Okay, I’ll admit it. Not long ago I posted (on another blog) a lament that people—Christians included—seem to read less than they used to. And why not? Competition in the form of movies, TV, video games, etc., abound, and there are only so many hours in the day.
But today I’m encouraged. Just last month I attended the annual ICRS
(International Christian Retails Sales) Convention in Orlando, where I
got to connect with lots of other Christians who absolutely adore books.
There were book writers, book sellers, book readers, book publishers,
and lots of media that wanted nothing more than to talk about books.
Does it get any better than that?
True, the ICRS convention is not as big as it used to be, but the
enthusiasm is still there. And, as I am every year, I was excited to
meet and talk with international book buyers and authors. I always find
it beneficial to talk with people from other cultures and get
perspective on what believers in different settings and circumstances
are reading. It seems readers’ tastes are wide and varied, but always
ready for a great story or Bible study to challenge them in their walk
So what about you? Are you encouraged to know that Christian books are still
important enough to draw people from all over the world to see what’s
being written, to order books for their stores, to sign contracts for
new books? If so, how about tossing out some ideas about what you like to
read and why, what you wish you could read and maybe haven’t been able
to find? I, for one, am open to suggestion, as I believe many others who
attended the convention are too.