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"Janine Turner is a breath of fresh air in the political forum. Her educated opinions come from laborious research and a profound respect for our Republic’s founding principles. She knows that liberty and knowledge are synonymous. Her quest to light a fire in the hearts and minds of America’s citizenry is contagious."

(―Donald Trump)

"Janine Turner is a renegade for the republic! Her essays on The Federalist and opinion editorials on culture, women, and politics evoke reason and clarify why conservative principles matter. If only everyone in Hollywood thought this way!"

(―Sean Hannity)

"Janine Turner is a proud patriot. He father, Turner Gauntt, a graduate of West Point and an Air Force hero, was one of the first to fly Mach 2. She knows firsthand that our troops fight to protect our U.S. Constitution, which in turn protects our liberties, and her pride in her dad, and those who serve, shines bright in this wonderful and very personal book. Her tribute to her father, who recently passed, rivals the most moving of Hollywood screenplays."

(―Gary Sinise, actor, Forrest Gump and CSI: NY, The Gary Sinise Foundation)

"A leading voice in today’s conservative movement, Janine Turner gives a thoughtful take on the state of the nation, the trials our country faces, and how her faith has been an integral aspect of her life in her new book, A Little Bit Vulnerable ― Hollywood, God, Sobriety & Politics. By taking the reader on a journey through her own tribulations and how her faith has helped her overcome them, Janine provides a story of hope and inspiration."

(―Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and author of the New York Times bestseller, Courage and Consequence)

"Samuel Beckett said it best: 'All poetry is prayer.' In Janine Turner’s book, A Little Bit Vulnerable, she chronicles her amazing life through poetry, founding Constituting America, politics, Hollywood, God, the death of her father, and twenty-eight years of sobriety. We feel her fortitude as early as thirteen, echoing Ralph Waldo Emerson (If a man wants to build a carriage, let him, but just don’t let him forget how to walk) and her awakening at twenty six (Like a racehorse Transcending From the gallop Through the cantor To the trot; her inward angst turning outward with resolutions of what the Truth must be . . . that it runs further Than me). Like Emerson, Turner is a champion of individualism, aware of the constant battles mankind must face each day to stay sane, to hold on to tenderness. Her voice is of the young heart, yet philosophical, always reaching to find its way in a world tormented by a daily devil. We see a warrior; a defender of our American way of life; a woman whose inner beauty outshines even her Hollywood glamour. You will be moved by her extraordinary strength, her words rising like prayer in the modern rush; Emerson’s own quote, a perfect mantra: 'What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.'"

(―Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate)

"Janine’s personal story is a powerful testament to the reality of long-term recovery from alcoholism, and her willingness to share this story publicly is both courageous and inspirational."

(―Greg Williams, Filmmaker: "The Anonymous People")

"Every now and then God creates a person with an exceptional combination of gifts. They have insight, commitment, courage, and faith. They see things we all need to see, and understand things we all need to understand. Janine Turner is just such a gift."

(―Monsignor Don Fischer, a Priest with the Diocese of Dallas, Pastoral Reflections Institute)

"‘Heroic’ doesn’t begin to describe what Janine Turner is doing on radio to spread the word on liberty and freedom. When we save this republic, history will show Janine answered her country’s call―putting patriotism far above her Hollywood interests."

(―Andrew Breitbart)

"Like a modern-day Paul Revere, [ Janine] Turner will keep spreading the word about our founding principles."

(―Chris Wallace, FOX News Sunday)

"After hearing Janine Turner speak, I felt inspired, touched, motivated, and, quite frankly, in awe. Her speech was riveting."

(―Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas)

"Janine is a rare mix of talented actress and principled, committed conservative. Her understanding of how entertainment shapes our culture makes her a potent force and sought-after speaker"

(―Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman, advisor to President George Bush, and political strategist)

"Actress Janine Turner was an eloquent supporter, particularly on the subjects of women in politics and the strength and value of single moms who are committed to raising solid citizens."

(―Gov. Sarah Palin, Former Governor of Alaska)

"I commend Janine Turner for continually shining a light on America’s founding principles. Her foundation, Constituting America, is an excellent resource for all Americans, especially our young people."

