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March 03, 2008

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"Kate and Jon are walking a road that few others have taken, and they consistently show tremendous grace, patience and courage in their daily lives as they seek to provide for their eight children and raise them to honor God in a world where compromise and escape have become all too common."

Have you ever actually watched their television show and seen the way in which this woman speaks to her husband and children? Have you done any due diligence about the family, and read any of the many negative reports in their local press about their greed, avarice, and ingratitude? I find Kate and Jon Gosselin's sense of arrogance and entitlement anything but "inspirational". I am surprised and disappointed that Zondervan would join them in their continued efforts to exploit their children for material gain.

Shame on you , Zondervan...for buying into the media extravaganza and not researching the family to see how they are stewards of "walking the walk".

I'm surprised that you are using this title, as it's been used by a therapist/author already:

Multiple Blessings (Paperback)
by Betty Rothbart (Author)

I am curious as to whether or not Zondervan is even familiar with Jon and Kate's show. Your quote makes me laugh:

"Kate and Jon are walking a road that few others have taken, and they consistently show tremendous grace, patience and courage in their daily lives as they seek to provide for their eight children and raise them to honor God in a world where compromise and escape have become all too common."

Are you kidding me? Grace, patience and courage? Kate Gosselin is the absolute antithesis of grace and patience, the way she screams at her children and her husband. And Jon Gosselin could stand to gain some courage and actually stand up to his nasty, harping wife. The fact is, these people are using their children for their own financial gain, garnering media attention so they can nab hot items like brand new pianos, expensive resort vacations, dinners out, free "nannies" (i.e. glorified babysitters), and a brand new home, so that Kate can sit on her behind giving lectures about how hard she has it. All the while, they use God as their reason for "sharing" their kids with us. Sharing - how about exploiting.

You should be ashamed, as a Christian publisher, to present this mindless drivel as Christian reading material. My friends, it is quite the opposite. I will not be reading this book, nor will I ever read any of Zondervan's material from here on out.

"My hope is that other mothers will benefit from having an inside view into our experience and the valuable lessons we’ve learned along the way.”

Oh really, Kate? Maybe you should learn the painful lessons taught by the Dionne quintuplets and stop forcing your children to grow up in a fishbowl, living their lives on constant display under the studio lights you have installed in your home. Exploitation of children is something I would think Zondervan would never support.

Jon and Kate are opportunistic hypocrites, and yet you are putting them on a pedestal with this book. Perhaps you should read the "Our Story" section of their website (SIXgosselins.com, not EIGHT. Hmmmmm) and have someone with mathematical smarts determine whether there really was a "long, hard road of infertility" for them. Just a suggestion.

They let their one three-yr-old sleep in the basement because they choose not to deal with her night-waking problem. They put their other three-yr-old on the laundry room floor while he was feverish and vomiting, instead of caring for him and making him comfortable. THESE are the kinds of people you are publishing a "Christian" book about? That's "grace and patience"? I must recheck my dictionary.

Kate is a nasty and narcissistic woman who wouldn't know a blessing if it slapped her in the face (and seriously, SOMEone should). She keeps her hand out and yet complains about all that comes her way. She claims on her website that there are no college finances set up for the kids (with all they are getting paid from TLC and church appearances?) yet the Commonwealth of PA website gives all the necessary info on how us kind, giving people can contribute to the account set up for the Gosselin kids (http://www.ltgovernor.state.pa.us/ltgovernor/cwp/view.asp?a=1147&q=440450)

They freely accept gifts from ski lodges, restaurants, clothing companies, Dr. Phil and Playskool, nanny services, piano manufacturers, Juicy Juice, and so on and so forth ... yet sold the baby items which were so generously donated to them (sextuplet-specific stroller and table, for example) when they claimed previously that they would be donating these things to benefit others.

You should be ashamed for perpetuating their scam of a story. Perhaps you need better background checkers?

As a dad and head of my home, I have watched this family with their out of control antics now and then when I am forced to be exposed to the show. I am Blessed and filled with joy when I think of what the Lord has provided for me, in my wife and children. We have our spats, every couple does. It's part of our trials. My wife would never treat me with such disdain and disrespect as Kate treats John, and the children are allowed to treat each other. I pray that I never treat her this way, either, while staying strong as head of my home, and in my Christian faith. This goes against everything we strive for in our marriage and family, within our faith and our church. I can't get to how Zondervan thinks that this couple is a good example and inspirational, with what they allow to be shown on television.

