So you are probably wondering what Jordan is up to while I’m either at school or doing all this weird blogging.
Jordan is a book seller. He searches books, scans books, buys books, sells books.
And he is great at what he does.
Before I get started on telling you the ins and outs of book selling here is a bit of history. Jordan’s grandpa was a book seller. He went out and collected valuable books and sold them. This has been passed down to uncles and cousins and the responsibility has found repose in his hands, where he has taken what he has learned from the generations before and made it his own little business.
Jordan started selling books on Amazon during his last semester in college. His cousin Adam started selling books as a result of other family members who had found much success in the business. He took the time to show Jordan the ropes, bringing him along on book sales, teaching him to buy, sell and ship. A type of apprentice…and the rest is history.
Since then, he has been booking-it-up. When we got to Pensacola, my parents came down with boxes and boxes of books, and Jordan sat for hours scanning and listing the books. He spends his days driving around to thrift stores and meeting with students who are selling books. He goes to book stores, garage sales, and pawn shops to buy books. “Then what?”, you ask. Then he spends hours listing the books on Amazon.com and as they sell, he ships.
There are two things that I love about this job: I can help in some way, shape, or form (even if it’s just sitting and reading while he scans or praying from home for the Lord to bless his endeavors), and I get to see (and sometimes “borrow”) the books that he brings in. There have been some good ones, and our book collection has certainly grown as he has brought in some of our favorites to sell. Better than spending double the price at Barnes and Noble for a book we have been wanting to read!
Also, his job is a wonderful way to meet people and begin to build relationships. Because Jordan’s shipping is endless he has the opportunity to become acquainted with many of the postal office workers and has even made acquaintances with the person waiting patiently behind him offering at times to pay for their postage. He strives through his business to give glory and honor to Christ through diligence, provision and the relationships he is making. It just shows how anything can become something meaningful for the Kingdom…even selling books.
I have been so blessed by Jordan’s hard work and diligence, selling books as a means to provide for us. We are praying about the possibility of stepping out on faith and doing this book thing full time. Who knows, maybe the Lord will even bless it as our “tent making” on the mission field. Either way, we have both been blessed by the Lord’s provisions and are excited to see where HE takes this little business.
Soooo…if you have any books you just can’t get rid of, get in contact with the Book Man, he can hook you up!
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.