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"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." -- Dan Savage, founder, It Gets Better

"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, The Progressive Christian Alliance

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John Shore is an award-winning book author who writes the popular blog JohnShore.com. A straight Christian, his seminal work on the relationship between LGBTQ people and Christianity has been featured on Savage Love, The Huffington Post, The Dish, Advocate.com, GLAAD, Joe. By. God, LGBTQ Nation, Believe Out Loud, Truth Wins Out, The New Civil Rights Movement, Good As You, Towleroad, Box Turtle Bulletin, The Center for Progressive Christianity, The Christian Left, Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, The Christian Post and others. A pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance, John is also the founder of Unfundamentalist Christians.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490365885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490365886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a a beautifully agonizing read. If you are a person of Christian faith, don't read it unless you have a lot of courage. Those featured represent millions of people who suffer at the hands of our collective need to be "right". By sharing their experiences, they give us a gift that can't be measured and John's artful, insightful commentary glues their stories together in unforgettable ways.

You'll read this book and never be the same. May all of us who are religious be brave enough to let it. And for those in the GLBT community, I hope this in some way repairs the terrible damage we've done to you - to your community - to you as kids, to you now as adults. We've diminished you so terribly and ourselves in the process. "Sorry" will never be enough but I hope, I hope, I hope that this will ease the burden you carry of Christians telling your story without you even in it.
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I haven't read the whole book, because I just purchased it this morning. However, I flipped to the last chapter, where John and his wife Catherine present the whole case: why Christians are wrong for persecuting gays, and the REASON Paul condemned homosexuality. All of this is BACKED UP BY SCRIPTURE, so if you want to say "That's not what the Bible says," then you are WRONG.
The case presented here is so clear, so logical, it's impossible to argue. Christians like to cherry-pick their scriptures to fit their cause, but this essay makes you think of the Bible as a whole, and does NOT ALLOW you to do that. Incredible, really.

I'll update as I read from the beginning, but this book is SO WORTH your ten bucks, even if the only chapter you read is the last one.
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I like John Shore's style of writing, (though at times it does lean toward being a bit too snarky) and his thoughtful, reasoned approach to the writings in scripture when it comes to the issue of the GLBT question and Christianity. I was raised Methodist (now an Episcopalian) and was taught that we approach religious issue from the standpoint of 1. Scripture, 2. Tradition, 3. Reason, and 4. Personal Experience. (A process refered to as the Wesley Quadrilateral). Shore does a good job of exploring 3 and 4, especially with the personal stories in the book. If you are on the fence about your feelings of the BLTG issue in the church, read this with an open mind while trying to overlook his sometimes demeaning humour.
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This little book is comprised mostly of testimonial letters from gay Christians that were sent to the author, John Shore. Between letters, the author has written short essays to expand on points made in the letters. If you believe (or know somebody that does) that homosexuality is a choice, this book should disavow you / them of that notion. These painful letters written by Christians who if they had a choice, would absolutely choose to be heterosexual, are heartbreaking reminders of how much damage our church does to its' gay members when we reject, shun and condemn them as sinners.
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I mean, I had read other reviews that stated this book was just a collection of articles from "UnFundamentalist Christians," and yes, that's true. However, I found some of the "articles" to be lucid, incisive and gripping. Others,....eh. I'm still an Evangelical and still find that dogmatism of the left to be as tiresome as dogmatism of the right (excepting that at least antiquity is in the right's favor...sometimes). So, this is a so-so recommendation.
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John Shore gets right to the heart of this subject, reaffirming to all that God loves them and explains once and for all why the ones who use the Bible to condemn LGBT people are just plain mistaken. The personal essays written by a number of gay and lesbian Christians will touch your heart...unless your heart is missing or hard.

This is a must read for any LGBT Christian or any LGBT person who thinks they can't be both. I'd also recommend this book highly for any Christian trying to figure out what God really says about gays.
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If you are a gay Christian and trying to reconcile the perceived dichotomy of those two words (gay/Christian), BUY THIS BOOK. If this book did nothing else for me, it let me know that I am not alone. There are so many gay Christians who have struggled to find a place in their faith and have thought the same thoughts that I have, shared the same fears that I have, struggled to keep those worlds separate for too long. John Shore is witty and brilliant and the book is heart wrenching, glorious, and hopeful. I highly recommend this book to both gays and Christians, but especially to gay Christians.
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This book should be required reading for any pastor who preaches that homosexuality is a sin. It should be required reading for any Christian raised to believe that being gay is a ticket to hell. It should be required reading for ALL Christians - but more, for all of us who believe that being gay is no "worse" than being left-handed, red-headed, or under 5' tall. The clarity and beauty of the last chapter gives specific biblical reasoning for why homosexuality was never the topic of Paul or any other biblical writer. Read it. Mr. Shore's casual interspersing of his own writing on the subject - which I have personally witnessed opening the hearts of staunch "gay-as-sin" Christians via his blog - with heart-wrenching letters of gay Christians whose faith could not be diminished even in the face of horrendous treatment by their church communities, makes for compelling reading of the best kind. The kind that makes you think. That allows for love to overpower bigotry. Read this, please!
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