As I mentioned last week, I just moved. My friend (who also happens to be my roommate), Mom, and I all went for a little road trip. As is common with such things, we took a wrong turn.
And stumbled across the best Christian bookstore I've ever seen.
After about an hour and a half, I walked out of there with five books--and about forty fewer dollars in my bank account.
|So it wasn't quite this big, but it felt like it.|
Picture courtesy of Pexels.
Five dollars for a book I have on my Kindle? Sure.
Wait--a new copy of Raven's Ladder? I've been looking everywhere for that.
Enclave publishing books in print? In an actual bookstore? Without having to order them in?(Screams silently in sheer elation).
I could have easily bought about ten more books. My mom pretty much had to drag me away from the Young Adult section before I spent my entire budget for the month.
Christian speculative is difficult to find, with the exception of a few big names such as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. If you've been following the blog very long, you've probably noticed that you've noticed very few of the books I review in actual stores.
If you're looking for Christian sci-fi or fantasy, don't get discouraged. It's out there. Some of it might be out of print. Much of it you'll never be able to find in a "real" book store. You'll have to sort through the self-published books that need a lot of work from those that could have been published by a traditional publishing house.
But it's out there. And there's more than you think there is.
Next week, I'll be starting a new series on the role of pastors and other religious mentors in Christian Speculative Fiction. Send me a message in the comments or through the contact form if you're really itching to have me look at a certain book.