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ChrisJD
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Hi everyone.


We have a bookstore downtown that I go to every so often called CLC, which I think stands for [i]Christian Literature Crusade[/i]. I was surprised to see some of the books and authors I had heard about here on SI represented there.

I have three books from the store:

Rees Howells, Intercessor, by Norman Grubb

Praying Together for True Revival by Jonathan Edwards

and a book published anonymously called The Kneeling Christian


Some of the titles and authors I've seen there:

War on the Saints

An abridged version of The Christian in Complete Armor

books by E.M. Bounds, Andrew Murray, Watchman Nee, biographies of those who we read about here and others...

and just recently I saw [i]Why Revival Tarries[/i], by Leonard Ravenhill there. I thought that was pretty neat!

Chris


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Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2007/3/19 15:00Profile
PaulWest
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I would love to open a chain of bookstores that sold [i]all[/i] the Puritan classics (including the more obscure Puritans and the older, out-of-print editions) along with complete editions of Spurgeon, Tozer, Bounds, Ravenhill, Moody, Wesley, Booth, Finney, etc. All the old school guys, everything they wrote. Complete collections of Charles Wesley's Hymns, Watts, Doddridge...

Basically, the bookstore version of SermonIndex.

Ah, just wishful thinking. At least then I could take my dear unsaved Buddhist brother with me and not be embarrassed. I wouldn't have to worry about hearing him laugh, "What a joke your religion is" as he looked at all the stupid Christian rock groups and glamshot faces on the books.

Oh, that the church would wake up.

Brother Paul


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Paul Frederick West

 2007/3/19 17:32Profile









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This will probably come out all wrong, but at the risk of offending someone, I think this needs to be said...

The average run of the mill Christian bookstore is not really for believers seeking a true closer walk with God. I've been in the big Christian chain stores and have found nothing there that appeals to my spirit. A lot there appeals to my flesh... but not my spirit.

Sure, most folks who shop there are saved, and [i]think[/i] they are seeking a closer walk, but in reality they have settled for the homogenized watered down stuff... just like 80% of the church has.

You wont find Ravenhill in most bookstores, or other Christian leaders like him. Lots of warm fluffy stuff like Lucado, but nothing much more deeper than that. Not much about Lucado's writings are very deep... lots of pastels and air brush... but no depth.

Krispy

 2007/3/19 17:37









 Re: Your Right Krispy!!

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The average run of the mill Christian bookstore is not really for believers seeking a true closer walk with God.

Steven, your above quote would only offend those who are NOT seeking God. But your observation is correct.

Christian book stores are catering to Humanistic Phsychology. I generally go into a Christian book store for music, but there is more rock than Thee ROCK. It's hard to find anything anymore. I buy all my music and books online.

 2007/3/19 18:12









 Re: drawing the line

I remember back in the wee early 90's when Amy Grants secular hit came out with "Baby, Baby", I saw it in our local Christian book store and I went to the manager and demanded why this was being sold here. She said, "The kids want it". I didn't say this at the time, but I did think it when she said that, "what if they had a magazine called Christian porn, do you sell that too because the kids want it?". Where do we draw the line? Or maybe there is no line to draw.

 2007/3/19 18:20
hmmhmm
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PaulWest wrote:
I would love to open a chain of bookstores that sold [i]all[/i] the Puritan classics (including the more obscure Puritans and the older, out-of-print editions) along with complete editions of Spurgeon, Tozer, Bounds, Ravenhill, Moody, Wesley, Booth, Finney, etc. All the old school guys, everything they wrote. Complete collections of Charles Wesley's Hymns, Watts, Doddridge...

Basically, the bookstore version of SermonIndex.






if you need "workers" in your company send me a message brother :-) , what a job!


edit : cant think of a better job lol.... talk about the puritans work whit customers, would have been nice :-) but but, reality looks different....


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CHRISTIAN

 2007/3/19 18:20Profile
PaulWest
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but, reality looks different....



Yes, brother. The reality is that the church wants TBN and anointed hankerchiefs and mystical trinkets from the Holy Land and 7 steps-to-wealth and debt-free success. The church doesn't want the purity of Wesley and Doddridge - it wants the Newsboys and Skillet. The church doesn't want Baxter - it wants Benny.

This is why I think that any Sermonindexesque Christian bookstore couldn't exist but online. The commercial property lease alone would bring you under in less than six months.


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Paul Frederick West

 2007/3/19 18:28Profile









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free2bee63 wrote:
As far as Christian books that are off the path; I think it would be tough to leave those sorts of books out.

What examples do you guys have of books that are technically "Christian," but really aren't?


Just started to read this thread, and the book has no doubt been mentioned, but the one that springs to mind and is in almost every Christian bookstore is "The Purpose Driven Life".

Its actually been recommended by the church I meet with (the Lord sent me there, and hasn't released me, or this would perhaps be the last straw!)

And yet I keep wondering if I ought to read it, if only to see for myself. Spiritually it just doesn't "smell" right - it would be like forcing oneself to eat food that was slightly "gone off".

Jeannette

 2007/3/19 18:30
hmmhmm
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the saddest thing is the majority of books in Christian book shops is just a reflection of christianity....


in the bookshop in town here in Sweden where i live, i found about three worth buying! i was somewhat depressed, when looking at the availability in English, still you have the puritans....even if they are not on the top 20 list, in my languge.... its only Benny and the rest of the "give me money" preachers, but i found a second hand bookstore :-)


ohh what treasures!! I'm like a child on christmas... these old books! some more then 150 years old, sold at the price that i could buy 20 of these old classics for one new crap book.... thank you Lord!


and of course SI and internet...but still there is something with sitting whit a book,,,,,


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 2007/3/19 18:34Profile
BenBrockway
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Yeah, I haven't read the book.... but I have seen some tv clips of his preaching where he was preaching off of his book. It all leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. I wonder where preachers come up with these cauchamamy ideas. Certianly not from Scripture!

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