AND SO TO CAMBRIDGE, for Sue to visit the University Library whilst I went a-wandering, first through the Market Square and thence to Regent Street to see with my own eyes, at last, CLC’s rebranding of the former Wesley Owen:
It was a bright and sunny day and the warmth outside was matched by a warm welcome inside; we chatted briefly about the demise of Wesley Owen and the rise of ebooks until another customer arrived looking for a Christian response to existentialism: this was Cambridge, after all.
Back to the Library, coffee (half-price refills, please note), lunch at M&S and across to the other end of town to meet the lively and lovely Ivona at Angeli Christian Books and Gifts: a small but bustling shop at the opposite end of the theological spectrum to CLC, carrying an eclectic mix of stock and bursting with Ivona’s energetic personality and enthusiasm. But for all her enthusiasm, Ivona has decided to call it a day and the business is now up for sale:
Cambridge is clearly a town where there’s plenty of room for more than one Christian bookshop, and if whoever takes over from Ivona continues to cater for a more Catholic spirituality than CLC, there certainly need be no fear of competition… and as we found when I walked out into the road and pointed my camera at Ivona and Sue standing outside, there seems to be a certain angelic light shining over this wonderful little shop:
Lord, let your light shine on Ivona as she steps out in faith holding onto your hand; and let your light continue to shine in Cambridge through Angeli Christian Books & Gifts…