Thinking Out Loud

July 23, 2017

Christian Books in Europe

I didn’t get to see any Christian books on display in Hungary or Austria, but in Germany and the Czech Republic we found numerous titles. Here’s a gallery of covers, and yes, I realize what follows may seem in contrast to the religious stats for the Czech Republic I shared yesterday. I offer no explanation for this, but I am told Amazon has not impacted bookstores there as it has here; it’s growth has been in other areas such as clothing and fashion accessories. Let’s begin:

One Czech store had The Case for Christ and The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel…
while most had The Case for Faith
The only fiction author I could find was Wm. Paul Young, whose books were heavily stocked in both countries. These are also Czech…
…while back to German for a moment, The Shack movie was playing in downtown Vienna

Back to Prague, C. S. Lewis was in the religion section of every store, though one had a rather large display; the picture is not upside-down, remember this is Europe and the spines of books are printed the opposite way to North America and the UK.
There were videos as well. Bouncing back to Regensburg, this picture shows To Save A Life, Do You Believe, and Voiceless in German.
as well as God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young — er, better make that Sarah Youngova in the Czech Republic.

This perfectly out-of-focus picture — and I hadn’t touched any beer at this point in the day — was assumed by me to be The Pilgrim’s Progress.
This one was a double win; a book by G. K. Cherston on St. Francis
This one by Larry Crabb is the only one for which I can’t think of the title right now. My wife and I have the same make and model of smartphone, but pictures on mine are always blurry.
Two titles by Henri Nouwen
John Eldredge’s The Utter Relief of Holiness.

For every one of these there are dozens and dozens of books I didn’t recognize. Most of them appeared to be more serious examinations of Christian life and doctrine. Not a Five Love Languages anywhere in sight.

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