(―U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA))

"This is a memoir that perfectly reflects its author: beautiful inside and out.  Janine bears her soul---revealing her deepest beliefs, most joyous and painful experiences, and hard-earned wisdom---with her usual fearlessness and wit.  And she does it all with love---for her family, her faith, and her country"

(- Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Fox News Channel, The Washington Times)

About the Author

Janine Turner is an Emmy and three-time Golden Globe nominee actress most known for her beloved performance as Maggie O’Connell in Northern Exposure. Other memorable credits include: Cliffhanger, Leave It to Beaver, Dr. T & the Women, Steel Magnolias, Friday Night Lights, & Solace. As a single mother, Ms. Turner, who was inspired by her father—a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Air Force hero—has championed the cause of preserving American principles with her foundation, Constituting America, her radio show The Janine Turner Show, and as a columnist and political pundit. She travels the country speaking on a wide array of subjects from her faith, her sobriety, women’s issues, as well as her “Call to Action”—non-partisan dialogue regarding American principles. She also enthralls audiences with her stories of tenacious triumph over the canyons of her life. Janine continues to be a steward of her wounds with her first published bestselling book, Holding Her Head High, and now, with a new glimpse into her private life in, A Little Bit Vulnerable. She lives on her cattle ranch in Texas with her beloved daughter, Juliette.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dunham Books (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939447577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939447579
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the book believing the title and sub-title to be about Janine's heart, thoughts, reflections on her personal life thus far. So I was surprised when the first chapter was a series of poems, which I actually enjoyed and many were quite thought provoking, which traced her life chronologically through all her ups and downs, relationships, career, etc. But then the book switches to where our nation came from, early papers and thoughts on the Founding Fathers, what we need to do, and from there back to personal life, her dad, and so on. It was more like 3 books rolled into one and it couldn't decide what it wanted to be - commentary on our nation, journal about her family and family history, or poems. For me as a reader, once dialed in to the poems in chapter one, it was a total change of mindset to the Founding Fathers, and then later switch back later in the book to an interview about her dad. But I also bought and gave a copy to someone who likes poetry, and if just for that portion alone, it was enjoyable.
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Janine Turner's book, A Little Bit Vulnerable - On Hollywood, God, Sobriety, & Politics, is a surprising mix of intimate personal memoir and insightful political commentary. Far from being a typical Hollywood autobiography filled with scandal and gossip, this book delves deeply into both Janine Turner's psyche, and into the political foundations of America. Moreover, it does so in a way that is both fascinating and educational. Traditional Americans, conservatives, libertarians, and tea party types will all appreciate much of what this book offers.

The book starts out with Turner taking us on a tour through her life by sharing a selection of poetry that she wrote through the years, along with what was happening in her life at the time (career successes, a broken engagement, her struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, among others). I admit that, at first, I thought that section would be boring and I would quickly skim through it to get to the good stuff. I was wrong. I read every line of poetry she included. It is a very honest, surprisingly intimate and revealing, window onto her soul, which took a lot of courage on her part to share so publicly, in my opinion.

Next up, Turner gets really into her Constitutionalist mode, and also discusses the founding of Constituting America. She includes some of her political commentary, as well as many of her essays on individual Federalist Papers (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 32, 37, 43, 45, 60, 68, 69, 70, 73, & 85). It is at this point that my copy of her book became marked up with many notes as I read, and learned, through those essays. Her commentary on the Federalist Papers is extremely insightful, well-researched, and well-thought out. Chapter two by itself is worth the cost of the book, and more.
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This is a must buy! Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair and feel like you are enjoying "girl time" with a friend.
A wonderful read to understand someone has walked in your shoes and is whole , wholesome, and vibrant through it all!
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Read the book in January 2016

The book is not the typical autobiography /memoir in the way it has been put together. And to those used to the conventional style for autobios/memoirs, this non-conforming format may be a little uncomfortable and unsettling to read through. Or like me, you might find it refreshing..... something different..... Yes!

JT's ability to stir and provoke both the intellect (with her political writings) and the heart (with her poetry, personal journey, and those heartfelt tributes to her dad) in the one book shows what a versatile writer she is.

Because of its content, this is not a book you are likely to read through in one sitting. But that is the beauty of it. You can enjoy it over a period of time You pick it up, read, think about it, you put it down, you pick it up, read, think about it, you put it down..............

You may not necessarily agree with every one or any of her political views or even follow politics at all, but each issue presented does give you the opportunity to think about an issue you may otherwise not have considered before and to draw your own conclusions.

For her willingness to so lay bare her soul and her personal life to share .....in such a public manner.....in the hope that it might benefit others...... my utmost admiration and I would give her a “badge” to wear .... and it would say...... "JT: Brave-Heart"

Can JT write? Yes, she sure can!
Recommend this book? yes.
Looking forward to more books from her.
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I could not get into it. I love Janine but I did not think this came up to her standards. Sorry Janine.
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More of political book than autobiography.
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I love the author but this was just the rambling combination of poetry and thoughts and articles and whatever I returned the item did not enjoy it all not readable
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She talks about herself ad nauseam and shares waaaay too much poetry. Not enough Hollywood scoop stuff. She would've done much better to have offered behind-the-scenes highlights from Northern Exposure. Or perhaps spent more time in rehab, flush with recovery anecdotes, a la the Carrie Fisher experience.
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