Christian author of ‘Unashamed’ has a lot to be ashamed about

Christian author of ‘Unashamed’ has a lot to be ashamed about October 14, 2018

When ‘international evangelist’ Christine Caine, above, published a book in 2016 with the cumbersome title of Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny, she put herself on the road to a lawsuit claiming that she had plagiarised an earlier motivational book written in 2015 by Colorado author and life coach Carey Scott.

It’s now reported that Caine and her publishers have reached a settlement with Scott, who sued them in May.

In Scott’s lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Western District of Michigan in May, she named Caine, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc, The Zondervan Corporation and Inc d/b/a Zondervan Publishing as defendants.

Caine also published Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word, in October 2017 through Zondervan Publishing.

Carey Scott

When asked if she wished to comment on the settlement on Friday, Scott replied via email:

No, I do not. Thank you.

Scott’s attorney, Joseph R Delehanty, describes Scott in the lawsuit as a motivational author and speaker whose message focuses on Christian women who battle insecurity and feelings of worthlessness and shame. She developed a number of Bible study methods, ministry aids, and general media and print resources for her audience.

In May 2015, Scott “shared some of her Christian self-help wisdom” in a book with an equally cumbersome title – Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in your Life

Delehanty said:

Ms Scott contends that her work, Untangled, including exact wording, phrasing, and compilation, along with the book’s general thematic message and presentation, is consistently copied, reworded, and derived without authorization within Unashamed and Unshakeable and that there exists proof of direct copying within the book’s promotional materials and printed, e-book, and audio forms.

… This is an action under federal copyright law for injunctive relief and monetary damages arising out of, inter alia, Defendants’ willful infringement and unauthorized use of Plaintiff’s copyrighted work.

Scott reportedly learned of the similarities between her book and Caine’s Unashamed on April 27, 2016, about two weeks before the evangelist’s book was published. She reached out to Caine’s publishers to inform them of the infringement but:

Ms. Caine and Zondervan persisted with the book’s publication.

Scott said that she deeply admired Caine, but:

When I saw my words in her work, it felt like a huge betrayal by someone I trusted.

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  • Agent Cormac

    ‘International evangelist’. ‘Motivational speaker’. Really? What a crock of shit. These are all pseudo job descriptions which actually mean ‘Liar’, ‘Blagger’, ‘Conman/Conwoman’, ‘I’m just a snake oil salesperson’. How anyone still falls for this bullshit is beyond me. But there you go. The world is, has been and always will be filled with gullible eejits.

  • Raging Bee

    …Scott replied via email: “No, I do not. Thank you.”

    Couldn’t find the words this time, I guess…

  • Broga

    The truth is not in them.

  • guerillasurgeon

    Wow – if only they live up to their own 10 Commandments. “Thou shalt not steal”? Or does she kid herself she is just borrowing the words.

  • Jim Jones

    Her next job: Melania’s speech ‘writer’.

  • Jim Jones

    “Indeed it may be said with some confidence that the average man never really thinks from end to end of his life. There are moments when his cogitations are relatively more respectable than usual, but even at their climaxes they never reach anything properly describable as the level of serious thought. The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of clichés. What they mistake for thought is simply a repetition of what they have heard. My guess is that well over eighty per cent. of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought. That is to say, they never think anything that has not been thought before and by thousands.”

    ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

  • Shan

    But if they’re both spreading the word of Gawd and leading folks to Jeebus….why would they care who gets the credit? Isn’t the goal of saving lost souls more important than publishing rights and libel?

    Or are they seeking their reward on earth rather than heaven? That sound hypocritical to me!

  • Broga

    H.L.Mencken: Great polemic and so funny. His reports from the Tennessee Monkey Trial had the USA laughing. We need a Mencken in the the UK. to deal with Faith Schools, Thought for the Day and much else.
    Just discovered the kindle version of the Guardian/Observer for £9.99 a month. I had no idea that it could be so easy to read and identify and jump to different articles. It deserves to succeed.