Tuesday, September 2, 2008 – 4:00 p.m.

I am hopeful that everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend. There is certainly a lot going on between major hurricanes, political conventions, and the kickoff of the college football season. At Tyndale, we are preparing for our sales conference this week where we will get a look at what titles we will be releasing this spring. I’ll fill you in on the highlights later this week.

Congrats to Jim Tressel, author of The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life, who led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a season-opening 43-0 win over his former school, Youngstown State. I’m sure Coach Tressel may not be sleeping quite as well at night as his star running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Beanie Wells left the game early in the third quarter with a foot injury. He is unlikely to play this Saturday against Ohio University.

While trying to not get too political, it is always kind of the elephant in the room at this time of the year and it is tough to avoid. Because he is a Tyndale author, I’m going to post Dr. James C. Dobson’s statement about Bristol Palin. Dr. Dobson issued the following statement:

“In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have.

“The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a ‘hypocrite,’ but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans.”

I loved Dr. Dobson’s statement that “being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect.” We all sin and make mistakes. It doesn’t mean that we don’t want to do the right thing and do our very best to live in a Godly manner. Dr. Dobson’s son, Ryan Dobson (http://www.tyndale.com/authors/authorbio.asp?id=773) is the author of Wrecked, which begs the question: Have you ever looked at your life and wondered, How did I end up here? Here is more about Ryan’s new book: http://www.tyndale.com/products/nonfiction/details.asp?isbn=978-1-4143-1709-0&subpage= I think Ryan can relate pretty well to Bristol Palin as it couldn’t have been easy being the child of Dr. James Dobson.

Speaking of Focus on the Family, Kathy Peel is going to be on the nationally syndicated Focus on the Family radio broadcast on Friday, Sept. 5, from 8-11 p.m. ET. More info is here: http://fotfforums.org/fusetalk/forum/today.cfm?FTVAR_TODAYPAGE=3#133