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Open FIVE days a week for parking lot (curbside) pickup. Limited hours: 11:00 – 3:00.

Week of June 1st:  Mondays didn’t work out. So we’re down to five days a week, just like when we opened in 1995. Open 11:00 – 3:00 for curbside pickup only. We will not be returning to wide open shopping next week.

► If you would like the June/July/August copy of Our Daily Bread included in your pickup, please let us know when ordering.

  • There is no admittance to the store. You’ll have to call ahead (905 372 5519 or email) to request the things you’re seeking, and then call again from the parking lot.
  • For this reason, we may need to keep calls short.
  • Initially, we will only be processing VISA and MasterCard sales. No cash. No cheques. No gift cards.
  • No individual card sales; no Bible cases or covers.
  • Our opening time is going to stay at 11:00 for the present time.
  • Please note that our rent, electricity, insurance and telephone costs continued to accrue even when we were not paying staff. We’re hoping that you’ll support us and help us bounce back from this crisis.
  • You may continue to contact us via email: searchlightbooks@gmail.com
  • During this time we are not processing returns, exchanges, or accepting Christian Salvation Mission donations. No exceptions.
  • For our re-opening newsletter with more details click this link
  • For even more information about our 2nd week of curbside pickup, click this link.

• Searchlight Christian Resources •

• Cobourg, Ontario •

• 905 372 5519 •

WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Resources. We’re located at 884 Division Street in Cobourg (a town 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’ve been 24½ years in Cobourg, but the business history of Searchlight goes back another 20 years before that.

We’re also a Christian book outlet store. About 75% 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 which makes us a small town store. Two aisles at the front, three in the middle and one at the back. However, 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 website is simply a random, representative sample of what we carry.

New to the area and checking out local churches? Visit our Local Church Directory. If that leaves you with questions, drop by the store and ask!

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PHONE: Give us a call at 905 372 5519 during business hours and we’ll tell you more. Out of area call us 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 (red X at bottom) at 884 Division Street (on the east side) in Cobourg. We’re at the front of the building.

Taking the 401? From points west (Port Hope, Bowmanville, Oshawa, etc.) take exit 474-A. From the east (Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, Kingston, etc.) take exit 474 and turn left. Baltimore road becomes Division Street. The blue line on the map below is Highway 401.

Searchlight Map

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 east of the DVP/404 and Highway 401. Searchlight offers more maps per website than any other bookstore.

Cobourg Ontario

See above note re. current hours which are always variable at this time.

~ Evenings, Wholesale Customers and Church Shopping Nights 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
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This is a non-commercialized, non-transactional website. What follows is here to give you an idea of the flavour of our store in the hope you will visit in person.

Please note that 2020 is our final business year, unless the business is sold. Watch Facebook or sign up for our newsletter for ongoing promotions.


3rd Week of Re-opening | Remembering Ravi Zacharias (May 25th): Click here.

2nd Week of Re-opening (May 18th): Click here

Re-opening information Newsletter (May 12): Click here

Latest pre-Easter Newsletter (April 8): Click Here

Lots of Advance Notice Store Closing Announcement (Jan 13): Click Here


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Everything below this line is as it applied before the store was shut down.

Prices and promotions listed will be extended into whatever time period allows for customers to physically browse the store.


Jerusalem Assassin display ad

Fiction

Joel Rosenberg is back with book # 3 in the Marcus Ryker series, The Jerusalem Assassin. This is an international paperback edition not available from U.S. sellers.


Seeing Jesus from the East - Display Ad

As with so many of you, we were so sorry to learn of the passing of Ravi Zacharias.

Seeing Jesus from the East by Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray is available in a lower priced international paperback edition not available from U.S. vendors. Click here for my review of the book.


Epic - Tim Challies - display ad

Canadian author Tim Challies continues his collection of books on tougher subjects for people who aren’t normally, using visual imagery to bring the material to life. This time it’s church history, but as you’ve never read it before. Epic is releasing in paperback. This title is now in-stock. Click here to read Paul’s review.



Lynn Austin - If I Were You -quote

Fiction readers:

Don’t miss out on the latest historical fiction novel by
Lynn Austin, If I Were You.
Preorders being taken for mid-June release.

From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award–winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.  This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.


