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Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World Hardcover – September 16, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551566
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynne Irene Bridges Spears has a degree in elementary education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has three children: Bryan James, Britney Jean, and Jamie Lynn. Spears coauthored the novel A Mother's Gift with her daughter, Britney.

Lorilee Craker is the author of 11 books, including the New York Times best seller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears. When not shuttling her three children to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between, Lorilee moonlights as an entertainment and features writer for the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, MI, and has written for magazines such as Parents and Parent and Child.


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Well done memoir by Lynne Spears.
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I would think as a parent it would feel like trying to live you life in a washing machine.
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While I enjoyed reading the story, I had a hard time with the book itself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Osborn on December 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a teenager, I'd been a huge fan of The MMC, and had been sort of shocked when Britney exploded onto the music scene in 1999. I'd heard the "stage mom" rumors about Justin and Britney's mothers, and I was interested to see how Lynne would defend herself.

And it's not a great defense.

Having grown up with Southern Christian parents, I find it hard to believe that Lynne Spears was as naive as she claims to have been, particularly when it came to the '99 Rolling Stone magazine cover.

Lynne writes, "What I saw was Britney in a bra and hot pants, sitting on her bed . . . 'Let's stop now,' I said, flustered and uncomfortable." She goes on to say, "We assumed we would have final say over which pictures were chosen. Besides, they took so many cute shots, why would they want this one . . ?"

When you think Rolling Stone, do you think 'cute' or 'hot'?

Hm.

According to the book, also present at the time were Britney's agent, Larry Rudolph, and her father. Between the three 'managing' adults present at the photo shoot for this internationally-known magazine--one that is extremely infamous in conservative Christian circles--not one person would have looked at the contract and demanded to have their say? And beyond all that, Britney was 18 years old at the time. She was making her own decisions. She had a right to. If her parents were as down-home and Christian as we're being asked to believe over and over again, wouldn't they have raised her to at least ask herself the question, "What will my mama think?"

Instances like these force me to question the narrator's sincerity. I believe Lynne is telling us the events in a true light, but I can't quite she's telling us all of her story.

But that's what this book is.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Gibbons on October 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lynne Spears describes herself as a

"...simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame..."

As the mother of Jamie Lynn, Bryan and Britney Spears she says she wrote this book,

"...to hand something permanent down to my children and grandchildren, a record of our lives together..."

I went in with low expectations, that were indeed met, but I did enjoy a few insights that are worth noting. Although I can't recommend it, I can offer the following thoughts after reading:

Moderate our judgements - When you first think of Britney Spears mother what do you think? I confess, before reading this book, my first thoughts were harsh and simplistic. "Surely anybody that would allow their daughter to end up there has to be a "shameless self promoter" who is in it for herself or a "stage mom to the tenth power" or perhaps she is totally absent from her daughter's life."

The reality of who Lynne Spears is, and anybody, for that matter, is more complex than that. As she says,

"Often you don't know a person's story, and if you did, you might very well understand his or her actions better...there [is] a flesh-and-blood woman behind the mythological monster the tabloids [have] created."

Let's not be so quick to judge character or, especially, motives.

The depravity of man is obviously, and demonstrably, true - Lynne offers up many examples of this, although obviously not described in those terms. Consider Sam Lutfi,

"Sam came into my daughter's life at a time when she was at her most vulnerable."

A manipulative "manager" for Britney, Sam exerted such a level of control over Britney at one point that her family had to go to court to remove him from her presence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Black Ice on August 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Though the book's writing is amateurishly written by someone who lacks credibility, it contains valuable insight into what fame can do to unprepared people who were not stable to begin with. The book at its worst validates negative stereotypes of Southerners as sanctimonious simpletons.

I believe that Lynne's dichotomy lied between supporting an alcoholic husband and father, and nurturing her daughter's talents. Her ignorance over the emotional origins of Jamie's alcoholism is confounding to say the least. Lynne pretends to be emotionally aware, yet prefers an ignorance is bliss mixed with Christian approach when things get too much for her. I believe faith based support is a positive thing, but to use it as a crutch to avoid reality is deeply troubling.

It is easy to see how her daughter became so screwed up. I do not believe that Britney Spears went off her rails solely due to her young fame and making bad company. Christina Aguilera became famous at around the same time and is also a product of Disney, yet managed to keep it together. I have a social science background and I am pretty certain that Britney was already showing signs of mental illness as a teenager or even childhood. Perhaps Lynne wanted to keep her daughter as mentally occupied as possible in order to keep her marbles on and not "deal" with Britney's emotions.

Also, Lynne envisioned a better life outside the confines of Kentwood. Mama Spears described her British mother's frustration for rustic small town living, and had to settle for South Louisiana after she fled London. While Lynne had to become accultured to rural Southern life, her European self (she is also part Maltese) may have innately felt that way of life was beneath her.
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