Introducing Bibliopolis Santa Barbara!

I never imagined that what started out at Gracepoint Berkeley church a couple of years ago (this seems like eons ago!) would expand to our other Gracepoint Ministries churches as our young reader populations grow. Our latest addition is at our Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, where Joshua, who is a voracious reader, sets a high bar for the other youngsters there.

The aunties and uncles worked so hard to convert Luke’s garage into this amazing reading space. I look forward to visiting soon!

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Garage Goals!
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Thumbs up on the beanbag chairs!

You don’t need to have an empty garage in order to have an amazing reading space. It can even be a corner of a room. Looking forward to sharing more photos of reading spaces throughout Gracepoint.

 

Recommended Reads: The Good Book is the Best!

While there are so many good books out there, you and I know that the best book is the Good Book. Today I want to highlight a couple of books that get young and old alike into the Bible.

61u4wwgzkcl-_sx428_bo1204203200_I’ve already featured a post on The Jesus Storybook Bible. It may look like just another picture book, but it is much more than that, and I’ve heard more than a few times that the adult reader was moved to tears while reading it aloud to a youngster. We currently carry it in the bookstore, and also have a Spanish-English bilingual version as well.

 

612l14kntsl-_sx327_bo1204203200_The Action Bible is a graphic novel that captures the overall narrative of the Bible in chronological order. And lest you think it is just a “guy book,” the girls of Bibliopolis are often crowded around the book reading it together, and fighting to get in line to check it out.

Just yesterday I had a pretty involved discussion with the 1st-2nd grade girls about why Pilate would have given Jesus over to be crucified if he knew Jesus was innocent. They had logical and insightful questions, and we were able to make connections to how we choose to do wrong when we are so afraid of getting into trouble.

There were some funny moments too. A couple of memorable lines from our discussion:

  • “Why was Pilate afraid of losing his job and getting into trouble? He could just lose his job and be a regular person.”
  • “Pilate should have listened to Jesus. And to his wife!”

I always have these two books out on the ottoman in the middle of our reading area, and without fail, whether 1st graders or 8th graders, someone will pick one up and read from it during part of our time together.

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Here’s an unstaged photo of 1st-2nd boys reading the books. 🙂

They’re great ways to get the kids and adults in your life interested in the Bible, and hooked into God’s story.

Do you have any interesting stories or experiences with reading or sharing The Jesus Storybook Bible or The Action Bible with someone? 

MYOB (Make Your Own Book (Table))

Having a gathering of friends, family, coworkers, and you want to feature some books as gifts? You can make your own book table. A few weeks ago, the Klesis Berkeley upperclassmen hosted a retreat for some of their friends, and they designed a great space using a pallet, some lights, and…a table! The theme of the retreat was about “home” and so they used the pallet for an interactive element.

Hope these pictures give you a bit of inspiration for any holiday gatherings you might be having. If you have any pictures to share, send them my way!

Reading Snapshots: It Must Be a Sign

The other day, while Elisa from Gracepoint Berkeley church was waiting in the car to pick up her older sisters from school, she was spotted doing some light reading in the car.

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Though she’s smiling, this is NOT a staged photo. She was in fact leafing through the book in the car. 🙂 

What with Sammy and Elisa both reading We Would See Jesus, I think it is definitely a sign that you should read it if you haven’t already! Notice The Case for Christmas is also next to her. What were you reading when you were 4-years old? 🙂

 

“Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” – Episode 3

It’s been a six-month hiatus, and these photos might be a bit dated, but we’re back with the latest episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables.” Today we travel south to Gracepoint Irvine church, where Cindy and some students designed their portable book table with the crate motif.

They put me to shame, and definitely win for the most number of artistic elements incorporated into one book table! I look forward to how they will continue to expand and improve. Zot! Zot! Zot!

“Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” – Episode 2

Over at Gracepoint Berkeley church, when I meet new college students, they often say, “Oh, you’re the bookstore lady” or the “Bibliopolis lady.” To which I say, yup, because I am. 🙂 For those of you who joined our previous episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables,” you know that some of our churches have book store guys. Today, we journey down the Pacific Coast Highway to lovely Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, whose book table guy this past year has a very Bibliopolis-worthy name.

Kenneth “Biblibalibalopolis” Balibalos is beaming because he sold the most number of books on the Sunday when they launched the Bibliopolis Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! (Do you see anything unusual about this photo?)
While the masculine decor of the book table might not win in the aesthetics department, SB’s book table wins for the most mellifluous/alliterative/tongue-twistery name ever!

Join us for our next episode of Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables!

“Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” – Episode 1

There’s a certain fellowship amongst the book table folks across our Gracepoint Ministries, as we share ideas about how to promote reading in our respective churches. And while I don’t have my Mary Poppins umbrella or magic carpet bag yet, it’s been awesome to visit Sunday Worship Services and see the reading revolution in action!

Here’s Allen, the book table guy at Gracepoint Los Angeles church.
And here’s the expanded book table he unveiled this past Sunday! Nice almost-Bruin blue suitcases there. 🙂
Potential book table customers checking out The Battle Plan for Prayer!

 

Heading over to the Third Coast, here’s the book table at Gracepoint Minneapolis church. Kind of artsy and serious looking!
I can sense their excitement to reach out and pick up one of those books!

So we got a glimpse of the book table goings on at a couple of our church plants. You can always send me photos of your church’s book table. Join me next time as we continue our virtual tour on “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables*.”


*In case you’re wondering, “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” is just a so-obscure-it’s-non-existent allusion to “Journey to China,” a public television language & travel show my dad used to watch when I was growing up.