This past weekend was the annual Emmaus Bible College Book Sale. Each spring the Emmaus Library receives libraries, yes libraries of books, from various donators. This year Mr. Rush received over 3,000 books from just one library if I heard him correctly! I cannot imagine how many books were at the sale this weekend. All that I know is that Mr. Rush still had over 2,000 books left behind in his garage to bring over to the sale next year!
The library hosts this sale in, well, the library! The study tables are jammed with old, new, dusty, never opened, falling apart, plastic wrapped, books. These mostly consist of theological works, but there are a great number of other genres. They sell the hard covered books for $.50 and the soft covered books for $.25. This is a deal that no one should ever pass on! When I attended school there made sure to stock up on my personal library. Well over 50% of my personal library is from the book sales over the last 4 years.
I remember the first year I went I bought almost 80 books for less than $50. My second year I bought about the same amount. Last year I probably only bought 50 books. This year I only purchased 26 books. Now, this isn’t to say that the book sale is getting bad books through the years, but that the good quality books go fast. I was only late by 15 minutes this year and when I arrived I saw my friends with a tote or two full already with great titles! So, timeliness is key to getting the good finds.
I seem to spend a lot of money on books. If I were to check my budget and my wife were to view it, which she does, we both would be, and she is always, shocked at the amount I spend. But, I live my life by a simple rule. This rule comes from Erasmus.
“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” -Desiderius Erasmus
Even though I only walked away with 26 books I myself found some great books by amazing authors. Authors that I found were: John Stott, John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Owen, John Murray, and a few others.
One of the books that I bought this year was not a cheap buy. This is because this book was a recent release and was authored by one of my favorite professors from Emmaus. Dr. Mark Stevenson has just released his first, I believe, published work this year. It is based on his dissertation for his doctorate program. The Doctrines of Grace in an Unexpected Place: Calvinistic Soteriology in 19thCentury Brethren Thought looks to be a good read. Once I actually get around to reading it I am sure you will find a review of it on this blog!
What book sales do you go to? Have you ever gone to one? I welcome any responses!