Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cat Problems with Your Christmas Tree?

Want to keep your cat away from those delicate ornaments on the Christmas tree? Make a skirt of aluminum foil. Then sit back and let the fun begin! It's hilarious, yet effective. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

On the light side, here are my two favorite cat videos:

Surprised Kitty

How to Stop a Nightmare

Okay. Since I'm on the subject, let me give you a handy link to 139 incredible cat resources. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

God's Wonderful Promise!

"And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed." —Deuteronomy 31:8

Monday, November 5, 2012

Time-Saving Bible Finder

Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore Bible Finder
Have you ever gone into a bookstore, hoping to buy a Bible? Then you know it can be a very confusing and very long process. Plus, bookstores are limited in the number of Bibles they can display so your choices are really narrowed.

Here at Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore, we offer you over 4,000 choices. We invite you to try our unique, time-saving Bible Finder tool. It will help you to quickly and easily find the exact Bible you want.

First, select a translation. Then click the NEXT button at the bottom of the Bible Finder window. There you can choose what options you would like—red lettering, an indexed Bible or a Bible with a concordance. You can also select the color of the binding. Pick a font type size that's comfortable for your eyes. When you click NEXT, it will instantly show you every Bible in the stock which meets your specifications.

Try it now!

Monday, July 30, 2012

First-Time Shoppers

To help guide you through the purchasing process, we have created step-by-step instructions, suitable for domestic and international purchases. We currently ship to all countries outside the African continent. We encourage you to print this page and keep it beside you, especially if this is a first-time purchase.

Friday, July 20, 2012

How the Internet Works | Handbook of Family Advice

Just wanted to give you a taste of one of our newsletters. Each time we publish one, we try to feature top Christian resources and include some meaningful quotes, plus a how-to video which we hope you'll find useful. Additionally, we provide a calendar look at upcoming free Bible story lessons so parents and teachers can plan ahead.

Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore is the home of Children's Chapel free Bible stories. You'll find subscription instructions in the newsletter that follows. Please help us spread the word so we can get these Bible stories out to as many people as possible.

In today's newsletter, we have pointed out some great resources especially designed for ministers' wives. You can be a great blessing to someone by passing this newsletter along to a friend.

To stay plugged into what's new and keep on top of great Christian resources for your family, church or school, be sure to sign up for our free newsletter.

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Quote of the Day
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her. —Max Lucado

Don't lose hope. When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. —Unknown

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A minister's wife called me one day, searching for Christian resources designed specifically for pastors' wives or ministry wives. She saw so many materials out there for pastors and Christians in general but found it really hard to find something helpful especially for her position in ministry. That prompted me to take the time to put together a list. I pray you find something here that directly ministers to you. Please pass this e-mail along to a ministry wife. Browse the new list of resources.

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A minister's wife called me one day, searching for Christian resources designed specifically for pastors' wives or ministry wives. She saw so many materials out there for pastors and Christians in general but found it really hard to find something helpful especially for her position in ministry. That prompted me to take the time to put together a list.

I pray you find something here that directly ministers to you.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Going the second mile

I had a call today from a customer, searching for some pretty hard-to-find items. First of all, he was surprised anybody even answered the phone and figured he'd just get a recording and have to leave a voicemail message.

He told me he'd called a number of stores but many didn't even answer the phone. When they did, he found no one willing to help him. When someone did answer the phone, they just quickly said, "I'm sorry. We don't have that" and hung up like they were in a big hurry to get off the phone. So much for the kind of "customer service" commonly available nowadays.

When I patiently listened to what he needed and even offered to look elsewhere, doing my best to find what he needed if I couldn't find what he needed in stock, he was shocked. He was amazed I was willing to go the second mile, amazed I would even spend time listening to him.

As I told him—and I'll say it here again—this is a ministry to me. That's why I try to do my level best to help each customer. So how may I help YOU?

Feel free to send inquiries to and I will do my best to help. Or give me a call at 440-941-1008 Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and I'll do my best to answer questions and help you in every way I can.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Our Beginnings

Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore opened its online shopping portals on August 31, 2003, as an outreach of The Missing Link, Inc., its parent organization, linking troubled youth and adults with life-changing programs since 1983, from their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

Chaplain Mario, its founder and president, was converted to Christianity through the power of the printed page entitled The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson. That book sent him on a journey toward Christ and deliverance from nine long years of alcohol addiction.

Today we serve side-by-side in prison and Internet ministry.

Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore is one more additional way we can point hungry hearts to Christian books that change lives and music that restores the soul.

We deeply appreciate your patronage!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to Benefit from Worry

Have years of worry sapped your strength? There's a fierce battle going on where Satan would love nothing better than to gain control of your mind. Constant worry leaves a person vulnerable to the enemy. It saps your energy, leaving you feel completely drained.

Worrying is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere. When I start to worry, I encourage myself with an old Sunday school song that reminds me what I really need to do—pray and trust!

Why worry when you can pray?
Trust Jesus. He'll be your stay.
Don't be a Doubting Thomas.
Rest fully in His promise.
Why worry, worry, worry, worry
When you can pray!

Instead of worrying, invest that energy in praying and trusting God. Sing! Put on some godly worship music that carries you into God's Presence.

There's no need to despise this weakness towards worry. What Satan means for evil, God can use for good. Use it as a tool to draw closer to God. Whenever Satan tempts you to worry, recognize his tactics and see it as your constant need to create an intimacy with God that is well worth the effort.

Each time you flex your spiritual muscles, grabbing the fiery dart of worry that Satan hurls at you, you have an opportunity to strengthen yourself spiritually, by hurling that fiery dart straight back at Satan in the form of prayer, praise, song, worship or quoting Scripture—a mighty arsenal of powerful weapons of spiritual warfare.

Ask God to control your mind. He will bless you with peace in place of worry.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.

—Isaiah 26:3

Battlefield of the Mind Commemorative Edition
Weapons of Our Warfare

Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to our Blog!

In case you're wondering, we'd like to let you meet the people and ministries behind our store, plus share interesting customer stories and helpful shopping tips. Because we understand that life gets tough, we'll also be sharing encouraging quotes and Scriptures to lift your heart along the way.

Hopefully, these entries will help you get to know us better and inspire you to face life with your head held high, knowing you have nothing to fear because God is still in control.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.                  —Isaiah 41:10
Your comments are always welcome here. Never hesitate to let us know how we can help and please feel free to suggest topics you'd like to see covered on this blog or jump in and share a favorite Scripture or quote. You never know whose life you may touch. There are so many people hurting in this world. Together, we can build a loving community where everyone finds a haven—a Christian "vacation spot," away from the troubles and cares of this world.

Go ahead and take a minute to let us hear from you.