Posts Tagged ‘Canadian religious books’

As We Celebrate Canada 150, A Look at Religious Freedom Here

A few months ago we suggested stores consider doing a display feature of Canadian authors to tie in with Canada 150 celebrations. A recent comment alerted us to a book written specifically for the occasion. A follow up with the author resulted us receiving the press release below which we’re passing on as submitted with a few adjustments for times and dates.


Word Alive Press recently announced the release of its newest title in the Great Canadian Author series, Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017).

In his first book, author Don Hutchinson draws on over three decades of church leadership, constitutional law and public policy experience to offer valuable insight into the Christian Church and into today’s Canada.

Hutchinson’s storyteller style delivers a book designed for everyone interested in the challenges and opportunities of religious freedom in Canada.

Hutchinson studied history and politics at Queen’s University and law at the University of British Columbia. Following fifteen years in leadership with The Salvation Army, he consulted with World Vision Canada and others before serving seven and a half years with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, including as Vice-President, General Legal Counsel and Director of the Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa, where he made several appearances before parliamentary committees and the Supreme Court of Canada.

This book informs and inspires. Canadians who embrace Christianity as a personal faith, a community faith and a faith not to be kept to ourselves will appreciate Hutchinson’s perspective that, “we need to be prepared in our relationship with Christ, and the nation in which we live, to stand publicly in our faith as witnesses to Him whom we live for. One key to that preparation is engaging fully our commitment to Christ, His Church, and His Word (the Bible). Another is being accurately aware of how Canadian courts are defining what the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms refers to as the ‘fundamental freedom’ of freedom of religion.” (Under Siege, page 45)

Many Christians sense that an advancing secularism is trying to force upon Canadians a culture in which faith is meant to be private. Under Siege presents historic, legal and theological grounds for faith not to be hidden away in private stained-glass closets but instead, for the benefit of Canadian society, shared with confidence in an increasingly contested public square.

National Post columnist and editor-in-chief of, Father Raymond J. de Souza writes, “Religious freedom has returned to the global agenda in the 21st century, ‘under siege’ from both religious and secular extremists. Don Hutchinson is uniquely situated to tell the story, and it’s a story that urgently needs to be told.”

Brian C. Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, adds, “Don Hutchinson in Under Siege walks us through the critical issues of freedom of religion in a country where one might naively assume its record is stellar. His message is that there is always the need for vigilance. In a time when the secular assumption that faith will soon ebb away carries with it a belief there is no need to protect its freedom, this book advises the opposite. A timely and wise warning.”

A public book launch took place on May 3rd at Cardus in Ottawa…

304 page paperback – ISBN 9781486614523 – $22.99 in Canada
Distribution for retailers by Word Alive/Anchor Distributors

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Why Customers Should Support Independents

Years ago the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship rebranded as Catch the Fire, and more recently, their bookstore rebranded as Attwell Books, named after their street address.  Industry consultant Tim Underwood sent this to me last week and thought it would good to share with all of you.  While our store isn’t non-profit like Attwell, I plan to adapt this and use it at some point.  Click the title below to read at source.

Support Independent Bookstores

Did you know that getting the cheapest deal sometimes isn’t the best deal? At Attwell Books, we work hard to keep prices low, but we work even harder to ensure you have an amazing experience with us. We want to see your life changed by God’s power and that’s why we run this bookstore, and quite frankly, that’s something that Amazon, iTunes or Netflix can never offer.

While we too appreciate the convenience and low cost that many big corporate retailers can provide, there are some incredible things that happen when you shop locally. Consider the following:

  • We are passionate about transformation and have become experts in the kinds of teaching and music that can bring change in your life.
  • We enhance the community, by providing distinctive options in our corner of the city.
  • We support the local economy, your money stays here in Canada, and we hire staff from around Toronto.
  • We are not-for-profit! All of the “profits” from the sale of our products go to support the life changing work of a local charity, Catch The Fire. No one’s pockets are being lined when you shop here, we just sow everything back into Kingdom expansion. We also frequently bring in products that are 100% fundraisers for causes like freedom from sexual slavery, and child exploitation.

Please consider supporting Attwell Books as your local Christian bookstore, and encourage others to think about the many benefits of buying local.

I think it’s important to state our case and fight for our right to be the customer’s “first pass” option for purchasing. It’s true that Attwell carries some very unique products in light of the doctrinal distinctives at Catch the Fire, but really, in the larger scheme of things with iTunes and Amazon, our situation is no different: Customers need the filtering that our stores offer and the expertise we bring to each sales transaction.

We’ve had a lot of critically important news and articles posted at the site over the last few days. If you haven’t browsed past articles recently, be sure to see the last 7-10 posts.

Locally Generated Titles Top Sales for January

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We do our sales chart twice a year, but if I were to do a January listing it would look like this:

  1. Playing Second Fiddle – Judi Peers (Word Alive)
  2. The Church in Exile – Lee Beach (IVP Academic)
  3. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Peter Scazzero (Zondervan)
  4. Jesus Storybook Bible (Zonderkidz)
  5. Vanishing Grace (Zondervan)

So who are the first two?

We wrote about Judi’s 10th book back in December. You can read the article here. It’s a book about empowering women for a greater role in ministry in the local church, and yet the bulk of the sales have come from an unlikely constituency. She also gave us a price that allows us to be competitive with A-zon.

And we wrote about Lee Beach just a few days ago. You can read that review here. Lee was a pastor in our area for ten years, so obviously that helped, and while most of our customers might have thought twice about the retail price, but David C. Cook gave us some help so we could knock the price back in Lee’s home turf.

Not every month this year is going to work out this way, but it’s nice to know that we’re not stuck worrying what A-zon and CBD are offering and we can just create our own bestsellers.

We’re hoping to continue that in February with some CDs by a U.S. group called Cageless Birds, as well as some backlist CDs by the primary musicians. We had some demand, so we teamed up with a Toronto retailer to bring in a few and hopefully they’ll arrive soon.

Pre-Christmas, we had a lot of sales with David Wesley’s CD, Basement Praise. With 22,000 YouTube subscribers worldwide, an acapella sound that cuts across many demographics, and a list price of only $14.99; it was a popular Christmas gift.  If you don’t know David’s music, check out his YouTube channel. (For Ontario dealers, if you’re passing by Cobourg, drop in and we’ll sell you a few wholesale.)

And of course, we have the children’s products that we were distributing in the past, such as Jungle Jam and Friends CDs and Down Gilead Lane audio that we can recommend to parents as an alternative to Focus on the Family CD audio.

So we try to create our own bestsellers. My wife Ruth did a Christmas CD this year, too; and even though it wasn’t ready until the 15th, we sold a dozen copies. You can listen to the title track here.

We also set up a “pay what you wish” deal with The Meeting House church to be able to offer Tim Day’s God Enters Stage Left. So far we’ve distributed about 80 of the 100 copies we got, which is amazing considering we’re about 90 minutes from the nearest TMH regional site. You can read a rundown of the book here.  

Author Eric Wright — who also has ten titles to his credit — lives here, too; and we always promote his recent titles (and get him to autograph them!)

Of course, we still try to recognize the prevailing, broader book and music, but there it’s harder to get it right. One of our big fails in January was The Third Target by Joel Rosenburg. Totally hedging our bets, we initially ordered only eight copies, and to date, we’ve sold only two.

But it’s nice to have some local interest titles we can fall back on, and the chart at the top of this article is proof that such titles can produce significant numbers and generate store traffic.