Jesus’ collective birthday gift was partly triggered by PayPal’s Guinness Book of World Records:
I thought: what if we, as Christians, can break that record and raise at least $50,000,000 for the spread of the gospel in a 24-hour period?
When I applied for that record, I discovered that I didn’t qualify because PayPal’s fundraiser was based on people donating money online. As a result, I requested a new world record: “Most money raised for charity through book royalties of a single book.”
Unfortunately, the attempt of that record wasn’t accepted. Their response was: “Every record verified by Guinness World Records must be measureable by a single superlative, verifiable, standardisable, breakable and also present an element of skill. Unfortunately, this is not something we can verify as it is very common for authors to donate a percentage of all their royalties to charities.”
My last try was to request another record: “Most royalties received for a single book within a 24-hour period.” My argument was: “That record is measureable through the number of books sold within that 24-hour period and the subsequent royalties it receives. It requires persuasive skills to encourage people to buy the book during that period and is also breakable by others, trying to come up with a book that would break that record and the amount of royalty.”
Additionally, I also suggested this record: “Most sold books within a 24-hour period,” stating that Guinness Book of World Records has that record currently at 8.3 million copies. I stated: “My attempt to outsell that record within a 24 hour period can be easily measured through Amazon’s author’s page.”
Unfortunately, neither one was accepted. They wrote: “Guinness World Records is both an arbiter and a curator of world records. Whilst thousands of records are applied for proactively from the public every year, a vast number of superlative facts are sourced from expert consultants and institutions in order to provide a more complete snapshot of the world we live in. Records involving fastest-selling and best-selling books are sourced from experts in the field as the data required to confirm this information is extensive. As such, we do not invite proactive applications for records as such as the one you are proposing.”
While I didn’t qualify to officially break PayPal’s record of $45,679,763.36 in a 24-hour period, I attempt to do so unofficially through Jesus’ collective birthday gift. While my requested record attempt to beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with its 8.3 million copies in a 24-hour period wasn’t accepted, I still attempt to do so through It’s All about Jesus.
Both records can be easily verified through the number of sold books in my Author Page on Amazon. The same is true with the amount of money that will be raised, since each sold book in that 24-hour period equals a certain amount of royalty. Consequently, I will request another review by Guinness Book of World Records if we break both records, submitting the evidence.
By the way, Guinness Book of World Records has Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 8.3 million copies, while another source has it at 15 million copies on the first day it was released.
Ultimately, the goal of Jesus’ collective birthday gift isn’t about breaking two Guinness Book of World Records, but raising significant funds for the spread of the gospel through 100 reputable ministries.
When Christians unite for the spread of His gospel, we can easily make this happen!
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