Searchlight Christian Resources  

Searchlight Anniversary

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 (four 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. As of September, we’ve been in Cobourg for 20 years now, 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.) 

Cobourg Store

GPS = 78.1727202,43.9758635,0

4 traffic lights south of westbound 401; 3 traffic lights south of eastbound 401; on left side: 884 Division Street, Unit 102, Cobourg K9A 5V3

Cobourg Ontario


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 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

~ Evenings by appointment ~

Limited handicapped access due to the building design; please knock on the front window for assistance.

For up to date store info visit us on Facebook, look for “Searchlight Christian Books”

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.

This page also contains our Online Notice Board and Events Listings. (Click the banner at the top for all three sections) For those who came looking for directions to the bookstore, or were re-directed from here’s a map showing where we are at 884 Division Street in Cobourg. We’re at the very front of the building.

PHONE: Give us a call at 905 372 5519 during business hours and we’ll talk you through! Out of area call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.


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Click image below to see monthly specials full size:

September 2015 Specials

Heading East of Toronto

Searchlight Chart Summer 2015 B&W

Currently selling quickly: Books about ISIS and related topics.

We have a number of books related to the situation in the Middle East:
** The ISIS Crisis – Charles Dyer & Mark Tobey – Moody Press $16.50
** Killing Christians – Tom Doyle – Thomas Nelson – $19.50
** Rise of ISIS – Jay Sekulow – Howard Publishing $15.50
** No, We Can’t – Robert Stearns – Baker Books – sale $12.99
** The Gods of War – Mike Pearse – IVP Books – sale $8.99
** Ex-Muslim – Naeem Fazal – Thomas Nelson – sale $13.99 (we are currently sold out, but expecting new stock soon)
** The Man Next Door Wears a Dress – Raymond Balland – 12.99
** Is the Father of Jesus the God of Mohammad? – Timothy George – Zondervan $15.99
** Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi – Zondervan $20.99
** Face to Face with Jesus – Samaa Habib & Bodie Thoene – Chosen Books sale $13.99

+ 5 other titles in our biography section.

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.

AHA Detailed Info

With 21,000 YouTube subscribers, Cobourg's DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD

With 28,000 YouTube subscribers and over 4 MILLION views, Cobourg’s DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-track, layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD


New promotional titles:
** God or Godless – 20 Atheist/Christian debates reg. 16.99 now 8.99
** Signature of God – Brennan Manning reg. 17.99 now 9.99
** Success Over Stress – Norman Wright reg 15.99 now 11.49
** 40 Most Influential Christians reg. 17.99 now 8.99
** The Jesus Way – Eugene Peterson reg. 20.00 now 13.99
** Questions of Life – Alpha Course – Nicky Gumbel reg 10.99 now 7.99
** Born to Win – Kevin Leman reg. 16.99 now 8.49
** Queen Esther’s Secrets of Womanhood – Ginger Garrett reg 13.50 now 9.49
** Wake Up Generation – Paige Omartian – reg. 15.99 now 7.99
** You Can’t Take it With You – John Ortberg reg. 10.79 now 5.99
** Loving Your Mother Without Losing Your Mind reg 7.99 now 4.99
** I’m Too Young to be This Old – Poppy Smith reg 13.99 now 7.99
** Heavenly Cat Tales reg. 15.99 now 9.99
** Truly Devoted (dogs) reg 15.99 now 9.99 


