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Searchlight Christian Resources 

Cobourg, Ontario

905 372 5519

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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 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 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. 

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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 (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.

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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

Off hours use the contact form below

~ 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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We’re expecting copies on Tuesday afternoon, August 20th. Preorder price is $22.44. More details on our Facebook page.

Jonathan Cahn - Oracle

The Oracle by Jonathan Cahn author of The Harbinger
Preorders now being accepted; releases in September

► 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.

Releasing officially on September 3rd:

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

Call, email or message the store on Facebook to preorder your paperback copy. Paperbacks not available from U.S. sellers.

Because we’ve worked in advocacy for the poor, we’re very sensitive to how the retail economy can impact low income families, especially MULTI deals where you get a better price, but only if you buy more units. Last month we realized that our longstanding “Buy-4-Get-1-Free” on our outlet books was no different. So starting today, and every day, here’s a new alternative: “Buy-2-Get-1-At-Half Price.” I hope that helps! Applies to all red-tag books (not Bibles) unless marked ‘net’ or ‘net price.’

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…

…Just arrived in paperback from Tyndale House Publishing.

More of God: Seek the Benefactor, Not Just the Benefits — by R.T. Kendall
► Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” This is a promise. This new title from R.T. is about moving beyond faith. It is about getting more of God. Experiencing more of God. Everything in this book is designed to make you hungry. Don’t settle for more mere information about God. Or more theological knowledge.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing-and How We Can Revive Them — by Jonathan Merritt
► In a rapidly changing culture, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as ‘grace’ or ‘gospel.’ Others, like ‘lost’ and ‘sin’, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders. After moving to New York City, Jonathan discovered that the sacred terms he used to describe his spiritual life didn’t connect.

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 requires a special order.
► 796 pages, hardcover; our price of $32.88 is 14% off $37.99 and is cheaper than that website that starts with “A.”  Now thru July 22nd.

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From the author of Saving Truth…
…A 2014 title by Abdu Murray of Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. He digs deeply into these three representatives of major worldviews of our day: atheism, pantheism and theism. We have several of these left over from a recent conference; Reg. $23.99, Sale $19.99.

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The Subversive Evangelical: The Ironic Charisma of an Irreligious Megachurch is a just-released book 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; we’re taking preorders at $28.99.

We’ve just put two titles by bestselling author Christine Caine on sale. Unstoppable is clear-out priced on our ‘staircase’ display and Unsashamed is $3 off in our new releases and bestsellers section. See in-store for pricing.

► 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 4 hardcovers left 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.

■ 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 

Upcoming Local Events

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.

Wanda Brunstetter has officially passed the 11-Million mark in sales! She’s one of the most prolific authors in both the Christian and mainstream markets with over 100 titles. Her newest series includes The Hope Jar and The Forgiving Jar, with The Healing Jar releasing this summer. In stock at Searchlight.

Keeping Love Alive

The book Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey has been very helpful to many of our customers when one partner in a marriage experiences memory challenges with age. The innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the millions who have Alzheimer’s, as well as the three-times-that-number who serve as caregivers. At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia’s dark curtain to cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss.

We’ve been special-ordering this title for several months, but are now going to try to keep it in stock. To reserve a copy from the next shipment, call, email or send us a message on our Facebook page.

192 pages | paperback | Northfield Publishing

    “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 now back in stock from bestselling author John Bevere.

The Tinderbox - Beverly Lewis

With her Amish parents’ 20th anniversary approaching, 18-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise: The old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.
Now available in paperback and large print paperback. Library hardcovers by special order.

► With U.S. exchange rate conversions close to 40%, it’s always great when a supplier offers us a title at par! This one would normally be $23.99, but we can still offer it at only $16.99.
► From the author of The Harbinger, his most recent book, 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?

Now in store: The Book of Signs: 31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse by David Jeremiah.

Dr. Jeremiah has updated content from previously published works in additional to writing new material on a wide variety of subjects. The result is a truly epic and authoritative guide to biblical prophecy. American websites can only sell you the hardcover. We have this in paperback.

