I’m a sucker for thrift store books. I mean, a dollar or less for a book? And a whole shelf of them? I can’t get enough.
A few months ago, I was at the thrift store and noticed a stack of books that were obviously part of a series. I began to look through them and it was a whole slew of old Arch Books. I used to read Arch books when I was little. They are slim little paperback versions of Bible stories. As I looked through the books (while sitting on the floor of the thrift store), I remembered some of the drawings from when I was a kid!
These books are printed by Concordia Publishing and apparently, it’s a book club type thing. You subscribe and get ten books each shipment. I’m not sure if the new books are reissues of the old books or completely new versions. Regardless, if you do the book club, you’ll receive 80 books!
You can also get the old books from the 60’s and 70’s (my faves) on Amazon (or in a thrift store, clearly). I have a few of the books from the 90’s and sadly, the illustrations are just…well, 90’s. As I looked through my stash for this post, I realized I have quite a few of the newest versions, too and realized one of my favorite Christmas books is one of the Arch books!
Besides the old illustrations, my favorite part of these books is that they fictionalize parables and other small stories in the Bible.
One of my faves is 2 Men in the Temple (just look at that title font!) which is based on Luke 18:9-14.
Another good one is Sir Abner and His Grape Pickers based on the parable in Matthew 20. Don’t you love the colors?
I think these are great supplements to your library and I’d love to have the whole collection–from any decade! Keep your eyes open next time you’re at the thrift store and snag a few!
Do you have any Arch books at home?
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