Berean Bookstore

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Berean Bookstore in Peoria, IL is truly a blessing for Christians living here. While Barnes and Noble and Borders both have Christian inspiration, Biblical Studies, and other spiritually-centered sections, Berean simply beats them out. Just as well, their customer service is absolutely astounding. The employees are always happy, smiling, and knowledgeable about the products the store sells. The ability to create your own personalized CDs is a tremendous feature that I could almost consider a ministry, personally. The Bible selection and diversity is perfect and easy to browse. Though the store at first can be somewhat difficult to clearly understand, it doesn't take long to figure it out.

Because I feel it is significant to address, I will say that I am slightly uneasy to believe that the events in C.D.'s review below actually happened, seeing as he neither provides us with references of where or when this occurred or ways to verify it. Also, they criticize a store that is not Berean Bookstore, so remember that as well. I have found no evidence of this attitude amongst any of the managers of Berean Book Store, and I am confident the owners would never do such a thing.

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Berean Bookstore in Peoria, IL is truly a blessing for Christians living here. While Barnes and Noble and Borders both have Christian inspiration, Biblical Studies, and other spiritually-centered sections, Berean simply beats them out. Just as well, their customer service is absolutely astounding. The employees are always happy, smiling, and knowledgeable about the products the store sells. The ability to create your own personalized CDs is a tremendous feature that I could almost consider a ministry, personally. The Bible selection and diversity is perfect and easy to browse. Though the store at first can be somewhat difficult to clearly understand, it doesn't take long to figure it out.

Because I feel it is significant to address, I will say that I am slightly uneasy to believe that the events in C.D.'s review below actually happened, seeing as he neither provides us with references of where or when this occurred or ways to verify it. Also, they criticize a store that is not Berean Bookstore, so remember that as well. I have found no evidence of this attitude amongst any of the managers of Berean Book Store, and I am confident the owners would never do such a thing.

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This group also runs Christian Publisher's Warehouse. They were a store doing business in a mall that I own and manage. Despite having a long term lease, they came in a truck after our mall was closed, treated the store manager to a dinner, then returned with her to her store all the while telling her they were there to re-stock the store. Instead, the truck was empty, the horror-struck manager found they had come in the dead of night to empty her store of all the contents, then told her she was fired and to go get unemployment, then they drove off. They never even had the decency to call-- instead, defaulting on the lease and leaving us high and dry with a vacant store that had not even been cleaned. If you like doing business with a company that treats their own people this way and who run off in the middle of the night, then perhaps you should re-check your own affirmation of being a Christian-- or maybe just reassess who you choose to do business with, and determine whether they act consistent with the products they sell and the beliefs they project to you as their customer.Beware the wolf that comes dressed in sheep's clothing!

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This group also runs Christian Publisher's Warehouse. They were a store doing business in a mall that I own and manage. Despite having a long term lease, they came in a truck after our mall was closed, treated the store manager to a dinner, then returned with her to her store all the while telling her they were there to re-stock the store. Instead, the truck was empty, the horror-struck manager found they had come in the dead of night to empty her store of all the contents, then told her she was fired and to go get unemployment, then they drove off. They never even had the decency to call-- instead, defaulting on the lease and leaving us high and dry with a vacant store that had not even been cleaned. If you like doing business with a company that treats their own people this way and who run off in the middle of the night, then perhaps you should re-check your own affirmation of being a Christian-- or maybe just reassess who you choose to do business with, and determine whether they act consistent with the products they sell and the beliefs they project to you as their customer.Beware the wolf that comes dressed in sheep's clothing!

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Berean offers a variety of Christian literature, recordings, cards, and giftware. This is a large store with wide selections. The shopper is able to listen to samples of recordings. They also have music available for performing. You can find a gift item for anyone on your list. Items are available for Sunday Schools and Bible Schools. The staff is always ready to assist and is friendly and knowledgeable. They support local Christian concerts and tickets are often available there.

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Berean offers a variety of Christian literature, recordings, cards, and giftware. This is a large store with wide selections. The shopper is able to listen to samples of recordings. They also have music available for performing. You can find a gift item for anyone on your list. Items are available for Sunday Schools and Bible Schools. The staff is always ready to assist and is friendly and knowledgeable. They support local Christian concerts and tickets are often available there.

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This store had the best selection that I've seen in a Christian Bookstore in a long time. They had a good variety of book categories, music, kids items (videos, toys, books, clothes). They even had a space in their music section where they sold cds from local bands.

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This store had the best selection that I've seen in a Christian Bookstore in a long time. They had a good variety of book categories, music, kids items (videos, toys, books, clothes). They even had a space in their music section where they sold cds from local bands.

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