“Publisher’s Weekly” Demands Readers Buy My Book!

Okay, fine. It’s not my book; it’s our (as in mine and Stephen Arterburn’s) book — and PW didn’t demand its readers buy Being Christian so much as they did publish, in this week’s issue, this review of it:

Being Christian: Exploring Where You, God, and Life Connect

Stephen Arterburn and John Shore. Bethany House, $19.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-7642-0426-5

Arterburn (Every Man’s Battle series) and Shore (I’m OK—You’re Not) have designed a thoroughly comprehensive and refreshingly engaging primer on foundational Christian tenets. Readers from across the spectrum of Christian experience (newbies, veterans and seekers alike) will find this biblical question-and-answer format compellingly practical. Although it is written from an evangelical perspective, other Christians will learn from it, too, and appreciate the authors’ clear approach. The book addresses specific, often thorny questions: how is God simultaneously Father, Son and Spirit? Why does God allow evil to exist? Why must Christians pray for their enemies? How are they to understand “fallen” Christian leaders? What is original sin? And how do confession, repentance and Christ’s atonement and resurrection play into the Christian’s daily faith journey? Arterburn and Shore further enhance their excellent guide with wit, humor and gentle pokes at the church’s foibles. Whether individuals are just wondering about God or serious in their religious pursuit, this book is a valuable resource. (Sept.)

Isn’t that loverly?

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  • Candace

    Oh, yay, I get to be first to comment. PSYCH!

    Great to see this, John. Very nice cover (which is important, isn’t it? More so than folks might think.)

    Since PW says so, I suppose I shall just have to go buy it. Or wait. It’s possible I pre-ordered it from Amazon. Oh well, whatever — I will be reading it, for sure.

    Congratulations! Did you do anything celebratory to mark the occasion?

  • Candace: Yeah, it is a nice cover. We had lots of talk over it–I’m pretty sure the publisher wishes I’d had LESS to say about it. But, yeah: the cover’s everything. And no, we did nothing celebratory around it. Thanks for asking, though. But, no. Whaddaya gonna do? It’s a wonderful feeling, though. PW doesn’t do a lot of religious books. That they did ours at ALL is huge; that they said such good things about it is really… special.

  • Lynn

    John, congrats to you and Stephen! Perfect cover illustration. Sounds like it will be a substantial and informative read.

  • Thanks, Lynn. Honestly, it is a good book. I’m very proud of it.

  • Dan Harrell


    It’s on my list. Barn’s & Nobel has it for pre order but Amazon doesn’t yet. Just the kind of book I need for the four hour daily train commute.

    Thanks John and congratulations to both of you.


  • Thanks, Dan. That’s really kind of you. (You commute FOUR HOURS a day? Yikes, man. That’s a lot.)

  • Yes! Congrats to you and Stephen. So happy you’re out there, John… speaking out. You’ve captured many of us ….largely because of your style and honesty….the topics you’re covering are what people outside the church have questioned over the decades. …can’t wait to get the book!

  • arlywn

    wow…. um. congrats!

    Omg! my manager told me I dont believe in god because I got bored in church…. I dont know how to respond to that. I really dont. Thats like saying you dont believe in evolution because a scientist bored you. wait… did that make sense? Was that a good analogy?

    oh, and my cat sounds like a squeaker toy when she sneezes.

  • That is so great! Congrats. I listen to Stephen quite often on Christian radio and enjoy him very much. What a great collaboration (hope I spelled that right).

  • Dan Harrell

    Ooops, Barnes and Noble. Well nevertheless it is a four hour commute to Chicago by train, so lots of reading time.

    Would you comment on something I heard last night at church–that is, on the very real possibility that God uses people to deliver messages? The idea is that the delivery is usually made by someone who has no clue what the message means, to someone who is desparate for the message. I have noticed an absence of burning bushes lately.

  • Thanks, Gret and Lady. I really appreciate these kind words. (Oh, and I have no idea if you’ve spelled “collaboration” correctly. I’m not really much of a speller.