CHESTER’S NEWEST CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP, Spirit, have reported a roaring trade in their early trading period, with descriptions of half the stock sold on opening day and the Holy Spirit apparently knocking people over and sending books flying off the shelves for direct delivery to a customer who needed them.
From the GloryFires newsletter, 27th June 2010:
We had no plans to open a shop, it just happened so quickly!! We were planning to sell MorningStar products online and then when we heard that the last Christian bookshop in the city was closing, we noticed a shop with offices up for rent on Northgate Street, and before we knew it we’d agreed to take it!
As well as Christian books, Bibles and music, we also sell furniture, interior décor, gifts, jewellery and coffee. Sales are going well and Jesus is showing up in power, just as He does in our Blacon café. The first day we opened we sold half the stock. The shop is called Spirit (after the Holy Spirit), but as it doesn’t look like a typical Christian bookshop, we attract a lot of people who don’t know Jesus. (Visit our website www.spirit.gloryfires.org)
Salvation and glory on opening day
The day we opened, a woman who owns a shop nearby came in. We got talking and she said she was depressed. Her sister died and she hadn’t got over it. We offered to pray for her and told her that we could tell the depression to go in the name of Jesus, but it may come back if she isn’t following Jesus and filled with His Spirit. So she gave her life to Jesus!! Justin Abraham and some friends happened to be in the shop, so who better to pray for her to be filled with the joy of the Lord?!! So they were praying with her and they were all having a great time!
Tom got whacked in the Holy Spirit and was rolling round on the floor. Justin went and prayed for him. This was all happening in the middle of the shop and it was packed with customers! Two well dressed ladies came in and were trying to look at the interior décor gifts on the shelves. I said, “Don’t mind the man on the floor, he’s full of the Holy Spirit, just step over him!” They said OK, stepped over him and acted as though it was an everyday occurrence! It was so funny.
The lady who got saved that day came in a couple of weeks later and brought her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé. We began to prophesy over them and tell them about Jesus. The shop was full of customers, and as we stood in the middle of the shop they gave their lives to Jesus, and then we broke off some demonic stuff and cast out some demons!! They’d been going to a spiritualist church so they renounced all that first.
Later on their mother came back, this time with her son, aged 24. He didn’t know anything about Jesus, but he’d been getting in trouble and she wanted some prayer for him. Standing in the middle of the shop, we prayed, “Lord, show him that you’re real.” About 2 seconds later, 10 books flew off the shelf and landed at his feet! He was shocked! All the books were identical; ‘You may all prophesy’ by Steve Thompson!! Thinking this was probably a word of knowledge we asked him, “Do you know things sometimes before they happen?” He said yes, and he was a bit scared and didn’t know what it meant. We told him that God had given him a gift of prophecy but it was important that he follow Jesus, otherwise the enemy would use the gift for his purposes. So right there and then he gave his life to Jesus. Since then he has changed and is not getting into trouble. His mother is so pleased!!
As the old hymn writer said, “God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.” Has anyone else had signs of revival or whatever this is breaking out in their shop? I especially love the idea of the Holy Spirit selecting and delivering books direct to a customer, although I’m not sure what the Health & Safety Inspectorate would make of it…