I followed him past multiple customers and an abundance of shelves filled with thousands of Christian texts. We arrived in the "Theology" section that already had a customer perusing the available books.
The clerk pulled the book I was looking for off of the shelf, made a positive comment about Grudem and then handed me the book. He then asked if there was anything else he could help me find. Seeing an opportunity for humor, with a dead-serious facial expression, I responded, "Oh, yeah. I'm also looking for that one book by Joel Osteen. I think it's called, "My"...um, or "Your Best Life Now".
The man literally stared it me for a moment; it seemed like eternity. With the most sincere and serious face, he retorted, "We don't carry any of Osteen's materials, sir." Still attempting to not bust out in laughter, I responded, "Well, why not?"
He glanced down at the book he had just handed me and then our eyes met, "I think you know why, sir."
[Do YOU know why?]
I could contain myself no longer, especially considering his reaction. I busted out in laughter and let him off the hook. He smiled, I thanked him for his help and he went on his way. I paid for the items and left the store...smiling the whole way home.