Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Blog is One Year Old!

It was one year ago today that we ventured into the blog world. Baker Book House is also celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Founded in 1939 by Herman Baker who started selling books from his own library. The company is still family owned and located in West Michigan.

The blog was the brain child of Andrew Rogers who has moved on to one of our favorite publishers, Zondervan, and is a regular contributor/producer to the Koinonia blog. For those who haven't noticed we actually have three blogs for the store: this one, one dedicated to fiction books and one for music. Since our beginning we have been delighted to have author interviews, blog tours and numerous book reviews as well as updates on news and the occasional commentary. This year we've done a number of posts on John Calvin in honor of his 500th birthday.

In a world where there are virtually 1,000s of blogs it is hard to find an identity and to contribute something meaningful. We hope as we continue to grow that we will help some along the way and be a true "church connection." I want to thank those of you who have stopped by and taken the time to comment. We do appreciate the input. What's to come in the future?

We will continue to provide forthcoming titles from various publishers. As a retailer we see a lot of forthcoming books and hopefully this feature will allow us to highlight just a few of them. For example, we just finished the sales conference for Baker Publishing Group so we will be featuring some of their Spring 2010 titles.

We also have two blog tours planned. One on June 30th with Latayne C. Scott (on her book The Mormon Mirage) and the other on July 14th with Fred VanKamecke (on his book Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity).

Finally, there will be the many tidbits of information, book reviews, links to other blogs and general commentary. If you have any suggestions that you think we could do to make this a better blog for you just let us know. We are a full service Christian retail store located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids is home to some major Christian publishers: Baker Publishing Group, Zondervan, Eerdmans, Kregel Publications and Reformation Heritage Books. We have strong relations with all of them, and many more, and enjoy partnering with them in the Christian retail industry.

Thanks for making this a fun first year!

P.S. We've updated our photos of the store. Just click on the picture on the left sidebar to take a look.


Paul said...

"Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you, [BIG BREATH]
Happy birthday to you."


The BBH Church Relations Team said...

Thanks Paul. [BIG BREATH] Thanks Paul...Well, I guess I didn't the big breath after all.