Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom

This book was okay. I read it because I am a believer and wanted to learn about Pattie’s story. I did enjoy learning her powerful testimony. It’s a story about a girl from a broken family, who was sexually abused. She writes about her encounter with God and his faithfulness to her throughout her life. Her attention to detail about her sex partners as a teen and fighting with Justin’s dad was a bit too lengthy for me. I also couldn’t finish the last fourth of the book. She dedicates the last third of the book to Justin. I stopped reading after a story about losing Justin in the shopping mall for 10 minutes. Doesn’t that happen to almost every mother? I know it happened with my son twice, my nieces and nephews have done it to my sisters, and I’m pretty sure I did it to my mom. I just had a hard time reading about a mom doting on her son for 50+ pages about normal mother-child life and events. It just didn’t appeal to me. I do hope and pray that many people who have or are currently struggling with family issues, abandonment and sexual abuse find hope through her story. She has a great testimony that shows a very real dynamic of the ups and downs that most have with faith, as well as examples of God’s faithfulness and her journey of trusting him.