I just finished reading Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom by Pattie Mallette. When I first heard that Justin Bieber’s mom had written a book I smirked a little bit, just as I did when I heard that Justin Bieber had made a documentary about himself. But I watched that documentary and was pleasantly surprised, so I figured I would give the book a chance too.
This isn’t a story all about being the mother of some famous pop star, in fact the focus is hardly on Justin and his fame, this is a story all about God and how he worked in Pattie’s life after a childhood of sexual abuse, and an adolescence filled drug and alcohol abuse, and how he has worked in her life since becoming a single, teen mother.
What first struck me about this book is Pattie’s humility and the way that she gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, never meaning to vilify any of her abusers, family members, or Justin’s father, Jeremy, in any way. She is nothing but gracious as she describes what happened and how she was treated, and is quick to point out that Justin’s father, Jeremy, is a very different person now and that she is proud of the man he has become.
Pattie is a woman with an authentic faith that was born out of some heart-wrenching experiences. She shares many powerful and awesome stories of the way God revealed himself and worked in her life and I was very encouraged to read them. Once I get started on a memoir, especially a redemption story, it is so hard for me to put it down. Nothing touches my heart like hearing an honest, heartfelt, true story of another person, and Pattie’s story was no different.
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