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This story could have been told by thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of women. But they aren’t the mother of pop-sensation Justin Bieber. Mallette’s childhood, though troubled, is not remarkable. Her father left when she was two. There was sexual abuse (though the details are blurred, it seems to have been by boys a few years older), and by the time she was a teen, drugs and drink played a bigger part in her life than school. When she was 16, she found herself pregnant by a boyfriend she’d hope would support her. His inability to do so in any meaningful way left Mallette a teen mom who beat the odds, thanks to love for and committment to her son; the support of family, friends, and employers; and her belief that God was directing her life. Mallette (with cowriter Gregory) does a solid job of weaving her faith, and its ups and downs, into a respectable narrative. And, of course, there’s a lot about Justin, though primarily his early career. How she uses her notoriety to help girls in similiar circumstances to her young self adds an uplifting note. There will be many who’ll find meaning in this familiar story. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mallette is Justin Bieber’s mother. Enough said. --Ilene Cooper

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"When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up."

In Nowhere but Up, Pattie Mallette shares for the first time in detail about the pain and abandonment she experienced as a child, the sexual abuse she suffered for years, the severe depression she wrestled with as a teen, the deep struggles she faced as a single mom, and the faith she's learned to cling to through dark times. With raw honesty, she spills the truth about a lifetime of moments that were punctuated by pain yet permeated with grace--and the journey that's brought her to where she is today.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721893
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be easy to label this book as one told by "Justin Bieber's mom", having no merit beyond that, especially since the title of Pattie Mallette's book includes the words, "The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom.".

But to focus only on her famous son as a reason to purchase Nowhere but Up could lessen the possible impact of Pattie Mallette's heartbreaking yet ultimately powerful and inspiring faith-based memoir and limit its readership. It is definitely worth checking out even though Mallette's life and journey to Christianity may not appeal to everyone.

But to dismiss her unique voice and experience would be a mistake - and also sadly ironic since Mallette struggled long and hard to find that voice and tell her story. It is one which deserves attention, especially by those who have gone through painful childhoods or suffered abuse.

Perhaps Mallette puts it best when she notes, early on in the book, - about her motivation for sharing her experiences, good and bad:" I decided to tell my story not only for my own healing from a difficult past but also to help bring healing and liberation to those of you who may have suffered in similar ways."

This point is backed up in the foreword where Bieber describes his mom as "the strongest woman I've ever met" and explains that the book underscores that fact.

From then on his mother tells her story.

Well over half of "Nowhere but Up" is about Mallette's life before Bieber entered the picture, with the first 9 chapters (there are 16 chapters in all) describing her painful childhood, the experiences that shattered her self esteem, and her search for love. Mallette alaso writes of her growing Christian faith but it is a faith that was rocked by doubt and setbacks along the way.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By What's her face? on September 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Well people... I read it in one night! I couldn't put it down. It was so well written and with the right motives. My heart jumped and I could really feel the love of God pouring out. Let me tell you... for most of the book I forgot whose mother she was. She was so open, honest and just plain raw about her past hurts, the pain she had to endure, her shortcomings, but also the stark contrast with God's awesome love and amazing grace. In my mind, this was an amazing Christian testimony of how wonderful and loving our God is despite the many obstacles we go through in life. I found myself choking back tears of joy and smiling as I walked through her journey. Sometimes, I was just in awe with my jaw literally dropping. It's a moving walk through the tests and triumphs of Pattie's life to date.

Fellow readers, I believe you will find this book uplifting and encouraging. This is a story about a woman whom God had plans for... BIG plans! And just to encourage you, God has no favorites, what He did for one, He will do for you (Acts 10:34-35 MSG). I'm not saying all of you will have superstar celebrity sons, but rather that He has a great purpose and plan for each of us if we will just let go of control and trust Him. This book reminds us to not look at our circumstance, but keep our eyes on the Lord who always exceeds our expectations. Further, even when we turn away from Him, He pursues us. It was such a beautiful book, humbly written, and points to our Lord and Savior. Well done Pattie and A.J., Well done! I highly recommend!!

P.S. I purposely didn't go into content so as to not spoil the journey, but I did want to set good expectations. I hope this helps.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carol808 on September 20, 2012
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This book was cathartic for me as it must be for many women. Patty Mallette goes straight to the underlying causes and trauma that has led to her self- dislike and low self esteem. I'm barely past chapter five and already she has touched on many of the emotional issues that I have had and which I felt that I was the only girl in the world who felt these feelings. Patty is right on. The book brings up many issues for those of us that still carry the self-hatred but at the same time this book gives us HOPE. Patty has walked in our shoes. And she can help us walk, too.

To anyone who says "Get over it" I suggest that you read the book again as obviously you HAVEN'T walked in our shoes. No victim of this type of abuse justs 'gets over it'. It's a comment that denies us any dignity by down-playing trauma and brushing it aside. We've brushed it aside long enough!

And to Patty- It really struck home for me in the chapter where your girlfriends at school suddenly, without warning said they no longer wanted to be your friend and didn't want you hanging around with them. I cried because it happened to me and I was completely devistated for what seemed like months. I didn't "just get over it". We are people who cling to people so they'll be our friends and when they turn against us the pain is immense. Normal people wouldn't understand, but there are those of us that certainly DO understand. Thanks for writing it. And my grand-daughter wants to thank you for Justin!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By candi kirk on January 11, 2013
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I could not tear myself away from this book.....I loved everything about it an would recommend it to a lot of young girls I cried so much reading this book cuz I got so into it I felt how hurt Pattie was....and I was alwaysexcited to see the outcome....I admire u for getting thru all of it hardships an pushing to make it life better .....u Pattie are an amazing person an mother an you an your son Justin have a heart of gold!!!! I wish you nothing but the best an pray that you continue to heal!!!! I am one of yours an Justin's biggest fans simply because of your hearts an how much you both care so much about other people!!!
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