Why Did We Publish Lynne Spears’ Book?

Last week we published Through the Storm by Lynne Spears, mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn. The book appeared in the Amazon top 100 bestsellers for most of last week.

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As part of the launch, Lynne appeared on The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Rachael Ray Show, ShowBiz Tonight, and Inside Edition.People magazine also did an eight-page feature. This week, Lynne will be on Larry King (September 23), Fox & Friends (September 24), and the Fox News Channel (September 24).

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When we announced our decision to publish a book by Lynne, scores of people emailed me about it. Honestly, I could not believe the number of angry and judgmental messages I received—all for a book that had not yet been written, let alone published! And, frankly (I am sad to admit), most of them came from Christians.

I think much of this was the result of the false reports circulating in the media that the book was going to be a parenting book. As if. Just to set the record straight, this book was always intended to be a memoir. Nothing more. Nothing less.

So why in the world would Thomas Nelson publish this book, especially in light of our content standards? Four reasons:

  1. It’s a fascinating story. Gail and I started reading the manuscript on vacation. I read it out loud, and after several chapters, asked Gail if she wanted to stop and have lunch. She said, “No, let’s just read one more chapter.” An hour and a half later, we were still reading.

    The book has it all: ordinary people, celebrities, a small town, big cities, villains, and victims. While the story seems incredible—bigger than life—it also makes you realize that the story line is not that different from anyone else’s.

    Evidently, those who have read the book agree. While this may change, currently, seven reader reviews are posted on Amazon. Six of these are five-star reviews; one is a four-star review. (And, in case, you are skeptical, no, these are from bona fide readers, not Thomas Nelson surrogates.)

  2. It’s a warning to parents. Children today are often shuttled from one after-school activity to another. When they show promise or talent, their schedule often becomes more intense. Sometimes, before the parents can blink, their child is on a journey that no one is prepared for. Few can handle fame and all that it brings.

    Sometimes the journey ends well. (Think of Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods.) Sometimes, it ends not-so-well. Regardless, as Lynne herself says, she wishes that she would have listened more to her own intuition rather than abdicating to the so-called professionals.

  3. It’s a reminder that all of us make mistakes. Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work. And in our media-saturated world, the voice of parents often becomes just one voice among many.

    How many of us were trained to be parents? Mostly, we learn on-the-job. And, inevitably, we make mistakes. We just pray to God that they aren’t fatal. I have always taken comfort in James Dobson’s words, “The average child can survive the average number of mistakes made by the average parent.”

    Because I have made more than my fair share of mistakes (just ask my daughters), it is tough to be too hard on other parents. Lynne is no different. She would be the first to admit she made numerous mistakes. And yet her character reflects the grace and kindness that only comes from someone who has personally experienced failure and pain.

  4. It is a book about faith. Lynne is a Christian. She is not afraid to admit it. She doesn’t wear her faith on her sleeve, but it permeates her life. Despite the caricature created by the tabloid media, she walks her talk. She is not perfect, but she is consistent. And humble.

    When Gail and I had dinner with her, I asked, “With all that you have gone through, was there ever a time that you gave up on God?” She paused and then said, “No, I don’t think I ever gave up on God. But I gave up on myself.”

    She continued, “Ten years ago, I thought I was a pretty good parent. After Jamie Lynn told me she was pregnant, I thought I must be the worst parent on the planet. So I didn’t give up on God, but I started to give up on myself. But that’s when I felt that God was saying to me, ‘I am sufficient, even when you feel you aren’t.”

So, yes, I am proud that we published this book. It is the story of someone probably not so very different from you—or me. It is a reminder that we are all part of a larger story, one that is still in the process of being written.

I am confident that you will find Lynne’s story inspiring, as I did. You owe it to yourself to suspend judgment and read it for yourself. I guarantee you this: it is very different than everything you have heard.

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  • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com/ Marv Nelson

    Michael,
    I am so thankful for your leadership at Thomas Nelson. The books that have been coming out are fantastic. (I even read the fantasy novels by Stephen Lawhead). I am also grateful that you are willing (as with this book and Obama's book) to "stick your neck out", so people can get the honest stuff. God is bringing a wave of authenticity into our churches and I am glad to see Thomas Nelson leading the charge!

  • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com Marv Nelson

    Michael,
    I am so thankful for your leadership at Thomas Nelson. The books that have been coming out are fantastic. (I even read the fantasy novels by Stephen Lawhead). I am also grateful that you are willing (as with this book and Obama’s book) to “stick your neck out”, so people can get the honest stuff. God is bringing a wave of authenticity into our churches and I am glad to see Thomas Nelson leading the charge!

  • http://www.mommyzabs.com/ Mommy Zabs

    Excited to read the book :)

  • http://www.mommyzabs.com Mommy Zabs

    Excited to read the book :)

  • http://www.colleencoble.com/ Colleen Coble

    Who among us has never made a parenting mistake? Who among us is fit to cast the first stone? I'm normally not interested in celebrity stories, but Lynne fascinates me and I'm eager to read her story.

    On a good note, my daughter-in-law will be reading it as she is killing time at the hospital while being induced with my first grandchild! Alexa Grace is coming tomorrow! And I pray for my kids daily that they will let God pick them up after they fail too.

  • http://www.colleencoble.com Colleen Coble

    Who among us has never made a parenting mistake? Who among us is fit to cast the first stone? I’m normally not interested in celebrity stories, but Lynne fascinates me and I’m eager to read her story.

    On a good note, my daughter-in-law will be reading it as she is killing time at the hospital while being induced with my first grandchild! Alexa Grace is coming tomorrow! And I pray for my kids daily that they will let God pick them up after they fail too.

  • http://www.switchinggranny.blogspot.com/ Switching Granny

    I would like to read the Lynn'e Spears book .. I've seen the television shows and she seems like a real Mother in some surreal circumstances. I'd honor my part to do a 200 word review of the book when finished.

    Thank YOu

    Martha Garrett

  • http://www.switchinggranny.blogspot.com Switching Granny

    I would like to read the Lynn’e Spears book .. I’ve seen the television shows and she seems like a real Mother in some surreal circumstances. I’d honor my part to do a 200 word review of the book when finished.

    Thank YOu

    Martha Garrett

  • Stephanie

    I was a tween myself when Britney became a sensation and am a college student now, inundated in the world of gossip-driven pop culture (my freshman roommate even got me hooked on celebrity gossip sites for a while until I came to my senses and kicked the habit). I was skeptical when I first heard Lynne would be writing a book, but lucky for me I'd become a regular reader of your blog by then, and I decided to suspend my judgment (as I will continue to do until I read it) based on your word.

