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 Searchlight Christian Resources

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WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Books. 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 23 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 iteach 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. 

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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 here’s a map showing where we are at 884 Division Street (on the east side) in Cobourg. We’re at the front of the building.

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

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10:00 – 5:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 5:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 5:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 5:00
Friday: 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00

Opening Time changing to 11:00 AM in January due to changing market conditions.

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~ 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.

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Just for visiting our website, ask for these at a special price of $9.99

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. A great Christmas gift!

For those of you still waiting, thank you for your patience. FaithWords, the publisher of Joyce Meyer‘s new book, Healing the Soul of a Woman sold out of the first printing and is now back in stock!

Available on DVD or Blu-Ray/DVD combo.

When we’re offered DVDs — whether for adults or children — which are crossover titles from the general marketplace, I always try to be extra careful. Our decision to carry The Star (in theatres last Christmas) was based largely on the Plugged-In movie review from Focus on the Family. Click this link to read the review.

Let’s pretend you’ve got a situation where you need to purchase two similar but different gifts for two young children about the same age in the same family. You can’t go wrong with these oversize board books by Sally Lloyd Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible. Found is all about Psalm 23, while Loved is all about the Lord’s Prayer. We have lots of copies in stock!

Now available:

There’s a new devotional book for kids that I think is going to be a bestseller as we head towards Christmas.

Amazing Stories for Young Believers contains 366 devotions for children ages 8-12. Through the amazing stories about the Bible characters like Samson and Daniel, and the great things they did for God, children will learn valuable life lessons to apply to their own lives. Each day’s devotion gives practical application based on a specific passage from Scripture, as well as another Scripture verse that reinforces the lesson for the day. A topical index at the back of the book arranges devotions according to themes.
Now in stock.  $19.99 paperback.


Just Launched:

Paragraphs are smaller than chapters. (Get it?) We recognize that some of our customers want to broaden their reading, so we’ve assembled three shelves (about 36 titles) which will offer a rotating selection of books from the broader publishing market.

• Twelve Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson (sale 29.99)
• Crucial Conversations – Patterson, et al
• Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis 
• American Girls – Nancy Jo Sales *
• Cyber Effect – Mary Aiken *
• Meet Generation Z – James Emery White *
• Grit – Angela Duckworth
• Wonder – R. J. Palacio (original edition)
• Duey, The Small Town Library Cat – Myron (sale 13.49)
• Ephipany – Michael Coren (sale 17.99)
• Faith of Dolly Parton – Dudley Delfs (sale 24.99)
• Marshmallow Test – Walter Mischell
• Box of Butterflies – Roma Downey (sale 29.99)
• The Rock, The Road & The Rabbi – Gifford (sale 27.99)

plus many, many more. Selection always changing.
Items marked * are connected to the Smart Parenting for a Smartphone Generation seminar presented earlier in the year by Northumberland Youth Unlimited.

No it’s not a deck of cards! It’s the new book from Pastor Levi Lusko

Now in stock!

We love hearing from customers and we’ll think of any crazy excuse to do so! Remember; there’s TWO PARTS to this exercise…

We’re pleased to be able to announce to Jan Karon fans that Hallmark has released the first movie, At Home in Mitford on DVD. Now in stock at Searchlight.

Current bestselling DVD

DVD $24.99, Blu-Ray $29.99

People love puzzles; but we’re not the only Cobble Hill dealer in town. That’s why we now have several different 1,000-piece designs from Vermont Christmas Company (no, they’re not Christmas puzzles) for your consideration. First come, first served!  

We also have a new selection of Cobble Hill puzzles along with some new board games.

“The Singer and the Song” features 20 songs and musical performances with liner notes from Rory. This DVD includes a tour of the farm, acoustic performances by Rory and an interview with Bill Gaither that captures Rory’s ever-inspiring story of hope. 

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as well as:

C h i l d r e n ‘ s   B o o k   O f f e r :

God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a 3-in-1 containing God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Love, and the new God Gave Us the World. Reg. 23.99; Sale 18.99
The Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs is a 4-in-1 containing The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Pine Tree Parable, The Parable of the Lily, and The Sunflower Parable. Reg. 18.50; Sale 14.49
Goodnight Ark: When all of the animals board the ship and the great storm hits—they all run scared to Noah’s bed!. Reg. 19.99; Sale 14.99.

