In September 2011 Joy & Martin Denny, obeying the Lord in faith, opened The Word Bookshop on Castle Road. Both as their pastor and as a former retailer, I sought to encourage them but also to be cautious and realistic in my advice.
Despite small premises, adverse economic conditions and online competition, which has led to the closure of many Christian bookshops, Martin and Joy have traded successfully now for almost five years. The shop is managed in a friendly, godly and businesslike way. They have sold many books, particularly Bibles, and give helpful and practical advice to customers.
I recommend the bookshop wholeheartedly and unreservedly. I use it myself and encourage my congregation to invest in books both for themselves and their family and friends, as well as finding resources for our children’s and youth work.
Paul Sands, Senior Leader, Three Rivers Church Bedford