7 More Men - Eric Metaxas - Endorsement

Now available: In 7 More Men and the Secrets of Their Greatness, Eric Metaxas looks at reformer Martin Luther, evangelist Billy Graham, inventor George Washington Carver, Salvation Army founder William Booth, author Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn, preacher George Whitefield, and Sgt. Alvin York. There’s no paperback this time, so reg. $33.50; our  price $26.99. Click here to read Paul’s review of the book.


Books for people who like to think!
Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning – Bruce Miller – Making your church a place of grace. 23.99 website sale 19.99 **
Paul: A Biography – N. T. Wright – Beyond theology, a look at Paul’s life itself; what shaped him. Int’l Paperback Edition 24.99
The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Grace – Tim Keller – A look at Jonah, Jesus and the Prodigal Son – hardcover – in-store $23.99
Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World – Abdu Murray – Vice President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) – Int’l Paperback Edition 19,99
**Ask for the website special on this title.


Limited Quantity Specials for Women:
[] The Fringe Hours – Jessica Turner (time management tools; author of Stretched Too Thin) Reg. 18.99; Sale 6.99
[] The Beauty of Grace – Dawn Camp (stories of God finding us and loving us) Reg.18.99; Sale 9.99
[] Extending the Table (global cuisine cookbook with the enticing flavors of 90 countries) Limited spiral bound edition; Reg. 34.99; Sale 14.99
[] A Woman After God’s Own Heart – Elizabeth George (tools you need to live out God’s priorities) Reg. 18.99; Sale 13.99


Writers for a new generation of readers:
Own the Moment: How to Live a Spiritual Life in a Secular World – Carl Lenz (pastor to Justin Beiber) – reg. 22.00; sale 9.99
Radical Forgiveness: God’s Call to Unconditional Love – Brian Zhand – reg. 22.99; sale 11.99
Jesus is For You: Stories of Relentless Love – Judah Smith – hardcover gift book; reg. 18.50; sale 11.99
(re)Union: The Good News for Seekers, Saints and Sinners – Bruxy Cavey – international paperback edition 18.99
***Email, leave a comment on Facebook, or call 905 372 5519 to reserve a copy***


Great little gift books:
The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage – Lee Strobel – hardcover – reg. 18.50; sale 9.99
Water Walking: Discovering and Obeying Your Call to Radical Discipleship – John Ortberg – reg. 15.99 sale 9.99
Prayers and Promises for a Hurting World – 184 pages of refreshing inspiration and encouragement. Reg. 8.50; Sale 4.99
Seven Secrets of a Meaningful Life – David Housholder – Reg. 20.99; Sale 8.99; Website Special 7.44
Seven Secrets of a Meaningful Marriage – Dan & Linda Wilson – Reg. 20.99; sale 8.99


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.


Perhaps you have noticed this large beautiful palette wall cross hanging between the windows of our store with a reminder from Psalm 46: Be Still and Know That I Am God. Measuring approx. 18″ x 30″ it bears a list price of 74.99 and was on sale 67.99, but with just this one left, it can be displayed in your home for only 62.99.


Little Words Matter: small hands board book series.

We have 4 of Prayers for Bedtime and 2 of Bible Storybook still available. Reg. $13.99; sale $9.88. Ages 3-6.


Puzzle-mania continues. These two are only 500-pieces, but very, very challenging! One of each left in stock.


Jeremy Camp - I Still Believe - Book

I  Still Believe by Jeremy Camp is the name of (a) a compact disc, (b) a recently released feature film, (c) a paperback book, or (d) all three?

The answer is all three! In the book, Camp recounts his impoverished childhood, rebellious teenage years, spiritual awakening, the tragic loss of his newlywed wife, and his second chance at love. Jeremy’s journey refined his faith—and will give you reason to hope in God. Revised edition features cover art from the movie.

NOW IN STOCK


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Available in your choice of paperback or hardcover:

The Faith of Queen Elizabeth: The Power, Grace and Quiet Strength Behind the Crown offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Her Majesty’s Christian faith. Drawing on historical archives, royal biographies, and accounts of interactions with historic figures such as Winston Churchill, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, and Margaret Thatcher, award-winning author Dudley Delffs uses them as brushstrokes to create a stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth unlike any other. As entertaining as The Crown, and as refreshing as a cup of tea, this book gives a greater understanding and a deeper appreciation of the spiritual legacy of the world’s most famous woman.


