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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas Nelson (1. Oktober 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1595552073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552075
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 1,5 x 21,3 cm
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We all want our children to succeed. What happens when they do? Britney 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 story of the Spears family as only a mother can.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Manu am 30. Dezember 2008
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Liest man dieses Buch, erfährt man, wie alles wirklich war, und wie die Presse alles verfälscht hat.

Ich war komplett schockiert, als ich alles gelesen hatte. Zuvor dachte ich mir auch, nur Leichtgläubige würden auf sowas reinfallen, jedoch habe ich mir das Buch zu Weihnachten bestellt, da ich ein großer Fan von Britney bin.
Doch im Buch steht nichts weiter als die Wahrheit.

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Britney Spears von intimster Stelle aus beschrieben! Besser geht's nicht. Die Mutter ist ja auch die Person, die am meisten über ihre Erlebnisse der ganzen Zeit erzählen kann. Nur zu empfehlen!!!!!
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Ich bin eigentlich kein Fan von Britney, mochte sie anfangs überhaupt nicht. Jedoch hat sie seit ihrer Beziehung zu K-Fed für mich deutlich an Sympathie gewonnen. Man sah sie in den Zeitungen ohne Make up, mit Pickeln und teilweise zerfetzten Klamotten... ich fand das ziemlich cool von ihr, da sie ja wusste, dass sie die ganze Welt so sehen würde... seit dieser Zeit verfolge ich Britneys Leben mehr oder weniger regelmäßg in den Medien, da ich sie als Menschen einfach faszinierend finde...

Ziemlich gespannt war ich dann auch, als ich hörte, dass ihre Mutter ein "Skandalbuch" über ihre berühmten Töchter schreiben will. Dies jedoch ist "Through the storm" ganz und gar nicht. Das Buch erzählt die Geschichte einer einfachen Familie aus den Südstaaten der USA, aus den Augen einer Mom. Das Buch ist sehr interessant, wenn auch an manchen Stellen schier unglaubwürdig. Bei aller Liebe: ich möchte der strenggläubigen Lynne Spears wirklich nicht zu nahe treten, aber es fällt mir schon schwer zu glauben, dass Brits Manager ihr die ganze Zeit heimlich Pillen ins Essen gemischt hat und Britney deshalb so neben der Kappe war. Klingt für mich schon sehr nach Wild-West-Roman. Zudem ist Lynne, obwohl sie auch als Lehrerin tätig war und ihr Buch mit der Unterstützung eines Co-Writers geschrieben hat, keine sehr gute Schriftstellerin. Mme Spears neigt zu Wiederholungen, ihren Formulierungen fehlt es an Biss und Witz.

Dennoch sollten "Through the storm" all jene lesen, die einen Einblick in die Kindheit eines Weltstars werfen wollen. Das Buch enthält auch einige schöne Fotos von Brit zu Anfang ihrer Karriere. Nur Schade, dass selbst ihre eigene Mutter nicht so genau zu wissen scheint, warum das Leben des Popstars so aus dem Ruder geraten ist.
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A Cautionary Tale 20. Dezember 2008
Von Elizabeth Osborn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a teenager, I'd been a huge fan of The MMC, and had been sort of shocked when Britney exploded onto the music scene in 1999. I'd heard the "stage mom" rumors about Justin and Britney's mothers, and I was interested to see how Lynne would defend herself.

And it's not a great defense.

Having grown up with Southern Christian parents, I find it hard to believe that Lynne Spears was as naive as she claims to have been, particularly when it came to the '99 Rolling Stone magazine cover.

Lynne writes, "What I saw was Britney in a bra and hot pants, sitting on her bed . . . 'Let's stop now,' I said, flustered and uncomfortable." She goes on to say, "We assumed we would have final say over which pictures were chosen. Besides, they took so many cute shots, why would they want this one . . ?"

When you think Rolling Stone, do you think 'cute' or 'hot'?

Hm.

According to the book, also present at the time were Britney's agent, Larry Rudolph, and her father. Between the three 'managing' adults present at the photo shoot for this internationally-known magazine--one that is extremely infamous in conservative Christian circles--not one person would have looked at the contract and demanded to have their say? And beyond all that, Britney was 18 years old at the time. She was making her own decisions. She had a right to. If her parents were as down-home and Christian as we're being asked to believe over and over again, wouldn't they have raised her to at least ask herself the question, "What will my mama think?"

