Item description for Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World by Lynne Spears & Lorilee Craker...
Overview The mother of singer Britney Spears and her two siblings relates the sorrows and joys that the family has shared, discussing her failed marriage, the effects of Britney's rapid rise to fame, and the arrival of grandchildren.
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 Jamies failed marriage and how they affected Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn; the startling events that led to Britneys breakdown; the aftermath of Jamie Lynns 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. Its 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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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595551565 ISBN13 9781595551566
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More About Lynne Spears & Lorilee Craker
Spears teaches grade school in Kentwood, Louisiana.
Lynne Spears currently resides in Kentwood, in the state of Louisiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World?
Great Story written by a Mom! Dec 8, 2009
I have to say that I love this book! I read it about a year ago or so and then got to review it through Thomas Nelson Book Reviews. This book is by far one of the best stories I've read in a while. I had a hard time putting this book down! Lynne writes about the starting out in Britney's fame and how they got there. She also writes about how she and Britney and the entire family had gone through so much when all of the things were going wrong with Britney. It has not been an easy road for the Spears' family and it will always be in the paparrazi eye. Britney rose to fame at an early age and with that said some of her actions that she has chosen were probably not the best in the world but we are all human and we make honest mistakes. Lynne's words are heartfelt and she wrote this book with love, compasion and hurt. No one is perfect by any means and so we should never let anyone judge us by how we look, how we behave and how we critacize everyone! This book is a must read for those who would like to learn about the real Britney and the troubles and she has gone through to get to where she is now! I love this book and I hope that Britney will write a book of her own as well in the future! If she does I will definitely read it for sure. You can purchase this book through this site.com or other major retailers around the country!
Lynne Spears' Personal Pity Party Sep 16, 2009
I read this book and it was not worth the paper it was printed on. I am so glad I bought a cheap used copy. From start to finish it is one long symphony of "pity me, love me, I'm so good, I'm so special, I've never done anything wrong." I don't believe Lynne is quite the monster that the media made her out to be, but I don't for one moment believe she is/was as naive, clueless, and without fault as she claims to be. If you are looking for dirt on Britney and Jamie Lynne, this is not the book. It's one claim to worth, in my opinion, is that she did not expose all of her daughters' dirty little secrets. But other than that, it is a plethora of whining and excuses. Lynne Spears did not get a college degree by being as stupid as she claims she was/is. Lynne Spears complains in the book about the sacrifices she made -- oh poor lady! She had to live in New York for a while, my goodness, what a terrible tragedy! Well, she managed to afford to do it. And she has reaped numerous rewards for all her efforts. The book is filled with lies and half-truths, all designed to make Lynne Spears look greater than Mother Teresa. I suppose the one thing that is most annoying is that she talks about how very, very much she misses the teaching job she "sacrificed" to help her daughter. She claims this while living a life of ease in her lovely home called "Serenity." We are supposed to feel sympathy for that great sacrifice. She fails to mention that she is free now to go back to teaching if she loves working for a living so much. In other words, this book is worthless. You finish it and at the end, you have only learned one thing -- Lynne Spears is a narcissist and she has just begged you to worship her.
A Book Review- Through the Storm, by Lynne Spears Aug 10, 2009
My lovely friend, Dana, told me about 9 months ago to sign up with Thomas Nelson Publishing to do book reviews! At first I was hesitant. I thought- I'm not a writer! I, of course, didn't think I'd get "approved" to do this, but I was thrilled when I received my first book two weeks ago!
My first book to review was entitled Through the Storm by Lynne Spears.
I was very eager to read this book, because of who it is written by. The mother of Brittney and Jamie Lynn Spears wrote this heartfelt and very open book about her life, her marriage and her children's messy lives in the spotlight.
While reading this book, I definitely got a sense of what was important to Lynne Spears, which was her family. She is a mother and a friend. I didn't feel as though she thought she were better than other people- very laid back and down to earth. She has had money issues, an awful marriage ended in divorce and lots and lots of anguish from losing several close family members. I knew by the end of this book that this woman does believe in a Heavenly Father and wishes with all her heart that her children would become saved, which was a nice to see. The book was an easy and quick read. I didn't feel like she made excuses for her children's mistakes and she spoke openly about the most public and heart wrenching mistakes- the teenage pregnancy of her youngest daughter and the loss of control and "mental state" of her middle daughter. I especially liked the last chapter. She went into detail several mistakes that she made as a mother and that could have perhaps caused some of the traumatic changes in her children's lives. I'm not gonna say that her children couldn't have chosen differently, but its always nice when people in the spotlight open up and say "I'm human! I made mistakes!" It definitely reaffirmed my beliefs on being a strong, tough love parent. Not that your children won't rebel, but perhaps, if she hadn't been so trusting i.e. a friend to her children, they wouldn't have gone astray, but it was nice to say a parent being THAT open with her mistakes, struggles and the issues in her life.
After reading the book, I felt like I had a little more compassion on their family. I don't think I really felt SORRY for Brittney or her family at any time. I think I've always been kinda indifferent about it. Kinda like, it doesn't affect me, that stinks, but oh well, moving on! I guess now that I've read the book, I have more of an understanding of how the family got to the place that they are at now.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. Like I said, it was good, short read. I think it made me a little more aware of people in the public spotlight and what they face sometimes.
We're All Human Jul 17, 2009
Reading this book was beneficial to me in that it gave me more perspective into not only the lives of the Spears family, but into Hollywood types in general. So often we see them on television, read about them in magazines, or hear about them on the radio, and they become larger than life. We create a false image of them as something other than human. As such we feel that we can talk about them in such terms as well.
While reading the words of Lynn as she discussed their humble beginnings, I was reminded that even the Britney Spears of this world were born human just like I was. They have made choices and struggled with consequences just like I have.
And they deserve all the grace I ask for in my own life.
Liked it more than I thought I would. Jul 15, 2009
I liked this book more than I thought I would. I figured it would be some tabloid-esque piece of trivia. What I found, instead, was a thoughtful book written by a loving mother. Lynne shares her story and that of her famous family. She shares the ups and downs as well as her fears.
An incredibly easy book to read and while somewhat shallow and trivial, I came away with the impression that Lynne was very naive and trusting when it came to allowing her daughters to pursue their dreams of entertaining. She blindly trusted too many people, rather than educating herself about the entertainment world and taking an active role in her daughters' careers.
I also understood her fear and distrust of the media. I believe very little of what I read and hear reported by media outlets. I think that the entertainment media, especially, have a distinct lack of integrity in their reporting.
I don't follow Britney Spears in the media. I really don't care about her or her life. I did, however, appreciate the viewpoint her mother gives about how difficult life in the public eye can be. I"m sure that Lynne Spears is a loving, concerned mother just like the rest of us. Parenting itself is difficult, parenting in a fishbowl must be a nightmare.