A mother-of-two who lost her job when a finance firm made cutbacks has invested her redundancy pay in a Christian bookshop.
Janet Burgoine, 37, of Chatsworth Drive, Wellingborough, has been an active member of the town's Baptist congregation and has also been a church youth leader.
She realised there was a need for a Christian bookshop and resource centre in the town and this led her to open her shop, Amazing Grace.
The ecumenical bookshop was officially launched when ministers from all the leading churches in Wellingborough gathered at the premises in Midland Road to launch the venture.
Mrs Burgoine said: "I suppose I must have felt there was some reason for me losing my job and opening Amazing Grace has given me a new purpose."
In addition to books, the shop sells Bible study material, videos and CDs, greetings cards and gifts – all on a Christian theme – and if a particular book is not in stock it can be ordered.
Mrs Burgoine, who used to live in Chingford in Essex, moved to Wellingborough with her husband Peter 15 years ago.
The couple have two daughters – 14-year-old Hayley, who helps her mother in the bookshop, and 12-year-old Kyrie. Amazing Grace can be contacted on 01933 277111.