I love browsing in Christian bookstores. But more than that, I love being inside a Christian bookstore on the Sabbath. It is just so blasphemous and the Christians who work there have no idea that they are actually breaking one of the Ten Commandments.
Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to visit a Christian bookstore on the Sabbath. It is always fun to see who else is shopping in these stores, what books they are looking at, how the store clerks address people and start up conversations, what other Christian crap these stores sell, and of course what Christian books are popular.
One thing I noticed about the bookstore was that they actually had a section called, “Christian Truth.” It was right next to “Biographies” and “The Apocalypse.” Okay, I’m joking about the Apocalypse section, but the “Christian Truth” section is disturbingly real.
Another thing that I noticed about this particular Christian bookstore was that they actually had non-Christian books too. It is a good thing too, because if it wasn’t for the non-Christian books, they probably wouldn’t have had any non-fiction books. Seriously though, I was surprised to see some mainstream books in this store. More unexpected then that was that I actually found an atheist book in the Christian bookstore.
There was one lone atheist book in a sea of Christian propaganda. I think this is great! I would love to see more atheist books slip into Christian bookstores under the radar. In fact, my wife joked about me opening up a Christian bookstore just so that I could hide atheist books in there and then direct Christians to them.
In any case, I would like to give a huge shout-out to the atheist author who made it into the Christian bookstore. So who is this author? It’s obviously not one of the four-horsemen. If Harris, Hitchens, Dawkins, or Dennett made it in a Christian bookstore, it might just qualify as a miracle. On the opposite side of the atheist pendulum, it isn’t DeBotton, Epstein, or Stedman either.
The winner is: Susan Jacoby for “The Age of American Unreason.” This is an awesome book btw. If you have not read it yet, definitely put it on your list. Hopefully some Christian browsing a Christian bookstore will put it on his or her list too.
What book would you like to see in a Christian bookstore that might realistically be bought by a Christian?