City on the Hill - Mark Hall - Matthew West

Based on the song of the same name, Mark Hall of Casting Crowns teams up with Matthew West for City on the Hill, a beautifully illustrated rhyming book for 4-10 year olds explaining the concept of the church as the body of Christ and the unique gifts each of us contributes. Hardcover reg. $23.99; sale $12.99 while they last.


God Greed and The Prosperity Gospel

We carry books across a wide spectrum of Christian theology and opinion… As his faith in Christ deepened, Costi Hinn, nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn, found himself questioning his family’s practices. This insider view from the once heir-apparent of one of the world’s leading prosperity dynasties offers a thoughtful perspective on the perils of greed, the power of the true gospel, and hope for the future of the church. 224 pages, paperback from Zondervan. Read how truth overwhelms a life built on lies.


Reg. $19.99; Sale $6.99. Yes! Seriously!

We have a limited number of copies of this out-of-print book by popular author Lysa TerKeurst. Orig. list price $16.50; now $9.99.


Eldredge - Get Your Life Back Website

NOW IN STOCK


MUSIC: On your PC or laptop computer, click the image above to see the album covers full size.

(Left to right: Lauren Daigle, Casting Crowns, Zach Williams, SOZO Christian Hits, Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me, Hillsong, Top 25 Praise Series, Newsboys United, Casting Crowns, Gaither Vocal Band, Bethel Worship, Phil Wickham, King and Country, Leeland.)


While we sell more NLT and NIV Bibles overall, if you saw the beauty of this King James (KJV) Giant Print Bible, you’d understand why it’s our bestselling KJV edition. Features include easy-to-carry size, red letter text, indexing, ribbon, concordance, 14-point type, and maps; plus more, all for only $48.99.


Stormie Omartian: Out of Darkness

Hardcover Book; reg. $34.99; now on sale for $8.99

You’ve read her “The Power of a Praying” books; now read her story. Rescued from a childhood marred by physical and emotional abuse, Stormie Omartian has a burning desire to tell hurting people that there is a way out of their pain. A testimony of healing and triumphant faith. Includes 16 pages of photos.


Devotions for Sacred Parenting: All the wisdom from the book of the same name in bite-size daily or weekly portions.

Reg. $21.99; Sale $15.49

Gary Thomas, bestselling author who has sold 1.3 million books, approaches parenting with the same idea as he approaches marriage in his flagship book: God designed this relationship to make people holy, not just happy. This updated and expanded edition takes a timeless message to new readers.


New from controversial author Greg Boyd:
Inspired Imperfection: How the Bible’s Problems Enhance Its Divine Authority

For years, conservative scholars and pastors have tried to prove that the Bible is without errors. By examining the mistakes and contradictions, Boyd presents a counter-intuitive thesis. He argues that these supposed inaccuracies actually support the trustworthiness of Scripture because they show that God used fallible humans to communicate timeless truth—as in Jesus’ life also. 213 pages, softcover from Fortress Press.



Stuck in quarantine? We are a dealer for Cobble Hill puzzles. We also carry D-TOYS puzzles and Vermont Christmas Company (no, they’re not Christmas themed) puzzles for your consideration. Our biggest sellers are the 1,000-piece images and still have more than two dozen different puzzles in-stock.


These two Random House hardcovers will appeal to very different audiences, but both are back in stock. Reg. $31, our $27.99
Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz — understanding the seven titles given to the Holy Spirit.
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer — “Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”


Two great deals from popular author Sheila Walsh.

The Longing in Me (a study on the life of David)
Reg. $19.99; sale $8.99
In The Middle of the Mess (breaking down defenses that keep God from meeting your deepest hurts)
Reg. $21.00; sale $14.44


From the author of the Sensible Shoes series,
Sharon Garlough Brown:

In Remember Me, as artist Wren Crawford struggles with depression and loss, Katherine Rhodes becomes her companion in sorrow. While Wren works on painting the stations of the cross, Katherine writes a series of letters, reflecting on the meaning of Christ’s suffering and sharing the story of how she found hope. Includes a devotional guide with full-color art. 144 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity. Our everyday price only $24.99


Spiritual Rhythm

Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul
by Canadian author Mark Buchanan
Zondervan Hardcover; Reg. $21.99 now on sale for $11.99

Mark Buchanan believes that your spirit grows depending on what season you’re in. Using the four seasons–winter, spring, summer and fall as living parables, Buchanan explores what each has to offer with biblical insight and pastoral experience. Discover what season your heart is in, and find the rhythm in your spiritual walk.


