Through the Storm
Thomas Nelson Inc - 272 pages
We all want our children to succeed. What happens when they do?
Britney Spears wanted to sing ever since she was a little girl. But the years of sacrifices, auditions, performances, albums, fame, and paparazzi left the little Louisiana family swept up and spun around, and nothing turned out the way anyone ever imagined or wanted. Now Lynne shares the inside story of the Spears family as only a mother can.
Through the Storm takes readers outside the narrow orbit of the Hollywood glitterati. Lynne shares how fame forever changed their family; her regrets letting managers, agents, and record companies direct the lives of her children; the challenges that shaped Lynne and Jamie's failed marriage and how they affected Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn; the startling events that led to Britney's breakdown; the aftermath of Jamie Lynn's pregnancy; and how the family has tried pulling together to recapture a sense of hope and purpose.
Through the Storm, says Lynne, is "the story of one simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame, and who is still trying to sort through the debris scattered all over her life in the aftermath. It's who I am, warts and all, with some true confessions that took a long time to get up the nerve to discuss."
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Very heartwarming stories of the struggles and triumphs of being the Mother of such special and famous children.
I went to school with Lynne in the early 1970's and wanted to correct the location of the school as it is printed here. St. Mary of the Pines Catholic School is in Chatawa, Mississippi ...not Magnolia, Missouri as stated. Kentwood, Louisiana is about 20 miles away from the beautiful, historic Catholic School located deep in the Piney Woods of Mississippi.
Therese East Hewitt
I’ll be the first one to admit it… I was hoping for a juicy tell-all before I started reading this book but right in the intro Lynne tells us that’s not what this book is. It’s mostly a look into her life that led her to make the decisions she did in regards to her children.
Overall it was an okay read but I found the book disjointed and the stories jumbled. I understand the Lynne is not a professional writer but I’ve read other memoirs with co-writers that were put together much better than Through the Storm was. All lot of what’s written is repeated a couple of times in the book and oftentimes within the next paragraph.
I felt Lynne’s emotion trying to burst through the pages but it just didn’t quite make it and this made a lot of the writing seem forced and unnatural. I also felt this way about the Christian aspects of the book. Her faith just didn’t ring true to me.
What was especially shocking to me, was how Lynne glossed over the fact that at aged twenty-one while driving her brother to the ER she accidentally hit a twelve year old on his bike and he later died. To me this would have been a devastating, life changing event but it was mentioned over one or two paragraphs then not mentioned again.
** END SPOLER**
Reading this book did change my view on the Spears family and I’m glad I read it but I just wish it was put together in a more organized fashion. As far as my recommendation goes I’d say read it if you come across it but don’t run out and pick it up expecting and “insider’s look” at the Britney’s life.
From There to Here
GoodLooking Southern Man
Sweet and Bitter
Witnessing a Miracle
Calling It Quits
Jamie Lynns Turn
Britney and Kevin
The Other Woman
Britney Starts Singing
Here Comes Jamie Lynn
Why Did I Say Yes?
First Taste of Fame
The Touch of Time
Mama Im Pregnant
Breaking the Stranglehold
A Mothers Heart
Epilogue Sandras Legacy
Acknowledgments From Lynne Spears
About the authors