Cloud & Townsend – It’s Not My Fault 9.99 (compare at 27.99)
R. T. Kendall – Unashamed to Bear His Name 9.99 (15.99)
Franklin Graham – The Name 9.99 (19.99)
Brennan Manning – The Signature of Jesus 9.99 (17.99)
Karen Kingsbury – Like Dandelion Dust 9.99 (17.99)
John Townsend – Handling Difficult People 9.99 (15.99)
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove – Awakening of Hope 9.99 (16.99)
Mark Galli – God Wins 9.99 (15.50)
Kevin Leman – Way of the Wise 8.99 (17.50)
Kevin Leman – Born to Win 8.49 (16.99)
Thom Rainer – I Am a Church Member 8.49 (16.99)
Thom Rainer – I Will: 9 Traits 8.49 (16.99)
Alpha Course – Questions of Life 7.99 (10.99)
Bill & Pam Farrell – Marriage Code 7.99 (17.99)
David Gregory – Dinner with a Perfect Stranger 7.99 (10.99)
Christianity 101 – James 7.49 (9.99)
Steven James – Story 6.99 (14.50)
Steven James – Flirting with the Forbidden 6.99 (15.50)
Betty Malz – The Glory of Heaven 6.99 (15.50)
Message Bible Studies – Living the Letters: Philippians 6.99 (12.99)
Message Bible Studies – Living the Questions: John 6.99 (12.50)
John Ortberg – You Can’t Take it With You 5.99 (10.79)
Our Daily Bread – Mart DeHaan – Been Thinking About 5.99 (16.99)
Kathy Peel – Busy Couples Guide 5.99 (21.99)
Bartel & Eding – Redeeming Church Conflicts 5.99 (19.99)
Picture Book – Church Signs Across America 5.99 (18.50)
Christianity 101 – Galatians 5.99 (9.50)
Amy Gaither (daughter) – Collections of Wednesday 5.74 (22.99)
Alpha Course – Gospel of John 4.49 (6.99)
Tyndale Publishing – NLT Ministry Ed. 3.99 or less (4.99)
• plus a number of fiction titles and too many 2.99 and 3.99 to list

Wow Hits 2016

AVAILABLE FRIDAY: It’s just days away from releasing…order your copy now of either the regular or deluxe edition of what is sure to be our #1 CD of the year!

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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.

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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.”

For Paul’s blogs visit Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201.

HOMESCHOOLERS: The company that Searchlight gets many of its books from is also the parent company of You can order as little as ONE BOOK, not pay shipping charges when you place the order THROUGH US. Searchlight is able to order materials from the following key homeschool publishers, and nearly 100 others!

homeschool vendors

Not a homeschool parent, but got kids struggling with certain subjects? We can also get you titles from Sylvan Learning Systems and hundreds of other publishers of grade-specific, subject-specific workbooks and supplements. Contact the store by phone or email for more information.

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 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 27%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 60.6% 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.

Our Journal and Notebook sale continues in a new location next to the music department.

We’re getting more copies of NIV LIVE: A BIBLE EXPERIENCE. This is a complete Bible on audio CDs using a huge dramatic cast. The regular price is $152.99 CDN, and these two copies are on sale for $89.99.

BEYOND BOUNDARIES by Henry Cloud and John Townsend is the sequel to the popular Boundaries book. We now have hardcover copies at half price; reg. $29.99 on sale for $14.99.

– Reinstate closeness appropriately with someone who broke your trust
– Discern when true change has occurred
– Reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships
– Create a safe environment that helps you trust
– Restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic

Michael Card - Biblical Imagination Series - IVPSinger Michael Card has written a series of commentaries on the gospels which is 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.

Custom greeting cards are now available for only $7.50 — Email or drop off a picture along with what you want printed either beside, under or above the picture. The cards are blank inside and come with a quality matching envelope. Sample artwork:

Happy custom sample

Searchlight has You And Me Forever by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan. Unlike other marriage books, this one looks at the spiritual nurture of a couple; building into a marriage with eternity in mind. Not all Christian bookstores have this title because of the distribution arrangement, but we have paperback copies and can reorder as needed. There’s also a hardcover available which makes a great wedding gift..


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:

* UCB Radio 90.7
* Northumberland Youth For Christ
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home
* The Gideons
* Love in Action

DAVID WESLEY is known worldwide, with over 28,000 YouTube followers and over 4 MILLION video views. Now you can own his new album BASEMENT PRAISE on CD for only $14.99 available at Searchlight. Also read his cover story in Northumberland Go magazine, click here. .