Instances like these force me to question the narrator's sincerity. I believe Lynne is telling us the events in a true light, but I can't quite she's telling us all of her story.

But that's what this book is. It's Lynne's story--she doesn't speak for Britney, Jamie Lynn, or anyone else. That's the way it should be. She does speak openly about her relationships with her parents and siblings, friends, and co-workers. She obviously loves her children and grandchildren very much. But something seems to change when she writes her perspective on Britney and Jamie Lynn's fame, and the paths they took to get there. I don't believe she is withholding things from the reader as much as she may be withholding things from herself.

THROUGH THE STORM gratefully acknowledges many of the sacrifices family and friends have made to the Spears brood, and accepts that compromises were made by many different people, herself included. But above all the fame and blame, this is a story of a mother who desperately wants her children to know the grace, redemption, and fulfillment waiting faithfully for them.
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A Tabloid Story 29. Oktober 2008
Von Mike Gibbons - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Lynne Spears describes herself as a

"...simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame..."

As the mother of Jamie Lynn, Bryan and Britney Spears she says she wrote this book,

"...to hand something permanent down to my children and grandchildren, a record of our lives together..."

I went in with low expectations, that were indeed met, but I did enjoy a few insights that are worth noting. Although I can't recommend it, I can offer the following thoughts after reading:

Moderate our judgements - When you first think of Britney Spears mother what do you think? I confess, before reading this book, my first thoughts were harsh and simplistic. "Surely anybody that would allow their daughter to end up there has to be a "shameless self promoter" who is in it for herself or a "stage mom to the tenth power" or perhaps she is totally absent from her daughter's life."

The reality of who Lynne Spears is, and anybody, for that matter, is more complex than that. As she says,

"Often you don't know a person's story, and if you did, you might very well understand his or her actions better...there [is] a flesh-and-blood woman behind the mythological monster the tabloids [have] created."

Let's not be so quick to judge character or, especially, motives.

The depravity of man is obviously, and demonstrably, true - Lynne offers up many examples of this, although obviously not described in those terms. Consider Sam Lutfi,

"Sam came into my daughter's life at a time when she was at her most vulnerable."

A manipulative "manager" for Britney, Sam exerted such a level of control over Britney at one point that her family had to go to court to remove him from her presence. From mixing prescription drugs with her food and drink (without her knowledge) to attempting to get Britney committed to a psychiatric ward to maintain his control over her, Sam was a perfect example of the depravity of man.

Or consider the Rolling Stone photographer, an "eccentric, artistic guy", who photographed Britney wearing nothing but a bra and hot pants, then seventeen, in her bedroom...alone. This is a child for crying out loud! Is there no decency in this "artistic guy"? More on the obvious question of parental supervision later.

Never trust the tabloid media (or the MSM for that matter) - Arguably an extension of the previous point, the paparazzi, however, deserve their own dishonorable mention. Chapter 24 should be required reading for everyone that even remotely longs for the fame of the world. Pray for those who prey on others. The parasitic nature of this despicable industry is appalling. We've all heard the weak arguments, "There is a price to pay for fame", "I'm just doing my job", and "She is a public figure". As Lynne says however, "...where are the lines?"

Lynne tells of the boisterous airplane passenger who, disingenuously, tried to befriend her to obtain information about her daughter. She tells of striking up conversations while in line at the grocery store, "...only to find out a few days later that I have given an "exclusive" to a tabloid magazine."

According to Lynne, Britney has seventeen full-time paparazzi assigned to her, night and day. Any industry that has to go that far to get "the dirt", can't be trusted. Don't buy the tabloid papers or magazines. Don't participate in their manufactured, and salacious, gossip.

Parents make mistakes - As Michael Hyatt notes, it is tough to be hard on parents because we have all made our share of mistakes. To her credit, Lynne admits her mistakes honestly. Therefore, I am not going to point fingers but we can learn from her.

In describing the Rolling Stone incident, Lynne says,

"For some reason, the photographer wanted to shoot some pictures in Britney's bedroom...When that bedroom door suddenly shut tight, though, alarm bells started ringing..."

With all due respect, the alarm bells should have been ringing long before that.

