Today I visited in my lunch break a large local Christian bookshop which stocks pretty much 100% non-Catholic stock, but I have often had pleasant conversations with the owner who is definitely not anti-Catholic. I commended him on having just introduced a series of books (called, if I remember, Christian Classics) which included some that I personally would consider Catholic, like the Imitation of Christ and Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presence of God. We talked about the “treasures” of spiritual writing that have come from the Catholic tradition and “should be shared among all Christians” said the bookshop owner. He was going to buy some Henri Nouwen books, he said. I of course told him I was a Catholic, and a convert from a pretty anti-Catholic background, and he was really interested (probably had never met a convert ), and expressed his abhorrence of anti-Catholicism, and how ashamed he was about it.
Just now he rang me at work and said he had enjoyed our conversation and hoped we would talk more in future. He said he’d been asked to stock Jack Chick comics and wanted me to know he had flatly refused, and found him “downright evil”.
Now folks, what I want from you are some suggestions for other books he might stock in his shop that I could pass on to him, because it’s a chance to broaden the outlook and enrich his customers - and who knows where that could lead?!
I want suggestions of books/authors who are not TOO obviously Catholic, but would be acceptable to his Protestant clientele. So - he wouldn’t be likely to buy Scott Hahn, I don’t think, or books of convert stories, or anything too heavy in the apologist/polemical line.
I’d be grateful for your help, and meanwhile I will put my own thinking cap on. I feel I’ve got my foot in the door, here, and want excuses to keep in touch with this really nice Christian bookshop owner, for the good of the One true Church:D
A Te numquam separari permittas - never let me be separated from You!