Make a day of it in Cobourg: Here’s the town’s official tourism website, and the municipal website. (And two for neighbouring Port Hope: tourism, municipality.)

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, click here.

For Paul’s Twitter feed: Click here.

Our Brockville location is now closed.

Occasionally you may see advertising in this space that does not originate with us…

Christian Events in South Central Ontario

The Church Works Best When We Work Together

Welcome to the Events section (part two) of our online service to our customers and friends.  This page IS KEPT CURRENT, ignore the posting date. Click the header to see the rest of the site. Searchlight Christian Resources is located at 884 Division Street, Unit 102 in Cobourg, Ontario. K9A 5V3

Searchlight Anniversary Books

 Coming Events from our Searchlight Christian Books page on Facebook:

CANADIAN CHRISTIAN BUSINESS FEDERATIONThe CCBF invites all business men and women to breakfast at 8:00 am (to 9:30) at the Buttermilk Café, the first Saturday morning of every month. Connect with other Christian men and women involved in business or other professions to meet and discuss business leadership from a Christian perspective. The only cost is the price of your breakfast. For more information please visit  

not to be confused with:

FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN’s FELLOWSHIP – Breakfast 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cobourg Best Western Hotel. $12. For info call 905 438 1191.


• CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Ongoing program for people dealing with hurts, habits and hangups at The Salvation Army. Tuesdays at 6:30. Running now.
• DIVORCE CARE – A 13 week program designed to help you recover from the pain and separation of divorce. There is a $20.00 charge to cover the cost of the workbook. Starts Monday, Sept. 14 at Fellowship Baptist. 7 PM.
• DIVORCE CARE FOR KIDS (D4K) – A special group to help children age 5-12 heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of the parents. Runs concurrent with the above. Free.
• SINGLE AND PARENTING – For adults raising children on their own. There is a $20.00 charge to cover the cost of the workbook. Fellowship Baptist, Mondays starting Sept. 14. 7 PM.
• GRIEFSHARE – For those who have lost a loved one; covers Biblical teaching on Grief & recovery topics. Fellowship Baptist, starting Sept. 14 at 7 PM.
For more information call the respective churches listed above.


An information meeting is planned for Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Salvation Army, 59 Ballantine St. (This is the street that runs west off Division across from our store.) 9 people are needed for the coordinating teams. If you want to contact Gloria, send us an email and we’ll forward it, or contact the participating Better Together churches.

Created to Create Fall 2015

Sky Family

Wednesday, October 7th, The Sky Family’s Celtic Revival comes to Brighton, Ontario for their only concert in this area at Evangel Pentecostal Church, 7:00 PM. No set admission, but a love offering will be taken.

Thursday, October 15, 2015; 7:00pm
Writers of modern Hymns ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘The Power of The Cross’ and more.
Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Rossland Road East, Oshawa. Tickets ($35) are available now at or the Church Office 905-433-2960.

Support These Locally Owned Businesses

** Herb’s Plumbing — For home and business plumbing and heating needs- 905 372 8344

** Don Bickle Electric — For residential and commercial electrical needs — 905 342 3200

** Penzoil & Skylight Car Wash — Home of the ten minute oil change! Division Street, Cobourg — 905 377 9632

** Creative Carpentry — Kitchens, baths, decks, small renovations. — 905 377 9318

Got old TV sets, telephones, speakers or computers lying around? You can reduce e-waste and support Silverworks Youth Centre and Northumberland Youth For Christ at the same time. Bring your electronic assortment to the Cobourg Canadian Tire weekdays from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Bibles for Missions

Cobourg’s BIBLES FOR MISSIONS Thrift Store is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the old Dollarama store in the shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W. Volunteers and donations of gently used clothing, toys, small appliances, housewares, etc., are needed on an ongoing basis.  (289) 252-2299

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Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centre offering a wide range of programs and services throughout Northumberland County.  For more  info please call 905 373 4575 or visit 700 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

SEARCHLIGHT ON FACEBOOK — Check out our SEARCHLIGHT FACEBOOK PAGE. This page is keeping our regular customers aware of major new releases as they arrive on the sales floor, as well as special promotions. (More people visit us on FB each week than come to this page, but the info is often different on each.) To “friend” our page, simply click “like”! When you’re logged into Facebook, search for “Searchlight Christian Books.”