Now available | 224 pages, paperback | This title is now IN STOCK


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I Can Only Imagine DVD

I Can Only Imagine

was the 4th highest-grossing inspirational film of all time.
When the story begins, Bart Millard is 10-years-old and lives in Greenville, Texas. His dad is an alcoholic and berates and belittles Bart as well as Bart’s mother…Follow the inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping, triple platinum song that brings ultimate hope to so many and is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

DVD $24.99 / Blu-Ray $31.99


Now available:

From the creative team which brought you The Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, and Found; a new title, Loved, based on The Lord’s Prayer.

Searchlight Books’ Paul Wilkinson got to read an advance copy of this book and wrote an endorsement which appears on the very first page. God is speaking; are you hearing his voice?


Top BOOKS; data from just one of our suppliers (click to view full size):

Both books are now in stock in international paperback editions not sold by U.S. stores and websites; only $19.99

NOW IN STOCK! Scotland’s Sheila Walsh was a Christian Music singer in the UK whose stage shows included spectacular lighting and theatrics. She emigrated to the United States where she turned up as the co-host of The 700 Club. This led to her writing and speaking career, and today she is the co-host of Life Today (James & Betty Robison). She is one of our consistently bestselling authors whose titles occupy two shelves on our spinning rack at the front of the store.

Publisher Marketing:

We’ve all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She shares that when she discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, Walsh helps women overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way they think about God, themselves, and their everyday lives. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help women move forward one step at a time knowing God will never let them down.

Not everything at Searchlight is fun and games. Sometimes people are facing difficult circumstances and challenges and are looking for a resource which can come alongside them in their situation and offer insight and hope. Books like this one are available in stock or by special order. If one title isn’t exactly what’s required, we can fine tune the request to locate something more helpful.  Now available.

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.

Christine Caine - Unexpected

Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine is now in stock in an international paperback edition not sold by U.S. stores and websites.

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.

We support Canadian authors…especially when they are also customers of our store. Judith is from Peterborough and this book features colour on many pages. The target audience is young adults, but older people are reading it as well. Now in stock at Searchlight.

••• Sky Scrapers is about the adventure of a lifetime for Sam and Josh, who are doing research for a high school science fair on astronomy. The information comes to them by a mysterious teacher, who takes them zooming through the universe in a unique way to learn about the purpose of stars, comets, and more that inhabit the heavens.

Later when at university, they have another series of adventures that finds them moving through time from Adam’s arrival on earth to Abram’s tent in the desert. Both of these thrilling events have a purpose to reveal how the heavens declare the glory of God and how this information has changed down through the ages.

This is a story for all ages to enjoy, and maybe even to look at the stars in the heavens in a different way.

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.

Amid a culture that is both fascinated by spirituality and inundated by a dizzying variety of options for pursuing it, many Christians long for a deeper, more historically rooted spiritual life.

General editor Bruce Demarest presents an invaluable resource for study and comparison of the major Christian perspectives on spiritual formation.

Chapters on Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, and Liberal Protestantism, collected side-by-side, easily allow for the beliefs and emphases of the viewpoints to be thoughtfully considered, and each proponent’s chapter is followed by responses from the other three.


  • Brad Nassif (Eastern Orthodoxy)
  • Scott Hahn (Roman Catholicism)
  • Evan Howard (Evangelicalism)
  • Joe Driskill (Liberal Protestantism)

208 pages; Reg. $23.99; Sale $13.99

Reactive Mug Signage• New! • Reactive Mugs •
We’re trying something different. Mugs are a popular gift. Reactive Mugs change colour when hot liquid is added. They are dishwasher safe, however, for best results and to maintain image quality, we highly recommend hand washing this product. Reactive mugs are microwave safe, however, the design may fade over time due to the heat exposure from the extreme heat of the microwave. Eight different designs available, four currently in stock.

Reactive Mug - Dexsa

Did you know? We have over 1,000 Bible products in the store; from leather-bound to give away New Testaments in English, French, Spanish and 20 other languages.

