Item description for I'm OK -- You're Not: The Message We're Sending Unbelievers And Why We Should Stop by John Shore...
Overview Instead of reading the back of this book, shouldn't you be out right now evangelizing someone?
It's easy to feel that way, isn't it? Like you're failing to meet your evangelism quota for this lifetime? On the other hand, let's face it: "Sharing" our faith with nonbelievers can often feel like making a sales call during dinnertime?uninvited, unacceptable, and unlikely to get any results.
Author John Shore proposes a radical solution: Maybe it's simply time to take our focus off of evangelism. With humorous insights and a wealth of "me too" moments, John suggests that we shift our emphasis from fulfilling the Great Commission to really living the Great Commandment. After all, the only thing better than telling someone about God's love is letting them actually experience it.
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Studio: NavPress Publishing Group
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600060579 ISBN13 9781600060571
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More About John Shore
John Shore is an award-winning book author who writes the immensely popular blog JohnShore.com. 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.
John Shore currently resides in San Diego. John Shore was born in 1958.
Reviews - What do customers think about I'm OK -- You're Not: The Message We're Sending Unbelievers And Why We Should Stop?
Evangelize or love without pushing? Nov 25, 2007
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
BIG Disappointment Aug 23, 2007
Mr. Shore is probably a great guy, but Theologian he's not.
His misuse of the Scriptures makes me wonder if the publisher, Navpress, even read the book.
A Buddhist highly recommended the book to me. ...that should have been my first warning sign.
No disrespect, but don't waste your time and money unless you're going to put it in the "cults" section of your library.
Please don't buy this!!! Jul 21, 2007
While I am sure John Shore has a desire to help fellow Christians, this book does nothing of the sort. Instead, it is telling Christians not to obey one of Jesus' commands. Jesus' command in Matt. 28:16-20 is to make disciples. The way we are to do this is go into the world (that means witnessing), baptize them when they make a public declaration of faith, and teach them the truth in Scripture. John mistakenly thinks that this command conflicts with the greatest commands to love God and love your neighbor. The two are not contrary to each other. Rahter, they are in harmony. If we truly love our neighbor, we will warn them of the Day of Judgment to come where people will stand before God and have to give an account of their life. If they are found in their sins, they will spend eternity in hell. Warning people of this horrible fate and telling them about of the Gospel is loving them. Likewise, if we love God we will witness since this is a command (just look at the Greek in Matt. 28:18). Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love me, you will obey my commandments". So if we love God and want to fulfill the greatest commandment, which is to love God will all our very being, we will obey all his commands. This includes the tough ones like evangelizing. We don't get to pick and choose. Please don't let this book tickle your ears. Please don't use this book as a way out of sharing your faith. Pray to God to give you courage and be bold and speak to the lost about their eternal fate.
God bless, Pastor Peter O'Neill
Heretical! Shore flat out tells you to disobey Christ's command to witness! Jul 21, 2007
Mr. Shore says that the Greatest Commandment (Love God and love people) is incompatible with the Great "Commission" (tell people about Christ)? How idiotic. These are two things God has commanded us to do... love others and tell others about Christ. In fact, the most loving thing we can possibly do for others is tell them about Christ.
In summary his book's real message isn't about loving God and loving people... it's about self-love. His message is, "Love yourself enough to avoid potentially uncomfortable situations that may occur during witnessing."
Poor Mr. Shore, I wonder how he could possibly actually be a Christian with this theology. It makes me heartsick that the Navigators published this garbage.
In third world countries thousands of babies are born with neonatal conjunctivitis, a serious infection of the eye that causes blindness. In 1995 an eye drop was created by UCLA that can kill the infectious bacteria and prevent sight loss. Imagine you are walking into a hut where a mother is clutching her infant. The child's eyes are red and puffy with crusted swollen lids. In your hand you have a bottle of this miraculous drug -- one drop in each eye, and this child will not go blind. However, before you can put the drops in those eyes, you're going to have to talk to the mother about the fact that something is wrong with her baby. You're going to have to say, in essence, "you're not OK."