Best price anywhere! You asked for a deal on this and we listened!

992 pages

The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.

An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:

  • What is the purpose of the New Testament?
  • What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?
  • What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?
  • What really were the Gospels?
  • Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?
  • As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?

In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity. 

| Local sales only – No shipping |

| Only 10 copies will be sold at this price |

| One per household/customer |

| Deposit required |


The Bible Beginners series from Scripture Gift Mission contains 5 books. Purchase any combination of two, three, four or five books and enjoy “cheaper as they go” pricing.


 Unstoppable by Christine Caine is regular $19.99;  we have four copies at $11.99. “People of faith are lined up in lanes all over this globe, batons in hand, running the race that matters most in this world – the divine relay!”


Reintroducing a popular offer:

Joyce Meyer’s A New Way of Living: Transform Your Life by Knowing Christ
60-minute DVD, sold elsewhere in the store in different packaging at $29.99,
this helpful message is available in this format for only $11.99
including a free 80-page book … Just a few left!


Looking for a wholesome family-friendly film? Check out our DVD department. These also make great gifts.


For fans of Brian Doerksen: We’ve secured a supply of the new Shiyr Poets CD, Volume Three not sold in most Christian bookstores. This side project from Brian features the Psalms set to music, this one is Psalm 21 to Psalm 30. Buy the entire set and take $1 off each.


Paperback; 192 pages; reg. $18.99; sale $6.99

After accepting his new position, salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock is ordered to shut down his dilapidated country church, which boasts a dozen members and a mortgage well beyond its means. Instead, he challenges his parishioners to risk it all to welcome refugees and revive their community!

One reader wrote:

I found the true story of the All Saints Episcopal Church even more inspiring than the fictionalized one in the movie. It’s less dramatic and more complicated, to be sure, but it is a powerful story of becoming one congregation across language, culture, and class barriers.

Read Paul’s review of the book at this link.


NOW 50% OFF

Still a few left: 2020 Dayspring Wall Calendars. Beautiful 12 x 12 glossy images with scripture text. Were $20.99. (Not all styles illustrated may be available.)


Among the best selling items in the store are these board books for little ones. $10.99 – $12.99. Many of them also have a corresponding larger picture book for older children, $19.99 – $21.99. These are constantly being restocked and are located in both our children’s book area and our children’s gift area.



Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name by Max Lucado is a sort of “Greatest Hits” collection of Max’s writing. Excerpts from previous books have been skillfully woven together to create a master timeline of events in the life of Christ. The International Paperback Edition we sell is not available from U.S. sellers. $21.99 list; $17.99 for pre-orders. Call, email or leave a message on Facebook to reserve a copy.


 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!


Ten Minutes in the Word
hardcover gift/devotional books
3 titles to choose from; all currently on sale.
Psalms | Proverbs | John

 DVD • $25.99


Available: Save 50% 60%
Living Amazed (hardcover) — Reg. $24.99; sale $12.49 now only $9.99

James Robison has seen the power of God in his life, from the humblest of beginnings through his worldwide television ministry as host of LIFE Today. He has influenced church and world leaders for five decades. Now he shares his remarkable life story and invites you to be inspired, be empowered, and live amazed at how God can use you.


Why should the children have all the good Bible stories? Apparently enough adults spoke up and The Jesus Storybook Bible — in which “every story whispers His name” and points to the coming Saviour — is now available in an adult, text-only edition titled The Story of God’s Love For You. We have this in paperback, hardcover and leather gift edition along with four different editions of the children’s version.


Only $24.99 DVD

Customers: Here is a note regarding the R-rating:

From FOX News:

The one thing the producers of the movie “Unplanned” had not planned on was the film getting an R rating…It seems pretty odd that a movie with no foul language, no gratuitous sex, no violence, no naked bodies, no wild shootings or car chases racking up dead bodies and mangled vehicles would get a rating equal to movies like “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Die Hard.” … According to its website, the MPAA rates a move R because it “contains some adult material,” and, that “parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”

See also this article.