    So thanks for this post, too. It's a special thing to have the head of a major publishing house so eloquently and clearly putting his thoughts out there, and posts like this give me so much confidence in the Thomas Nelson name. Lynne sounds like a humble woman with a fascinating story, and she won me over with the quote you used with point 4. I can't wait to read it.

  • Stephanie

    I was a tween myself when Britney became a sensation and am a college student now, inundated in the world of gossip-driven pop culture (my freshman roommate even got me hooked on celebrity gossip sites for a while until I came to my senses and kicked the habit). I was skeptical when I first heard Lynne would be writing a book, but lucky for me I’d become a regular reader of your blog by then, and I decided to suspend my judgment (as I will continue to do until I read it) based on your word.

    So thanks for this post, too. It’s a special thing to have the head of a major publishing house so eloquently and clearly putting his thoughts out there, and posts like this give me so much confidence in the Thomas Nelson name. Lynne sounds like a humble woman with a fascinating story, and she won me over with the quote you used with point 4. I can’t wait to read it.

  • http://MaryRSnyder.com/ Mary

    When the doctor handed me that first baby girl just over 22 years ago, I wondered if there were instructions stamped on her little behind. Sadly no, and I learned the hard way — lots of mistakes.

    My heart aches for Lynne Spears and it did long before the book news hit the scene. While Britney was racing toward the edge of the proverbial cliff, my heart hurt for Lynne. I can't imagine the pressure, the stuggles and the temptations that must face a young woman with some much success.

    Lynne Spears is a Mom — just like me. She has two years, just like me. I will not pass judgement on her and hope that she offers me the same privlege.

    What makes me sad is that this book seems to upset so many, while true tragedy happens all the time without raising anyone's ire. I work with abused and neglected children. I wish someone cared about what happened to them just one iota as much as they care what goes on in the lives of Brittney and Lynne.

    It's truly a sad world we live in — some days.

    Mary

  • http://MaryRSnyder.com Mary

    When the doctor handed me that first baby girl just over 22 years ago, I wondered if there were instructions stamped on her little behind. Sadly no, and I learned the hard way — lots of mistakes.

    My heart aches for Lynne Spears and it did long before the book news hit the scene. While Britney was racing toward the edge of the proverbial cliff, my heart hurt for Lynne. I can’t imagine the pressure, the stuggles and the temptations that must face a young woman with some much success.

    Lynne Spears is a Mom — just like me. She has two years, just like me. I will not pass judgement on her and hope that she offers me the same privlege.

    What makes me sad is that this book seems to upset so many, while true tragedy happens all the time without raising anyone’s ire. I work with abused and neglected children. I wish someone cared about what happened to them just one iota as much as they care what goes on in the lives of Brittney and Lynne.

    It’s truly a sad world we live in — some days.

    Mary

  • http://MaryRSnyder.com/ Mary

    oops — make that
    She has two DAUGHTERS, just like me. We both have more than two years…..

  • http://MaryRSnyder.com Mary

    oops — make that
    She has two DAUGHTERS, just like me. We both have more than two years…..

  • Trygve

    "Why Did We Publish Lynne Spears’ Book?"

    m.o.n.e.y.

  • Trygve

    “Why Did We Publish Lynne Spears’ Book?”

    m.o.n.e.y.

  • http://www.starliteministries.org/ Amy Beth

    I really appreciate hearing more from you about the reasons behind it being published by Thomas Nelson. I've also emailed Lindsey because I would love the chance to review the book. I feel like I have a vested interest in anything Spears-related since I work with pre-teen and teenage girls. Plus, Britney and I are about the same age, so I've always been interested to see what choices she's made at different ages — good or bad. Can't wait to read this!

  • http://www.starliteministries.org Amy Beth

    I really appreciate hearing more from you about the reasons behind it being published by Thomas Nelson. I’ve also emailed Lindsey because I would love the chance to review the book. I feel like I have a vested interest in anything Spears-related since I work with pre-teen and teenage girls. Plus, Britney and I are about the same age, so I’ve always been interested to see what choices she’s made at different ages — good or bad. Can’t wait to read this!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Trygve: You got me on that one. Yes, we are in business to make money. Shocking, I know, but true.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Trygve: You got me on that one. Yes, we are in business to make money. Shocking, I know, but true.

  • http://www.timothyfish.net/ Timothy Fish

    And I suspect this book will make a lot of money, which is a good thing. Typically, the people who have failed know more about what they should have done than the people who have succeeded know about what they have done.

    O, Colleen, I can honestly say that I’ve never made a parenting mistake. I’ve also never made a mistake in marriage. But I don’t think many people will be asking for my advice on either subject.

  • http://www.timothyfish.net Timothy Fish

    And I suspect this book will make a lot of money, which is a good thing. Typically, the people who have failed know more about what they should have done than the people who have succeeded know about what they have done.

    O, Colleen, I can honestly say that I’ve never made a parenting mistake. I’ve also never made a mistake in marriage. But I don’t think many people will be asking for my advice on either subject.

  • John

    First of all Michael, whats with that comment policy? Its a bit much and big on legalese isn't it?

    As for your post above, just wondering why you had the reaction you did to the emails about publishing this book. I find your comment that you were sad that these comments came from Christians interesting. They might have been trying to hold Thomas Nelson to a higher standard just like you are holding them to as far as emails?

    Finally, it does seem like some (a few) of your posts/tweets can come off more as marketing and not as much "blog" material. Why the curt reply to Trygve? I like how your post was an attempt to let us know your mindset on why you decided to publish the book but do we need to know all the TV spots Lynn is going to be appearing on?

  • John

    First of all Michael, whats with that comment policy? Its a bit much and big on legalese isn’t it?

    As for your post above, just wondering why you had the reaction you did to the emails about publishing this book. I find your comment that you were sad that these comments came from Christians interesting. They might have been trying to hold Thomas Nelson to a higher standard just like you are holding them to as far as emails?

    Finally, it does seem like some (a few) of your posts/tweets can come off more as marketing and not as much “blog” material. Why the curt reply to Trygve? I like how your post was an attempt to let us know your mindset on why you decided to publish the book but do we need to know all the TV spots Lynn is going to be appearing on?

  • http://profile.typekey.com/RachelHauck/ Rachel Hauck

    I find it odd to have to defend the book. If "Big New York" House published it, they wouldn't have to defend it – even for those Christians who complained. IF they even complained.

    I love that Thomas Nelson published the book. Lynne Spears found a publisher who would let her tell her story, her way.

    Another publisher might have skewed her story toward the sensational.

    And yes, publishing is about business. Find the best product and put it forward.

    Rachel

  • http://profile.typekey.com/RachelHauck/ Rachel Hauck

    I find it odd to have to defend the book. If “Big New York” House published it, they wouldn’t have to defend it – even for those Christians who complained. IF they even complained.

