Bruce on Books

February 6, 2020

This is my attempt to summarise this document:
Bruce, J. (2020). Media Libraries at Stoneycroft Salvation Army.

A. Background.

  1. The Bible won’t fit into Sunday mornings.
  2. Testimonies.
  3. Literacy and biblical literacy: struggle.
  4. Second-language.
  5. Books vs. other media.
  6. Christian films ~ mixed blessing!
  7. Bible paraphrases and comics.
  8. Large print..

B. Potential Aims.

  1. Get inspiring Christian material to: - our church - other Christians - enquirers

C. Potential Issues.

  1. Consider the Old Swan area profile: https://liverpool.gov.uk/media/9959/old-swan.pdf
  2. Reduction in Old Swan bookshops:
    • ten charity shops,
    • Tesco,
    • council library.
  3. Old Swan book clubs.
  4. 3 Christian bookshops in Liverpool:
    • Cathedral,
    • Pauline (Bold Street),
    • Tree of Life (Slater Street).
  5. Christian books available online: Eden, Amazon.
  6. Does our church have a reading culture?
  7. On non-returns.
  8. Low income, less money to spend on books/DVDs.

D. Practical Issues.

  1. Current situation.
  2. Think Child-proofing.
  3. Cost of suitable furniture: hinged cupboards, shelves. 4 x £500 (new); 4 x £100 (2nd-hand).
  4. Mobile book displays to make accessible to ‘main traffic’ to/from hall.
  5. Drop-in tea/coffee. Who is available?
  6. Specific age groups: young kids, school kids, …
  7. How to promote:
    • display at eye-level
    • Sunday service
    • book reviews in monthly bulletin
    • posters outside building
    • Website and Social Media
    • Put in hands.
  8. Promote Christian internet resources.
    • bible.com/videos
    • Lion Handbook
    • beware the weird and bizarre
    • (N.) T(om) Wright
    • J. John