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Unbroken: A Memoir Hardcover – April 10, 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Elliott is, undoubtedly, a survivor. Orphaned by age six and sent to live with a grandmother who was still keeping a nest full of grown, unemployed alcoholic sons, Elliott endured virtually every abuse imaginable. Unsurprisingly, her days as a cheerleader and beauty pageant contestant gave way to a whirlwind of alcohol, drugs and demeaning behavior until the day she met her husband Now a mother, successful businesswoman and winner of the Mrs. Texas pageant, she wants to offer a message of hope and ardent religious faith. The understandably tattered strands of memory, emotion and chronology make for an uneven tapestry at times. Though fairly raw, she's taken care to keep her story from becoming R-rated and to keep the small Southern towns of her youth anonymous. In the brief month she spent at rehab, Elliot, like many recovering addicts, found a way that works for her and is eager to share her newfound faith in God with others. Her dedication to proselytizing is matched only by her staunch belief in tithing, two traditions that may not appeal to all readers. (Apr. 10)
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About the Author

Tracy Elliott lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two sons. Since growing up as an orphan in the projects in a small town in Georgia, she's come a long way. She believes her message is that the destiny God has for you far outweighs anything that can come against you in life. Having lived as a stripper and an addict who spent a month in a rehab facility, she has a platform to speak this message. Tracy and her husband own several successful businesses. She is now living her destiny, and is grateful that she has the ability to help so many others who have issues similar to those she's faced in life.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785221670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785221678
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,165,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather Ivester on August 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tracy Elliott's beautiful smile as the winner of the 2006 Mrs. Texas pageant hides a secret past, which she boldly reveals in her new memoir.

Co-authored with Jenna Glatzer, the narrative reads like a novel. Orphaned at age six when her mother died of alcoholism, Tracey grew up in the projects in small-town Georgia, raised by her grandmother.

Also living in the house were several drunken, violent uncles who verbally and sexually abused Tracy, breaking everything in the house except a lone wooden china cabinet, which survived intact, like she did.

Now married and the mother of two sons, Tracy credits her early faith in Jesus for bringing her through years of trauma, which later included living as a stripper and drug addict.

Even after being married to a wonderful man, Tracy struggled with perfectionism as a mom, wanting to give her husband and sons everything she never had.

The author's honest, real faith is captivating to readers, proclaiming the truth that Jesus has the power to heal anyone from a stained past. This is a beautiful book, with a message the world desperately needs to hear: just because you had a bad childhood doesn't mean your life can never be whole again.

--Christian Women Online Book Buzz
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" Unbroken", tells the story about a young girl who from the start, had experienced deaths, abuse, and heartache along with depression. Tracy Elliott tells a heartwarming story story of her struggles in life with her always drunk Uncles and how she grew up with it and was affected by it. It wasn't until Tracy was applying herself to the wrong crowd and lifestyles does she realize that this wasn't her only option for her life. Drugs, she decided, was not the only option! She remembered back when she was a little girl accepting Jesus Christ into her life in front of everybody in the small little church she went to near her neighborhood, and realizes that was her purpose in life and what she was supposed to do.Tracy decided right then and there that this new lifestyle was going to be hers, and that Jesus Christ was her only TRUE hero! I love this book, because it's very personal and comes from her heart of what the true meaning of love really means.Tracy's story is inspirational and encouraging to people who have grown up in hard situations that God is the only solution you can turn to, and he will never let you down. Personally, my favorite part of "Unbroken", is when Tracy and her boys went on a missions trip to where Hurricane Katrina hit. They all realized that even though their problems may seem big at the time, there are people in the world with much bigger problems and devastation that truly need Jesus.
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I was in a hurry when I ordered this to read for my book club. Was not paying attention to the author; it wound up being the wrong "Unbroken". Writing style rather unpolished, simplistic, saccharine. I'm sure the author suffered through a difficult life, but this was not a good enough read to keep the book. Returned it. Would not recommend it.
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I, too, ordered this by mistake. Its a poorly-told and unconvincing story of a woman who, granted if this story is accurate, had a horrible childhood marked by abuse.
She seems to want to tell us again and again that she is a Jesus-loving woman, and was ("I swear it...") the whole time she was a pole-dancing bed-jumping drug abuser (which I have no problem with).
It reads more like a "well screw you" literary middle finger pointed to her incestuous and emotional abusers.
If you want to get involved in someone's therapy, you might like this book, but again and again I feel like I'm overhearing someone's sordid, private confession with her saviour. It's a conversation between the author and Jesus, and I'm bored.
Now on to the book I wanted to get...
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Their service was excellent. The only problem I encountered was my own. I ordered the correct Title, but by the wrong author. As I said, this was my error, not their's. I will order from them again.
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This book is an inspiration! Very well written and raw, you can't help but feel the pain this little endured in her young life. But the fact that she not only survived but excelled in her life, and was able to help others was amazing.
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Told from the heart. Showing the truth through her honesty and vulnerability. Anyone who has been sexually and emotionally abused will be able to relate to this story. She triumphs over everything against her. But her faith in God kept her strong.
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By Jane Reintges on September 29, 2012
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I thought this was going to be a book about a christian walk - this was tawdry, and wrote of unspeakable things done to a child. Terrible. I threw the book away before finishing it.l I hope the author finds peace and love in God's presence.
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