Monday, December 3, 2012

Nowhere but Up by Pattie Mallette ~ review

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721893
This book is also available as an e-book as well as in paperback.

September 18, 2012
Most people only know her as Justin Bieber's mom, but Pattie Mallette has had an incredible journey of her own. Many people have heard of her son's rags to riches triumph. A few know she was a teen mom who had to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction. Even fewer know the rest of her story.

Now, for the first time in detail, Pattie shares with the world the story of a girl who felt abandoned and unloved. Of a teenager who made poor choices. Of a young woman who attempted suicide and could hardly bear to believe that God would ever care for her. One who messed up, got pregnant, and got a second chance. Every reader will find themselves somewhere in Pattie's painful journey of redemption. They will be encouraged by her example that what was once broken can become whole.

Pattie's story will inspire readers to believe that even in the darkest of places, there's always hope. For those who feel unlovable, there's always love. And for those who believe they're a lost cause, there's always room for another chance.

My take on this book:
I think it takes a brave person to expose their personal life,their trials and struggles, but that's just what Pattie Mallette does in this book.

Ms. Mallette tells her story in a very straightforward manner, never sugarcoating the fact that from an early age she felt unloved and unwanted. These feelings followed her into adulthood and she tried dealing with them by turning to drugs an alcohol, and even looking for love in all the wrong places, even turning to suicide when the pain became to much. It took God to give her hope and lift her up.

An inspirational story that encourages and uplifts, reminding that God can and will lift us up if only we let him.One of my favorite lines in the book was "sometimes you have to go thru your past to get to your future." I think of the old line of letting go and let God, and for me that was the message I took away from Ms. Mallette's story. Whether you are a fan of Justin Bieber or not this is a story well worth reading.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Available in Sept 2012 wherever Revell Books are sold.

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