For Whom the Economy Tolls

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Stephanie loves books and loves to read. An accountant by trade, Stephanie decided to do what she is passionate about. So, taking her life’s savings, she opened a bookstore in Oregon.

Then the economy took a turn for the worse. Sales declined and bills mounted. Stephanie was forced to close her bookstore at the beginning of this year. Unable to find a job, she took to begging outside her closed bookstore.

While Stephanie did not own a Christian bookstore, her plight affects everyone in the book business. One less store means fewer books sold. Fewer books sold equals less revenue for everyone in the book trade.

Galatians 6:2 says “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Fortunately, Stephanie’s plight eventually came to the attention of the good people in her town and they set up a fund to help Stephanie get back on her feet. Donations can be made to Stephanie Griffin Fund, c/o Glenda Magistrale, Consolidated Federal Credit Union, 2021 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97232.


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4 thoughts on “For Whom the Economy Tolls

  1. I do not mean to sound…well…*mean*, but it is no one’s fault, including Bush’s, that Stephanie’s shop failed. Many businesses went out of business during the economic downturn. These slumps occur often. The difference between those who stay in and those who check out may have many causes unrelated to the economy. It’s true that we must help those who didn’t make it, but playing the blame game is not profitable for anyone. Learn from your own mistakes and move forward. That’s what families and communities are for.

    The sad truth is that Stephanie will probably cash out pretty well with the attention her appeals for pity are getting while others who quietly seek another path of success will still fall short.

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  2. Marcia, while Stephanie is holding a sign blaming Bush for her misfortune, that was not the point of my blog post. It was simply the only picture that I had of her showing her plight. The views expressed in the picture do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this blogger.
    The point of my post was her plight affects everyone in the book business. One less book store means fewer books sold. Fewer books sold equals less revenue for everyone in the book trade; without any fault being tossed around.

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  3. Businesses fail even in good economic times. It may even be a good thing that this business failed, though there isn’t enough information in this post to make such a determination. What you have told us, however, is that this former bookstore owner has a trade but prefers to beg.

    I’m sure there are other details to this story, and I will not pass judgement on this lady when I don’t know those facts. However, I also won’t be contributing to the fund to support a person who prefers to blame others instead of seeking employment, nor do I see the virtue in establishing (or giving publicity) to such a fund.

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  4. Daniel, I did not report the full story. If you want the full story on this woman, you can find it at http://bit.ly/9JMy0. This former bookstore owner has sought employment. I choose to highlight the story because bookstores are failing. It is an issue anyone in the business of writing and publishing books should be aware of. Again, the fewer bookstores to sell books, the fewer books are sold. I also believe that we need to be compassionate to our fellow workers in this book business. I don’t expect everyone to donate to this fund. I simply included it for those who felt led by God to do something.

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