"This book should be read by every Christian woman and it should be put in the hands of every young girl as soon she can understand it. These gifted authors have not only written a book; they have launched a revolution.”
(aka "the smartest man on the planet" according to C.J. Mahaney @1:15 mark)
Did you see last week's announcement over at GirlTalk about an upcoming book? Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole have collaborated on a writing project called True Beauty. The publisher is… You guessed it — Crossway Books — and the release date is March 31, 2014. According to the GirlTalk post:
The book is full of the stories, questions, struggles, and comments that so many of you shared with us.
Brace yourself for the accolades that will be forthcoming from the Neo-Cals . . .
Todd Wilhelm, our friend in Dubai, has written a post calling attention to the praise that has already been lavished upon the Mahaney 'girls'.
You may remember that Todd and his wife were members of UCCD (a 9Marks affiliated church) in Dubai. Todd was approached about heading up the book ministry at his church, and when he informed church leaders that he could not in good conscience promote C.J. Mahaney's books the offer to lead the book ministry was withdrawn.
In short order, Todd and his wife submitted their resignation letter to the church. After a L-O-N-G six and a half months, they were finally removed from the church roll. You can read about the saga here.
Todd Wilhelm then began his own blog called Thou Art The Man where he focuses on a range of Christian topics. What follows is a post we enjoyed reading last week. Thanks for allowing us to feature it, Todd!
What Books Are The Celebrity Christians Reading? (link)
Did you ever wonder what books were in Al Mohler’s incredibly huge stack of books?
Did you ever wonder what books “crazy busy” Kevin DeYoung finds time to read?
Wayne Grudem is too busy to respond personally to emails. His assistant does that for him. He is also too busy to prepare new sermons for his occasional guest speaking commitments. One would expect such a busy man to manage his time wisely, this would include the books he chooses to read. Ever wonder what books the busy Mr. Grudem finds time to read?
How about Webb Simpson, a professional golfer on the PGA tour? Surely his schedule is quite full. I wonder what a professional golfer with very limited free time would make the time to read.
How about Thabiti Anyabwile? He is busy jetting around the globe, writing books, preaching at conferences, making guest appearances at John Folmar’s church in Dubai and C.J. Mahaney’s church in Louisville and is also senior pastor of a 9Marks Baptist church in Grand Cayman. Do you wonder what this busy man finds time to read?
Well, I can’t tell you all the books these super-busy celebrities read, but I can tell you one book they have all recently read. Here it is:
This sure to be “earth-shaking” book on a subject I don’t believe has ever before been addressed is not yet even available to you and I. Unless you are a celebrity Christian or a professional golfer you will not be able to get your hands on it until March 31, 2014. Undoubtedly this book will rank right up there with Kevin DeYoung’s “Crazy Busy” as volumes destined to be timeless Christian treasures on par with John Bunyan’s “Pilgrims Progress.” Therefore I would urge you to immediately go to Carolyn Mahaney’s blog and pre-order your very own copy right now!
Seriously though, what is up with the combined husband/wife endorsements? (The complete page of reviews can be viewed here.)
I have trouble believing the men listed above have actually read this book. Once again this is a display of the Christian celebrity culture being utilized to sell books. If these guys have not read the book then I have a serious problem with their integrity. If their wives are the individuals who actually read the book, which I suspect is the case, then why not just list the names of the women? Is it because Mary K. Mohler doesn’t make much of an impact on consumers if listed solo? I believe you know the answer to that question. Can we expect to start seeing the names of both Al and Mary Mohler on future endorsements of weighty theological tomes? I think not.
The whole scene is repulsive to me. Carolyn Mahaney is attempting to make bank on the (tarnished) reputation of her celebrity husband. The “good-ol boy” network of celebrity preachers once again demonstrate that even though C.J. Mahaney is a blackmailer and covered up sexual abuse in churches he ruled over, it will not keep them from lending their names to endorse the book that the wife of their good buddy authored, a book that in all likelihood they have not even read. And lastly, one must wonder if a Christian publisher like Crossway has any concern whatsoever with integrity?
Amazon features the following Bio for Carolyn Mahaney (scroll down past the editorial reviews):
Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at www.girltalkhome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
What is missing from this bio?
Here's a clue… Take a look at Carolyn Mahaney's Bio featured by The Gospel Coalition when she spoke at the 2012 National Women's Conference.
Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, homemaker, and the author of Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood (written with her oldest daughter, Nicole) and Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and Not Be Overwhelmed (written with all her daughters). During her more than 30 years as a pastor’s wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences, including those of Sovereign Grace Ministries. She and her husband, C.J., have three married daughters and one 18-year-old son, Chad.
It certainly appears that Sovereign Grace Ministries has become an albatross to the wife of SGM's founder and former President.
FYI – there are no reviews for True Beauty at this time on Amazon since the book has yet to be released, but you can be sure that Tim Challies (book reviewer extraordinaire) will be one of the first to promote it. Look for his accolades of the Mahaney 'girls' soon…
Lydia's Corner: Jeremiah 2:31-4:18 Colossians 1:1-17 Psalm 76:1-12 Proverbs 24:21-22