(CNN) -- Georgia Keightley strolled through the religion section at Barnes and Noble in Springfield, Virginia, on Monday searching for a last-minute Christmas gift.
"I'm looking for a book on [the Apostle] Paul for my husband," she said clutching a 15 percent off coupon and lamenting the limited selection.
She would have had better luck if she had been looking for a new take on the Bible -- on the next rack in front of her were three shelves filled with Bibles of various shapes and designs.
Keightley said she and her husband already have five copies of the Bible in their home. Consistently the best-selling book on the planet, publishers are constantly repackaging it to lure new audiences....
This woman should have picked a religious bookstore, I know my church has one located in the building, q.v., Sound Words On line, and I know at least one of the large conservative Churches here in Lincoln also has its own bookstore. Barnes & Noble, can be interesting, and I picked up my copy of "The Bad Popes" from them, but usually, they are not a good source of Christian books.
In my experience, B&N doesn't have much selection in Bibles. Books-A-Million (if you have one) is much better.
Always room for more ... I've been reading the HCSB a little, to see what it's like (review in my blog) and the Life Application Study Bible to see what post-modern Christianity has to offer. It's a strange mix of really helpful outlines, maps, and in-text study tools (their harmony of the gospels system is fantastic) and man-centered, doctrinally neutered study notes. The product of a confused Christian world, I think. They can't decide if it is a serious study tool, or a lightweight "comfort food" kind of reassuring Bible. Trying to be something to everyone, it comes in at over 1000 pages!