There are several speciality bookstores stocking a range of merchandise that accommodate a particular interest or need. Christian bookstores are one example of this and are popular throughout the Brisbane region. If you're new to Brisbane, I've listed a few of my favourites to help get you started.
Koorong Koorong is undoubtedly one of the more popular and well-known Christian bookstores. With stores located throughout most capital cities of Australia, they stock a large range of merchandise from Bibles to key chains. My local Koorong store is located at Woolloongabba and I always head to the mass of clearance items displayed out the front and throughout the store. Very handy for people on a tight budget.
Koorong also host an online store. There are discounts and benefits when you make a purchase either online or in-store (for more details see Koorong's membership program). You can check out their range of products and locations at www.koorong.com.au.
WORD WORD is another popular Christian bookstore. They currently have 19 retail stores located throughout Australia. Like Koorong, they stock a large range of Christian merchandise and tons of products are available for purchasing through their online store. When you visit online, click on the 'markdowns' tab and you'll find plenty of cost-reduced stock.
Don't forget your local library when searching for Christian reading material. I've discovered some fantastic autobiographies (like Trophy of Grace, by Bronwen Healy) and other works by C. S. Lewis, a popular Christian author from the 1900's. If the book you want is currently borrowed, just ask a library staff member to place a hold on it for you. You'll be notified when it's ready for pick-up.
BCC also have an online library catalogue so you can perform searches and reserve books through your online account. Certainly the best reason for going to your local library is the cost – it's totally free. That is, of course, if you remember to return the book on time.
If there are any Christian bookstores you like to visit, please post your comments here about your favourite one (including the store details) and others will be blessed by your findings. Hallelujah