UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question
John Shore (who is straight) is one of America’s leading Christian writers on the subject of the relationship between LGBT people and Christianity. His pioneering, galvanizing essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. UNFAIR offers the best of Shore’s writings on homosexuality and Christians/Christianity, along with thirty extremely moving life stories from people telling what it’s like to grow up both gay and Christian. The book’s opening essay, “Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality,” is a must-read for anyone seeking clarity on the relationship between the Bible, Christianity, and LGBT people. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one. (This is the revised and updated edition of Shore’s book, UNFAIR: Why the ‘Christian’ View of Gays Doesn’t Work.)
“Amen! A book that gives voice to the thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people who have been told they must sacrifice their identity to be Christian” — Believe Out Loud
“For most of us, the fact that gay kids growing up in evangelical homes are made to feel worthless, unloved and unwanted is just plain depressing. For John Shore, it’s a challenge-an opportunity to teach, to preach, to gently mock, and, most importantly, to throw the love of Jesus right back at evangelicals.” — Randy Roberts Potts
“As a former conservative evangelical, and now progressive pastor, I have studied the issue of homosexuality for years. I can say that without a doubt this book is the best treatment of the subject that I have ever read. This should be on the desk of every pastor, teacher or youth leader.” — Roger McClellan, founder, The Progressive Christian Alliance
Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do, by God (as told to John Shore)
One year after his sudden and utterly out-of-the-blue conversion to Christianity (which he describes in the riveting afterword of this book), John Shore found himself overwhelmed by the desire to write something that Christians could give to non-Christians by way of proving that being Christian doesn’t automatically make one an obnoxious, sanctimonious, narrow-minded, homophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical dinkweed. The result is the delightfully profound “‘Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do,’ by God (as told to John Shore),” in which God (who, it turns out, is excruciatingly funny: who knew?) directly answers the dozen objections to Christianity most typically raised by non-Christians.
Winner, 2006 San Diego Book Award for Best Book: Religion/Spirituality
“Shore is a madman and a genius, and this book is so happily wrought I don t know what to say about it except that this is the book many, many folks have been waiting for. It s a genuine triumph, a killer combo of astronomical wit and wisdom. I, for one, would like twenty-five copies immediately.” — Eric Metaxas, author of bestsellers Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop
Immediately upon its publication “I’m OK–You’re Not” proved so controversial that one month after its release its publisher (NavPress) recalled it from stores and wiped it from its web site. (It continued to sell in America and abroad, however, putting its publisher in the awkward position of fulfilling orders for a book of which it was ostensibly unaware.) The central premise of “I’m OK” is that in their zeal to fulfill the Great Commission (“Therefore go and make disciples of all … “) Christians too often–and necessarily–violate Jesus’ Great Commandment (“Love your neighbor as you love yourself”). John Shore’s argument for this case–as engagingly and humorously as he makes it–is simply too powerful to ignore. And Shore doesn’t make it alone. One of the most impactful aspects of this book are the statements that conclude each of its chapters, wherein non-Christians share what it’s like for them to be the object of evangelizing Christians.
“Shore is a humorist whose work is more comedic than Donald Miller, and his appeal to Christians is more direct. Shore is preaching and teaching under the comedy, and he is very effective as a critic and motivator. … Shore appeals to Christians to ponder the nature of love, the importance of honest and mature Christian character and how relationships with non-Christians really look. Shore speaks so much common sense, and skips so much Christian-ese and predictable rhetoric that some Christians will be offended immediately. Younger, thoughtful, humble Christians who know something is very wrong will find Shore saying exactly what they have been thinking. This is a great book for a discussion group, and it has questions to stir up those discussions. If you let this book loose in church, however, the response may be explosive, which would be a lot of fun. An outstanding book to stir up thought and conversation. And a good book to show to a thoughtful unbeliever. “– Michael Spencer, a.k.a The Internet Monk, author of the bestseller Mere Churchianity
Seven Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships, And How To Defeat Each One of Them
Since its publication thousands of women have used John Shore’s revelatory Seven Reasons Women Find Themselves in Abusive Relationships to completely and permanently turn around their lives. Penetratingly clear and breathtakingly insightful,Seven Reasons is a must-read for any woman ensnared in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship. Such a relationship is like a frighteningly dark cave; Seven Reasons carefully, directly, and lovingly walks any women trapped in such a cave back out into the light. As surely as any abused woman will recognize herself in the seven reasons Shore gives for why people first get attracted to and then stuck in such relationships, she will find salvation in his prescription for defeating each one. A women in an abusive relationship has lost something core to herself; Seven Reasons restores it to her.
This is a very detailed and extremely supportive article about the reasons women tell themselves they need to stay put in abusive relationships. — CreativeConflicts.com
An excellent piece of writing that speaks very practically about the reasons someone stays in a bad relationship. Worth looking at, even if you are not someone, nor do you know someone who is abusive. The answers John gives helps us understand how it is that we may do things that do not seem like it’s in our best interest. It is a wonderfully well written, easy to understand and non-clinical approach to answering the question, “Why do some women stay in abusive relationships?” — RealHope.com
Whether this is a problem for you now, or for someone you know, it impacts people too often. There are many reasons we stay in abusive relationships. Shore’s insights, understanding, wit and humor can help all of us—male and female. — MenAlive.com
Comma Sense: A FUNdamental Guide to Punctuation
Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and semicolon are large and small intestines? If so, language humorists Richard Lederer and John Shore (with the sprightly aid of illustrator Jim McLean), have written the perfect book to help make your written words perfectly precise and punctuationally profound.
“Comma Sense is a clear, entertaining, and just plain helpful guide to the American rules of punctuation.” —Lynne Truss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves
“Of my 465 books on punctuation—I’ve read them all—Comma Sense is the wisest and funniest. It’s the only one you really need.”— Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner’s Modern American Usage
“A thorough field guide to the pesky little critters of the punctuation forest. Lederer and Shore hit the marks!”—Bill Walsh, author of The Elephants of Style