The Boy Who Sang for the Angels by Jim Cantelon

This book was featured on 100 Huntley Street and immediately sold out everywhere. We were able to get some at the last minute. It’s a children’s book for 7-12 years of age. However, it will be read by “children” of all ages because of its universal appeal. Set in Europe in the mid-18th century, the story resonates with local color, music, cathedrals, and a touching account of the plight of compelling orphaned children facing both the harshness and the unexpected blessings of life. Its magic is irresistible. 48 pages; large format; only $10.99. Canadian author James Cantelon is a pastor, broadcaster, and the founder of “WOW”(Working for Orphans and Widows) a ministry to orphans and widows impacted by the HIV and AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also founder of King of Kings Church in Jerusalem, Israel. He has three best-selling books to his credit, Theology for Non-Theologians, When God Stood Up (Harper/Collins), and Letters to Jess and Kate (Oliver Nelson).  He and his wife Kathryn live in Burlington, Ontario.

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 booklets and pamphlets are $5.50 if you buy one, but the prices immediately decrease the more you purchase.

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New book releases and bestsellers:
Ann Spangler – Less than Perfect: Broken Men & Women
Mark Batterson – Play the Man
Lisa Bevere – Adamant
Stuart Briscoe – He’s Still on the Throne
Rice Broocks – The Human Right
Brock and Alford – Bearded Gospel Men
Jonathan Cahn – The Paradigm
Christine Caine – Unexpected
Sam Chan – Evangelism in a Skeptical World
Mark Clark – The Problem of God
John Eldredge – All Things New
Brant Hansen – Blessed are the Misfits
Louie Giglio – Goliath Must Fall
Bob Goff – Everybody Always
Skye Jethani – Immeasurable (CT Leadership Book award winner)
David Jeremiah – Escape the Coming Night (Updated 2018 edition)
Max Lucado – Anxious for Nothing
Eugene Peterson – As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Lee Strobel – The Case for Miracles
Ann Voskamp – The Way of Abundance (60-day devotional)
Sheila Walsh – It’s Okay Not to be Okay

New music releases:
Jordan Feliz – Future
Jeremy Camp – The Answer
Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be
Colton Dixon – Identity
Hannah Kerr – Overflow
Jasmine Murray – Fearless
Danny Gokey – Rise
Hawk Nelson – Miracles
Citizen Way – 2.0
Mandissa – Out of the Dark
Britt Nicole – Britt Nicole
Lecrae – All Things Work Together
Plumb – Beautifully Broken
Mercy Me – I Can Only Imagine (Best of)
Mercy Me – Lifer
Needtobreathe – Songs from the Hard Love Sessions
Matt Redman – Glory Song
Stryper – God Damn Evil
Matt Maher – Echoes
Social Club Misfits – Into the Night
Ryan Stevenson – No Matter What
Aaron Shust – Love Made A Way
Phil Wickham – Living Hope
Zach Williams – Chain Breaker
Michael W. Smith – Surrounded
Michael W. Smith – A Million Lights
We Are Messengers – We Are Messengers
Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys
City Harmonic – Benediction Live
The Color – First Day of my Life
The Emerging Sound – Volume 3
Hillsong – There is More
Cory Asbury – Reckless Love
Jeremy Riddle – More

Spanish - Turn Your Vacation Trip into a Missions Trip

Heading to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, or any other Spanish-speaking country this winter?? 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.

A great stocking stuffer!

The ickthus — ΙΧΘΥΣ — (pronounced ‘ickthoos’) a 2nd – 4th Century symbol of the early church is both a play on the Greek word for fish, and is also an acronym or if you prefer, an acrostic.

► Iota “Ι” is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus”.
► Chi “Χ” is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed” (of the Lord).
► Theta “Θ” is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for “God”.
► Upsilon “Υ” is the first letter of (h)yios (Yἱός), Greek for “Son”.
► Sigma “Σ” is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Saviour”.

The symbols are available plain or with the Greek letters, but if you choose the latter, make sure it’s pointing the right way. The price is $5.99; unchanged in over ten years. Apply it to a clean surface on a day that’s not too hot and not too cold.
There are many videos (including some from the many detractors) online concerning the symbol — not to mention parody versions — but for a simple, straightforward understanding, watch this Anglican priest’s 2-minute explanation.


