Pop singer Britney Spears — she of the tune "Work Bi**h" and quite a bit of gossip-column controversy since she hit the charts as a teenager in the late 1990s — was asked by one of her fans in a recent Twitter Q&A what her favorite book is.
Spears replied, "Anything by Max Lucado,” the New York Daily News reported.
Lucado is a bestselling and prolific author of Christian books and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Some of his titles include "Fearless," "Facing Your Giants," and "Traveling Light," among many others.
What's causing a bit of a ruffle seems to be that Lucado wrote an article against gay marriage in 2004, noted the Daily Mail.
(As to the sociopolitical direction from which the ruffle comes, take note that the New York Daily News headline related to this issue reads: "Britney Spears names homophobic pastor as favorite author.")
While Lucado's views are hardly surprising given his conservative evangelical theology, some might be surprised by Spears naming his books as her favorites — for many reasons, although one pointed out by the Daily News is that Spears has been an advocate of gay marriage.
In 2009, the singer responded to a query from gossip blogger Perez Hilton on the topic by quoting herself: “Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy! – Britney”
Then again, with the Spears family's Christian background, the singer's appreciation for Lucado may not be so surprising in the end.