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• Searchlight Christian Resources •

• Cobourg, Ontario •

• 905 372 5519 •

Because we’re not able to answer the phone as often, you’re encouraged to EMAIL us: searchlightbooks@gmail.com

Thank you to those who are continuing to submit orders by email. Use searchlightbooks@gmail.com

 If the line is busy, someone is at the store! Please keep calling. Use this website for hours; Google is simply not always accurate.

The province is allowing us to have customers in store. Note that in-store capacity has limits but lineups are rare.

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday –  10:30 – 3:00
Wednesday – 10:30 – 3:00 
Thursday – 10:30 – 3:00
Friday – 10:30 – 3:00
Saturday –  10:30 – 3:00

Staff are willing to arrive a half hour early or stay a half hour later by appointment.

Remember, email is constantly monitored even when the store is closed.


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 26 years in Cobourg, but the business history of Searchlight goes back another 20 years before that.

We’re also a Christian book outlet store. Many of the books we receive are red-tagged bargain books, consisting of a mixture of publisher overstock and remainders. To make the deal even sweeter on those red-tagged titles, 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. The products seen when you click the tabs below are simply a random, representative sample of what we carry.

New to the area and looking for a church? Check out our Local Church Directory in the menu in the sidebar.

Watch your email for updates if you are subscribed to our newsletter.

In-store shopping:

  • Face mask required
  • Use hand sanitizer on entry
  • If someone else outside your bubble is in the store at the same time, keep a distance of 2m or 6ft
  • If you are in contact with someone who is self-isolating, please postpone your visit to another day
  • As you complete your purchase, we need your name and phone # for contact tracing if needed
  • We still don’t have tap, so our point-of-sale machine will be sterilized after each customer use
  • If others are waiting outside, please make efficient use of your time

If you prefer curbside pickup:

  • Try to call ahead (905 372 5519) or email searchlightbooks@gmail.com to request the things you’re seeking
  • When you get to the store, call again from the parking lot.
  • If you haven’t called ahead, but are looking for something you’re fairly sure is in-stock, you can eliminate the call ahead step, but be patient if someone else is waiting.
  • Keep calls short.
  • Parking lot (curbside) pickup should only be VISA and MasterCard sales or e-transfer. If this is impossible, hand us envelope with exact change. No debit sales available with curbside option.
  • For curbside, no individual card sales; no T-shirts; no Bible cases; no giftware.

► If you would like the current edition of Our Daily Bread included in your pickup, please let us know when ordering. Regular and large print available.

In general:

  • During this time, donations to Christian Salvage Mission larger three boxes should be pre-arranged.

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 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.

Google and Facebook almost have the pin in the right place, we’re actually at the front of the building

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

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

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

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.

Note:

We’ve changed the structure of our website; Content is now under the tabs below. Remember, this is a non-transactional, non-searchable website; if you don’t see what you’re looking for please phone 905 372 5519 or email searchlightbooks@gmail.com


Past Newsletters

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September 13: Click Here

September 6: Click Here

August 30: Click Here

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Now available in-store:

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

This New Testament is available in paperback (upper image) and in hardcover (lower image) at Canadian list prices of $26.99 and $46.99 respectively, with an in-store price for the hardcover at $39.99.

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

With First Nations communities nearby in Alderville. Curve Lake and Deseronto, we feel this will be an important resource in our area.



Bestselling books from your community:
See what your friends are reading.

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In Person of Interest, cold-case homicide detective, former atheist, and bestselling author J. Warner Wallace investigates Jesus, the most significant person in history, like one of his “missing body, cold-cases,” demonstrating the historicity and Deity of Jesus from nothing more than his impact on the world.  $24.99

Weary from your challenges, wounded by your battles, or worried your world is spinning out of control? Have the struggles pilfered the life out of your life? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!

You Were Made for This Moment by Max Lucado reminds us that we don’t need to become undone by tough times, we can become unleashed by our triumphant God.

International Paperback Edition not available from U.S. vendors.

New from Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, a new title for Fall 2021, The Case for Heaven.

We all want to know what awaits us on the other side of death, but is there any reliable evidence that there is life after death? Investigative author Lee Strobel offers a lively and compelling study into the most provocative questions about what happens when we die, near-death experiences, heaven, and hell.

International paperback edition not available from U.S. vendors. $24.99

Last chance to pre-order:
Jesus Listens – Sarah Young
List price $24.99
Reserve now at $21.99 or $19.99 for two or more copies

New Fiction from Beverly Lewis: The Beginning

Susie Mast’s Amish life in Lancaster County has been shaped by events beyond her control, with the tragic deaths of her Dat and close-in-age brother casting long shadows. Now twenty-two, Susie remains unmarried despite her longtime affection for friend Obie Yoder. 

Available in paperback, hardcover and large print paperback.


Our charity project for 2021

We need your help in creating awareness for a year-long fundraising project to benefit the Welcome Home Children’s Centre, located 2 hours north of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti as they earnestly desire to launch into building phase II of the orphanage. We’d also like to ask everyone reading this to please consider making a donation no matter how small. Find out more at this GoFundMe page


New Hardcover Discount Prices

Our price

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


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!)


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.


  Remember our motto:

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



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 online vendors 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.

Please consider supporting Searchlight as your local Christian bookstore, and encourage others to think about the many benefits of buying local.


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 75% of our book intake is sale priced titles, all of which are hand-picked just for you.

 


WebMatch

We love church librarians!

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.


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 Cobourg
* Salvation Army Family Services Port Hope
* Northumberland Christian School
* Northumberland Christian School Thrift Shop
* UCB Radio in Cobourg and Belleville
* Mission Canada (Jeff Snow) outreach to UOIT/Durham College
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* Northumberland Promise
* YFC National; Global Engagement (Michele Shutt)
* Packed With Love (outreach of Ritson Road Alliance, Oshawa)
* Camp IAWAH


For a little longer, 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.


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


** Cobourg/Cold Spring Automotive — 7 minutes north of Cobourg; quality work by caring mechanics. — 905 373 9241 or 905 342 9241



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 100.3 in Peterborough, ON)

90.7 — UCB 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 26th 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.)

THRIFT SHOPS: We have many in Cobourg, but two are staffed by people who are also regular customers of our store:

  1. 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 
  2. THRIFT AND THRIVE is an outreach of Northumberland Christian School and will open in Fall, 2021 on the west side of William Street in the same plaza as Cooperators Insurance.

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

For Searchlight’s Twitter feed: Click here.

► 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 46 years Christian retail experience and 26 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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