- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dunham Books (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939447577
- ISBN-13: 978-1939447579
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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)
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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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.
Chapter three continues with the more-scholarly portion of her book, as she starts out discussing "Satellites, Northern Exposure, and America's Future" using that as a springboard to an in-depth discussion of Washington's Farewell Address through the prism of today. Really, this transition - and other transitions throughout the book- actually works well, despite the seeming disparity between subject matter.
In chapter four, Turner gets into modern politics, discussing the Manipulation and Mission of Women in Politics. It is in this section that Turner - a single mother who choose life - gives some excellent and much-needed advice to Pro-Lifers. My short - and wholly inadequate - summary of her comments is that we cannot be concerned solely with the unborn child, but need to share that same love and concern for the mother, both during pregnancy and after she gives birth. We should not, must not, treat single mothers as villains, especially while ignoring the role the fathers in those situations. A sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with, by the way. I hope that every pro-life politician, candidate, pundit, and activist will read that column.
Contending With and Countering the Culture is the next section of the book, in which Turner discusses the role of today's culture, which she liken's to a form of modern pagan-worship, and the mass media. She includes many of her columns on everything from how liberals profit from the Capitalist system they oppose, to why we should reject the race card. I find these columns to be insightful, often taking a surprising tack on various issues. Definitely different then you get from many conservative pundits, and that is a good thing.
Turner closes out the book discussing her Seeking and Keeping Sobriety (including an interview of Bob Beckel on the topic), and dealing with the death of her father (a veteran and West Point graduate). The book also includes transcripts of radio interviews Turner did of Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Rand Paul.
Janine Turner's book is an atypical mix of personal narrative and political & historical commentary. But it works together very well, and makes for an interesting, and educational, read. It's not a quick read, as she packs a lot of information into its pages, but it will hold your attention.
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