    I love that Thomas Nelson published the book. Lynne Spears found a publisher who would let her tell her story, her way.

    Another publisher might have skewed her story toward the sensational.

    And yes, publishing is about business. Find the best product and put it forward.

    Rachel

  • http://michaelewaddell.com/ Michael E. Waddell

    I admit, my first thought when I read this post was "Doesn't anything closely related to Britney Spears belong in your 'Whatever Happened To Modesty' post?"

    Seriously, I do hope to be pleasantly surprised by this book – much the way that 'The Faith Of Barack Obama' surprised me when I read it.

    Thanks for the opportunity Mike.

    Michael E. Waddell
    co-author of Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons From The Toys You Loved As A Child

  • http://michaelewaddell.com/ Michael E. Waddell

    I admit, my first thought when I read this post was “Doesn’t anything closely related to Britney Spears belong in your ‘Whatever Happened To Modesty’ post?”

    Seriously, I do hope to be pleasantly surprised by this book – much the way that ‘The Faith Of Barack Obama’ surprised me when I read it.

    Thanks for the opportunity Mike.

    Michael E. Waddell
    co-author of Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons From The Toys You Loved As A Child

  • http://jeffwideopen.blogspot.com/ Jeff Myers

    I don't get all of the critical comments. Thomas Nelson is a publishing house. They are in the business of selling books. If an opportunity comes along to publish the memoir of a high-profile person who has struggled in her faith, but uses it to encourage others in their faith, why wouldn't a publishing house that is trying to sell books and make money jump at this opportunity?

    Mr. Hyatt shamelessly promotes his books and the attention that they're getting, because he's in the business of promoting and selling his company's books. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING! He's doing his job. He's taking risks. In any venture, some risks will pay off and some risks will be learning experiences.

    I'm so sick of Christians who hold people that are in "Christian business" up to this unreasonable standard that says "if you're trying to make money in your business, you're selling out or compromising the gospel." This is a ridiculous standard that we don't hold up to any other businesses and it's got to stop.

    We should absolutely take Mr. Hyatt to task if the content of his books compromise the gospel. But he'd be a fool to run a publishing house and not attempt to promote and sell his books.

    Keep taking risks, Michael, and trust the Holy Spirit to tell you when they're too risky!

  • http://jeffwideopen.blogspot.com/ Jeff Myers

    I don’t get all of the critical comments. Thomas Nelson is a publishing house. They are in the business of selling books. If an opportunity comes along to publish the memoir of a high-profile person who has struggled in her faith, but uses it to encourage others in their faith, why wouldn’t a publishing house that is trying to sell books and make money jump at this opportunity?

    Mr. Hyatt shamelessly promotes his books and the attention that they’re getting, because he’s in the business of promoting and selling his company’s books. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING! He’s doing his job. He’s taking risks. In any venture, some risks will pay off and some risks will be learning experiences.

    I’m so sick of Christians who hold people that are in “Christian business” up to this unreasonable standard that says “if you’re trying to make money in your business, you’re selling out or compromising the gospel.” This is a ridiculous standard that we don’t hold up to any other businesses and it’s got to stop.

    We should absolutely take Mr. Hyatt to task if the content of his books compromise the gospel. But he’d be a fool to run a publishing house and not attempt to promote and sell his books.

    Keep taking risks, Michael, and trust the Holy Spirit to tell you when they’re too risky!

  • http://www.spencesmith.com/ Spence Smith

    I'm looking forward to reading this book. I love the video. i think it just goes to show that because a family has talent in it doesn't mean that family is perfect…is there a perfect family? I'm thankful that she is willing to open her life up and show people what she has learned…

  • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. I love the video. i think it just goes to show that because a family has talent in it doesn’t mean that family is perfect…is there a perfect family? I’m thankful that she is willing to open her life up and show people what she has learned…

  • Ron

    Mike,

    I've been ready your blog for about a year now and have never commented. I enjoy your posts greatly and appreciate the way you speak truth in such a professional and appropriate manner. The great thing about writing a BLOG is that you can write whatever you want. I sure hope you don't ever feel you have to justify why you share what you write and why you don't write on other topics. What makes your blog so great is that it's you and nobody else. People pay money to learn the kind of daily life and Christian leadership lessons you share openly with the world. Thanks for sharing your life and wisdom.

  • Ron

    Mike,

    I’ve been ready your blog for about a year now and have never commented. I enjoy your posts greatly and appreciate the way you speak truth in such a professional and appropriate manner. The great thing about writing a BLOG is that you can write whatever you want. I sure hope you don’t ever feel you have to justify why you share what you write and why you don’t write on other topics. What makes your blog so great is that it’s you and nobody else. People pay money to learn the kind of daily life and Christian leadership lessons you share openly with the world. Thanks for sharing your life and wisdom.

  • http://exorcision.blogspot.com/ Al

    You can't please everybody 100% of the time, and this book is a perfect example of that. It is also a perfect example of well handled Public Relations. Good job Mike on letting us judge the book for ourselves and cutting rumors off before they start.

  • http://exorcision.blogspot.com Al

    You can’t please everybody 100% of the time, and this book is a perfect example of that. It is also a perfect example of well handled Public Relations. Good job Mike on letting us judge the book for ourselves and cutting rumors off before they start.

  • Jeanette

    Well, maybe I'm an oddball, but I just have no interest in the celebrity life of Britney Spears OR her mother:-)

    Even so, I *do* understand the need to publish & promote books to keep a business afloat. That's your job. But I also understand the concern of the many Christians who emailed you. They're disturbed to see this type of book coming out of a "Christian" publishing house that they once trusted to deliver gospel-related materials. It wouldn't be unusual for a "secular" publisher to carry this type of book, but many of us have higher expectations for Thomas Nelson – that's all. (Kind of like your comment policies…you judge comments, we judge reading material:-) That said, we all know the Gospel doesn't sell as well, therefore, compromise will always be at the helm. As long as your conscience is clear before the Lord, I can't judge you.

    But the Lord is coming back soon, Mike, and in light of that precious truth, some of us just feel that nothing is gained by spending our time reading celebrity memoirs.

  • Jeanette

    Well, maybe I’m an oddball, but I just have no interest in the celebrity life of Britney Spears OR her mother:-)

    Even so, I *do* understand the need to publish & promote books to keep a business afloat. That’s your job. But I also understand the concern of the many Christians who emailed you. They’re disturbed to see this type of book coming out of a “Christian” publishing house that they once trusted to deliver gospel-related materials. It wouldn’t be unusual for a “secular” publisher to carry this type of book, but many of us have higher expectations for Thomas Nelson – that’s all. (Kind of like your comment policies…you judge comments, we judge reading material:-) That said, we all know the Gospel doesn’t sell as well, therefore, compromise will always be at the helm. As long as your conscience is clear before the Lord, I can’t judge you.

