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I'm OK - You're Not: The Message We're Sending Nonbelievers And Why We Should Stop Paperback – January 5, 2007

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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 turns evangelism upside down and engages in just enough hyperbole to effectively make his point.... Shore ends each chapter with sets of extended comments from unbelievers on what they want to say to Christians. Shore calls these sections Ouch, and that is what they are. These unbelievers are articulate, thoughtful and way out in front of many Christians on the subject of love, respect and dialog.... 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"

A frank discussion of a crucial flaw in modern evangelical movements. Emphasizing the concept that letting others experience Gods love is far more potent than simply telling them about it, I m OK - You're Not emphasizes the importance of listening to the Great Commandment above all. The Great Commandment referred to is as spoken by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Penned with gentle charm, Christian humor, love, and understanding, "I m OK - You re Not deserves to be required reading for any Christian considering embarking upon an evangelical mission or career. --Midwest Book Review

A must-read not just for pastors, but for anyone who has a passion for the Gospel, yet lacks the ability to see the Church as others often see it. Shore succeeds in presenting a viewpoint worthy of consideration and advantageous for the growth of outreach-focused believers. --Outreach Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group (January 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600060579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lutz on November 25, 2007
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As you can see from the other reviews, people are very polarized over this book. Some absolutely love it, while others abhor it. It is very polarizing because it tells Christians to love neighbors without being so forceful about it. The author recommends to get to know non-Christians instead of simply telling every non-Christian you know that they need to be Christian.

If you think that evangelizing is the most important thing a Christian can do, then you will dislike this book. If you are uncomfortable evangelizing or think Christians need to be more loving to non-Christians, you will like it. The author does not make many points that are overly persuasive, so you will likely leave the book thinking the same things that you thought before reading it.

Since everyone else just wants to argue over Christian theology, I will stay away from that and focus on the book itself. I thought the author was hard to read because his writing was very choppy. It had no flow. Although he probably would have been very funny in person, I found many of his jokes not all that funny in book form. Personally I did not find the book all that good even though I agree with a lot of the author's general principles
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John Shore could have condensed his message into half as many pages, but then we'd have missed out on a lot of the fun. This very readable book offered me, dubbed a "Normie" by Shore, a real glimpse into what Christians regard as so swell about being Christian. The discussion questions at the ends of the chapters are more than thought-provoking, and the "Ouch" sections from other "Normies" serve well to illustrate his point. I doubt this live-and-let-live movement will sweep the planet any time soon, but maybe a few people will understand each other better. And isn't that the point?
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This book is sure to raise the hackles of its intended audience. Sadly, most of the intended audience will not take time to read this book. As a member of the 'Christian Club' John Shore pokes fun at the exclusivist nature of a large portion of American Christianity while offering a sober critique of the Christian Culture that defeines much of the Religious Right. As a former evangelical, I found myself alternating between wincing and cheering. Especially difficult to swallow are the concluding stories of each chapter, entitled 'Ouch', that contain the comments of non-Christians about Christians. It takes a great deal of bravery to write a book like this about Christian community, which will certainly be tempted to ostracize Mr. Shore for writing so candidly. Yet, his criticism is spot on...though a bit tamer than his blogs. Still, this will appeal to those like me who have emerged from a conservative upbringing and began to question the way that the faith treats nonbelievers. If you are not part of the Christian community, this book won't be as compelling to you. Certainly, you need to be insider to get some of the humor. But it is well written and I enjoyed the Kindle version. The price is nice, about half the cost of similar books from Rob Bell and Tony Jones. You won't be out much..so give it a try! I look forward to checking out some of Shore's other books on Amazon.
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For so long the church has blamed unbelievers for it's lack of success in winning them to the Lord, when actually it's often our own fault. We tend to come across as superior and better than them, and tell them they're not OK and they need to change to be like us, and that we don't accept and care about them the way they are. Then we wonder why they run the other way. Hmm.
The author also has some very good points on the difference between our fulfilling The Great Commission, versus fulfilling The Great Commandment, and how we seem to have a hard time doing both at the same time. He also gives us a clue which one would be the most important to Jesus.
All this and a lot of good humor to make the message more palatable. What more could you want?
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Rumor has it that this book is being targeted for censureship by a few angry Evangelicals (or others?) who want to destroy John Shore's exercise of his rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

GIVE ME A BREAK!

John Shore isn't advocating anything that the Catholic church hasn't been teaching for years!

'Evangelize by BEING a Christian'

'Preach the gospel; if necessary, use words.'
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The thrust of this book is like water in the desert for one raised in fundamentalist Christianity. There are many "aha!" experiences for this reader, yet I give it only three stars because of the style of writing. It took a while to get past the attempts to be cute and funny that are quite jarring initially. The content finally overcame that shortcoming, ultimately leading to this recommendation especially for those steeped in the absolutes of overzealous evangelicalism. The author gives much to consider about flawed attempts at witness that spoil relationships and can do more damage than good.
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By Mark on January 15, 2014
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I got the book as our church needs to expand its outreach to our local community. In the past many of the members had reputations of acting better than others from the wrong side of the tracks. Mr. Shore has done a great thing to outline a method to try and outreach to the unchurched and those who have had less than a good experience at church. I gave the book to my pastor and recommended that it be passed around the church. I may buy another copy for the church. Thank you Mr. Shore!
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