Carol McMurray - Melting a Heart of Stone - revised

LOCAL AUTHOR

From Cobourg’s Carol McMurray

Melting a Heart of Stone provides a biblical examination of the phenomena of anger, bitterness, and hardness of heart throughout history, delving into its root cause, negative effects, and the only possible solution. God is seeking those who through humility and repentance are willing to exchange their heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Paperback from Word Alive Press $11.99


Jonathan Cahn - Oracle

The Oracle by Jonathan Cahn author of The Harbinger

Jonathan Cahn takes the reader on a journey to find the man called the Oracle. One by one each of the Jubilean mysteries will be revealed through the giving of a vision. Discover the ancient scrolls that contain the appointed words that have determined the course of world history from the onset of modern times up to our day. The revelation is so big that it will involve and open up the mysteries of everything and everyone from Mark Twain to Moses, from King Nebuchadnezzar to Donald Trump, from the fall of empires to the rise of America, from a mystery hidden in a desert cave to another in an ancient scroll, from the palace of the Persian Empire to the US Senate, from the Summer of Love to the Code of Babylon, and much, more.


Now in stock on DVD; our price $24.99…


Based on John Bunyan’s epic masterpiece, The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most popular books of all time, and one of the most important stories of our faith! Second to the Bible in total copies and translations, the story was written by John Bunyan, a pastor imprisoned for sharing his faith. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult. Recommended for ages 8 and up.



Defying Jihad by Esther Ahmad and Craig Borlase

 It was the final chance to win not only the love of Allah, but the love of her father. Esther took a deep breath and raised her hand in the air. At the age of eighteen, she had just volunteered to become a suicide bomber. Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights before she was to leave forever, she had a dream… (paperback from Tyndale House Publishing)


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.” 



Do Your Children Believe: Becoming Intentional About Your Family’s Faith and Spiritual Legacy by Terence Chatmon (Thomas Nelson, 2017)
■■ Best price anywhere: $3.99 CDN ■■

As parents, we all want our children to enjoy a vibrant relationship with Christ. But how many of us have a concrete discipleship plan? In this practical study of intergenerational faith, some step-by-step guidance for how to lay a spiritual “track” in front of the fast-moving train of family life.


The Subversive Evangelical: The Ironic Charisma of an Irreligious Megachurch is a by Redeemer 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.


► We have a terrific deal on Tim Keller‘s bestselling title, The Prodigal God.
► Paperbacks, reg. $17.00 on sale for $8.99 or take a 3-pack for only $23.99.
► We also have hardcovers missing dust jackets for only $12.00.
► Using his characteristic intellectual approach to faith issues, Keller uncovers an unexpected message in the familiar–and often misunderstood–New Testament parable.


Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? by Tom Doyle. Reg. $19.99; Now $14.99
■ A staggering number of Muslims were first introduced to Jesus through a vision or dream so powerful they eventually turned from their lifelong religion of Islam and embraced Christ as their Saviour. Despite living in a culture where converting to Christianity can result in execution, these former Muslims have found the hope, peace and inspiration that comes from knowing Christ. Their stories will amaze you.


Prayer Cubes

Prayer Cubes are a fun — as in don’t take this practice too seriously — novelty product. You roll the prayer cube and pray the cube which comes up on top. The most popular of the three styles is “Mealtime Prayers.” The prayers themselves are okay, it’s just that “rolling the dice” isn’t how most of us want to approach talking to God. This also makes a great gag gift for the academic or theologian whose idea of prayer is slightly more scholarly…
…And they’re only $2.99.


■ NFL Football is back! This makes a great gift for a guy!
■ Reg. $23.99; Now only $12.99
Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African American coach. What does it mean to be a man of significance in a culture that doesn’t offer many positive role models? Now a commentator for the NFL, in Uncommon Tony offers lessons he’s learned from his parents, career, mentors, and journey with God.
■ 266 pages, Tyndale House Publishing


ESV Value Edition.
Reg. $27.99. Or so they said. One of our suppliers totally and completely misrepresented the “value” of this value edition. So we’re putting these on for sale at $18.99, taking the hit on them and paying the difference out of our own pockets to make them a true comparative “value.” This is ideal if you’d like to own a copy of the ESV text for comparison purposes but don’t wish to buy a leather-bound edition or the study edition.


