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Out of the Question

06 June 2014


Your answers

What should we do with unwanted books - theological and other topics - when downsizing for retirement? 

I went online and found there were several organisations that took theological and devotional books. I chose Book Aid, which sends mainly to churches and colleges in Africa. Books that are not suitable are sold in its London outlet. Book Aid has local representatives all over the country. You fill in your address (online), and are told the telephone number of the nearest volunteer, who will give you an address.
Jean James

Please get in touch with your regional ministry training course (via the diocese). Regional students do not always have ready access to theological libraries, and are likely to be grateful for any useful books. I have been over the past three years.
Philip Green (Ordinand, Eastern  Region Ministry Course)
Potters Bar, Herts

Feed the Minds sent me details of what overseas institutions wanted and didn't want. I filled 17 large cartons with what they needed, and a volunteer driver collected them.
(Canon) John Goodchild

Take them to your local hospital for the bookstall. Every hospital I have been in sells books at 50p to raise money for "extra patient treats". Our local Co-op also has a scheme.
Pauline Ratcliffe
Clifton-on-Teme, Worcester

The Revd Dr Michael Brett-Crowther, of the Order of the Orthodox Hospitallers, and I were at college together. The charity he helps to administer in the UK has funds to send Bibles and theological books to India, Africa, and wherever there is a need. I sent a large consignment to the Bishop of Kuching after the Anglican theological college's library was burnt down - all transport costs paid by Michael.(The Revd) Russ Naylor

If you have an account, see if some of them are saleable through Amazon, which takes a percentage, but the potential market is huge.
(The Revd) Judi Hattaway
Arborfield, Berks

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