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Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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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As a Christian man in my 30's, I was drawn to the events surrounding this story and thought, perhaps my faith would be uplifted by reading it. The book exceeded my expectations and I found myself completely compelled to read the entire book through completion within a week!
As the story of Pattie's life unfolds to the reader through her childhood years and up through her teens leading up to the pregnancy of Justin, I could certainly see the monumental building of Pattie's character. It is clear that God had orchestrated many of the events of her life leading up to that faithful day when she finally reached out to Him and was filled with a "love that passes all understanding." I found myself in tears as the years of hopelessness and torment began to be replaced with a peace and love that her relationship with God would bring.
Pattie doesn't pull punches. She is very open about her faith and how it truly was the guiding force that allowed her to overcome her challenges. It is this brutal honesty that really illustrates a genuine individual, not without faults, who desperately fought to change the darkness that surrounded her. Throughout the torrential storms of her life, it seemed that her faith was the only anchor that remained steadfast. She constantly spoke of praying through every major decision including the one to allow Justin to enter into the music industry.
My hope and prayer is that the foundation that Pattie has laid for Justin will not be forgotten by him. The years of her dedication in raising him in a Christian household has defined his character and supported his rise to stardom. In the end, I pray that Pattie's ultimate prayer for Justin (that he would be a voice for a generation) will come to pass and that he will be a guiding light to those who are suffering and lead them to a similar relationship with God where things will come full circle.
I choose to read this book to understand how Pattie got through it all with Justin. I didn't know anything about his mom, just seen her with him and on shows like my favorite Ellen. Knowing her story makes me feel like anything is possible and she was a great mom. I feel closer to her and her family
I feel the book was written well .how everAt the beginning I feel I didn't know what age she was it jumped around. But got better as I read on. Thank you for writing this book for us to read.
Nicole, Norwich, CT
From her relationship with her parents Bruce and Diane Dale to her on-again, off again one with Jeremy you will laugh, cry, grin, gasp and groan. She discusses her sexual abuse at a tragically young age and her troubled teen years. The hardest part to read was her suicide attempt; it's not gruesome or graphic, but heavy on the heart because she describes her thoughts and feelings during and after the attempt.
Her overall relationship with God is also interesting to read, as it stays relatively complicated. Strong, but complex. She never claims to be a perfect Christian either. It starts from a young age but manifests itself more fully after her spiritual experience in the hospital following her suicide attempt. Pattie also describes her stay at the Bethesda House for Women in
Bottom line, this is quite a read and NOT just for Justin Bieber fans. For anyone struggling with addictions, abuse, neglect or abandonment, this story may give you hope. Hope for light at the end of the tunnel. It may help anyone in this situation feel like they're not alone. Don't miss out on this telling book!