"I trusted in the professionals surrounding my daughter to make the right decisions...but by deferring to experts, I gave up far too much influence."

We all make mistakes, but don't abdicate your kids to the "professionals", whether they are school teachers, youth ministers, the media or the kid's peers.

Children, ultimately, are responsible for their own decisions - Children, especially teenagers, will make their own decisions. The best parents in the world may lose their children to the world. Only God has sovereign control over the heart and affections of another (Proverbs 21:1). Everyone will die for their own sin (Ezekiel 18:1-4, Jeremiah 31:29-30, Ezekiel 3:17-21).

When Jamie Lynn got pregnant, Lynne says,

"...Jamie Lynn had never done a solitary thing to raise even an eyebrow, and she certainly had left not one miniscule clue as to what they were obviously doing. She had always been responsible..."

Assuming that is true, Jamie Lynn made a bad choice contrary to what she, apparently, had been taught. This doesn't abdicate the parents responsibility to teach our children, but it should make us realize that (I'm paraphrasing Dan Phillips here) we can't place blame on any person for another's sin.

Did I gain from reading this book? Yes, but there was nothing here I couldn't have gained elsewhere in a "meatier" fashion. Upon finishing I felt I had contributed to the tabloid, celebrity, gossip culture that the book implicitly, and explicitly, criticizes. I felt I had invaded another family's privacy. Lynne says she wrote the book for her children as something to pass down. If that is truly the case then why make this book public? How about just writing it down and have it bound and passed out to her family only? I appreciate the insights from her life but in the final analysis it made me feel like a voyeur of the Spears hidden moments.
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The Storm Was There Before Celebrity 12. August 2013
Von Black Ice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Though the book's writing is amateurishly written by someone who lacks credibility, it contains valuable insight into what fame can do to unprepared people who were not stable to begin with. The book at its worst validates negative stereotypes of Southerners as sanctimonious simpletons.

I believe that Lynne's dichotomy lied between supporting an alcoholic husband and father, and nurturing her daughter's talents. Her ignorance over the emotional origins of Jamie's alcoholism is confounding to say the least. Lynne pretends to be emotionally aware, yet prefers an ignorance is bliss mixed with Christian approach when things get too much for her. I believe faith based support is a positive thing, but to use it as a crutch to avoid reality is deeply troubling.

It is easy to see how her daughter became so screwed up. I do not believe that Britney Spears went off her rails solely due to her young fame and making bad company. Christina Aguilera became famous at around the same time and is also a product of Disney, yet managed to keep it together. I have a social science background and I am pretty certain that Britney was already showing signs of mental illness as a teenager or even childhood. Perhaps Lynne wanted to keep her daughter as mentally occupied as possible in order to keep her marbles on and not "deal" with Britney's emotions.

Also, Lynne envisioned a better life outside the confines of Kentwood. Mama Spears described her British mother's frustration for rustic small town living, and had to settle for South Louisiana after she fled London. While Lynne had to become accultured to rural Southern life, her European self (she is also part Maltese) may have innately felt that way of life was beneath her. Of course, this is an impolite sentiment to share, so Britney was the vehicle for Lynne to redeem her frustrations, and capture her old family's glory. One thing about the South to remember, "the past is never past." However, Lynne did not anticipate just how far her ambitions would take her and at what cost.

With respects to Britney's landmark Rolling Stone cover, I found her explanations to be insufficient to say the least. I remember those pictures and there was a shot of Britney in a blue halter top with matching miniskirt with her brother in the background in a position that alluded that he was looking up her skirt, and a little girl in the background dressed as Madonna (maybe that was little Jamie Lynn). In short, that shoot was pedophilia chic mixed in with teen celebrity worship, sick indeed. Britney Spears was still 17, as the cover was released in March 1999 (Britney's birthday's in December). Dave LaChapelle, a risque photographer, helmed the now infamous shoot. That same article revealed that Britney, by her own admission, was already drinking with her brother, his friends and their mother, yet Lynne singles out Jamie as an alcoholic. This was the mayhem going on while Dad was working contracting assignments out of state because there was no work in LA. Britney also began smoking before age 18. I think the Spears' sold out their values, if they ever had any, long before fame arrive. Fame was only their tipping point.

