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The first item listed here is a Bible, but this is a such an important forthcoming release we’re putting it on both pages!

The First Nations New Testament

We’ve had a number of people inquire about this item. The release date is now mid-to-late August. The more people who pre-order, the better the price we can offer.

The First Nations Version (FNV) recounts the Creator’s Story—the Christian Scriptures—following the tradition of Native storytellers’ oral cultures. While remaining faithful to the original language of the New Testament, the FNV is a dynamic equivalence translation that captures the simplicity, clarity, and beauty of Native storytellers in English.

This New Testament will be available in both paperback (upper image) and hardcover (lower image) at Canadian list prices of $26.99 and $46.99 respectively.

Sample text:
“The Great Spirit loves this world of human beings so deeply he gave us his Son—the only Son who fully represents him. All who trust in him and his way will not come to a bad end, but will have the life of the world to come that never fades—full of beauty and harmony. Creator did not send his Son to decide against the people of this world, but to set them free from the worthless ways of the world.” John 3:16-17

With First Nations communities nearby in Alderville. Curve Lake and Deseronto, we feel this will be an important resource in our area. Initial orders for this item have been quantity orders, and the more people who pre-order, the better price we hope to be able to obtain from Inter-Varsity Press (IVP).


Jesus and John Wayne
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “toxic masculinity” and wondered what that meant. Or maybe you’re still scratching your head wondering how U.S. Evangelicals rallied around Donald Trump. Or you might be, on a personal level, dealing with patriarchy in the church. Kristin Du Mez (pronounced doo•MAY) has written the book most talked about by pastors and leaders over the past year and it’s now in paperback. $24.99.


NEW FROM CHRISTINE CAINE!

International Paperback Edition 

Sometimes our Christian journey gets a bit off-course! Caine shares humorous, honest, personal stories and scriptural insights to help us get back on track and anchor ourselves in the Lord. Learn what questions we should be asking, nine signs we are drifting, and how to shift from a “what if” to an “even if” faith. 256 pages, from Nelson.


New from Charles Stanley 

When painful trials, unmet needs, or lost dreams assail, do you wonder if God can still be trusted? By understanding who God is and why He does what He does, you can experience His blessings in the face of tragedy and unanswered questions. When you trust Him, you tap into an eternal force that cannot be harnessed by any human constraints.

International paperback edition not for sale in the U.S. – $23.99

Now available in store

Until Unity by Francis Chan

It seems that the church is becoming more and more divided. Why are we failing to love each other—and allowing jealousy and ambition to prevail? Challenging God’s people to come together as one body, Chan encourages us to hate sin, pursue peace, and strive for unity within the church—without compromising holiness or truth. 224 pages, softcover from Cook.

Some of you will remember Paul Willoughby from his roles on 100 Huntley Street and Nite Lite. Don’t Waste Your Pain: The Journey From Hope to Wholeness was birthed in Paul’s heart out of the belief that God won’t waste our pain if we give it to Him. Then, if we do in time He’ll build a bridge over which we can walk into the lives of others so that the grace we receive from Him becomes the grace we are able to give away. Each chapter contains study questions and links to online resources. Well-written and full of personal application, this book is value priced at only $14.99. In-stock.


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Hope by David Jeremiah.


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Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew About the Bible by Michael Bird

■ This makes a great gift for someone just beginning their adventure with the Bible! Scholar, prolific author, and Anglican minister Michael Bird helps Christians understand seven important “things” about this unique book: 240-page paperback.


Sick of religion? So was Jesus.

In this expanded edition of the bestselling The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey asks: Has Christianity missed the point? Was Jesus setting up a new religion or abolishing the entire concept? Have Christians gotten faith in Jesus pretty much right—or all wrong?

Ten years later, thoroughly revised and updated, The End of Religion now includes five entirely new chapters by the author, a new preface, and updates throughout. Join Bruxy Cavey in a dynamic, breath-taking investigation into what Jesus was all about. Find out how twenty-first-century people can live into the subversive spirituality of Jesus.

Jesus lived a scandalous life. Shouldn’t we?

Paperback; reg. $25.99; OUR PRICE $23.99; also available in hardcover.

■ Also available: (re)Union: The Good News for Seekers, Saints and Sinners – Bruxy Cavey – international paperback edition 18.99


Seen. Known. Loved.: 5 Truths About Your Love Language and God, by Gary Chapman, and R. York Moore.

God wants to communicate with you! How can you learn to interpret what he’s saying? Understand the unique language God chooses to converse with you with practical insights for determining the meaning of your conversation with him, feeling his presence, and living in union with him. 96 pages paperback; in-stock; priced for gift-giving $13.50 CDN.


In How (Not) to Read the Bible, pastor and bestselling author Dan Kimball tackles one of the most pressing apologetic challenges of the twenty-first-century church–how do we read and interpret the Bible? Kimball introduces several critical principles to utilize when you open a Bible or read a verse. Then, he looks at five of the most common challenges that arise when people read the Bible today, including: the relationship between science and the Bible, the violence we find in the Bible, the treatment of women in the Bible, the odd and strange commands we find in the Bible, and the Bible’s controversial claim that there is only one way to know God. Kimball highlights several of the most common passages people find objectionable and shows readers how to correctly interpret them.

