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Pattie Mallette is incredibly honest in this autobiographical account; it is this honesty that endears her to the reader. Far from being caught up in the fame that her son's success has brought, Pattie has remained down-to-earth and faithful to her God.
It is Pattie Mallette's desire to reach out to women and youth with her story of hope that has led her to write this book. Profits will not only enable her to continue this work, but will also be directly allocated to fund charitable works as well. This is a celebrity who intends to use her status for good; her story is well worth reading.
Nowhere But Up by Pattie Mallette; A.J. Gregory was published by Baker in September 2012 and is our 17613th best seller. The ISBN for Nowhere But Up is 9780800722128.
Pattie Mallette, the mother of Justin Bieber ("the number one name in pop music across the world", according to Google) tells her story, with great frankness, and I recommend it to you. It's a harrowing life story at first – sexually abused as a child, caught up in a lifestyle of partying, alcohol and drugs (though fortunately not addicted), and pregnant in her teens. John Brown, director of a community centre Pattie frequented and a Christian, was about the only person who kept on caring about her. He said to Pattie, "When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up. Why don't you see what God wants to do with your life?" Pattie's life would indeed be changed by the impact of the reality of God. She had always been "intrigued" by the Bible texts on the wall of a neighbour's living room. But now she became a believer and a churchgoer, not that she pretends that all of life became easy overnight. She has a son, Justin, and describes how he became a celebrity and how she oversaw the beginnings of his career. But all the while, her own healing process continues, and she admits that she has not yet arrived at her "final destination of emotional wholeness", though she is further down the road than she could ever have imagined. She has had to learn to "admit my victimisation", but also to "refuse to be a victim". "I had a choice to let the pain define me or to heal from its wounds. I made the choice to heal, to move on without those wounds crippling my journey. I made the choice to live, to really live. It has not been easy, but it has been worth it." And she has come to terms with the need to forgive. So the book ends with the words, "To my abusers: I forgive you."
You can follow Pattie on Twitter (&Pattie Mallette).
It's not just teen moms who struggle or need to find hope. Whether you're a single mom, an addict, or a victim of abuse . . . whether you're on the verge of bankruptcy or the brink of divorce . . . whether you're in a dysfunctional family or the product of a broken home . . . whether you battle depression or struggle with anxiety . . . whether you live in fear or hide in shame . . . whether you've been abandoned, rejected, or ignored--there is hope.
It doesn't matter where you find yourself today--how broken, hurting, wounded, or ashamed you are. If God can help me find my way up, I promise, He can do the same for you.
You may know her only as Justin Bieber's mom, but Pattie Mallette has an incredible life story of her own. Her story will inspire you to believe that everything broken can be made whole again, that there are no lost causes, and that even in the darkest of places, there is hope.
"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.
Pattie Mallette has scripted a memoir that reports on her truly unique life. While Pattie is quite unique, many can relate to parts of her story, including the trials and difficulty she faced while growing up.
Following a foreword from Justin, Pattie launches into her life story. A.J. Gregory helps Pattie to describe her extraordinary perseverance through the pain of abuse and addiction, relying heavily on her faith in Christ.
At 224 pages, this is a detailed account that traces the life of ‘Justin Bieber’s Mom’ from her difficult childhood to the stability brought by her son and the celebrity brought by her son’s success.
Pattie’s autobiography is released on 18th September - I’m confident that it will enlighten and encourage readers, whether or not they would call themselves ‘Beliebers’.
Also available in audiobook format.
Often the ones who have experienced the darkest places humanity has to offer tell the most moving stories of bravery and determination. Pattie Bieber has experienced not one, but several dark places and has come out the other side stronger; convinced her story will be the comfort and inspiration many need. ‘Nowhere But Up’ is her startling story of extreme hardship, salvation, stardom and redemption.
Here’s a helpful timeline, showing how Pattie and Justin went from poverty to riches:
1st Mar 1994: Justin Drew Bieber was born in Stratford, Ontario, in Canada. Raised by his single mother, Pattie Mallette, not much has been known about Justin’s childhood. With the release of Pattie’s memoirs all will be revealed, detailing struggles through poverty and addiction.
1st Jan 1996: Justin Bieber gets his first drum kit! He also taught himself how to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet throughout his childhood.
2006: When he was 12 years old he entered a local singing competition in Stratford, snatching 2nd place. He sung ‘So Sick’ by Ne-Yo, giving whoever came 1st a story to tell their friends!
2007: Justin and his mother began posting videos on YouTube so his family and friends could enjoy his performances, posting his versions of songs by Usher, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and more. You can still find these videos of the 13 year old boy singing in his bedroom.
1st Jan 2008: Justin Bieber was found by a famous Talent Manager, Scooter Braun, by accident. Scooter was randomly looking on YouTube for the next star and accidently clicked on Justin's video. He flew him to Atlanta for him to have an audience with Usher. He soon after signed a record deal with Island Records. His mum became an integral part of his management and continues to contribute to his career.
18th May 2009: ‘One Time’, Justin’s first single was released, earning Platinum status in America and Canada, earning over 100 million views on YouTube.
17th Nov 2009: His debut album, ‘My World’, was released. It was the fastest selling debut release for a new artist in 2009. It reached Platinum status in just two months in America and also received Silver status in the UK.
20th Dec 2009: Bieber performed Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" for U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House for Christmas in Washington.
1th Oct 2010: The 16 year old releases his first book - First Steps 2 Forever: My Story. This is a biography on his short yet successful life. It sold a staggering 6 million copies world-wide.
21st Nov 2010: Justin Bieber won the 'Artist of The Year Award'. He competed against Eminem, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. He also won the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, competing against Lady Antebellum, Mike Posner and Travie McCoy. He impressively won all of his nominations for that year.
|Author / Artist||Pattie Mallette; A.J. Gregory|
|Publisher||Baker (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||222|
|Page last updated||31st May 2013|