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How To Completely Alienate People in a Bookstore

The following is a 100% true story. It happened five years ago…

Doing a two mile hike before breakfast isn’t the normal way I start the day, but these were unusual circumstances. It was already pushing 90-degrees F., and I’m sure I looked the part.

But a friend had recommended I drop by the bookstore in a large well-known Christian conference center in New York state, and since we were only a few exits away, I decided to go for it.

As soon as I walked in the bookstore, a young man met me and said something like, “The ‘wind-swept’ look really works for you.” If you know that I’ve been having a bad hair day since birth, you know that this is a kind of remark I am really sensitive to; but yes, he really said that.

A quick look around the store, and I realized the degree to which this is an ultra-conservative conference center. I think the phrase, “By their Bibles you shall know them;” was the big giveaway: ESV, KJV, NKJV and a small sampling of NASB and HCSB.

In other words, no NIV, TNIV, NCV, Message, or NLT. To me that’s like drawing a line in the sand. But the book selection only reinforced this.

The guy’s opening remarks now begged translation: “I can see by looking at you that you don’t belong here.”

And I agree. I met my wife at the car and said, “Get me out of here, fast!”

Seeker sensitive? They’d probably spit at you for using the word. This is an elite club, and they can smell you a mile away if you’re not part of it.

Sad, really.

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