Click here for a preview of the first chapter.

This makes a perfect gift for that person who has strenuous objections to Christianity.

336-page paperback $24.99


Author spotlight: Joyce Meyer

Pictured are a number of titles from Joyce Meyer all in stock

Quiet Times with God – her new 365 day devotional

Do it Afraid: Embracing Courage in the Face of Fear

specially priced hardcovers (four of six shown) at only $13 which are great for gift-giving

■ not shown; about 30 other titles by Joyce + a few audio books



The third book in the “Simply” series by N.T. Wright, Simply Christian, is now available in paperback. This excellent resources covers all the basics; especially recommended for someone who considers themselves too intellectual or too skeptical for most books about Christianity.



Now available at the store: International paperback edition – not available from U.S. sellers – of the new book by Max Lucado

You’re stronger than you think because God is nearer than you know! He’ll meet you wherever, whenever—in lonely waiting rooms, rehab centers, and convalescent homes. Into all of life’s messes and thorny thickets, he’ll come to you, without hesitation, to lift you up. Lucado demonstrates by walking you through John’s words and Christ’s miracles. 240 pages, paperback from Nelson.


GOD WALK by Canadian author Mark Buchanan was our #1 bestseller for 2020.  This is an international paperback edition from the author of The Rest of God…


Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life by Beth Moore.

International paperback edition; 334 pages; not sold by U.S. vendors. Inspired by the picturesque grapevines of Tuscany, plentiful biblical references ground her study — such as Eden in Genesis and the importance of wine in Revelation — to create an analogy largely based around patience, maturity, and trust for God’s work in each person’s life. Discover faith parallels and human qualities in vines and grapes!


Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say – new from Sheila Walsh.

If you find yourself easily distracted when you pray, here are practical, biblically based tips to help you ignite your conversation with the Lord.

Although Sheila has written many books, she shared that none of her books have impacted her more personally than Praying Women. The new book is a departure from Sheila’s previous books, offering very practical steps to pray in the midst of storms, celebrations, trials and the everyday challenges of life. With her signature honesty, vulnerability, and encouraging spirit, Sheila uses personal stories, extensive research and biblical teachings to show that God is not looking for perfect words when praying or perfect people.


New from N.T. Wright:

In this follow-up to Simply Christian, today’s leading Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and acclaimed author uses the Gospel of John to reveal how Christianity presents a compelling and relevant explanation for our world.

N. T. Wright argues that every world view must explain seven “signposts,” indicators inherent to humanity: Justice, Spirituality, Relationships, Beauty, Freedom, Truth, and Power.

He contends that if we do not live up to these ideals, our societies and individual lives become unbalanced, creating anger and frustration—negative emotions that divide us from ourselves and from God. Using the Gospel of John, Wright shows how Christianity defines each signpost and illuminates why we so often see them as being “broken” and unattainable.

Hardcover, $34.99 list, pre-orders $28.99


We have a number of shorter books which have been rushed-to-press during this time of crisis in which the world finds itself. All these are in-stock today. For a longer read, check out Shelter in God by David Jeremiah.

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We’re completely restocked on nearly 200 titles from Rose Publishing.
• Over 120 laminated pamphlets inform you on every aspect of the Bible and Christianity.
• Almost 80 booklets from June Hunt deal with personal and relational problems which happen in life.
The pamphlets are $5.50 if you buy one, but the prices immediately decrease the more you purchase.
The booklets are $6.75 each.

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worship resources

Know someone who serves in music leadership at a local church? The two paperbacks on the left and right offer different approaches to worship leadership. The hymnbook in the middle contains a number of modern hymns with a rich doctrinal substance. For hardcore keyboard players, We also have the spiral edition of this book.



(re)Union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners by Bruxy Cavey

You’ve got a friend who you’d like to see cross the line of faith. You want to sit down and be able to answer all their questions in a casual, non-threatening manner. Problem is, there’s aspects of your Christian pilgrimage that have left you less than articulate on various core doctrines. If only you had another friend who could join you at the coffee shop to make Christianity make sense.

Enter Bruxy Cavey [KAY-vee] teaching pastor at The Meeting House, an alternative, multi-site congregation in the greater Toronto area described as both “church for people who aren’t into church,” and also as “Canada’s fastest growing church network.” It’s been a decade since his 2007 title with NavPress, The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus.  Since then he’s become more strongly alligned with his tribe, the Brethren in Christ and more identified with pacifist denominations which clearly are a minority in the United States.

Years later, that irreligious message of Jesus turns up in Bruxy’s “The Gospel in 30 Words” which forms the core of the book.


The second book in the series from Skye Jethani – Now Available

A Bestselling 2020 Christian title in the U.S. now IN STOCK:

Every Moment Holy, Volume 1, Pocket Size

…a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life–liturgies such as “A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends” or “A Liturgy for Laundering” or “A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season.” These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice. Includes over 100 liturgies for daily life (including liturgies for meals) in a beautiful leather-bound flex-cover…

Douglas Kaine McKelvey moved to Nashville in 1991 to participate in the early work of Charlie Peacock’s Art House Foundation, an organization dedicated to a shared exploration of faith and the arts. In the decades since, he has worked as an author, song lyricist, scriptwriter, and video director. He has penned more than 350 lyrics recorded by a variety of artists including Switchfoot, Kenny Rogers, Sanctus Real, and Jason Gray…

■ See a complete list of the contents and watch a 90-second video for A Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee.