    But the Lord is coming back soon, Mike, and in light of that precious truth, some of us just feel that nothing is gained by spending our time reading celebrity memoirs.

  • Kim Bruce

    Nice job, Uncle Mike. I think that there are a lot of Christians who would not have normally read this book, but will now because Thomas Nelson has published it. The Lord does not call us to live in a Christian "bubble" and, lets face it, if you only publish materials written by perfect people, then you wouldn't have much to do, would you!! I love learning from imperfect people who trust in a perfect God!! If we lived in Tennessee, I'd be BEGGING to come work for you!!

  • Kim Bruce

    Nice job, Uncle Mike. I think that there are a lot of Christians who would not have normally read this book, but will now because Thomas Nelson has published it. The Lord does not call us to live in a Christian “bubble” and, lets face it, if you only publish materials written by perfect people, then you wouldn’t have much to do, would you!! I love learning from imperfect people who trust in a perfect God!! If we lived in Tennessee, I’d be BEGGING to come work for you!!

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1218236009s4731/ Eric S. Mueller

    I'm not sure why we Christians will lob the "you're only doing this to make money" at other Christians (or even secularists) involved in something we happen to disagree with. We live in an economy that takes money to operate, and I don't know many people who get up in the morning and drive to work for anything BUT money. If you happen to find a job that you like (I'm quite content in my current position) that is a bonus, but the need for money drives a lot of my decisions and I'm sure I'm not alone. I also know very few Christians involved strictly in Gospel related lines of work, but even in those a lot of decisions are made for money. How many ministries can operate without the mention of money from time to time? I get letters all the time from ministries offering me this or that book or CD set in exchange for a "gift of" a certain amount or other.

    I just emailed Lindsey and asked if any more copies were available. I enjoyed reading and reviewing "The Faith of Barack Obama" and I'm sure this book will be equally interesting.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1218236009s4731/ Eric S. Mueller

    I’m not sure why we Christians will lob the “you’re only doing this to make money” at other Christians (or even secularists) involved in something we happen to disagree with. We live in an economy that takes money to operate, and I don’t know many people who get up in the morning and drive to work for anything BUT money. If you happen to find a job that you like (I’m quite content in my current position) that is a bonus, but the need for money drives a lot of my decisions and I’m sure I’m not alone. I also know very few Christians involved strictly in Gospel related lines of work, but even in those a lot of decisions are made for money. How many ministries can operate without the mention of money from time to time? I get letters all the time from ministries offering me this or that book or CD set in exchange for a “gift of” a certain amount or other.

    I just emailed Lindsey and asked if any more copies were available. I enjoyed reading and reviewing “The Faith of Barack Obama” and I’m sure this book will be equally interesting.

  • Trygve

    Michael, In John 2 we read of those who sold oxen and sheep and doves in the temple, and of money changers doing business there. Why were they there. To make money. Was it right to do it? No!

    "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!"

    Isaiah 5:20-21

    “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

    Matthew 6:24 (NLT)

  • Trygve

    Michael, In John 2 we read of those who sold oxen and sheep and doves in the temple, and of money changers doing business there. Why were they there. To make money. Was it right to do it? No!

    “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!”

    Isaiah 5:20-21

    “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

    Matthew 6:24 (NLT)

  • Twila

    As a marketing director at one of your publishing competitors, Revell, I commend you for contracting this book, Mike. I have read it and it is beautifully done. As a mother myself, I know that I would do whatever it took to jump over the fence for my child when he needed me (whether he wanted the help or not). And it would take more than a guy like "the general" to keep me away. Lynne is like all mothers who want the best for their children and want them to reach their dreams. This book is not as much about celebrity as realizing that as parents, we all make mistakes. We must keep pursuing those kids and do the best we can. Hope it does well!

  • Twila

    As a marketing director at one of your publishing competitors, Revell, I commend you for contracting this book, Mike. I have read it and it is beautifully done. As a mother myself, I know that I would do whatever it took to jump over the fence for my child when he needed me (whether he wanted the help or not). And it would take more than a guy like “the general” to keep me away. Lynne is like all mothers who want the best for their children and want them to reach their dreams. This book is not as much about celebrity as realizing that as parents, we all make mistakes. We must keep pursuing those kids and do the best we can. Hope it does well!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Twila: Thanks for your kind words. I think you hit the nail on the head. This is exactly why we did the book.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Twila: Thanks for your kind words. I think you hit the nail on the head. This is exactly why we did the book.

  • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com/ Marv Nelson

    @Trygve This book will make money, yes, but you are using the John 2 verse way out of context. They were making a profit, yes, but God was angry more so at the degradation and contempt they were showing for the offering. They were selling offerings, profiting from God's law in a way that was shameful. Lynne is a Christian, simply telling her story, so people know it…will it make money in the process, of course, but Zondervan makes a KILLING by selling the Bible…

  • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com Marv Nelson

    @Trygve This book will make money, yes, but you are using the John 2 verse way out of context. They were making a profit, yes, but God was angry more so at the degradation and contempt they were showing for the offering. They were selling offerings, profiting from God’s law in a way that was shameful. Lynne is a Christian, simply telling her story, so people know it…will it make money in the process, of course, but Zondervan makes a KILLING by selling the Bible…

  • Mikelle

    It appears as though TN is capitalizing on this unique opportunity to publish a high profile Hollywood story by putting a Christian spin to it and calling it “ministry.” Would a “book about faith” include outing your already media-tortured daughter by sharing details of her early sex life? Is this really lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, or of good report?

    A lot of times, we as Christians choose not to engage in certain activities or wear certain clothes – not because it is biblically wrong to do so – but because the appearance is questionable. We hold ourselves to a higher standard so that people have less opportunity to question whether we are of God or the World. This is what I feel the concerned emails were probably about, and the grey area I feel TN is in right now. It’s not about judgment but more about accountability.

    In my opinion, if TN was truly proud of publishing Ms. Spears’ book, it would not be necessary to write a blog justifying the decision to do so.

  • Mikelle

    It appears as though TN is capitalizing on this unique opportunity to publish a high profile Hollywood story by putting a Christian spin to it and calling it “ministry.” Would a “book about faith” include outing your already media-tortured daughter by sharing details of her early sex life? Is this really lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, or of good report?

    A lot of times, we as Christians choose not to engage in certain activities or wear certain clothes – not because it is biblically wrong to do so – but because the appearance is questionable. We hold ourselves to a higher standard so that people have less opportunity to question whether we are of God or the World. This is what I feel the concerned emails were probably about, and the grey area I feel TN is in right now. It’s not about judgment but more about accountability.

