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Mark Driscoll Inventory: Better to Liquidate

I’m not sure of the extent to which many of you follow that latest Christian news stories, but the single most discussed story in the first half of 2014 continues to unfold, as life continues to unravel for Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll.  Without including links here — you’re capable of using Google news search, right? — many think, or perhaps hope, the story will lead to Mark’s resignation from his megachurch.

As booksellers, we tend to get skittish about maintaining high inventory levels when someone is embroiled in controversy. After steering so many of my customers to Steven Furtick, the 1.75 million dollar home was more than I could bear. We didn’t carry Crash the Chatterbox, and to date have never been asked for it. I do wonder why. I don’t want to speculate here, but I often consider that spiritual forces are at work in the dynamics by which an author is riding high one minute and not making a dent in the sales charts the next. I think Psalm 75: 6-7 offers some insights.

Because Reformed customers are increasingly buying books through their own channels — cbdreformed, Monergism, Westminster, etc. — we had backed off on Driscoll’s titles, but now I think it might be time to reduce some product and be satisfied with getting clearance prices for it.

It’s certainly not a time to have significant inventory levels.

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