302 pages Imitation Leather | US Import $34.99

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by authors who are proven,
from publishers we trust,
at prices you can afford.


We support local authors; books below are in-stock:

  • Catherine Hudson is known to many in this area for her My Bark Avenue dog obedience training program. In A Prophet’s Journal she shares visions and images God has given her and others.
  • Allan Connor was a retired missionary living in Port Hope who holds the record for the most sales by a local author at Searchlight for a previous title. Trail Mix is a collection of devotionals originally out by email subscription to friends across Canada.
  • Carol McMurray has been a customer of our store almost since the day we opened. Her book, Melting A Heart of Stone looks at the theme of hardness of heart throughout the Bible. (see image below)
  • Ron Harris is a pastor in Durham Region. His book Not Dressed for the Occasion provides short takes on over 70 different subjects written in a style that’s as fresh as your daily news feed, but with devotional value. (see decription below)
  • Eric Wright‘s novel, Rust Bucket is the 3rd book in the Josh Radley suspense series. We also have several other titles by Eric. He attends Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg.
  • Michaela Peters has released The Sorcerer’s Revenge, a young adult novel that some adults are enjoying as well. Three years ago she was invited to New York to pitch the book as a Hunger-Games-type screenplay.
  • We also have local interest titles by Dr. Lee Beach former pastor of Cobourg Alliance Church, and Peterborough’s Judi Peers (her 10th title) who is well known in this area.
Carol McMurray - Melting a Heart of Stone - revised

Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin is now in its 6th edition.
► You may have friends or even relatives who belong to some of the religious organizations covered, so many of you will want to own a copy for yourself.
► Your church library may want to have a copy on hand.
► This title is usually in stock.
796 pages, hardcover; our price of $33.88 off $37.99 and is cheaper than that website that starts with “A.”


The Subversive Evangelical: The Ironic Charisma of an Irreligious Megachurch is a by Redeemer College professor Peter J. Schuurman. It’s an academic analysis of Bruxy Cavey and The Meeting House church network, published by U. of T. Press, 384 pages, $32.99; our price only $28.99


    “Do you feel lost in a difficult season, wondering, ‘GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?!’ Perhaps you heard God speak, but now He seems silent. Maybe you moved forward in faith, but now His presence is nowhere to be found. Welcome to the wilderness the place between receiving a promise from God and seeing it come to pass.
     But here’s the good news―this is no purposeless wasteland. God uses the wilderness to prepare and equip you for your destiny―that is, if you navigate it correctly…”
     …Check out God Where Are You from bestselling author John Bevere.


► Reg $23.99, our price $21.99.
► From the author of The Harbinger, and current bestseller The Oracle, Jonathan Cahn’s The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times
► Could a mystery from the ancient Middle East have foretold the outcomes of current events more accurately than any poll or expert? Could events that took place nearly three thousand years ago now be determining the course of our world and with it the course of our lives?


Fire Will Strike the Earth

• Now available at Searchlight: A prophetic message translated by local author and former missionary Henry Buchegger.
“In 1984 in Mexico City, the message in this book, written in Spanish on loose-leaf paper, was handed to me by a stranger, urging me to pass it on to as many people who might want it. She offered this message to me freely, and I gladly received it. I took the text home and translated it into English. Based on the Bible, this message is a wake-up call to all of humanity from a loving God. Thirty years ago the message didn’t seem as urgent to me as it clearly is today.”
• …continue reading book summary at this link: http://essencebookstore.com/index.php…
• Paperback, 88 pages, $15.


As more and more people are diagnosed with ADHD, and the internet erodes the attention span of the rest of us, I would expect books which offer smaller bites are an ideal reading retreat in a distracted world. What if there were simply a collection of articles which offered some thought-provoking insights into a somewhat random collection of topics? What if, in your own busyness you could consider a faith-focused subject with a three or four minute investment?

Not Dressed for the Occasion by Durham Region pastor Ron Harris (with Christine Winter) is one such book. The 71 articles are gathered here in a form the author says, “has no beginning and no end.” You can jump in anywhere and read as many or as few as time permits. The articles are somewhat devotional in nature — think something 3 to 5 times longer than Our Daily Bread, or The Upper Room — which allows more space to anchor the reading in more than one scripture text reference. Each piece is clearly written from a pastor’s heart.  Paperback, $17.99, in stock.


New Hardcover Discount Prices

Our price

Increasingly, when you visit our store, you’ll see the words “Our Price” on hardcover books. These discounts are either offered by the store or supported by some of our publishers. They’re not red tags because they’re not part of the Buy-4-get-1-Free offer but they represent our best attempt to remain competitive and save you money on books we are unable to source in paperback at this time. If a hardcover doesn’t have this new pricing, please feel free to ask if it’s possible.