    In my opinion, if TN was truly proud of publishing Ms. Spears’ book, it would not be necessary to write a blog justifying the decision to do so.

  • Jack Meadows

    I appreciate your blog and I appreciate you publishing Lynn's book. I agree that @trygive quoted John WAY out of context. As a Christian I also have my struggles as I "…work out my salvation with fear and trembling…" I appreciate knowing how other Christians are coping with their struggles especially with child related problems. I also have some of those. P.S. I follow you on twitter and I thank you for that too.

  • Jack Meadows

    I appreciate your blog and I appreciate you publishing Lynn’s book. I agree that @trygive quoted John WAY out of context. As a Christian I also have my struggles as I “…work out my salvation with fear and trembling…” I appreciate knowing how other Christians are coping with their struggles especially with child related problems. I also have some of those. P.S. I follow you on twitter and I thank you for that too.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Mikelle: It is obvious that you have not read the book. How can you judge our intent unless you are familiar with the content.

    The storyline about “outing your already media-tortured daughter by sharing details of her early sex life” comes straight from the tabloid press not the book. Lynne reveals no such thing.

    The reason I wrote the post was precisely to set the record straight and contradict the tabloids. Evidently, a lot of Christians are getting their news from them.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Mikelle: It is obvious that you have not read the book. How can you judge our intent unless you are familiar with the content.

    The storyline about “outing your already media-tortured daughter by sharing details of her early sex life” comes straight from the tabloid press not the book. Lynne reveals no such thing.

    The reason I wrote the post was precisely to set the record straight and contradict the tabloids. Evidently, a lot of Christians are getting their news from them.

  • Mikelle

    Thank you for clarifying your intent as well as the book's content. I look forward to reading the real story.

  • Mikelle

    Thank you for clarifying your intent as well as the book’s content. I look forward to reading the real story.

  • Jocelyn Bailey

    Mike – I admire you for getting behind this book. As a woman about Britney's age, I've come to realize that some of our only allies are our mothers. And unfortunately, our culture finds it most easy to judge and blame mothers who have made mistakes. Thanks for giving Lynne a voice when previously she had been denied one by those quick to throw stones.

    And also, thanks for putting a price tag on it. I'll be grateful to put some food on my table and gas in my car tonight. :)

  • Jocelyn Bailey

    Mike – I admire you for getting behind this book. As a woman about Britney’s age, I’ve come to realize that some of our only allies are our mothers. And unfortunately, our culture finds it most easy to judge and blame mothers who have made mistakes. Thanks for giving Lynne a voice when previously she had been denied one by those quick to throw stones.

    And also, thanks for putting a price tag on it. I’ll be grateful to put some food on my table and gas in my car tonight. :)

  • http://www.timothyfish.net/ Timothy Fish

    The Bible says a lot about money, but it doesn’t say it is wrong to earn money while doing the Lord’s work. In fact, it is quite the opposite. (see I Timothy 5:17, 18) It is a special blessing when people are able to serve the Lord and make a living at the same time. For many of us, we serve the Lord and then trust him to provide us with enough income from our day job to keep doing that.

  • http://www.timothyfish.net Timothy Fish

    The Bible says a lot about money, but it doesn’t say it is wrong to earn money while doing the Lord’s work. In fact, it is quite the opposite. (see I Timothy 5:17, 18) It is a special blessing when people are able to serve the Lord and make a living at the same time. For many of us, we serve the Lord and then trust him to provide us with enough income from our day job to keep doing that.

  • http://www.trishberg.com/ Trish Berg

    Michael- I caught one of Lynne's interviews, and was very impressed with her poise, and her expression of faith. I am acquainted with Lorilee Craker (co-author/ghost writer of the book)and have to admit that when Lorilee told me about the project, part of me had the same questions that others have expressed. I guess that just shows my own fallibility. And I felt convicted as I learned more about Lynne and this book.

    I am so proud that you have published this book, and I do think, as a mom, it will speak to moms of all ages.

    My husband and I constantly re-evaluate the activities our 4 kiddos are in, and try to balance those activities with down time, family time, and time to just be a kid at home.

    As an author for moms, I try to help them get back to the basics, and I believe this book will speak volumes to that.

    So, thanks for publishing this book. And I can't wait to read it.

    Blessings-Trish Berg

  • http://www.trishberg.com Trish Berg

    Michael- I caught one of Lynne’s interviews, and was very impressed with her poise, and her expression of faith. I am acquainted with Lorilee Craker (co-author/ghost writer of the book)and have to admit that when Lorilee told me about the project, part of me had the same questions that others have expressed. I guess that just shows my own fallibility. And I felt convicted as I learned more about Lynne and this book.

    I am so proud that you have published this book, and I do think, as a mom, it will speak to moms of all ages.

    My husband and I constantly re-evaluate the activities our 4 kiddos are in, and try to balance those activities with down time, family time, and time to just be a kid at home.

    As an author for moms, I try to help them get back to the basics, and I believe this book will speak volumes to that.

    So, thanks for publishing this book. And I can’t wait to read it.

    Blessings-Trish Berg

  • http://quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/ quiet spirit

    I have to repent for my thoughts when it was announced that Jamie Lynn was pregnant at such a young age.

    But the media neglected to say anything about Lynn's faith or beliefs. Big Surprise!

  • http://quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com quiet spirit

    I have to repent for my thoughts when it was announced that Jamie Lynn was pregnant at such a young age.

    But the media neglected to say anything about Lynn’s faith or beliefs. Big Surprise!

  • http://gbnaidu.googlepages.com/ G B Naidu

    Hi Michael,

    Very interesting blog and glad to see God's grace in operation through people like you and Lynn. I am sure events like publishing Lynn's book will encourage people and help them to find hope in God. Keep up the good work.

  • http://gbnaidu.googlepages.com G B Naidu

    Hi Michael,

    Very interesting blog and glad to see God’s grace in operation through people like you and Lynn. I am sure events like publishing Lynn’s book will encourage people and help them to find hope in God. Keep up the good work.

  • susan keegan

    Thanks for explaining why you published. I wouldn't have even thought about reading a book about Britney Spears because I try to avoid indulging my sinful interest in salacious gossip. However you've convinced me to buy this book for my Christian bookclub. I hope it will encourage all of us to respond in a Christ-like way to the tragedy of the celebrity lifestyle. We're so inclined to do what the "good" people do – react with moral outrage and condemnation.

  • susan keegan

    Thanks for explaining why you published. I wouldn’t have even thought about reading a book about Britney Spears because I try to avoid indulging my sinful interest in salacious gossip. However you’ve convinced me to buy this book for my Christian bookclub. I hope it will encourage all of us to respond in a Christ-like way to the tragedy of the celebrity lifestyle. We’re so inclined to do what the “good” people do – react with moral outrage and condemnation.

