John Shore is an award-winning author who blogs at JohnShore.com and for The Huffington Post.
UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Questionby John Shore
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Shore is America’s leading Christian writer on the subject of gay people and Christianity. His essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. It offers the best of Shore’s writings on homosexuality and Christians/Christianity, along with heart-wrenchingly letters from gay people telling what it’s like to grow up, and live today, 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.")
Dan Savage ("American Savage," "It Gets Better," "Savage Love") writes: "The touching, brave, and frequently heartbreaking letters in 'UNFAIR' should be required reading for any Christian who claims that gay people can't also be Christians--and for LGBT people who feel there's some conflict between their sexual orientations or gender identities and their faith. John Shore is sharp, he's funny, and he's right. To find out why I've called him America's preeminent non-douchey Christian, buy and read this book. And I challenge anyone who believes that the Bible justifies the persecution of their gay and lesbian neighbors--particularly those on the religious right who've made lucrative careers for themselves out of bearing false witness against their gay and lesbian neighbors--to read this book's opening essay, 'Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality.'"
Here is some of what others have said about Mr. Shore:
"John Shore is awesome. The minute I started reading his stuff, I knew he was a brother from another mother." -- Rob Bell, author of "Love Wins," "Sex God," and "Velvet Elvis."
"John Shore is America's leading non-douchey Christian." -- Dan Savage, "Savage Love," and founder of the It Gets Better Project.
"John Shore is a gadfly, calling the Christian Church everywhere to act the way it says it believes about love and justice, which of course makes him an uncomfortable presence in those churches that do not like to be forced to face reality. So were the prophets of old. So was Jesus of Nazareth." -- John Shelby Spong, author of "Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World," "Why Christianity Must Change or Die," "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism," and others.
"John Shore is funny as hell and smart as hell, which is good because I've heard that we're both going to spend a long time there." -- Tony Jones, "Theoblogy"; author of "The New Christians," and "The Sacred Way."
"Shore is a humorist whose work is more comedic than Donald Miller, and his appeal to Christians is more direct." -- Michael Spencer, a.k.a. The Internet Monk, and author of the bestseller "Mere Churchianity."
"John Shore's unique, honest, and passionate writings draw us to dig a little deeper, to listen with the intention of truly hearing and understanding each other. He gives voice to those without a platform; he puts into words our latent questions/ observations about today's topics that are begging to be addressed from the viewpoint of an informed Christian"-- Spencer Burke, founder of TheOOZE.com
"Shore is a madman and a genius."— Eric Metaxas, author of bestsellers "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery," and, "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy," the Christian Bookseller Association 2011 Book of the Year.
"John Shore is a remarkably gifted writer who knows exactly what he is doing." — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean" (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), "Twelve Times Blessed," and "The Breakdown Lane."
"John Shore is one of those rare writers who can make people laugh and think at the same time. He's one of the most talented, funny, and deeply thoughtful writers I know. He’s a sincere pleasure to read." -- Richard Louv, author of international bestsellers "Last Child in the Woods," and "The Nature Principle."
"John Shore, the legitimate son of Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Barry, writes with a freaky energy and humor and imagination that illuminate his characters’ and readers’ hearts. He’s the real thing.” -- Richard Lederer, author of more
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