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 twenty different designs in stock. There’s a mix of $2.99 and $3.99 styles. If you wish, you can add tissue as you would with a gift bag. Drop by and we think you’ll agree that a durable, re-usable wrapping makes for a better gift-giving experience overall.

These wooden crosses make a great bulk purchase item:

The little wooden cross pendants (necklaces) are back and they’re still 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. 

Author of The Harbinger

Jonathan Cahn is back with a new title, The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint that Holds the Mystery of Our Times.

Jonathan Cahn, who caused an international stir with his New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger, will take you from the ancient Middle East to the news of the modern world on a journey you will never forget. You may never see your world the same way again. 

Our price is only $16.99 CDN.

(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.

Read more at Paul’s review at Thinking Out Loud.

Kids got issues?

We have 20 titles in the God I Need To Talk To You About…series of booklets to share with them.

MSRP $2 our price $1.79 or 4/$6.99.

UPDATE: Most of the books are now available in a single volume edition, in stock at the store.  19.99

Bullying, Cheating, Bedtime, Video Games, Lying, Temper, Greed, Sharing, Vandalism, Homework, Junk Food, Respect, Sadness, etc.

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. Even after this picture was taken some things had been rotated off to allow new titles visibility. 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.

Now available: Faith and Redemption board game

Faith and Redemption is a Christian game where players gain followers throughout their epic journey from the Garden of Eden to Judgment Day. As players gain followers, they are granted prayers and miracles that help them overcome the ever-present temptation of sin.

Although Faith and Redemption represents a fallen world, redemption is always possible and forgiveness is never more than a prayer away.

Faith and Redemption is a multi-part roll-and-move Christian game that differs from the traditional approach towards religious games. Most other Christian games are either trivia or simply Bible versions of existing games. Faith and Redemption strives to create a unique experience based on the teachings of the Bible.

Originally published at $34.99, we have these on sale now for due to supplier restriction price cannot be advertised online see store for pricing

You won’t find this T-shirt at other Christian bookstores: “Jesus Loves You — But I’m His Favorite.” Theologically unsound for sure, but we knew they’d be fun to have at the store. Five adult sizes only (though we bought some small ones for older kids) in white for $22.99.

We did it! We listed all of our “staircase” and “red sign” sale titles so you can browse the list before you arrive. This isn’t everything that’s on sale at Searchlight, just the items that are face out for which we had at least 3 copies at the time the list was compiled. To see the list, click the image above or click this link.  Remember our motto:

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

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

  • Allan Connor is 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 which he sends out by email subscription to friends across Canada. This new book is now available for $15 at the store. Allan attends Calvary Baptist Church in Cobourg.
  • 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.


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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.

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 49,000+ YouTube subscribers and nearly 10.5 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 

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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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The data is in: Christian bookstores are slowly making a comeback! If you love books, come for a visit; you never know what you’ll find.


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 CBD customers:

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 33%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 1.708% 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.

Although we follow a business model, we consider ourselves one of several parachurch ministries operating in our community. PRAYER is always needed, and while you’re remembering us, pray for these ministries operating in our area:

* Northumberland Youth For Christ / Northumberland Youth Unlimited
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* Better Together Refugee Project
* UCB Radio 90.7
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Mission Canada (Jeff Snow) outreach to UOIT/Durham College
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home (Consecon, Ontario)
* YFC National; Global Engagement (Michele Shutt)
* The Gideons
* Love in Action
* Camp IAWAH (two hours away — north of Kingston — used by area churches for retreats)

From January to the end of October, Searchlight is 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, devotional booklets, etc.

► From November 1st to December 31st, please only bring in CSM donations on days Paul is working — so they can transferred straight to his car — or arrange for pickup.

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 

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)

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.

S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Now in our 23rd 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 “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.

For Paul’s Twitter feed: 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 43 years Christian music retail experience and 23 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're open 10:00 AM to 5 PM (hey, it's a small town) weekdays and 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday. Wholesale by appointment. Not local? Call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.

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