THE MOST PROLIFIC AUTHOR OF OUR TIME…. An interesting press release made the rounds yesterday, announcing the upcoming release of a new book called, “Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life.”

Glenn Beck and Dr. Keith Ablow — two of the most popular and influential personalities in American media today — have joined forces to present a powerful guide to personal transformation and fulfillment that is as unique as their own unlikely partnership. They are called the “7 Wonders” and they can be used by anyone who has made the decision that they are ready to change their life. […]

Where does the courage to persevere come from when everything seems hopeless? Why is it nearly impossible to succeed with faith? How much do family and friendships matter in our journey? How do we break down our walls and reveal our inner truths? What does having compassion really mean? How do you tell real friends apart from those who are holding you back? If there’s no one to blame for my past, what do you do with your anger and resentment?

Some of those wonders don’t sound especially wondrous, but I suppose that doesn’t much matter — someone willing to drop $24.99 on a Glenn Beck self-help book probably has some deeper issues anyway.

What struck me as noteworthy, though, is Beck’s remarkable ability to churn out books for his minions to buy.

It started in late 2007, with “An Inconvenient Book.” A year later, Beck released a Christmas book. He released his next book in June 2009, and then another in September 2009. He released an audio book in May 2009, and another audio book in February 2010. Late last year, Beck even released a photo-companion book to his Christmas book.

His novel was published in June, which was followed by “Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure” in October. This “Seven Wonders” self-help book comes out in January.

In the 20 months spanning May 2009 to January 2011, Beck will have published five print books, a photo book, and two audio books.

For a guy who seems to read at a third-grade level — remember, he thinks the word “OLIGARH” is missing a “y” — Beck may very well be America’s most prolific author.

By some estimates, Beck takes in as much as $32 million a year. Does he really need to exploit his followers so shamelessly? I guess so.

Steve M’s recent assessment continues to ring true: “So now we see what Glenn Beck really is: He’s basically a televangelist. A huckster. A late-night pitchman selling seminars and book/DVD/audio combo packages that will allegedly help you get rich through flipping real estate. A human-potential-movement cult leader who promises life breakthroughs in exchange for participation in costly ‘religious’ or ‘therapy’ programs.”

Update: In case there’s any confusion about this, of course I don’t think Beck actually wrote any of these books. When I describe as an “author,” I’m kidding. The guy can barely spell, better yet write six books in a year and a half.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.