  • http://LorileeCraker.com/ Lorilee Craker

    Mike,
    I'm Lorilee Craker, Lynne's co-writer on the book. I've never met you, but I want to thank you for your courage and Christlikeness in publishing our book. Your statement to the media, after JL got pregnant, about God creating "beauty from ashes" shaped the way Lynne and I finished the book.
    It bothers me greatly to see untrue, malicious, ignorant, and judgmental things written about my sweet friend. I want to shout from the rooftops that Lynne couldn't be any less like the money-grubbing villainess concocted by the tabloid press. You and I both know the real Lynne, who is exactly the woman in that video. In the media I've done, I've said over and over that Lynne Spears must be the most misunderstood woman in America! I hope our book changes that, read by read, page by page.
    When JL got pregnant, and I continued to work on the book, I got some doozy comments myself, from strangers, acquaintances, and even friends. People suggested this project was beneath me, that I was "selling out," and so on. I'm sure you're not surprised!:)
    Disturbed by the rush to judgment, I mentioned these comments to my pastor. In true form, he wasn't surprised either. "Maybe some of these people should read Hebrews 11, the "Hall of Faith" chapter," he said. "Because there's a bunch of people listed in there that you wouldn't even want living on your street." Somehow, it wasn't "beneath" the writer of Hebrews to list a murderer/adulterer, a prostitute, and other derelicts in their round-up of the mighty faithful.
    It's not one bit beneath me to tell this woman's extraordinary story of how she clung to God in the crazy epicenter of pop culture, how He protected her from the paparrazzi, and redeemed the troubles in her family so surely and artfully. God's hand has been on this book from day one, as he continues to create "beauty from ashes."

  • http://LorileeCraker.com Lorilee Craker

    Mike,
    I’m Lorilee Craker, Lynne’s co-writer on the book. I’ve never met you, but I want to thank you for your courage and Christlikeness in publishing our book. Your statement to the media, after JL got pregnant, about God creating “beauty from ashes” shaped the way Lynne and I finished the book.
    It bothers me greatly to see untrue, malicious, ignorant, and judgmental things written about my sweet friend. I want to shout from the rooftops that Lynne couldn’t be any less like the money-grubbing villainess concocted by the tabloid press. You and I both know the real Lynne, who is exactly the woman in that video. In the media I’ve done, I’ve said over and over that Lynne Spears must be the most misunderstood woman in America! I hope our book changes that, read by read, page by page.
    When JL got pregnant, and I continued to work on the book, I got some doozy comments myself, from strangers, acquaintances, and even friends. People suggested this project was beneath me, that I was “selling out,” and so on. I’m sure you’re not surprised!:)
    Disturbed by the rush to judgment, I mentioned these comments to my pastor. In true form, he wasn’t surprised either. “Maybe some of these people should read Hebrews 11, the “Hall of Faith” chapter,” he said. “Because there’s a bunch of people listed in there that you wouldn’t even want living on your street.” Somehow, it wasn’t “beneath” the writer of Hebrews to list a murderer/adulterer, a prostitute, and other derelicts in their round-up of the mighty faithful.
    It’s not one bit beneath me to tell this woman’s extraordinary story of how she clung to God in the crazy epicenter of pop culture, how He protected her from the paparrazzi, and redeemed the troubles in her family so surely and artfully. God’s hand has been on this book from day one, as he continues to create “beauty from ashes.”

  • http://macromoments.blogspot.com/ Macromoments

    Michael, I say hurray for you for having the foresight to publish a book that will likely help thousands of parents. I hope it will send readers to their knees in prayer for this family.

  • http://macromoments.blogspot.com Macromoments

    Michael, I say hurray for you for having the foresight to publish a book that will likely help thousands of parents. I hope it will send readers to their knees in prayer for this family.

  • http://www.blogforbooks.com/ Stacy Harp

    Mike –

    I'm so glad you wrote this post and I'm glad you shared that you received a lot of complaints from Christians. Sadly, my guess and it's only a guess, is that most of those complaints probably came from readers of Ingrid Schlueter's Slice of Laodicea blog. In case you don't now Ingrid blasted Thomas Nelson for doing the book and she has a habit of continuing to attack TN for even doing the biblezines that you've published. Which I think are pretty cool myself.

    Keep up the good work, and don't let the legalists who are often very ignorant and only half informed, get to you.

  • http://www.blogforbooks.com Stacy Harp

    Mike –

    I’m so glad you wrote this post and I’m glad you shared that you received a lot of complaints from Christians. Sadly, my guess and it’s only a guess, is that most of those complaints probably came from readers of Ingrid Schlueter’s Slice of Laodicea blog. In case you don’t now Ingrid blasted Thomas Nelson for doing the book and she has a habit of continuing to attack TN for even doing the biblezines that you’ve published. Which I think are pretty cool myself.

    Keep up the good work, and don’t let the legalists who are often very ignorant and only half informed, get to you.

  • http://beyondJEMS.wordpress.com/ Amy

    It's too funny that my tweet contained almost the same exact words that you wrote in a comment here regarding 'judging the intent without knowing the content'. I was traveling when I sent it out and hadn't had the opportunity to even read your post.

    Another point that has been made is one I discussed today at a business lunch with a wonderful Christian woman who is a VP at the Nashville Chamber. We were discussing some consulting work that I am interested in starting given my background with GM and experience in turning around companies who are struggling or in need of some extra help. However, I would like to help the non-profits, ministries, and Christian businesses instead of returning to the automotive world. (I want to work for a purpose not a paycheck) She made a comment about how many ministries are not ran with a business mindset because it is seen as taboo. I found that very interesting.

    It seems a bit like the paradigm shift in mixing your rock'n'roll with your worship time at church. I didnt grow up in a church like that and found it a bit odd when I first attended one with the 'progressive' format. But I've grown to love it. (TPC, thanks to The Blogstar, Chad) I just had to get past some preconceived notions that the two together were not appropriate.

    In this case, it seems there's still a lot of Christians confused that ministry is not supposed to be profitable. Which I find incredibly bizarre and polar opposite to what Christ wants for us. Running a business and making a profit and doing so successfully with Christian ethics and principles fully engaged on a daily basis only enables ministries to reach more, help more and minister MORE. That would be the point right?

    I'm looking forward to reading and blogging on the book.

  • http://beyondJEMS.wordpress.com Amy

    It’s too funny that my tweet contained almost the same exact words that you wrote in a comment here regarding ‘judging the intent without knowing the content’. I was traveling when I sent it out and hadn’t had the opportunity to even read your post.