But, imagine that you are so frightened that this may cause her to feel uncomfortable that you elect not to talk to her at all. You decide that if you're just friendly to her for a couple of months, perhaps she will ask you about the drops.
How horrific! Only the most UN-loving, self-centered, cringing, coward would elect to not speak because they were afraid of causing a little temporary discomfort!
If you really care about that woman and her poor, suffering child, you will run up to her, tell her something is wrong with her baby, and then tell her what you hold in your hand. And the same is true for evangelism. Sin is the disease, and Christ's precious blood is the miraculous cure. Sure, the person you talk to might feel initially uncomfortable... but if you really care about where they're going to spend eternity... if you really don't want to see them go to Hell... you will love that person enough to wade through that discomfort so that they get the cure.
If this book has any popularity, it can only be with those who do not believe Hell exists, and with those who are looking for an excuse not to share their faith. It is complete heresy... and utterly nonsensical.
Shore teaches the exact opposite of scripture Jul 20, 2007
I noticed something John Shore's theology. His theology is not grounded in the Bible, but rather, in a postmodern, emergent church (cult)world where people are more concerned about hurting other's feelings rather than speaking the truth in love. Where it is more important for a person to enter hell than to hurt their feelings. Gee, I guess Jesus really botched it up with the rich, young ruler and the Pharisees.
The teaching in this book is a total cop-out from seeking and saving the lost. Shore tries desperately to stand behind the greatest commandment of "Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself" which is the whole sum of the Law, yet he has totally missed the point. Warning others with a totally loving and a reasoning heart, that Hell is real and that those who have not been saved by the grace of God will be punished there, but that there some awesome good news (Gospel)is not a contradiction to God's command to love. In fact it is not loving at all when John Shore attests that he would rather not talk to a stranger about these eternal matters but rather avoid them for fear of rejection or making them mad or hurting their feelings. People's eternal souls are at stake here! We, as Christians, are those, whom have been saved from death ourselves and are now in the lifeboat (that is Christ) on our way back to the "Titanic" wading through the frozen corpses and yelling "Is anyone there?" And acting out of pure love to save those who are perishing, pulling them in from the fire.
John Shore say's that the greatest commandment to "love thy neighbor" is greater than the "great commission." Shore says that a commandment is greater than a commission and that the two are incompatible. What kind of scholarly research is this? Anyone, with the Holy Spirit indwelling,who correctly interprets the Bible knows this is a horrible way to interpret, or rather pathetic if I may be blunt. Matt. 28 and Mark 16:15 do not use the word "Commission." Jesus said "Go..." and then he tells us how to go. This is a command, not a suggestion. I believe Shore is relying on the "headers" that people have put into the Bible to help readers define sections of the Bible and he's clearly not reading the context of the passage. It seems as if he is looking at the header words "The Great Commission" in his Bible and thinking that it is scripture. In essence John Shore is telling Christians that Jesus is really contradicting himself and that one part of Jesus command is lesser than the other. This is complete and utter heresy that is being taught here, and I am very disturbed that so many people have flocked to this book. It's like the prayer of Jabez again, another heretical teaching. Everything that Jesus says weaves together in a common thread, it can and never does contradict with itself. The Word of God is God breathed, it is totally unified. Every essence of it is pure and undefiled and definitely NOT in contradiction to each other.
If you don't want to evangelize as Shore has stated that you shouldn't, then this book is for you, but keep in mind that you have violated God's command to love - which is something that Shore has emphatically stated that you shouldn't, so you're in a conundrum - because you would rather see people enter hell, than warn, reason, and share the Gospel to a stranger in love for fear that they may be upset at you. Shore totally missed what Jesus said "Unless you repent, then you will perish" And the implication there is, "in hell." We must reach the lost, in the fullness of love and compassion and obedience to Christ's command to "Go preach the Gospel..." with the unsaved so they may not perish. Why is John saying we shouldn't do this?
This book gets 4-5 stars, why? Because people want to get their ears tickled and Shore's book provides people with an easy out, after all who really wants to evangelize? (sarcasm).