The Progressive Christian Alliance’s Review of My Book, “Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang”

Today The Progressive Christian Alliance has published a review of my book, Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang. Click here to read that review.

If you end up being interested in the book, you can now buy “Penguins” as a $2.99 Kindle book, or a NookBook. If you’d like to buy an autographed and inscribed hard copy for $12.99 (plus $3 s & h), you can do so via the “A Real Book!” box in the right hand sidebar, or by visiting this page.

If you’d like to read a little of the basically unbelievable background of the publishing of this book, see my post Penguins, My “Blasphemous Christian Book,” Finally Returns Home.

I wrote Penguins because (having just converted), I almost desperately wanted something Christians could give to their non-Christian friends and associates by way of proving to them that just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you’re insane. So I knew the book had to be short, funny, and directly answer the main big complaints that most non-Christians have against Christians and Christianity.

I’d be very okay with Penguins being the only thing I ever wrote.

Anyway, thanks to PCA’s Roger McClellan for the great review.

Oh, to sort of catch up generally: is now running an interview with me. I don’t want to give anything there away, but in the interview I do use the name Throckmorton Nutzenbeer, try to champion the word bloog, reference bladder fiddles, and go on a bit about my favorite TV show no one’s ever heard of. So, you know.

My review of Hop is now on HuffPo’s Entertainment page.

“The Smith Family Chronicles 7: “Have You Forgotten Our Love?” is now on HuffPo’s religion page.

And I need haircut. But that’s really neither here nor there.



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  • Carlos

    Shaggy-haired authors are teh hawt, so your wife should be very happy.

  • That’s awesome, congrats John!

    Also, I’m not a huge fan of the ‘like’ button on Facebook, but I do wish there was one on the comment you posted over there =p

  • Suz

    That was a good review; if I hadn’t already read the book, I’d certainly want to now. When I lend “Penguins…” to people, I always wonder if they’re going to dismiss it as shallow because it’s short and funny. So far, that is NOT the reaction I’m getting.

    “What I was not expecting though was just how substantial the book is. Many times while reading, I found myself highlighting, dog-earing pages saying ”ouch” in response…” I guess Roger agrees, and he says it very well.

    I hope it wins you more readers AND SALES!