In Praise of Christian Bookstore Owners: Bob1
Today I found out that a long-time friend has died.
He was Dutch. But the only way to tell was if you knew his last name.
Al ran an independent Christian bookstore in my city, for many years. It was a booklover’s store — crowded shelves, some books published twenty or thirty years previous. Not only that, but they were solid books – not the pap that passes for too much of Christian publishing today.
I spent many happy hours in Al’s store. The most enjoyable part was talking with Al.
He always seemed to have time to chat. He was kind, personable and also knowledgeable about theological and church issues. Though he went to seminary, bookstore running was his ‘ministry.’
I miss Al. I hadn’t seen him during the last ten years. Occasionally I’d wonder to myself, “I wonder what Al’s up to.”
Now I know. My world, and I’ll bet other of his bookstore patrons, is a little colder today. But also the richer for his steady friendship and counsel.