Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book sale! Time to do some early Christmas shopping

While others get super excited about mall sales and brand-name sales, I get thrilled at the thought of a book sale.

The experience is like that of a child entering a huge candy store and all the candies are on sale.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a nerd, and really, it's cool to be one. I love reading, and learning, and going places through the books I read.

On vacation in the US four years ago, we went a couple of times to the library sale, and the challenge was really how to limit my purchases to meet my baggage limit for the trip back home. I came back to Manila then with gems such as "Footprints of a Pilgrim" by Ruth Bell Graham and a biography of Billy Graham, among others, for a little over a dollar or two each.

In a little corner of a bookstore in Dagupan 2 years ago, I found "God's Smuggler" by Brother Andrew for an unforgettable price: P15!

In bookstores in Manila, I always check out the bargain bins and once found "Becoming a Vessel God Can Use" by Donna Partow, "Prayer Changes Teens" by Janet Holm McHenry, and "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis at slashed prices.

Then on a first visit to OMF Lit Bookshop at Il Terrazzo along Tomas Morato Avenue in QC, I found "Walking from East to West" by Ravi Zacharias in the bargain bin. Of course I  bought it right away.

Well I heard that OMF Lit is holding a book sale now until May 31 called "R.O.B. Us (Raid Our Bookshop: Ultimate Sale)" and discounts of 40% off over 200 titles, and 30% off other OMF Lit titles can be had. It does seem too good to be true, but it turns out to be really true-- see this link.

I plan to buy the book I've been itching to buy for sometime--"The Twelfth Imam" by Joel Rosenberg as I've read all his previous books ("The Last Jihad", The Last Days", "Dead Heat", "The Copper Scroll", "The Ezekiel Option" and "Epicenter") except one, "Inside the Revolution" which I should get too at this sale.

Last Christmas, I bought a lot of books as gifts. And I'm planning to do the same this year, and do some early Christmas shopping at the OMF Lit sale.

These books would make great gifts: "Refreshing Words for Busy Women" by Darlene Sala, for career women friends; "Ang Pera na Di Bitin" by Ardy Roberto, useful to anyone who would like to handle finances better; and Grace Chong's books about personal stories of blessings. Luis Gatmaitan's "Tito Dok" books for kids are also perfect gifts for kids.

My little Bible is also falling apart now, so I plan to buy one for me and my son as well.

A book that encourages and uplifts can make a difference in someone's life and in your own life as well. Let's check out the sale then, shall we?

VERSE OF THE WEEK: "The earth is filled with your love, LORD; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:64