Searchlight Christian Resources
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WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Books. We’re located at 884 Division Street in Cobourg which is about halfway between Oshawa and Belleville, just 2 minutes (three quick traffic lights) south of the 401. Our store is a full service Christian Bookstore, that is, we carry everything the big stores have, maybe just not so many copies. We recently celebrated 21 years in Cobourg, but the business history of Searchlight goes back another 20 years before that.
But we’re also a Christian book outlet store. About 80% of the books we receive are red-tagged bargain books, consisting of a mixture of publisher overstock and remainders. That means about half of our sale books are actually still in print at regular price elsewhere. To make the deal even more sweet, we offer an instant rewards program of Buy-4-Get-1-Free (lowest price items in each grouping of five drops out.)
What to expect: Cobourg is a small town, so two aisles at the front, three in the middle and one at the back, BUT our store is packed with books. Specialty areas include fiction, family life, marriage and family issues, apologetics, children’s picture books; and we also have giftware, DVDs, greeting cards, boxed cards and a very up-to-date selection of various styles of Christian music on CD.
PHONE: Give us a call at 905 372 5519 during business hours and we’ll tell you more. Out of area call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.
For those who came looking for directions to the bookstore, or were re-directed from Searchlightbooks.ca here’s a map showing where we are at 884 Division Street (on the east side) in Cobourg. We’re at the front of the building.
We now have a new interchange between the 401 and Highway 45 (Division Street). If you’re coming from the west (i.e. Port Hope, Bowmanville, Oshawa, etc.) watch for exit 474-A, before the bridge. If you’re coming from the east (i.e. Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, etc.) your exit # is the same as it was, 474, but is now also before the bridge.
Also please note the Ontario Ministry of Transport will NOT allow the 401 sign at exit 474/474-A to say “Division Street” because technically the road is “Baltimore Road” at that point. But to those of us who love this place and call it home, it’s Division Street. Trust us.
GPS = 78.1727202,43.9758635,0
3 traffic lights south of westbound 401; 3 traffic lights south of eastbound 401; on left side: 884 Division Street, Unit 102, Cobourg K9A 5V3 Note to website readers in the GTA: Cobourg is about 70 minutes from the DVP/404 and Highway 401.
Spring Store Hours
Monday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Off hours use the contact form below
~ Evenings by appointment ~
Limited handicapped access due to the building design; ramp at north end of sidewalk then please knock on the front window for assistance.
For up to date store info visit us on Facebook, look for “Searchlight Christian Books”
This page also contains our Online Notice Board and Events Listings. (Keep scrolling down to reach that section).
We did it! We listed all of our “staircase” and “red sign” sale titles, of April 1st so you can browse the list before you arrive. This isn’t everything that’s on sale at Searchlight, just the items that are face out for which we had at least 3 copies at the time the list was compiled. To see the list, click the image above or click this link. Remember our motto: Information you need, by authors who are proven, from publishers we trust, at prices you can afford.
Walk up to the counter with 4 books and your two lowest price ones are free. Walk up with 6 or more and we’ll arrange them in price order so that every other one is free. Cannot be combined with our Buy-4-Get-1-Free deal. But that was obvious, right?
Christ’s Story, Footprints, Lord’s Prayer, Serenity Prayer, First Communion… series of bracelets are all back in stock.
Bethany House April 2017 Releases: We’re not a huge market, so some new releases are ordered in small quantities. Best to phone and reserve a copy. There’s no obligation if it’s not what you wanted.
Now available: A new type of music video from the Gaither Gospel Series:
Support Independent Bookstores
Did you know that getting the cheapest deal sometimes isn’t the best deal? At Searchlight, we work hard to keep prices low, but we work even harder to ensure you have an amazing experience with us. We want to see your life changed by God’s power and that’s why we run this bookstore, and quite frankly, that’s something that Amazon, iTunes or Netflix can never offer.
While we too appreciate the convenience and low cost that many big corporate retailers can provide, there are some incredible things that happen when you shop locally. Consider the following:
- We are passionate about transformation and have become experts in the kinds of teaching and music that can bring change in your life.
- The products we sell are filtered before they hit our shelves, and if something isn’t right for your doctrinal perspective, we’ll let you know ahead of time.
- You get to see, touch, feel; interact with the product before you buy.
- We’re also customers. Each of our staff are readers and music buyers.
- We enhance the community, by providing distinctive options in our part of the world.
- We support the local economy, your money stays here in Canada, and we hire local staff and use local tradespeople.
- Surprise! You never know you’ll meet at the store. You never know what resources you’ll find.
- The owners don’t take a salary. No one’s pockets are being lined when you shop here, we just sow everything back into the store. We also frequently bring in products that are 100% fundraisers such as God Enters Stage Left.
Please consider supporting Searchlight as your local Christian bookstore, and encourage others to think about the many benefits of buying local.
|SEARCHLIGHT CHRISTIAN BOOK OUTLET||We’re the store that other stores get their bargain books from! If you’re into Christian books, it’s definitely worth the drive to Cobourg. Over 80% of our book intake is sale priced titles, all of which are hand-picked just for you.|
While other stores like ours are no longer around, somehow we’re still here! If you love books, come for a visit; you never know what you’ll find.
We are an extension of the local Church; the Church in the marketplace.
For church libraries we have a program called 20/200/20 which saves your church money on purchases of 20 in-stock books or $200 worth of in-stock books; or on orders for 20 titles or orders of $200 or more. For our local churches, we have a program called WebMatch which competes aggressively with the best online sellers have to offer.
For book reviews, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on “older entries.”
Store News from our Facebook Page:
Recently we began a trial period of offering fulfillment for orders carts at CBD for those of you who are familiar with them. (Hey, if they’re going to run ads on our website, it seems only fair…)
You can add items to a CBD cart, and then have the order completed by Searchlight. Simply add items and when you’re ready, instead of clearing the order through them, copy and paste the entire cart into an email and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the rest.
Remember, CBD’s shipping cost to Canada is 25% and the current exchange rate on the U.S. dollar at the bank is about 38%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 1.736% higher than what you see on-screen. In some cases, Searchlight everyday pricing may work out cheaper, and if that happens, we’ll give you the lower of the two prices.
Be sure to add a phone number where we can reach you when your order is complete. Also, please note that some CBD specials are limited time offers; let us know if you know that to be the case.
Singer Michael Card has written a series of commentaries on the gospels which are both easy to read and insightful. There’s also a series of music CDs that matches each book. Mention this online note to request an extra 10% off either books or music. (No time limit.) Click this link to learn more.
Although we follow a business model, we consider ourselves one of several parachurch ministries operating in our community. PRAYER is always needed, and while you’re remembering us, pray for these ministries operating in our area:
* Northumberland Youth For Christ / Northumberland Youth Unlimited
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* UCB Radio 90.7
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Mission Canada (Jeff Snow) outreach to UOIT/Durham College
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home (Consecon, Ontario)
* YFC National; Global Engagement (Michele Shutt)
* The Gideons
* Love in Action
* Camp IAWAH (two hours away, but used by area churches for retreats)
For those of you whose browser is indicating you’re almost at the bottom of the page, click here for the Searchlight Christian Events listings.
For the Jesus Music / History of Contemporary Christian Music page at YouTube sponsored by Searchlight, click here.
For Paul’s Twitter feed: Click here.
We have one store only. Lindsay and Brockville locations are closed but if someone is serious about starting a store anywhere in Ontario, please talk to us. If Paul isn’t at the store that day, be sure to leave your contact information.
Occasionally you may see advertising in this space that does not originate with us…