Christian Bookshops

As you know I live with the tension of being against consumerism but owning a shop. I’m also a bibliophile, I just love books. I’m moving my office and I’ve begun packing up my books – it’s a moving experience, the books I’ve read and changed me, the books I want to read, the books I’m not sure why I’ve got. And then seeing them packed in a box. Books are meant to live in boxes! They’re to live in us. Anyway… My friend Phil Groom is blogging on the…

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Environmental sin

Jeremy over at Make Wealth History has been posting some good stuff on the state of the environment in the past few days. Did you know there is a pile of rubbish in the sea bigger than the US? There is. What a shocker. Can’t think of a clearer sign of environmental sin than this or a better reason to think about what we consume and therefore throw away. Talking of throwing away – that’s what we do to 1/3 of the food we buy. When you think just a…

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My local Christian bookshop…

…happens to be partly owned by me. We’ve just upgraded our website and I’ve just spent the last forty minutes or so updating all the links from books I’ve reviewed on this site (currently 33 of them). I doubt the sales will ever amount to much from links via this blog, but just so you know all book pictures and titles now link. Anyway, given that this blog is sometimes or even mostly about NOT BUYING MORE STUFF owning a shop which depends on people doing exactly that is a…

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Choose carefully what you read

On the same day I blogged about reading fatigue Matt Hosier also blogged on reading, which if you’re a bibliophile you should read. Reading is so important as a stimulus to your own thought and development that choosing carefully what you read is key. There are a number of traps that you can fall into and no doubt there are more: Trap 1. Reading only books that already agree with me. We need to stetch ourselves and see the world from another angle even if the conclusion we reach is…

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Book Review: Who Am I?

I get sent so many books and there are literally hundreds on my shelves that I want to read but haven’t yet got to, the pressure of the backlog sometimes kills the joy of reading. As a result I sometimes just pick the shortest book I can find, so I can read it quick and move on to the next one. The aim being to reduce the pile of unread books not enjoy the experience of reading. This book was one such choice. Bonhoeffer is a theological hero of mine,…

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Bibliophiliac?

It’s not a word I know – but what would you call someone addicted to buying books? Perhaps that what I am. I went to the small town of Wem today for a course and during the lunch break went to find the secondhand bookshop only to find it had closed down. I think I suffered withdrawal symptoms. Seriously (well not entirely seriously). Wikipedia seem to think I could have a problem. A pyschological disorder no less. Nah….really? So bibliophiliac or libriholic? Anyway I came across this post on Make…

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Does buying anti-consumerism books count?

I’ve just come back from a weekend with my wife’s family (her dad died a year ago) and on the way home we stopped at Booktown (aka Hay-on-Wye) for my annual pilgrimage. On a wet, windy January day on the Wales-England border browsing the shelves of secondhand bookstores is just heaven for me. Here is what I bought:Deuteronomy by Gerhard von RadThe Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Huggard and Frederick BraueThe Business by Iain BanksThe Darwin Awards by Wendy NorthcuttShopped by Joanna BlythmanBono on Bono by Michka AssayasWho…

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