Rolling Hills rolls out the books

By William Midkiff

Rolling Hills Ministries opened the doors to its newest location earlier this month – a bookstore with over 20,000 individual titles, as well as an integrated coffee shop.

This nonprofit organization, founded in 2003, specializes in five core facets of service: disaster relief, recreational programs, compassion ministries, international missions and thrift stores.

There are currently six Rolling Hills thrift stores which specialize in selling clothing, but also offer furniture, jewelry, kitchenware and any other donated items.

Daniel Barnes, manager of the new bookstore, believes that the balance between high quality and affordability is essential to the mission of the Rolling Hills thrift stores.

“Our goal is to be able to bring people together for the best shopping available and try to keep our prices as low as possible, so that people can get the necessities they need—especially during this time, with inflation,” Barnes said.

“We try to put out the highest quality that we can, because we don’t want people to not be proud of what they have.”

Each Rolling Hills thrift store has always received book donations and was offering those titles at their respective locations, but because of the new bookstore, there is now one centralized place to shop for donated books.

The project was first suggested around seven months ago, although it seems to be unclear who originated the idea.

“None of us remember who came up with the idea,” Barnes said. “God planted a seed, and it has just grown and grown and grown.”

Barnes believes that, in addition to providing a home for all the book donations, this new location also attracts a different audience than the other Rolling Hills stores.

“The bookstore is giving us an opportunity to reach a different type of people. It’s a slower-paced environment than the thrift stores,” Barnes said. “We hope we’re meeting a different need, where people can have a place to go and work, but also to fellowship and make friends and sit in the coffee shop together.”

The Rolling Hills Ministries Bookstore is located at 1103 Farmerville Highway, and is open every day of the week except Sunday.

“We’re just really excited for a new opportunity to serve our community,” Barnes said. “Because that’s what we’re here for.”

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