One of the reasons for our trip to ATL was for me to attend what used to be called the International Christian Book Show, but is now the International Christian Retail Show. I, of course, went for books, in my capacity as a bookstore manager. But as most of us have experienced, these days your average Christian bookstore has more “retail” than they do books.
There were a lot of good publishers there, and I had some good conversations and bought a lot of good books for the store. There was also another section: when you crossed from the blue carpet to the green, you entered the “retail” section of the show. I stayed away from the green carpet until just before I left the second day, when I took a walk through to catalog. Important note: None of the following comments should be taken to indicate that I think I’m better than anybody else, etc. I just think there’s a lot of silliness in Western Christianity, and pointing some of it out might help to illustrate its absurdity.
Overview of what seemed like acres of Christian… stuff.
The blue carpet wasn’t immune from bad stuff. Here we learn that “God intends all believers to be financially secure.” I feel like I might have read somewhere (Philippians?) about “facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Yikes.
OK, on to better news. How could you not love a two-story inflatable Larry the Cucumber in pirate garb? Seriously, look how tiny the people next to it are. Larry was sort of my point of reference– like the North Star, I could always find him and figure out where I was.
Well, there you have it. Here’s a tip though: If you’re renting a central display case at the show, have the web site you’re advertising finished.
- Seeing Bibleman going up the escalator, and then meeting R.C. Sproul on the next escalator
- Final “free books for Jake” count: 11.
- My own bag of Scripture Candy in several varieties.