It is my opinion that this show is the opposite of what we hope to build within Christian families. If I were looking for a wholesome show that I could enjoy with my family, this one would be very far from it. How can your choice to take them on as authors disregard what is shown in the media? I pray you re-think that decision. Even if the book itself IS inspirational, because they carried to term six babies that were conceived by artificial means, how does that matter wrapped up in the hypocrisy of what this family communicates nationwide on a weekly basis? I don't understand the various churches draw to speakers that are receiving love gifts and turning around with secular worldliness and an apparent lack of gracious humility.

Are other Zondervan authors taken on without research into how they are living their lives?

To the Zondervan folks:

Please note that these people were directed from a hatesite about the Gosselins (disgusting I know) and it in NO WAY reflects what the general population feels about Jon and Kate as well as their 8 beautiful children.

I, among many, am wholeheartedly looking forward to this book and am glad it is being published by such a wonderfully respectable Christian company such as Zondervan. You will not lose any money with Kate Gosselin as she has many fans who are eager to buy her book!!!!

First of all, I would like to commend the good people at Zondervan for publishing "The Purpose Drive Life". It is and always will be one of my favorite books and one that I cherish and look to for daily inspiration.

That said, I will always respect the kinds of material you decide to publish and the decision to be the publisher for Kate Gosselin is the RIGHT one!

PLEASE do not let these hateful commenters deter you from releasing what I am sure will be a very inspirational story centering a beautiful family. As a fan of the show Jon and Kate plus 8, I find Kate to be wholly relatable and inspiring both as a mother and a Christian. I do not doubt for a minute that you will have a success on your hands.

The commenters that are hatefully claiming that the family is "not Christian enough" are obviously just casting stones and judging. It is disheartening to see. These are also people that frequent other message boards about the family and viciously attack Kate and her family at every turn.

They are not the target demographic for this book as I do not believe CHRISTIANS would feel such hatred for a person that do not know and I do not feel CHRISTIANS would not judge and nitpick a fellow brother or sister in Christ and question their relationship with God.

I, among many others, are anticipating the release of this book and will be surely purchasing it. For every negative person who deems Kate Gosselin unworthy of a publisher like yourself, there are numerous others that embrace her and appreciate your decision to publish her.

I look forward to the release and the subsequent success that will surely occur!

Thank you Zondervan, and God Bless!

First of all, I would like to commend the good people at Zondervan for publishing "The Purpose Drive Life". It is and always will be one of my favorite books and one that I cherish and look to for daily inspiration.

That said, I will always respect the kinds of material you decide to publish and the decision to be the publisher for Kate Gosselin is the RIGHT one!

PLEASE do not let these hateful commenters deter you from releasing what I am sure will be a very inspirational story centering a beautiful family. As a fan of the show Jon and Kate plus 8, I find Kate to be wholly relatable and inspiring both as a mother and a Christian. I do not doubt for a minute that you will have a success on your hands.

The commenters that are hatefully claiming that the family is "not Christian enough" are obviously just casting stones and judging. It is disheartening to see. These are also people that frequent other message boards about the family and viciously attack Kate and her family at every turn.

They are not the target demographic for this book as I do not believe CHRISTIANS would feel such hatred for a person they do not know and I do not believe CHRISTIANS would judge and nitpick a fellow brother or sister in Christ and question their relationship with God.

I, among many others, are anticipating the release of this book and will be surely purchasing it. For every negative person who deems Kate Gosselin unworthy of a publisher like yourself, there are numerous others that embrace her and appreciate your decision to publish her.

I look forward to the release and the subsequent success that will surely occur!

Thank you Zondervan, and God Bless!

Katalina and Jennifer B-
With all due respect, are you casting stones and judging my faith or lack thereof? I was stating my opinion about the behavior and differences that we see in the media as opposed to the inspirational message that the Gosselins are sharing on the speaking circuit. My thoughts and feelings about their overall media "brand" still stands. I would beg that you do not lump me, or pre judge me, or in any way state that I am part of some "hate site". What site is this? I hold my faith dear and do my best to foster it within my family. I would not consider the Gosselin program to be one of example or inspiration. God Bless-TW

I am surprised that Zondervan would take on the publishing of Kate Gosselin's book without making certain that she indeed brings an example of a good Christian home. One would only have to watch episodes from the past few months of her tv show to see that Kate is more representative of love of money than she is the love of the Lord.
I recall wonderful literature and music published by Zondervan, from my children's days in Sunday School. I am sorry that you chose to publish Kate Gosselin's book.