    Another point that has been made is one I discussed today at a business lunch with a wonderful Christian woman who is a VP at the Nashville Chamber. We were discussing some consulting work that I am interested in starting given my background with GM and experience in turning around companies who are struggling or in need of some extra help. However, I would like to help the non-profits, ministries, and Christian businesses instead of returning to the automotive world. (I want to work for a purpose not a paycheck) She made a comment about how many ministries are not ran with a business mindset because it is seen as taboo. I found that very interesting.

    It seems a bit like the paradigm shift in mixing your rock’n’roll with your worship time at church. I didnt grow up in a church like that and found it a bit odd when I first attended one with the ‘progressive’ format. But I’ve grown to love it. (TPC, thanks to The Blogstar, Chad) I just had to get past some preconceived notions that the two together were not appropriate.

    In this case, it seems there’s still a lot of Christians confused that ministry is not supposed to be profitable. Which I find incredibly bizarre and polar opposite to what Christ wants for us. Running a business and making a profit and doing so successfully with Christian ethics and principles fully engaged on a daily basis only enables ministries to reach more, help more and minister MORE. That would be the point right?

    I’m looking forward to reading and blogging on the book.

  • Mikelle

    @ Amy – If the point of a ministry or a Christian business is to reach more, help more and minister more – than why would God care if there is any money left at the end of the day to distribute to ownership or an inventment firm? Wouldn't covering the cost to pay your employees and flourish your ministry be enough?

    World Vision manages almost 1 billion dollars in revenue annually (957 million in 2007) and not one cent goes to an owner, investor or shareholder. Their employees are paid and their ministry purpose is accomplished without generating a profit. In fact, only 5% of their revenue is spent on management and employees – freeing almost 909 million dollars last year for programs and fundraising. Not for pockets of rich investors that race Porches.

    Anyway, this post is not against you, it's just something to think about. I admire your heart to work for a purpose and not a paycheck. I may have been misinformed about Lynne's book and judged too soon – and for that I apologize. For the record, I have never heard of Ingrid Schlueter and I love the Revolve Biblezines.

  • Mikelle

    @ Amy – If the point of a ministry or a Christian business is to reach more, help more and minister more – than why would God care if there is any money left at the end of the day to distribute to ownership or an inventment firm? Wouldn’t covering the cost to pay your employees and flourish your ministry be enough?

    World Vision manages almost 1 billion dollars in revenue annually (957 million in 2007) and not one cent goes to an owner, investor or shareholder. Their employees are paid and their ministry purpose is accomplished without generating a profit. In fact, only 5% of their revenue is spent on management and employees – freeing almost 909 million dollars last year for programs and fundraising. Not for pockets of rich investors that race Porches.

    Anyway, this post is not against you, it’s just something to think about. I admire your heart to work for a purpose and not a paycheck. I may have been misinformed about Lynne’s book and judged too soon – and for that I apologize. For the record, I have never heard of Ingrid Schlueter and I love the Revolve Biblezines.

  • http://www.JacksonvilleToTheCall.com/ Jeff Schwandt

    I hope that many present and future parents (ie, teens) will read this book and be encouraged to draw closer to Jesus. I learned the hard way, that raising a family is warfare – spiritual warfare. I don't know what Lynne Spear's story is, but every now & then I think of her daughters and launch some prayers for them too. Their talent would not be wasted if they just sat at the feet of Jesus and poured out their love.

  • http://www.JacksonvilleToTheCall.com Jeff Schwandt

    I hope that many present and future parents (ie, teens) will read this book and be encouraged to draw closer to Jesus. I learned the hard way, that raising a family is warfare – spiritual warfare. I don’t know what Lynne Spear’s story is, but every now & then I think of her daughters and launch some prayers for them too. Their talent would not be wasted if they just sat at the feet of Jesus and poured out their love.

  • http://peaceforthejourney.blogspot.com/ elaine @ peace for t

    Britney who? …

    peace~elaine

  • http://peaceforthejourney.blogspot.com elaine @ peace for the journey

    Britney who? …

    peace~elaine

  • Carolyn

    FYI – I just tried to find Lynne Spear's book under the title "Through the Storm" on GoodReads.com but it didn't show up in my results. Turns out they have it listed under a different title: Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Just thought you'd want to know so someone can get it fixed. Thanks for the post, by the way. I look forward to reading it!

  • Carolyn

    FYI – I just tried to find Lynne Spear’s book under the title “Through the Storm” on GoodReads.com but it didn’t show up in my results. Turns out they have it listed under a different title: Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Just thought you’d want to know so someone can get it fixed. Thanks for the post, by the way. I look forward to reading it!

  • Rosa Federico

    Hello,
    I am a mother of four young children. I am happy to finally hear Lynne's story. So many times you can't help but to wonder how these things could be happening. Now I can see why. The family seems close and they are lucky to have their faith and friends. We have a moving company and moved Brittany several years ago from NY to LA. We are good christians and would never have exploited her or her family. There are some crazy people out there trying to make money on other folks. Kudos to Lynne for being brave and taking a stance for the sake of her children, Bravo to Thomas Nelson for sticking by your intuitons and Thank You to Lorilee Craker for getting Lynne's points across. I am a busy mom myself and I couldn't help but to finish the book over three nights.
    We are all here from the same place, but some of us will end up at different places. I want to end up with Lynne! I know where this mom is heading! Straight to heaven. She is a saint in my eyes! Have no regrets Lynne, you did an amazing job and are a strong women! Hang in there!

  • Rosa Federico

    Hello,
    I am a mother of four young children. I am happy to finally hear Lynne’s story. So many times you can’t help but to wonder how these things could be happening. Now I can see why. The family seems close and they are lucky to have their faith and friends. We have a moving company and moved Brittany several years ago from NY to LA. We are good christians and would never have exploited her or her family. There are some crazy people out there trying to make money on other folks. Kudos to Lynne for being brave and taking a stance for the sake of her children, Bravo to Thomas Nelson for sticking by your intuitons and Thank You to Lorilee Craker for getting Lynne’s points across. I am a busy mom myself and I couldn’t help but to finish the book over three nights.
    We are all here from the same place, but some of us will end up at different places. I want to end up with Lynne! I know where this mom is heading! Straight to heaven. She is a saint in my eyes! Have no regrets Lynne, you did an amazing job and are a strong women! Hang in there!

  • http://www.rmabry.com/ Richard Mabry

    I'm looking forward to reading the book, then posting a review on my blog and at Amazon. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://www.rmabry.com Richard Mabry

    I’m looking forward to reading the book, then posting a review on my blog and at Amazon. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Hey Michael,

    Fascinating stuff here. I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a more in-depth Q&A about this for an online magazine that I edit called Wrecked for the Ordinary – http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com. Email me if you're interested. I live in Nashville. We could do it however is most convenient for you. I've been enjoying your blog and following you on twitter (I wish there was a way to make that not sound creepy…)

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/index.asp Jeff Goins

    Hey Michael,

    Fascinating stuff here. I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a more in-depth Q&A about this for an online magazine that I edit called Wrecked for the Ordinary – http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com. Email me if you’re interested. I live in Nashville. We could do it however is most convenient for you. I’ve been enjoying your blog and following you on twitter (I wish there was a way to make that not sound creepy…)

  • http://www.rinconcristiano.com/ Priscilla

    Sounds like a great book, Mike. Really good video too. Is it going to be available in Spanish? I bet my customers would be very interested in this.

