I try to get to Chapters at least once every 60 days. I think it’s important to track the titles that our suppliers are recommending to them. Things have improved there greatly. While we’ve written about the problem some customers could experience because there are not the same filters as one finds in a Christian store, and about the discernment customers need to have in that environment; though things are definitely improving.
Three things dominated at Chapters’ store in Markham.
One was the new packaging of the KJV Bibles. I suppose that if there’s one market where I would not want to encourage KJV purchases, it would be selling the most difficult-to-read translation to a broad cross-section of consumers. Wouldn’t it be better to steer customers in the general marketplace toward the NLT, Message or NIV? However, I got thinking about this more and decided that Chapters stores probably have a strong market demand for KJV that most of us neither understand nor experience in our stores.
Second, was the shelf of Joyce Meyer titles, which I suspect do well there:
Third, and not surprising was the C. S. Lewis collection. I liked the uniform look of the HarperOne covers and saw a few things I need to add to my own store.
Something light for Sunday… This is from the blog New Leaven by T. C. Robinson:
C.S. Lewis got it started when he penned his conversion experience in Surprised by Joy (a delightful read!). Since then we’ve had:
- Surprised By Suffering by R.C. Sproul
- Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright
- Surprised By the Power of the Spirit by Jack S. Deere
- Surprised By the Voice of God by Jack S. Deere
- Surprised By Grace by Tullian Tchividjian
- Surprised By Hell by John Stott
- Surprised By Tongues by John MacArthur?
I really appreciated getting the link to this article forwarded to me last week by Nathan Douglas, a film student at Simon Fraser University in BC. The article is by Waterbrook and Regal Books author Jeffrey Overstreet, and what really stood out for me was this quotation from classic poet, T. S. Eliot:
[T]he last thing I would wish for would be the existence of two literatures, one for Christian consumption and the other for the pagan world. What I believe to be incumbent upon all Christians is the duty of maintaining consciously certain standards and criteria of criticism over and above those applied by the rest of the world; and that by these criteria and standards everything that we read must be tested. – T. S. Eliot
The article also quotes Oscar Wilde and C. S. Lewis. Check it out.