February 17, 2018

Book News: Thomas Nelson ‘Indefinitely’; Holding Spears’s Book

By Michael Rogers

  • Pop Culture Mom on hiatus
  • Action follows news of 16-year-old daughter’s pregnancy
  • Publisher denies title is parenting book

Gee, what a shock: religious publisher Thomas Nelson has put Lynne Spears’s book, Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, on indefinite hold following the news that her 16-year-old-daughter Jamie Lynn is pregnant. Thomas Nelson’s Lindsey Nobles told the AP that “we are standing behind Lynne and supporting her decision to be with her family at this time,” but did not comment on whether the revelation of her daughter’s pregnancy caused the book’s delay or whether the book would be altered because of it.

Thomas Nelson president Michael S. Hyatt also attempted to do damage control by issuing a press release stating that the book in fact is not a parenting guide but a memoir providing “a window into the real-life world of fame and worldly success, including the toll it extracts from some who aspire to it,” adding that the publisher believes that “God is at work.” The title originally was scheduled to be released on Mother’s Day.