  • http://www.rinconcristiano.com Priscilla

    Sounds like a great book, Mike. Really good video too. Is it going to be available in Spanish? I bet my customers would be very interested in this.

  • Concerned Mom

    From what I have heard, Lynne Spears's daughter (Britney) was against her mother doing this book. If this is true, it breaks my heart that a Christian mom would do this to her already troubled daughter. I also fault TN for being part of it.

    This poor girl needs her mom to support her — not write a book to "encourage others." Where are her priorities?

  • Concerned Mom

    From what I have heard, Lynne Spears’s daughter (Britney) was against her mother doing this book. If this is true, it breaks my heart that a Christian mom would do this to her already troubled daughter. I also fault TN for being part of it.

    This poor girl needs her mom to support her — not write a book to “encourage others.” Where are her priorities?

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I received my copy of this book about 3 days ago – and cannot put it down! It's an incredible book – very surprising! I can hardly wait to post my review within the next week. I would never have purchased this book on my own – and that would have been my loss! Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com Kelly

    I received my copy of this book about 3 days ago – and cannot put it down! It’s an incredible book – very surprising! I can hardly wait to post my review within the next week. I would never have purchased this book on my own – and that would have been my loss! Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Concerned Mom, What you heard is not true.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Concerned Mom, What you heard is not true.

  • http://www.rmabry.com/ Richard Mabry

    Michael,
    Received the book a few days ago and just finished reading it. My review on Amazon is up, my blog review goes up tomorrow.
    It’s not a book I would have bought for myself, but I can definitely see that it would be good for a certain readership. I guess you could say I have mixed feelings about it. Then again, that could be said about a lot of books, many of them commercial successes.
    Thanks for making it available for review.

  • http://www.rmabry.com Richard Mabry

    Michael,
    Received the book a few days ago and just finished reading it. My review on Amazon is up, my blog review goes up tomorrow.
    It’s not a book I would have bought for myself, but I can definitely see that it would be good for a certain readership. I guess you could say I have mixed feelings about it. Then again, that could be said about a lot of books, many of them commercial successes.
    Thanks for making it available for review.

  • http://www.kristiejackson.blogspot.com/ Kristie Jackson

    This is a quick and entertaining read. Lynne does not come across as a spiritual giant, by any means, but you can definitely see that her faith sustained her through it all. I do hope and pray that her children can take her example and carry it further. I've prayed for Britney in the past, that she would come to know Christ and use her talent and beauty for God's glory.

  • http://www.kristiejackson.blogspot.com Kristie Jackson

    This is a quick and entertaining read. Lynne does not come across as a spiritual giant, by any means, but you can definitely see that her faith sustained her through it all. I do hope and pray that her children can take her example and carry it further. I’ve prayed for Britney in the past, that she would come to know Christ and use her talent and beauty for God’s glory.

  • http://human3rror.com/ John

    Thanks so much for the op! I've posted my thoughts:
    http://human3rror.com/2008/10/16/i-like-britney-s

  • http://human3rror.com John

    Thanks so much for the op! I’ve posted my thoughts:

    http://human3rror.com/2008/10/16/i-like-britney-spears-mom/

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    Michael,

    I have just finished reading "Through the Storm" (got a late start on reviewing this book). I am working on my review this weekend – but, just had to tell you that this is probably the greatest book you could have published.

    I have to admit – that I would have NEVER even considered reading this book – let alone purchasing a book like this one – but, it has to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time.

    As the parent of a 17 year old son (who will be leaving for college in about 18 months) – this book had me on my face before God – praying that my son would continue to walk with Him in a deeper way – especially when he leaves home. And, praying that my husabnd and I have instilled in our son the knowledge that God loves him unconditionally – will never abandon him and will always meet him at his greatest point of need.

    Blessings!

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com Kelly

    Michael,

    I have just finished reading “Through the Storm” (got a late start on reviewing this book). I am working on my review this weekend – but, just had to tell you that this is probably the greatest book you could have published.

    I have to admit – that I would have NEVER even considered reading this book – let alone purchasing a book like this one – but, it has to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time.

    As the parent of a 17 year old son (who will be leaving for college in about 18 months) – this book had me on my face before God – praying that my son would continue to walk with Him in a deeper way – especially when he leaves home. And, praying that my husabnd and I have instilled in our son the knowledge that God loves him unconditionally – will never abandon him and will always meet him at his greatest point of need.

    Blessings!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    Kelly,

    Thanks for your encouragement. This makes publishing the book worth it!

    Mike

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    Kelly,

    Thanks for your encouragement. This makes publishing the book worth it!

    Mike

  • http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com/ Deena @ My Bookshelf

    I must admit, I wondered when I first heard the news. But I know the reputation of Thomas Nelson, so I eagerly watched for the book to release.

    I'm SO GLAD I did, and so glad you stepped out in faith and honored God with this book.

  • http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com Deena @ My Bookshelf

    I must admit, I wondered when I first heard the news. But I know the reputation of Thomas Nelson, so I eagerly watched for the book to release.

    I’m SO GLAD I did, and so glad you stepped out in faith and honored God with this book.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tellmisty Misty Williams

    Your Tiger Woods reference here has come full circle … might make for interesting follow-up fodder. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tellmisty Misty Williams

    Your Tiger Woods reference here has come full circle … might make for interesting follow-up fodder. :)

  • chris

    "Sometimes the journey ends well. (Think of Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods.) "
    Yes, you actually wrote that. :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yep, guilty as charged.

  • chris

    "Sometimes the journey ends well. (Think of Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods.) "
    Yes, you actually wrote that. :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yep, guilty as charged.

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  • Krissi

    Wow, I’m behind. Since I just came across your blog (& am now hooked), I am reading all of the posts of interest. This particular post just goes to show how judgemental we can be as Christians. If I hadn’t read this (which brings tears to my eyes, I am a mother of three daughters), I know I would not have thought highly of Mrs. Spears. God, forgive me & bless this woman as she walks out her life with you.

  • Anonymous

    I just came across this post. What is ironic is that the two examples of men who have “done well” have both recently have made a public mistake (Tiger & Michael Phelps).  Thank you for your post.  I think it must be near to impossible for young people to be famous and stay true to their faith.