Soul Searching

Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
by Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton, has now sold more than
20,000 copies!

The National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) is pleased to announce that more than 20,000 copies of this landmark book, based on findings from the first wave of NSYR, data have been sold worldwide.

"Oxford University Press is proud to be the publisher of Soul Searching," says Oxford University Press representative Brian Hughes. "This book has succeeded on so many fronts. We've seen rave reviews in mainstream media like The New York Times and scholarly journals like the Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion. This type of book goes to the core of the mission of Oxford University Press, to published works that further Oxford University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. Reaching this milestone is an occasion worth celebrating and one that we're happy to share with Drs. Smith and Denton, as well as the entire NYSR."

In its review of Soul Searching, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion wrote, "For scholars as well as parents, teachers, relatives, mentors, and other persons interested in the well-being of teens, this is and will likely be the definitive book on teens and religion for years to come."

Meanwhile, NSYR Principle Investigator Christian Smith has completed a book based on the third wave of NSYR data, which will be published and available to the public in 2009.

Purchasing Information: Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, by Oxford University Press is available for purchase. To order, please visit or call 1-800-451-7556.

July 31, 2009