Now available; new from Kyle Idleman:

► The parent with the wayward child. The couple whose marriage is in jeopardy. The man who is out of work. The woman stuck in crushing debt. The patient with a bad diagnosis. The student who can’t get a fair shake. People hanging by a thread, losing faith and short on strength. What do they all need to hear?


► Our lives are minefields of challenges that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don’t give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages you to cast your concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God. 

► Also available: Small group study DVD curriculum, shown below.

Now IN STOCKRavi Zacharias - The Logic of God

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

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Table Games:
• Rummikub
• 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.

Below 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:…
• Paperback, 88 pages, $20.

You can never buy a kid enough Bible reference materials (a) to help them get excited and engaged with the material, and (b) to feel a sense of ‘ownership’ where they aren’t intimidated by this amazing book, but feel they really know its contents.

Joyce Meyer Commentaries

James: Practical Insights for Everyday Christian Living

Ephesians: Practical Insights for Everyday Christian Living 

This new series provides a comprehensive biblical commentary from renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer. The book of James offers powerful and practical advice on a variety of topics important for growing in your faith.

Each chapter includes the Scripture reference being taught along with commentary to inspire you to put your faith into action, and personal reflection questions for you to consider.

Dangerous Prayers

 List price $27.00, our price $23.99

The program listed above and the program listed below take place on the same weeknight in the same location for your convenience if you have children.

Walking Through the Wardrobe is now sold out.

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

Best in Plass - Adrian Plass

Laugh! Cry! Enjoy! It’s time to strip away the hypocrisy and look at Christianity the way it’s meant to be! Let internationally acclaimed Christian humorist Adrian Plass point you in the right direction … toward authentic faith. With his trademark brand of off-beat humour, Plass pens this unique collection of stories, songs, poems, dramatic sketches and reflections on the sometimes quirky antics of the family of God. Paperback only $3.99 while they last; limit one per household. Website visitor extra offer: Take this book free with $50.00 non-fiction purchase before tax. (Not available with other offers.)

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.

► Value mugs from Christian Art Gifts. 12 different styles to choose from; selection may not be as shown; quantities limited. 2/$13.98 or $7.44 each.

TOTE BAGS — New Designs in Stock

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. Wenow have thirty-five different designs in stock. Most are only $3.99 with some at $4.99 and $5.99 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.

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.

Why can’t I control my anger? Or stop overeating? Or wasting time online?

Why can’t I seem to finish my projects? Or make progress in my spiritual life?

Why do I fall for the same stupid temptations over and over again?

When we fail, its easy to make excuses or blame our circumstances. But let’s face it: the biggest enemy is usually the one staring back at us from the mirror every morning.

We lack self-control.

Self-control isn’t very popular these days. We tend to think of it as boring, confining, the cop that shows up and shuts down the party. But the truth is that people who cultivate this vital virtue lead freer, happier, and more meaningful lives. After all, our bad habits—from the slight to the serious—bring a host of painful consequences. Ultimately, they keep us from becoming the people God created us to be.

Your Future Self Will Thank You is a compassionate and humorous guide to breaking bad habits and growing your willpower. It explores Scripture’s teachings on how to live a disciplined life while offering practical strategies for growth based on the science of self-control. Whether you want to deepen your spiritual life, conquer an addiction, or kick your nail-biting habit, this book will help you get motivated, stay on track, and achieve your goals. 

192-page paperback from Moody Press.

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. Now in stock.

Now available:

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.
$19.99 paperback.

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!

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Spanish - Turn Your Vacation Trip into a Missions Trip

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

In our automotive department:

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.

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.

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.

Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp in Cobourg has released their 2019 summer concert schedule:

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.
  • 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.


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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 50,000+ YouTube subscribers and nearly 11.2 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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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 fulfilment 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 34%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 1.718% 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 in Cobourg and Belleville
* 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)
* 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)

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.

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)

S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Now in our 23rd 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 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 at 800 210 5661.

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