HOMESCHOOLERS: The company that Searchlight gets many of its books from is also the parent company of You can order as little as ONE BOOK, not pay shipping charges when you place the order THROUGH US. Searchlight is able to order materials from the following key homeschool publishers, and nearly 100 others!  Note: They changed this website in Spring, 2015; use the drop-down menu to select the subject area you wish to search, i.e. Math, etc.

homeschool vendors

Not a homeschool parent, but got kids struggling with certain subjects? We can also get you titles from Sylvan Learning Systems and hundreds of other publishers of grade-specific, subject-specific workbooks and supplements. Contact the store by phone or email for more information.

LOVE IN ACTION COOKBOOK AVAILABLE — Love In Action is a group of Christian women who show God’s love by serving others through tangible acts of kindness, both at home and abroad. Contact us for more information on how to connect.

Individual, Marriage and Family Counselling
“Helping people with life’s most precious relationships”
The Cobourg office is now closed; former and prospective
clients may contact Winnie through the Belleville office:
200 Dundas Street East, Belleville

Telephone: (613)-848-7698

Toll-free: 1-866-292-3223

Fax: (613) 475-2820
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RADIO GUIDE — Pick up a print copy of the Cobourg radio guide at the store.

88.3 — FAMILY LIFE NETWORK (Buffalo, NY)

89.3 — LIFE 100 (repeater station in Peterborough, ON)

90.5 — FAITH BASED NEWS/TALK in Peterborough; click here to listen online

90.7 — UCB COBOURG — This is a freestanding UCB station with a different schedule from Belleville.

99.5 — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY)

100.3 — LIFE 100 (Barrie main signal)

102.3 — UCB  (Belleville, ON)

104.9 — KLOVE

970 (AM) — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY) AM simulcast of FM station.

1250 (AM) — JOY 1250 (Toronto)

For even more Christian music from around the world, direct your computer browser to and select a country and then select Christian as the broadcast format.


[Note: Plan now to get your kids into a midweek event this fall.]

COBOURG: If you have younger kids, Wednesday is “the” night. Check out AWANA at Fellowship Baptist and KidZone at Church on the Hill. For Junior High age kids, consider RIOT at Cobourg Alliance or CHAOS at Church on The Hill on Tuesdays. For High School teens, The Crave at Church on the Hill has events on Tuesdays and Fridays. Both Port Hope and Cobourg have chapters of Created 2 Create, sponsored by Northumberland Youth For Christ.

PORT HOPE:  Grace Missionary Church has a program for younger kids on Wednesday nights; contact the church for details.

S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Soon to enter our 21st YEAR IN COBOURG — Over 80% of our book intake is (a) publisher overstock and (b) remainder books.   Each title is hand-picked.   Despite this, with the other 20% we’re still able to stock almost all of the Top 100 Christian Fiction and Top 100 Christian Non-Fiction titles. Our marriage and family section is huge, and our “house specialty” is apologetics!  Click here for some current specials.


If a search engine brought you directly to the page “The Events” URL, click here to see the other half of Searchlight Events including store hours and directions.   Scroll down past this point. 

Please note that some advertising you see here may not originate with Searchlight Books or Thinking Out Loud blog network.

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Searchlight is two stores in one: A full service Christian bookstore AND a Christian book outlet store! We're at 884 Division Street in Cobourg (the Highway 45 exit) just four quick stoplights south of Highway 401. We're open 10 AM to 5 PM (hey, it's a small town) weekdays and 10 to 4 on Saturday. Not local? Call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.
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