Parasource Distribution to Close in May
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
5d ago
Canada’s largest wholesale distributor of Christian books and resources, Parasource Distribution and Marketing of Paris, Ontario, announced yesterday (1/31) that will cease operations as of May 31st. In an email letter to stores, President Greg Tombs wrote, Parasource Marketing and Distribution has had to make a very difficult decision to close operations on May 31, 2023. We have notified our vendors and we have their complete support to work with us and keep the flow of product moving until the end of May. Parasource will be here to continue to service and supply you with the product lines y ..read more
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The Parenting Book I Never Knew Was Needed
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
1M ago
On a warm fall day a small box arrived containing a book I had requested to review, and alongside it was an advance copy of Parenting by Andy and Sandra Stanley. Since our guys are late 20s and early 30s respectively, I immediately thought if there was someone to whom I could simply pass the book on. But then I read the first chapter. And that led to the second. And then I was hooked… Review — Parenting: Getting it Right by Andy and Sandra Stanley. As someone who spent nearly 15 years glued to my computer at 2:00 PM on Sunday to watch the full church service from North Point Community Church i ..read more
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I No Longer Have the Perspective of Other Canadian Stores
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
1M ago
I find myself beginning the year in a very different place from the rest of the longtime readers here; a place that leaves me wondering if my own store is now significantly atypical as to disqualify me from writing about industry events and trends. If you’re not part of the Facebook group, basically in mid-December I decided it was time to cancel all of my backorders with Parasource and pursue a different route. I didn’t want to burn my bridges with them entirely, but their senior management took it all to mean I was running out on my account balance; a thought which, truthfully, had never occ ..read more
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Calgary Author Confronts ‘Christian Materialism’
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
2M ago
Wesley Hynd is a church planter and pastor in Calgary. He holds an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and according to his bio, “loves to think deeply and challenge the status quo.” He is involved there with a cross-cultural Christian organization serving new Canadians. His book, Jesus Take All of Me: Learning to See God as Beautiful in Every Part of Life, is self-published an available to retailers through Ingram at full trade terms. The back cover blurb describes its aim: What does it really mean to follow Jesus? Is it just a set of intellectual facts about the cross, forgiv ..read more
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This Year’s Best Book on Prayer
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
2M ago
I frequently share the book reviews I’ve done at Thinking Out Loud with readers here, and this one, although there’s no particularly Canadian connection, is no exception. This is a book I have already recommended many, many times… I hear Jesus saying, “Pray with the heart of a lover and the discipline of a monk” – Praying Like Monks (p193) If the Bible tells us anything about how to pray, it says that God much prefers the rough draft full of rants and typos to the polished, edited version. – Praying Like Monks (p21) Two years ago, when I reviewed Tyler Staton‘s first book, Searching for Enou ..read more
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The Government of Canada’s Solution for Bookstore Competitiveness
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
2M ago
For several months there has been talk about the “Support for Booksellers” component of the Government of Canada’s Canada Book Fund. The idea was to create funding to help booksellers expand their online book sales this season and next season. The funding, announced November 9th totaled $12 million, and went to 177 small chains and independent stores and three large chains, representing a total of 467 brick-and-mortar stores. Chapters/Indigo with 178 locations received $3.5 million and a large Quebec-based chain, Librairie Renaud-Bray, received just under $1.9 million. Christian stores, not so ..read more
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Store Demographics: Filling the Gaps
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
3M ago
With 378 followers (whatever that means) Facebook says this is the demographic breakdown of people who come to our page. It’s really not at all different from the store itself. Yes, I know someone will say this is more about Facebook and who uses it than it is about my store, but anecdotally, it lines up perfectly. For those who come, we’re thankful. But we’d love to see greater activity in the age ranges that aren’t as well represented here.  And as for the follower thing, it’s meaningless. If we had half that number of views for each post I’d be really happy. Plus we’re getting a lot o ..read more
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Toronto’s “Media Nuns” Staying Put
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
3M ago
When Religion News Service (RNS) carried an article one week ago about the Daughters of St. Paul, and their bookstores, which operate as Pauline Books and Media, there were a couple of references to Toronto, and after reading the article, some might have had the impression that the Toronto store was going to be closing. The article, ‘Media nuns’ say goodbye to sweet home Chicago after more than 40 years stated that, After six years of prayer and outside consultation, and a shove from the COVID-19 pandemic, the order has decided to reconfigure its presence across the United States and Toronto ..read more
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Nova Scotia Writer Wins Book Award
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
4M ago
Jonathan Geoffrey Dean, author of  Salt & Light: The Complete Jesus has been awarded as the winner in the Christian Nonfiction category for the 2022 NYC Big Book Award.  He is a New Testament scholar, researcher, award-winning author, political leader and thought leader. Salt & Light; The Complete Jesus is his reaction to Jesus. He is a partner in an investment advisory firm and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with his wife Lynn. He won in the category of Christian Nonfiction. From the press release: The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book ..read more
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Christian Book and Record Celebrates 50 Years
Christian Book Shop Talk
by paulthinkingoutloud
4M ago
Edmonton’s Christian Book and Record celebrated 50 years of serving the Alberta city with an in-store celebration on Saturday, September 17th. The store is located in a strip mall, and customers lined up across the length of the mall waiting for the opening, entertained by radio hosts from 105.9 Shine FM. Guests also enjoyed an outdoor tent with coffee, doughnuts and popcorn, while the inside was adorned with a retro theme featuring record albums hanging from the ceiling. There are pictures on their Facebook page, where they also wrote, We were absolutely blown away by your support during o ..read more
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