    “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.


► Supplier offer at par to the U.S. price! Normally $23.99, we can still offer it at only $16.99.
► 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?


Taking a trip? When loading up the car don’t forget audio books. These are all unabridged; at least 25% off the list price. Also great for daily Toronto-bound commuters, or long-haul truckers.

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SEARCHLIGHT COMPLETE GAME INVENTORY


Table Games:
• Rummikub
• Rummikub Large Tile Edition
• Triominoes
• Word for Word
• Canadaopoly
• Scopa
Card Games:
• Rook
• Dutch Blitz
• Re•Word•Able
• Xactika
• Loot
• Church WIndows
Christian Games:
• Decalogue (The Ten Commandments Game)
• Scattegories Bible Edition
• Chapter and Verse
• Bible Snap
• Faith and Redemption
Jigsaw Puzzles:
• Vermont Christmas Company
• Cobble Hill
• Potter Puzzles
• D-Toys
…Each of these is currently in stock at the store.


Bookmarks - Gallery

We love these little laser-engraved cherry wood bookmarks because our staff chose the captions themselves; in other words, you cannot buy these anywhere else!

15/16” X 5 1/4” – $4.99.


Nicky and Sila Lee can literally say they wrote the book on marriage! The Marriage Course is an extension of The Alpha Course and another Nicky, Alpha founder Nicky Gumbel, wrote the intro to the book based on the course.

Above are the original book cover (the blue one) and the current one which retails for $21.50 CDN. We have several of the first one and they’re on sale for $17.99. 20 Chapters, 4 Appendices.


Fire Will Strike the Earth

• Now available at Searchlight: A prophetic message translated by local author and former missionary Henry Buchegger.
• Henry published this at great personal cost, and Searchlight is relinquishing much of our normal retail margin to help out.
“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. Whether we realize it or not, the beginnings of God’s judgements on earth are already in progress…”
• …continue reading book summary at this link: http://essencebookstore.com/index.php…
• Paperback, 88 pages, $15.


Dangerous Prayers




These large indoor/outdoor floor welcome mats measure 17½” x 29½” and we currently have these 5 designs in stock. $22.99; click the image to see larger.


We have special pricing on some gently scuffed copies of this book.
Reg. $19.49  Sale $13.99


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.


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

Looking for a gift for an out-of-town friend? Give them a piece of Cobourg!  With 161,000+ YouTube subscribers and nearly 20 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 




TOTE BAGS

We want our customers to consider an alternative to the traditional gift bag. For the same money — sometimes even less — you can give a plastic or canvas tote bag which becomes a second gift. We now have thirty-five different designs in stock. Most are only $3.99 with some at $4.99 to $8.99 If you wish, you can add tissue as you would with a gift bag.


The Bible Book explores the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time.

This highly visual, really BIG, 352-page book highlights more than 100 of the most important Biblical passages and explains their significance. Profiles of primary figures–from Adam and Eve, to Peter and Paul–and places of the Bible, such as Jerusalem and Rome, add context to the scriptures. Theological concepts, such as the Trinity, God’s omnipresence, and the importance of Jesus’ death, are explained in detail. Infographics illuminate the most significant concepts clearly and simply.

The Bible Book is perfect for anyone with an interest in religion and the foundational text of Christianity and Judaism.

Hardcover from DK Publishing. See in-store for special pricing.

ONE COPY LEFT!


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 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.


We get a lot of requests for New Testaments in an easy-to-read type size. The solution has been on our shelves all along; the NLT Travelers Devotional Bible New Testament. These are beautiful faux-leather editions. Reg. up to $21.99; available in various colours, now only $11.99.



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.


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.


Spanish - Turn Your Vacation Trip into a Missions Trip

Heading to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, or any other Spanish-speaking country?? Turn your vacation trip into a mission trip by leaving Spanish New Testaments and Bible promise books for hotel housekeeping staff; tour guides; and people you meet at local markets. We keep about 20-30 of these on hand at any given time; more can be easily ordered.

