Remember When Yoga Was Bad?

The yogis at Solomon’s Porch.

Last night in yoga, I couldn’t help but smile. I know I’m supposed to be totally and completely focused on the moment — and I was — but I was also thinking about the past. When I wrote The Sacred Way, editors and Zondervan made me take out two passages: one that mentioned drinking a beer, and one that referred to a yoga pose. (It didn’t matter that the pose I mentioned was in the context of a spiritual retreat led by Zondervan partner, Youth Specialties and Mike Yaconelli.) No yoga. No way.

Then, of course, Doug went on CNN to debate John MacArthur about yoga, seen above. At the time, Doug had done yoga, but I wouldn’t say it was a part of his daily life. Well, it is now, and his wife Shelley runs a non-profit yoga studio at Solomon’s Porch (she’s at the center of the photo above). And I take yoga classes a couple times a week at Life Time Fitness.

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Write a Theological Limerick, Win Theological Trading Cards

One of the great products to come out this year — at least for theological geeks like me and you — is the set of Theologian Trading Cards by Norman Jeune. Seriously, if you’ve got a seminary student in your life, someone who can spell “Schleiermacher,” this is a great holiday gift.

Zondervan has proffered three sets of the cards to Theoblogy to give out to readers, and each set includes a signed card! You could win a card signed by… [Read more…]

Yes, Zondervan Has Jumped the Shark

A while back, I asked whether Zondervan had jumped the shark, based on their publication of the Playful Puppies Bible.

Yes, it turns out they have. As proof, see Our Constitution Rocks by 14-year-old FOX News conservative, Juliette Turner. Seriously, you’ve got to watch this promo video — there are even outtakes at the end:

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Has Zondervan Jumped the Shark?

I’ve got a few books with Zondervan, so I’ve got some skin in this game. Also, I’ll admit that every publisher has books in their catalog of which they’re embarrassed (here’s one from my current employer).
But this one from Zondervan speaks for itself:

Playful Puppies Bible

Release Date: 07/02/2012 – Price: $24.99

Synopsis: If you love dogs and puppies, you’ll love the Playful Puppies Bible! Inside this compact Bible you will find 12 color pages of adorable puppy photos with inspirational thoughts that will encourage you day after day.