The Accidental Publishers

The Accidental Publishers

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Preserving Christian Publications

In 1983, John Parrot faced a daunting task: clearing out the collection of almost 900 books he had inherited from his parents. Plus, he had to move fast, due to an impending house sale.

Fast forward 30 years, and today John has turned this initial sale into one of the gems of the Catholic publishing world: Preserving Christian Publications (PCP). This is story of how John made this happen, with a little help from his friends and co-workers.

After realizing that there was indeed a market for traditionally Catholic works, John’s first steps included expanding his parents’ collection by collecting used books from various places — including the dumpster of a closing religious house.

 

John’s first steps included expanding his parents’ collection by collecting used books from various places — including the dumpster of a closing religious house. 

Through his efforts, and those of close friends Francis Panakal and Brian Pouliot, important books that were in danger of never seeing the light of day again were now being matched with fellow Catholics seeking a deeper understanding of their ancient Faith.

This is the work not simply of bibliophiles who fear losing quality books, but of men of faith, who fear the loss of a crucial piece of our collective Catholic memory. Over 100,000 second-hand books have been sold through PCP, but John and friends were not content to rest with “merely” saving already-printed books from the trash heap.

This is the work not simply of bibliophiles who fear losing quality books, but of men of faith, who fear the loss of a crucial piece of our collective Catholic memory.

Realizing that many of these important books were out of print and soon to be lost to the world, PCP decided to begin reprinting soon-to-be-lost books.  In 1988, a scant five years after they accidentally opened their doors, PCP began publishing new copies of some of the classic works they had rescued.

Catholics the world over rejoiced.

Today a darling of the Catholic homeschooling world, Preserving Christian Publications publishes and distributes books which no one else does. These are books that homeschoolers are happy to be able to use to further their children's education.  PCP’s offerings are traditionally Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and, quite frankly, excellent — an attribute not found in many of today's textbooks and other works intended for use in schools.

PCP’s offerings are traditionally Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and, quite frankly, excellent — an attribute not found in many of today's textbooks and other works intended for use in schools. 

Preserving Christian Publications distributes not only great works of well-known authors like G. K. Chesterton, but also smaller but just as valuable works, such as the New Catholic Speller and Word  Book, originally published in 1895.  To people looking to raise up the next generation of saints, this is the food on which they want them to feast, and it is PCP that is placing it in their hands. PCP is filling a need and in the process performing a great service not only for Catholics, but for the world.

And it all started almost by accident, with a basement full of good books.

(Editor's Note: Preserving Christian Publications  is located in Boonville, New York.)  

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