I agree that this is definitely not the way the general public feels about the Gosselin's. I find it very humorous to read these comments of people asking others to not "pre judge" them when they have themselves "pre judged" the Gosselin's. You do not know these people and therefore cannot make any assumptions about them. And to go publicly and question there faith is just wrong. Yes, you may see them on television for their 30 minute slot, but it is 30 minutes, and people can edit their show any which way (not that I find ANYTHING wrong.) Kate Gosselin is a REAL woman. I can state that I too am much like Kate, controlling, possesive and completely impatient. But Kate has been gifted with 8 beautiful children, whom she loves. Questioning that is RIDICULOUS. Zondervan, you have made a wise choice, and I will most definitely be purchasing this book!

I look forward to the book.
I think that the Gosselins are a loving family that has been fortunate enough have a happy ending to their story.
For all of those who judge them...it is not your place to do so and keep in mind that the show is only a very small snapshot of what their life is like. If someone had a camera on any one of us for hours at a time there would certainly be snippits of footage that would show a less than exemplary side to a person.

Obviously, Zondervan is going full steam ahead with the book's November release. It doesn't matter that Zondervan had knowledge of the all of the negative publicity concerning the Gosselins. It would take something of major import to stop Zondervan from capitalizing on the investment they've made on the Gosselin family.

Despite the controversy surrounding this couple, Zondervan will continue to perpetuate what TLC has done, to wit:
enable a young couple whose only claim to fame is having had ill-advised fertility treatments to propser, arguably at the sake of their eight children.

Jon and Kate no longer have any apparent means of support other than the TV show, book advances, and the speaking enagagements usually held at churches and women's conferences. There, they talk of their past difficulties and either the venue or the attendees compensate them to do so. But even if the donors know that the Gosselins have been, in most cases more financially blessed than them, who cares ? Grown men and women can do whatever they want with their money.

Kate has spoken of the fact that she does not want to return to nursing but wishes instead to become a motivational speaker and must surely be hoping to be a speaker for Women Of Faith.

There are abundant examples all through history of people taking advantage of others in the name of religion. In this case, the beauty of the entire scenario is that if a good deal of the publicity turns out to be correct about the Gosselins, all in the world they have to do is apologize. God forgives, after all. Jim Bakker and Jerry Falwell must know/have known this fact particularly well.

But hey, folks. No lasting harm to the kids, right ? They'll get over all those YouTube videos. It's OK to read that their own mother said the weekend she found out of their existence was the worst of her life (per sixgosselins.com). They'll survive viewing and reviewing their individual problems discussed on national TV again and again via the DVDs of the shows that they watch each day at naptime, right ?

TLC and now Zondervan are just as culpable as Jon and Kate for utilizing eight children to best advantage without the children being able to give consent. The loss of the children's privacy is undeniable. And for what purpose ? The one that is as old as time...

Whether any of the bad PR that follows the Gosselins everywhere they go is true is apparently of no import to TLC or Zondervan. It serves to further their money-making endeavors. All publicity is good publicity, they say.

I am so ashamed for Jon Gosselin. I realize that he is a grown man and can make his own decisions, but to be treated in front of millions with such disrespect by his own wife, and then to live with the fact that Kate Gosselin believes the public is unaware of her hypocrisy, well, . . . I just feel ashamed for him. I suppose Kate is partially right when she hatefully and sarcastically told him "Yeah! You're a REAL man, Jon!!" (for ironing his shirt.)

I won't buy this book, but I will buy the book that comes out next with the truth about Kate Gosselin.

Hey, controversy sells, huh? Zondervan is doing their best to keep up sales in a tough economy by selling themselves out? I admire those that have a close and reverent relationship with God. I am inspired by such people to strengthen my own relationship. Sorry, but the Gosselins don't demonstrate this in any way shape or form from what I have seen in the media. Their speaking engagement content is so far from who they are shown to be and how they allow themselves to be portrayed, it is not a true reflection of a devout set of parents, in my opinion, in how they live their lives, I cannot believe that they have been chosen as Zondervan authors for any reason that has any research or verification behind it. God Bless the children. Free the Gosselin 8, did we learn nothing from the Dionne quints? Maybe Beth will write her own book in the future.

Wow, Zondervan doesn't have any more scruples than Figure 8 Films or TLC.

I think someone needs to reread the bible. Remember judge not lest ye be judged. I am happy you are publishing kates book. I have 2 kids, my brother has 5 and my sisters each have 3. They all work long hard hours one sis is a e.r doc. I watch all there kids on differant days. I understand a little of what kate goes threw and I think she is wonderful.

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