Have Christian Bookstores Changed, or Have I? (Part 1)

(Part 1)

Since the early 90's, I have enjoyed going into Christian bookstores. I loved looking at the new music, new books, and new videos. We had a local Christian bookstore near my house and I would frequent it often. This was in the days of Joshua's Christian Bookstore, Baptist Bookstore, Bereans, etc. Through buyouts and name changes, the main bookstores became Lifeway (Baptist Bookstores) and Family Christian Stores (I think this was once Joshua's or they got bought out).

Anyway, I soon started only going to Lifeway or Family. About 2 weeks ago, I went to a Christian bookstore just to browse. I hadn't done that in awhile. I realized that I no longer loved being in that store. Something about it was a 'turn-off'. I didn't like all of the cheesy items... everywhere! The gifts are horrible... they have managed to put a scripture verse on anything you can think of, including socks. All the books are about Da Vinci, dieting God's way, or rip-offs of Left Behind books (which brings us to that series and it's terrible movies). I purchased a couple CDs and found that I didn't like the people behind the counter. They seemed too 'Christiany' for me... they didn't seem real. When I left, the lady said, "Have a blessed day". I think she even made "blessed" two syllables.

So here's my question. Have I changed? Have I become cold? Cynical? Maybe, but I hope not. Or is it the bookstores? Are they completely missing the mark in their look, feel, products, etc.? I mean, I am striving to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. I want to grow in my faith and maturity. I want to be a great dad, husband, friend. And I want to share the love of Christ well. So why does a guy like me get so turned off from 'our' bookstores?