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Pop star Britney Spears told a fan this past week during a Twitter Q&A session that her favorite author is evangelical Texas megachurch pastor Max Lucado.
A Spears fan, Emily Horan, asked on a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday what her favorite book is. On Wednesday, Spears responded by tweeting, "Anything by Max Lucado." The Q&A was to promote Spears' new album "Britney Jean."
The reply by the pop star has been retweeted 264 times and "favorited" by 290 people.
Lucado is the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, after he stepped down as senior preacher in 2007 due to health problems. He and his wife, Denalyn, had served in Brazil as missionaries after getting married.
Lucado has written some 100 books with 82 million copies in print. His books include Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God, which is about the people of the Bible. Another book by him, You'll Get Through This, is about how people can turn to God in times of peronal suffering.
In September, Lucado told The Christian Post in an interview about his book You'll Get Through This, "No other story or religion dares to suggest that God became flesh and walked among us, in the sense that he felt suffering himself. No other religion or philosophy suggests a God who cares so personally and deeply that He would cry out like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane: 'This is not what I want. Can you take it away from me?' Well that's a prayer for somebody who's trying to get through a tough time. And so we have a God presented in the Bible who understands us, who went through what we're going through, and when we say 'I can't get through this,' he understands that, and he can give personal and immediate help."
The bestselling author also said writing about the subject of human suffering is the hardest, explaining that, "I do know that struggles over human suffering cause more crises of faith than anything else. When things do not turn out as we had hoped, that creates a crisis of whether we believe in God or not, or at least whether we believe in God's ability or God's concern. So it may be the hardest topic. There might be more complex topics, in terms of understanding prophecy or disentangling a certain doctrine, or rightly teaching how a book was written, but as far as something that goes deep in a person's heart, I think that's a good observation, that the topic of human suffering might be the most difficult."