Not going anywhere? Remember the migrant workers on local farms. (Make sure ahead of time that Spanish is their first language!)


These wooden crosses make a great bulk purchase item:

The little wooden cross pendants (necklaces) are a great bargain; a bestseller at Searchlight for years. Great gifts for tweens, teens and young adults; though not recommended for small children. If you need a quantity, let us know so we have time to string them.


Bibles in many Languages:

We don’t have all the languages in the above image, but we do have in stock Bibles and/or other Christian literature in Spanish, Arabic, German, Chinese (trad.), Chinese (simplified), Italian, French, Tagalog, Persian, Korean, Greek (contemporary), Greek (classical), Japanese, Hindi and others, with access to about 100 more.


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

International paperback edition! Not available from U.S. online vendors

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.


staircase specials august 17

The display opposite the checkout counter, which I call “The staircase” probably looks the same to many of you week in, week out. Unless you take the time to really look. The merchandise mix is always changing. These represent our very best bargains!


Jewish religion and culture at the time of Christ: JOE AMARAL DVDs offer great content and insight. God’s Holy Days (above, right) has a new cover and may be used with a 7-week study guide available online. Subtitles are provided in Chinese (both types) Portuguese and Thai. 7 feasts. Hebraic Roots and Messianic Miracles (above, left) is an awesome teaching that will leave you saying, “Wow!” 11 stories, 4 miracles. Other titles also available.


  Remember our motto:

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


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

  • 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. This new book is now available for $15 at the store.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eric Wright‘s new novel, Rust Bucket is now available. This 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. She recently traveled 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.

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


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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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WebMatch

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


For ChristianBook customers:

Recently we began a trial period of offering fulfilment for orders carts at ChristianBook 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 ChristianBook 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 searchlightbooks@gmail.com 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 41%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 1.763% 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.


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 Unlimited (NYFC)
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* Better Together Refugee Project
* UCB Radio in Cobourg and Belleville
* Mission Canada (Jeff Snow) outreach to UOIT/Durham College
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* YFC National; Global Engagement (Michele Shutt)
* Packed With Love (outreach of Ritson Road Alliance, Oshawa)
* Love in Action
* Camp IAWAH (two hours away — north of Kingston — used by area churches for retreats)


Once the general lockdowns are over and things return to normal, Searchlight will continue to be a drop-off point for Christian Salvage Mission of Hamilton, Ontario. Overseas missionaries and English-speaking indigenous workers are hungry for materials you or your church are no longer using including: used Christian books, Bibles, hymnbooks Sunday School curriculum, VBS, devotional booklets, etc.


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 Tuesday 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 you order. For more information please visit http://www.ccbf.org 


CELEBRATE RECOVERYOngoing program for people dealing with hurts, habits and hangups at The Salvation Army. Tuesdays at 6:30. 


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



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 of the main Barrie station in Peterborough, ON)

90.7 — UCB COBOURG — This is a freestanding UCB station with a slightly different schedule from Belleville with offices right here in Cobourg.

99.5 — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY)

100.3 — LIFE 100 (Barrie main signal)

100.5 — UCB (Kingston repeater station)

102.3 — UCB  (Belleville, ON)

104.9 — KLOVE  (If you’re west of Belleville, try also 90.1 FM)

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

1250 (AM) — JOY 1250 (Toronto)


S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Now in our 25th YEAR IN COBOURG — 77% of our book intake is (a) publisher overstock and (b) remainder books.   Each title is hand-picked.   Despite this, with the other 23% we’re still able to stock almost all of the Top 100 Christian Fiction and Top 100 Christian Non-Fiction titles. Our “house specialty” is apologetics!


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.)

Cobourg’s MISSION THRIFT STORE is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W.  (289) 252-2299

For the Jesus Music / History of Contemporary Christian Music page at YouTube sponsored by Searchlight, click here.

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► Want to start a Christian store in your town? If someone is serious about starting a store anywhere in Ontario, please talk to us. With 44 years Christian music retail experience and 24 years of owning 3 bookstores, Paul can help turn a complicated process into a simple turn-key possibility. If he isn’t at the store that day, be sure to leave your contact information.


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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 (it's a highway exit) just three quick stoplights south of Highway 401. WE ARE CLOSED INDEFINITELY DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.

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