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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 0.93 (inches)|
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Bristol Palin lived the life of an average American teen. She loved being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and focusing on schoolwork and sports. But when her mother became the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, Bristol’s world would change forever. She was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, becoming the focus of intense public and national media scrutiny at the age of seventeen.
In the pages of this personal memoir, Bristol opens up for the first time ever, taking readers behind the scenes of her life, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother’s political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with the baby’s father crumbled publicly—not once, but twice. Through all of these ups and downs, Bristol learned how to face her challenges head-on with courage and grace, traits she put to good use as a contestant and finalist on Dancing with the Stars.
In Not Afraid of Life, Bristol speaks candidly of her aspirations and of the deep religious faith that gives her strength and inspiration. Plainspoken and disarmingly down-to-earth, Bristol offers new insight and understanding of who she is and what she values most.
Bristol Palin appeared on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, where she reached the finals and ultimately placed third. She frequently speaks in front of groups across the country, where she focuses on inspirational and pro-life topics.
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WAVEmomAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Especially Great Book for Teen GirlsMarch 23, 2012WAVEmomAge: 25-34Gender: femaleI just read this book in two days and I plan on reading parts of it to my daughter and then encouraging her to read the whole book in a few years when she's a teenager. I am sure most teen girls would find the writing and stories captivating. Bristol includes snippets here and there regarding her mother's career and the campaign but the majority of the book is about her teenage journey. I think that Bristol's story illustrates well the consequences of sin and also the redemption we have through Jesus.
Bristol began the book by confessing that she lied to her mother. Like a snowball, the lie led to more lying and other sinful behaviors, including drinking (although Bristol did not know what she was drinking would make her drunk- another lesson there) and sexual intercourse (although she does not remember losing her virginity due to being drunk). She wrote about how her deception changed her relationship with her parents, with God, and eventually led to her public embarrassment and referred to the consequences as the "quicksand of sexual sin". Bristol explained how as she drove away from her house, after lying to her mother about where she was going, "I drove away from the ease of childhood and smack into the middle of the weird complexities of serious relationships ideally reserved for later in life". I love how she points out that she was emotionally too young to get caught up in a serious relationship. Furthermore, she said that "because of bad decisions, I didn't get to experience the wonder of my first sexual experience" and " the fun of telling an excited husband about a pregnancy".
Bristol also stated that she wishes she had "confessed her sin right then to God, accepted the full forgiveness of a heavenly father who loved me...instead I tried to salvage the situation. I tried to fix it". This can be a great way to show girls (and even boys) that in cases where a sin has been committed, it can be dealt with immediately and be redeemed. In Bristol's case, though, she wanted to make things right herself, and did not only deceive others but was deceived by the enemy into thinking she could have a relationship with the boy she had given her virginity to in her drunkenness.
That is another area Bristol's book illustrates well: how a young lady can become so deceived to not even see the truth before her. Bristol's boyfriend had problems in school from a young age, her parents did not approve of the behavior they saw coming from him and his character. Yet, Bristol was infatuated with him, and also figured that since she had given her virginity to him she would marry him, so she did all in her power to believe in this young man. Bristol was a girl who had a purity ring given to her by her parents and intended to remain a virgin until marriage, so her "mistake" was a huge deal to her.
Bristol summed it up well, when she wrote that she hopes her story will help people to consider "how they date, when they have sex, and what they do if they've already made some pretty terrible decisions". Her true stories and candid thoughts successfully raise these points.
Toward the end of the book, Bristol also briefly spoke about beauty and weight, which is such a sensitive issue for so many teen girls today. She wrote, "I'm not skinny and I'm not fat. I'm a girl like everyone else who lives in this era of air-brushed photos whose trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle".
She also wrote about the moment she finally came to God and professed, "He no longer sees my sinful self (lying, drinking, sexually unwise); He only sees me for who I am in Jesus (redeemed, forgiven, and pure). Bristol concluded the book with such a focus on God, encouraging others that true happiness comes from living by God's standards (which include not having sex if you're not married and not having affairs if you are) and that we all need to "reach out to the only one who truly offers hope in this world".
I'm not claiming to agree with every word Bristol wrote in this book, but overall the message is clear and well illustrated through her candid stories. I think any teen girl (or even boy) would clearly be able to see the consequences of deception and sexual sin, the characteristics to look for - and avoid- in a boyfriend (or girlfriend) and the redemption and forgiveness that God gives if we receive it from him:)
Amanda Walton5 Stars Out Of 5An excellent autobiography - open and honestNovember 11, 2011Amanda WaltonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My husband and I both recently read this autobiography by Bristol Palin. We loved it! Bristol is very open and honest about her life and the decisions she has made - good and not so good. This book really gives you insight into her life, being raised in a strong, Godly home. Also, the struggles she faced as an unwed teen mom. Every teen should read this book! I have tremendous respect for her and truly loved reading her story. I highly recommend it!!