Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom
against all odds
WOW!! I had heard bits and pieces of Patti Mallette's story here and there but to hear it told from start to finish left me in awe! Complete and total AWE!
Patti shares her life story from a very young age up to today. To say she had a rough childhood wouldn't even be close to the truth. She has experienced things that no person should have to go through, let alone a child at the tender age of 3-5 yrs. old.
From years and years of sexual abuse, plus abandonment issues and all that comes from that, Patti found herself lost in drugs and alcohol attempting to cover up the pain.
Everywhere she turned, it seemed those she felt she could trust, would prove her wrong again and again.
After years of doing things "Her way" and finding herself in and out of toxic relationships, Patti finds out she is pregnant. She is more than convinced that being pregnant is just not true and asks to do the test again. This stubborn mind-set continues to play in other circumstances that arise in her life. Like when she asks God for a sign, or maybe it's just that HE is giving her one and she is DETERMINED not to believe it could be from HIM. I had to laugh at these situations in which God most definitely met Patti right where she was, at that point in her life!! HIS Love for her is amazing, HIS patience is humbling, and HIS pursuit of her is just jaw dropping awesome! But isn't that just the way HE is for all of us!!
Patti's story is one that inspires and leaves you speechless at the same time. Truly, her decision to share her life story,will no doubt touch the lives of many! Whether you are a single mom or maybe someone who fights depression & addictions, or maybe you question your relationship with Christ....this book will give you hope and share the GRACE that God gives so freely! I can't help but think of the Scripture that says "What the enemy meant for harm, God turns it into good!"
Patti is such a precious person! I remember a part in Justin's "Never say Never" movie, where Patti and Justin's manager, Scooter Braun, set out to, "Go Bless Someone". Just before each concert, she and Scooter look for someone or maybe even a group to receive either "front row seats or back stage passes.' One lucky girl will also be the recipient of going on stage and have Justin sing right to her! Can you imagine??
The joy on Patti's face when she announces to those whom they have just blessed is priceless. Clearly, Patti learned the gift of giving, of paying it forward and is able to do so with many unsuspecting people out there. She has taught Justin to do the same but more importantly she taught him, WHO gave him his gifts and talents! She taught him God's Word and HIS Ways, and gave him a godly foundation. Truly Patti knows, life is hard, but when you have Christ with you - all things are possible, and when you are at the end of your rope, there is nowhere to go but UP!
This book is most definitely 5 Ã¢ÂÂ¥ Ã¢ÂÂ¥ Ã¢ÂÂ¥ Ã¢ÂÂ¥ Ã¢ÂÂ¥'s
Thank you Donna and Revell Publishing, A division of Baker Publishing Group, for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
December 4, 2012
A Story of Overcoming....
This book will keep your attention, at least it kept mine and I couldn't put it down.
Pattie is very elegant in her speaking and this book is extremely well written and tasteful as she talks about the things that happened to her growing up, her mistakes, and how she felt alone, unwanted, unloved.
You feel like she is sharing with you personally, like your the only person in the room.
The book is about her personal life, her tragedies in her life, the mistakes, and how she had help from her faith in God to help her overcome those things in her life that Satan has tried to use to destroy her. She shows forgiveness to those who have wronged her, and you can tell from the way she talks, she is not out to get anyone. You can feel her passion and her honest heart as she speaks to you.
If you need hope, or know someone who does, because of your past mistakes, abuse, drugs, ext. then give this book a chance. It is filled with hope and faith building.
November 23, 2012
Pattie's voice presents itself loudly and clearly: most of her life, she felt unloved. Turning to alcohol, drugs, and teen "love" didn't help her. Her life continued to spiral down, down, down. She even attempted suicide! Even after she turned to God, she reverted to her old habits.
The story is told in a straightforward manner. The only caveat I have is that it's a bit wordy, but even so, it is a story worth reading.. Whether or not you're a fan of her son, once you read this true accounting, you'll be a fan of Pattie Mallette.
Thank you to Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group and Revell for my copy.
November 19, 2012