicated his life to sharing the good news of the gospel. 

Anneta Miller, writing for Newsweek, claims that Sam Moore was both a great Christian and businessman who helped to launch Thomas Nelson's multimillion-dollar launch of the New King James Version of the Bible in 1983. Moore, who was bothered by the confusion that was caused by the traditional King James text, wanted a new edition that would be easier to understand. And being a great businessman, he was able to make this endeavor extremely profitable. 

By the 1990s, Thomas Nelson was publishing seven of the nine major translations of the Bible and presented them in more than 650 styles — including study Bibles, bride's Bibles, giant-print Bibles, and even a baby's Bible called "Precious Moments."

Eventually, Moore went on to become friends with Jerry Falwell Sr. and was a major supporter of Liberty University's business program.

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