More than you’re looking for!

Children’s corner in my local Christian bookshop

 

There have been two occasions in the last few weeks where I have just ‘popped in’ to my local Christian bookshop, and then found that the heavy rain has trapped me there for some time.  On neither of those days was I particularly irritated, being happy to browse the magazines, music, Bibles, commentaries, books on Christian living, children’s material, DVDs and finding much more there than I could afford to purchase.

Our local Christian bookshop keeps its website  up to date, and is worth a visit even if you’re not a resident of our town, as it is very well-stocked and has such a range of resources.  Now that I am a father, I know that there are children’s Bible story books and children’s Bible story books – yes, some are much better than others.  Recently I have been thinking that Veggie Tales might well be a good way of introducing Bible stories in a fun way to a five year-old, and they’re on DVD now.  I have noticed, over the years of visiting the shop, that the DVD selection has indeed now grown and there is a wide range of exciting film productions, as well as a burgeoning section on Christian fiction.

Someone said a few months ago that a clear sign of revival in a location is the number of Christian books that are being read; when we experience personal revival, we know how desperate we become for direction.  An intentional visit somewhere with Christian resources, rather than popping in again to Smiths or to Waterstones when you have some time for browsing, is so much more likely to help bring fruit in your life and someone else’s.

For example, in a Christian bookshop you can usually find daily reading notes, tracts for non-Christians, the most recent worship CDs, very good value cards for all occasions, pens and stickers with Christian messages, a wide range of Bibles from children’s to teenage to Study Bibles, guides for leading small groups and Bible studies tailored for them, collections of prayers, music editions of songbooks for musicians, books on evangelism, on preaching, on family life and dealing with difficult issues, as well as quite possibly secondhand books when you are not flush enough to invest in a new one.  Why not drop in when it’s raining? At the very least you can bless and encourage the person working there, who will be a Christian!

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About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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One Response to More than you’re looking for!

  1. In a culture that promotes everything large, often impersonal, global community, online purchases and major supermarkets who can afford to offer ‘loss leaders’ as you enter their doors (including books, DVDs etc.,) it is great to be able to support small, local businesses. Those who have served their communities faithfully over a long period of time. It isn’t always about getting something for the cheapest price, sometimes it’s about relationship. As a publisher that has had to, of financial necessity had to wind down operations, it is good to encourage independent businesses who have survived very difficult markets. Despite the ebook and the virtual world, I for one will still prefer the real book – it’s feel, smell and tangible presence in our fast-changing 21st century is a thing of comfort.
    As for Veggie Tales – what can I say – not only is it excellent for 5 year olds but is irresistible to all ages and has attracted a cult following among many a more ‘mature’ fan. Full of great one liners and larger than life characters to mimic. Larryboy the Cucumber rocks! Buy them for your 5 year old and you’ll be learning too!

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