Visit a Christian Bookstore; Help Haiti

I love books. I know you know that if you’ve read the blog
more than once or met me in person. Even when I try to swear off buying books
for a season—”I’ll use the library!” “I’ll not buy a book until
I read every book on my to-be-read shelves” (yes, it’s way beyond a
to-be-read pile)—the resolve only lasts until I enter the next bookstore or see
the next book advertised.
So I’m thrilled to announce a compassionate reason to
visit your local Christian bookstore on Saturday, October 23.
CBA, the Christian Booksellers Association, is hosting
Christian Store Day to celebrate the service Christian stores provide to the
community. The day will “include unique in-store product specials and
appearance from authors and recording artists at a number of CBA retailers,”
according to the website.
But rather than just celebrating themselves, they’ve teamed
up with Compassion International, Operation Christmas Child and World Vision to
raise awareness and funds for continued relief in Haiti. A special CD
compilation will be sold in stores that day to raise money for Haitian relief. The
artists on the CD have donated their royalties for the project, and music
companies are foregoing profits to help support ministries in Haiti.
So you don’t even have to love books to help. Go buy some
music. Show up and let your local Christian bookstore know you appreciate their
business. And I suppose if you’re the type who can actually stay out of a
bookstore, you can simply donate cash directly to Compassion, Operation Christmas Child or World Vision. Me? I’m off to buy a book. (Okay, a lot of books.)


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