Wednesday, 28 February 2007

CBC 2007 extra

I thought the Christian Booksellers Convention at Telford seemed a little quieter, rather subdued this year. To be fair, we only visited on the Tuesday. However there were some long faces to go along with talk about the depressed UK market, need to tighten belts etc. I felt a little out of step to be saying we had a better year in 2006 than previously. The only drag on us is lack of time to do all we would like to. Must redeem it more effectively. I'll have to dive into the 'Christian Life' section in the Shop and dig something out...
That reminds me that we met Helen Roseveare, signing copies of her books. 'Digging Ditches' is the latest out, but CFP have also brought out new editions of 'Give me this Mountain' and 'He gave us a Valley' 40 years on from first publication. It is amazing to see this little lady and then think of the life she has led, devoted to missionary work in the Congo. I thought the text she penned in the book she signed was such a probing scripture for me to consider - Romans 12 vv 1, 2.

The dawn of a new era

Following a jam packed day at the Christian Booksellers Convention yesterday we have come away full of enthusiasm for another busy year of bookselling. One of the bright ideas we picked up (all credit to Ian Thompson of Christian Focus) was to start a blog. Hopefully, this will keep our customers better informed of our life in the bookshop. Depending on which manager updates the blog each day, customers will learn of new books in, special offers, ideas for publishing, theological thoughts, or more simply just news about running a bookshop with three children under 4yrs in tow! So watch this space...