Tuesday, March 17

Through the Storm by Lynne Spears with Lorilee Craker

Have you ever thought of what it would be like to be the mother of a child who rose to fame almost instantly? It wouldn't be easy. In Through the Storm, Lynne Spears tells us how her southern family was changed forever when Britney became an overnight success.

Lynne's life hasn't been easy. She was highly influenced by her father, who was a farmer and her war bride mother. She married very young and did her best to make the marriage work. However, finally Lynne and Jamie broke up because of his alcholism and abuse. She was on her own to raise Bryan, Britney and Jamie Lynn.

When Britney stars on the Mickey Mouse Club, she is very much in the spotlight. With the release of her album, Baby One More Time she becomes an overnight sensation. Britney's marriage to Jason Alexander is annulled and within three months she has married Kevin Federline. Two children follow in two years, which in itself is stressful. Then the couple breaks up and Kevin is awarded custody of the children. Britney then plummets into a world of substance abuse and mental lapses, not speaking to her mother for months.

During this time, Lynne Spears worries about Britney and the children and finds that her youngest daughter, Jamie Lynn, is pregnant at fifteen years old. Though Lynne tries to protect her family from the tabloids, papparozi and the media, she finds it an impossible task. Then she learns that Britney is being controlled by a man who is supposed to be her manager. He hides her dog from her, won't let her go out of the house and holds his power over her. He is a taker.

Some things I read in Lynne's book raised a red flag. Why would a mother allow a photographer to shoot photos of young Britney in her bedroom when he insisted there could be no supervision? Was Lynne so naive that she didn't realize what he was up to? Did Lynne really believe that Jamie Lynn was a virgin just because her daughter said she was?

Though I don't agree with many of the decisions that Lynne made for her family, her pain is evident throughout the book. She pours out her heart and soul in hopes that other mothers will learn from her experiences.

This book is a great read for all those who are interested in the path of a mother who has climbed mountains and trudged through valleys. It is a must for every mother who is thinking of entering her daughter in beauty pagents and helping her find the road to fame. From a small Lousiana family to a household name, Spears has traveled a road that not many of us can relate to until we've read her book.

If you would like to read Lynne Spears' story, you can purchase the book HERE. I have reviewed it for the publisher, Thomas Nelson.


  1. Sounds like something I would be interested in reading...I will check it out...

    good review.

    have a good night
    Love, Jess

  2. we all have made decisions that we regreat at times.me included.witch is why there is a great saying "live and let live"

  3. Thanks for such a great book review.

  4. Great review Mary. Only one thing wrong. Britney's first marriage was to Jason Alexander not Justin Timberlake. Just wanted to point that out.

    I too want to read this book since I'm live in Louisiana and only an hour from Kentwood where Britney is from.

    Why Lynne made the choices she made I guess we'll never know. I know as a Mom we try to do the best we can to make our children happy and raise them the best we can at the time. It's hard to do both. Sometimes I think some parents believe what they want to believe because they don't want to deal with the truth. I for one prefer honesty. That's the way I'm raising my son, the same way my Mom raised me.

    I think it's great that you review these books and write all these stories. You do a great job.

  5. Personally.....I think the whole Spears family is one seed short of a whole melon.

  6. My problem with Lynn is that she started this whole thing by getting her girls in the limelight - I don't know when it started, but the Mickey Mouse Club seems to be the main impetus to fame. It used to be so much fun to watch when I was a kid - on my grandma's t.v., since we didn't have one.

    I can't believe Britney's going on tour in her fragile state and when she claims she's trying to get her sons back. Bad choices!

  7. Good Afternoon Mary,
    I enjoyed reading your review about Lynne speawrs and her childrean. IT SOUNDS LIKE A VERY INterstting book. I got the b ook I wond from Diane yesterday and I've read some of it and it is very interesting also. Instead of us judging the spears family, shich is so eady to do, is we should just pray for them all and pray that GOD will take control of them and their lives. "THANK YOU" for sharing your review on the book. Take care my friend and have a wonderful Wednesday. May GOD BLess you and yours.
    Karen h.

  8. Motherhood is hard enough without the fame! Sounds like an interesting book.

  9. Sounds like a good read, thanks for the review. I don't know what to think of this family but I will not judge them as I haven't walked in their shoes. It seems like the majority of 'child stars' end up on the wrong path which is sad.

  10. Probably will not read it, but thanks for the review and your soft heart towards her:) Happy Spring:)

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