I went to a bookshop this afternoon run by an Adventist Church. I only went because I had this feeling I should go. I’d been feeling a bit cheesed off about things, and I had this spiritual sense that I might find something useful.
So I went, and purchased two books, one to do with creativity (I need a bit of a shove to get into writing, which is something I know I should be doing), and the other to do with how to deal with suffering, “The Blessing of Adversity” by Barry C. Black. I didn’t know him from a bar of soap, but it transpired he’s the chaplain of the US senate, according to the blurb on the back cover.
Now normally I wouldn’t go into an SDA bookshop, because of their reputation as anti-Catholic. There was an EG White shelf, which I just wasn’t interested in, and it was not anywhere near as well stocked as a much bigger protestant book shop a few kilometres down the road.
But as I was checking out the book, the girl asked me which church I go to . I said “Catholic” and then which one I attended. I was half expecting an argument, but she just went on to talk about Mr. Barry Black, and how he was rather blunt in his public prayers when all the hoo-haa about the US debt ceiling was going on last year.
So either she was different to other SDA adherents, or they are losing their anti-Catholic edge.
Do I normally shop there? No. It’s only the second time I’ve been. One of the problems in our neck of the woods is that in a city with a population of well over 2 million people and bounded by other urban councils with hundreds of thousands of people, there is only one decent Catholic bookshop. And it is located right in the middle of town, so I and probably many others, can’t get to it easily during or after work hours.
And I did get this sense I should go there. Anyway, I get the feeling the SDA attitude to Catholics and the Catholic church may be softening somewhat.