First of all, let me just say, there is a lot of Christian crap out there. There were a million books, including Christian weight loss and Sarah Palin's latest. My dad picked up a copy of George W's book, and I was a very good girl. I didn't once stick my finger down my throat and make gagging noises, even though I wanted to.
There were CDs and DVDs. There were wall hangings and statues and tchotchkes of all kinds. They had cards, which wasn't surprising, but they also had boxes of children's valentines. They had gift bags with Christ-centered messages on them. Children's toys. I spotted a box of Bible Scrabble. I'm not sure what the difference between that and regular Scrabble is. Maybe the dirty words don't count, or the "no proper nouns" rule is waved and you get to use names from the Bible, like Habakkuk or Abednego.
What was most odd to me were the items that were trying to ape secular crazes. Like Faith Bands- a Biblical version of silly bandz. This dog tag amused me. It says, "thelight", but the font used makes it look an awful lot like Twilight merchandising.
And this was quite possibly the weirdest item I spotted:
It's the Solar Powered Praise Flower! (The ones they sold had words like Love or Hope printed on the base, along with a scripture reference.) These flowers sit on your desk or windowsill and just sort of... sway. Bounce. Cute, but kind of weird. And other than the reference to the Bible verse, I'm not sure what makes it a Praise Flower as opposed to just a plain old flower.
So, that was my trip to the Christian bookstore. Nothing caught fire, and I entertained myself by laughing (quietly, I hope) at all the odd things that people will buy if you slap a cross on it.