'I Kid You Not': Notes from 20 Years in the Trenches of the Culture Wars -- Lyle Shelton

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'I Kid You Not':  Notes from 20 Years in the Trenches of the Culture Wars -- Lyle Shelton

Foreword by Brigadier Jim Wallace AM (Retd)

Release Date June 2020 - pre-order before JUNE 1 and get your copy personally signed by Lyle Shelton. 

Paperback, 250 pages, ISBN: 9781925826951, $29.95 rrp. 

Lyle Shelton takes readers on a rare behind-the-scenes tour of culture wars. “I Kid You Not”, is because the Left has gotten away with things most Australians would find incredible, if only they knew.  Before #MeToo, Shelton fought the legalised sexual abuse of young women. On human rights for the unborn, his revelations of politicians turning a blind eye to the evil of eugenics is shocking. He details the bombing of the Australian Christian Lobby’s office and its poor handling by the Australian Federal Police. Chapters on “Safe Schools” and the 2017 marriage plebiscite are a sad tale of what could have been. Shelton ends with a compelling call for good people to rise and pay the price for a better future.


Lyle Shelton is a Christian warrior whose tales from the frontlines of the culture wars will set your hair on fire. From identity politics to rainbow fascism and abortion rights, his book charts Australia’s retreat from common sense values, and reveals the valiant struggle of those who refuse to give up their country without a fight. Lyle is a clear writer and lively storyteller who ultimately provides uplifting spiritual fodder for anyone struggling to make sense of this brave new world. – Miranda Devinecolumnist for the New York Post and the Daily Telegraph.

Fewer people fight the culture wars as bravely and as passionately as Lyle Shelton. And I have an inkling he might have God on his side. The savagery with which the luvvies attack Lyle Shelton is all the proof I need that he is spot on most of the time about so many things. – Rowan Dean, Editor of the Spectator Australia and host of Outsiders on Sky News.

Lyle is a man of courage and tenacity. Both those qualities have seen him at the epicentre of some of the most challenging political battles of the past decade. He is among the rare few who could have fought well and survived. These “behind the scenes” insights into Lyle’s daily toils bring back many memories of working alongside him, but also compel me to better fulfil my own Christian duties. I am confident that you, the reader, will feel the same. – Martyn Iles, Managing Director, Australian Christian Lobby.

Lyle Shelton is well placed to write this book. For a long time, he has bravely fought on the frontlines of the culture wars in Australia, and beyond. This has come at great personal cost as you will see when you read his book. But in the many years of our trans-Tasman collaborating, I never saw him waver from his conviction to do the right thing. Rev Billy Graham once said “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Lyle has ‘stiffened my spine’ many times, and I am certain that when you complete reading this book, your spine - and heart - will be transformed, ready to speak up with conviction for the honouring of marriage, the building of strong families, and the protection of all life from conception through to death. Let’s do it together. - Bob McCoskrie, National Director - Family First NZ

Many people have strong opinions about politics. Relatively few are truly informed. Lyle Shelton has more experience in Australian politics than most. With his journalistic flair for writing a compelling narrative, Lyle’s recounting of pivotal events in Australian history will inform and surprise even the most ardent political watcher, and cause the more casual observer to want to know more. This book gives fascinating insight into the man, Lyle Shelton, who is seen by those who know him as a modern-day William Wilberforce. Australians owe him a debt of gratitude for his unwavering commitment to truth and integrity. I’m personally grateful that he never felt the need to be one of the ‘cool kids’. - Wendy Francis, Queensland Director, Australian Christian Lobby

For all the talk of diversity, our PC ruling class generally despises diversity when it really counts--in the arena of ideas. If you publicly oppose abortion, or even worse, same-sex "marriage," derision, ridicule and condemnation await. Our sexual radicals don't want a debate, they want to silence.  But like Socrates in the Agora, Lyle Shelton just won't keep quiet. The haters have thrown everything at him, and he's still speaking truth to power. Kudos to him for his leadership of Australians who stoutly refuse to bend their knees to the Left's false gods. - Brian S. Brown, President, International Organization for the Family

For as long as I have known Lyle (which has been all my life), he has always stood for what is true, what is right & what is just. This book is a compelling behind the scenes look at the many cultural battles Lyle has taken on in the last 20 years.  While it seems like we are losing the battle on so many fronts, Lyle & usually a small team of people have swum against the flow to fight for the very values our nation was built on.  It would seem as though Lyle has tasted defeat over and over, however he continues to rise and fight.  Let this book spur us all to not sit on the sidelines as silent spectators, but to enter into the fight with boldness and courage for the future of our Nation. - Letitia Shelton (sister of Lyle), CEO City Women Toowoomba

About the author

Lyle Shelton served the Australian Christian Lobby for 10 years, five as managing director. Over 20 years he has been a keen participant in Australia’s culture wars first as an elected member of the Toowoomba City Council through to his time as a Queensland Senate candidate with Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. During the 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite he was a director and spokesperson for the No campaign’s Coalition for Marriage. Lyle has written for The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The ABC online, The Spectator online and has been a regular media commentator. He has appeared on Sky News, the ABC’s Q&A, Channel 7’s Sunrise, ABC News Breakfast and Channel 10’s The Project. Lyle lives in Brisbane with his wife Wendy. They have four adult children.


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