My love/disdain for Christian Book Distributors
I love Christian Book Distributors. Sort of. I love their books. Well, not all of them, but I love that, in one website, I can find a wide selection of reasonably-priced books (which, of course, are mostly Christian in nature), a fantastic selection of homeschooling texts and materials, fair shipping charges, and the best customer service of just about any large company I’ve encountered.
Since we order from them frequently, they often send catalogues. Reams of catalogues. Homeschooling. Clearance. Children’s Products. Sale. Holiday. Members Only. Every. Conceivable. Occasion. Or. Category. Only the Oriental Trading Company rivals them for catalogue-proliferation.
Actually, most of the catalogues do get perused by someone in our family. However, one of them that gets thrown immediately into the recycle bin is of CBD’s Gift and Home selections. To me, virtually everything in that particular catalogue is the embodiment of the word insipid. It’s full of plush toys (mostly for grownups), resin figurines, Thomas Kinkade paraphernalia, scriptural plaques, woven throws, and Precious Moments “collectibles.” Almost all of these products have on them somewhere, a Scripture verse or reference, or some kind of inherently Christian name, making that lap desk a Christian lap desk. IMO, it gets rather out of control, and devolves into the ridiculous.
What brings this to mind is this: someone found my blog by searching for: “BUY ON LINE CHRISTIAN GLOUTEN FREE PRODUCTS.” What, exactly, would Christian gluten-free products be?? In case CBD wants to start a new line, I suggest:
- A large g.f. cookie with a decoration of: “Congrats on Your Recent Diagnosis” written in g.f. icing, with an appropriate Scripture reference.
- A “Sorry That, Barring a Miracle, You Won’t Get Well Soon” card, complete with, again, an appropriate Scripture verse.
- A resin plaque in the shape of a cross, engraved with “Bless This Gluten-Free Home.”
- A woven tapestry throw, depicting a bountiful Thanksgiving scene, but with sheaves of rice instead of wheat, and a small, dense-looking loaf instead of the puffy, golden, “regular” kind of bread, with, yet again, an appropriate, woven Scripure verse.
Anyone have any other suggestions?