(Nashville, Tenn.) – Abingdon Press is pleased to celebrate this season the 20th anniversary of the publication of James Moore’s best-seller Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses. A special anniversary edition includes a new introduction written by Moore, a discussion guide, and new packaging and design. Other new and redesigned titles are set to release in the coming year. 


Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses discusses words, scapegoats, blaming other people, circumstances, past events, even “the devil made me do it!” we use to excuse bad choices we make with our own free will. Moore challenges readers to recognize such situations and to grow beyond them. He reminds us that our faith tells us God sees through our excuses. In his warm, embracing style, James Moore encourages us to seek forgiveness. After all, we are justified by the grace of a loving, caring, forgiving, God and not by our eloquent excuses.


“Yes, we have sinned and we all have a number of excellent excuses, alibis, self-justifications, procrastinations, and rationalizations,” says Moore. “But even more… we have a  God who loves us and who constantly reaches out to us with mercy, forgiveness and amazing grace – and that’s what this book is all about."


Moore’s newest title, Daddy, Is That Story True, or Were You Just Preaching?, has just been released. Other redesigned backlist titles include:

  • Attitude is Your Paintbrush, It Colors Every Situation
  • When All Else Fails Read The Instructions
  • God Was Here And I Was Out To Lunch
  • Some Folks Feel The Rain Other Just Get Wet
  • Noah Built His Ark In The Sunshine
  • If God Is Your Co-Pilot Swap Seats
  • I Hear Voice And That’s A Good Thing


It doesn’t seem possible that Yes Lord, I Have Sinned, But I Have Several Excellent Excuses is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  Jim Moore’s third book, and arguably his best titled book, has from the beginning helped his ascent as one of Abingdon Press’ best selling and most loved authors. – Benny Vaughan, Former Director of Program Administration, St. Luke’s UMC Houston, TX


About James Moore:

James W. Moore, popular speaker and preacher, has written more than forty books for Abingdon Press, including Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned, But I Have Several Excellent Excuses; God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch; When Grief Breaks Your Heart The Top Ten List for Christians and the soon to be released Daddy, Is That Story True, or Were You Just Preaching. As a United Methodist pastor, Jim Moore has served churches in Tennessee, Louisiana (where he served with Dr. D. L. Dykes), and Texas, where he retired after serving as senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston for more than twenty-two years. He currently serves as Minister in Residence at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Jim and his wife, June, live in Fairview, Texas. They have a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren (Sarah, Paul, Daniel, Dawson, and Mason).


About Abingdon Press

Abingdon Press is the publishing imprint for The United Methodist Publishing House.  Abingdon Press has a distinguished record in religious publishing for a broad ecumenical audience and specializes in products for church leaders, as well as scholars and students engaged in theological education and the practice of ministry.  Abingdon Press offers a wide array of quality academic, professional, reference, fiction and devotional titles published each year.


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