AUTHENTIC MEDIA have withdrawn the Christian bestseller Taming the Tiger from sale following an Evangelical Alliance investigation which concluded that “large sections of the book… which claim to tell the true story of Tony Anthony’s life, do not do so.”
The extent of the alleged falsifications within the book — which include changed names and unverifiable claims about the author’s life as well as evidence of plagiarism — was reported at some length by Gavin Drake at the beginning of this month: Globe-trotting “Kung-Fu Bodyguard” evangelist investigated over biography lies (CrossWire, 1/7/2013).
Official Taming the Tiger Statement from Authentic Media
Last year, Authentic Media was made aware of the allegations against Tony Anthony, and was presented with new information that challenged his story, as told in Taming the Tiger.
In discussion with Avanti, Tony Anthony’s ministry, Authentic Media insisted that an external and independent review be held. In response, Avanti invited the Evangelical Alliance to hold an inquiry into Tony’s story. This inquiry has now been completed, and has concluded that sections of the book are not true.
Tony, however strongly defends his story – though he acknowledges that the recent information that he has received about his early life requires him to update and clarify his story. As a consequence, Authentic Media is withdrawing from sale, with immediate effect, the following titles:
- Taming the Tiger
- Cry of the Tiger
- Taming the Tiger DVD
Our prayer in this difficult situation has been for truth, clarity and grace. Many people have come to faith through Tony’s testimony and the ministry of Avanti, and we pray their relationship with God will continue grow and deepen. We also pray for Tony, his family and Avanti Ministries.
Links Roundup (most recent first)
- Q&A – with Steve Clifford re joint Evangelical Alliance and Avanti Ministries statement: EA, 19/7/2013
- Official Taming the Tiger Statement from Authentic Media: Authentic Media Press Release, 15/7/2013 (pdf, 139kb; also available on the Authentic Media blog)
- Facebook discussions: Christian Authors, Booksellers & Publishers Group, thread started 12/7/2013 (private group, members only) | Association of Christian Writers Group, thread started 17/7/2013 (open group)
- Joint Evangelical Alliance and Avanti Ministries statement: EA Press Release, 12/7/2013
- Comment: What’s your motive? Gavin Drake’s Blog, 2/7/2013
- Globe-trotting “Kung-Fu Bodyguard” evangelist investigated over biography lies: Gavin Drake, CrossWire, 1/7/2013 (also available at Ship of Fools, Shaming the Tiger)