Britney's career from the very beginning was based on sex and she was objectified to the max. How could Lynne not realize this? Britney pulled off the sex kitten act as a minor so well that one can only wonder if she wasn't already being sexualized before she became a household name, that is unless she really has a gift for acting. If it was just acting, at least in the beginning, what material did her production team feed in her in order to get her to be "on", porn? Even Miley Cyrus looks awkward and ridiculous with her sexual posturing.

Lynne's chapters on Sam Lutfi read more like a narrative on Stockholm syndrome, and makes one think that Britney got so deep into showbiz she lost herself. Lynne unwittingly reveals a lot more about showbiz and the papparazzi than she may realize in those chapters than anywhere else in the book. Think about it, Sam Lutfi was with the Smart Team, a DUI and traffic crime police team. Why would law enforcement track Britney's movements? They didn't stop until she was 5150'd and was subsequently placed into the conservatorship. If Britney was not a celebrity, this would not be such an easy thing to pull off. How many severely mentally ill people do we see in the streets that are still autonomous? Of course, I am sure that California law has much to do with this.

Mama Spears is a real piece of work. She takes responsibility in such a glib manner that I find it deeply disturbing, now that I have the opportunity to analyzed and interpret information about the Spears'. I just can't believe that a Christian publisher picked this trash up. This would make for decent secular reading, but Christian, please!

All in all, I really hope, as Lynne herself says, that Britney regains her voice physically and spiritually someday. The poor woman needs it, as she's been wrought through the wringer.
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Proof that you Can't Believe Everything you See or Hear 29. September 2008
Von Victorya Rogers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Surprisingly this was a great read. I finished it in one sitting. If you watch television or skim headlines at all you MUST be aware of the sad downfall of Britney Spears. We all have our assumptions based on the flashes across the TV screen, magazine covers, countless websites and newspaper headlines. Lynne Spears sets the record straight. This book is NOT a tell-all book of gossip on her daughter, nor is it a parenting manual. Rather it is a memoir of her life and the truth behind the scandal, which is far from what the public has been told up to this point.

If you're looking for scoop though, you won't be disappointed either. Lynne reveals what was happening in their world the day Britney shaved her head, attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella, was forced from her home by police and paremedics and more. Lynne also addresses the pregnancy of her daughter Jamie Lynn.

All in all, you come to learn (if you haven't been smart enough to know already) that there is dangerous power in the press and paparazzi. No celebrities do NOT sign up for this kind of attention nor do they deserve it. Adoration is one thing, assault so extreme you can't even literally walk out your front door is another. No one signs up for that, no matter WHAT you tell me about them choosing fame. The craziness and obsession that drives photographers to that extreme is a relatively new phenomenon that must be controlled before we have another celebrity death, ala Princess Diana. What will be the turning point? I don't know. What I do know is that Lynne Spears paints a real, heartfelt, non-glamorous picture of the world she and her children were thrust into all because her daughters LOVE to sing and dance. I was impressed with Lynne Spears faith, vulnerability and willingness to let it all hang out. Both Lynne's daughters and her son will be proud of this book. Unlike other celebrity moms who have destroyed their mother/daughter relationship by writing tell-alls, Lynne Spears has written a book that honors them without glorifying or excusing any of their failures, as well as encourage us all to have strength in the storm, no matter what storm we face.

Pick up this book and find out for yourself. You'll find yourself not judging Britney so harshly, rather you'll actually start praying for her! (Something she and her family would appreciate I'm sure).
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Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing 4. Februar 2009
Von Michael - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I recently picked up "Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World" by Lynne Spears. Mrs. Spears is the mother of Britney, Jamie Lynn and bryan Spears. What struck me first was the title, or should I say subtitle. A "real story" of the "tabloid world" seemed to be contradictory. But, as painful as it is to read and admit, this does ring true as a real story in exactly the same way that one could do a real story about cosmetic surgery.

Reading the book it also quickly becomes clear where the root of the families problems is. Lynne Spears is a mother who passed on to her children the need for fame and success without any real regards for the cost or the process. Turning true talent and personality into celebrity became the fastest way to do that.

There is a quote pulled out about two-thirds of the way through the book that says, "I wonder what Mama and Daddy would have said about all the craziness surrounding Britney, Jamie Lynn, and all of us. They were from another era, a time when character counted more than celebrity, and when you word was your sacred trust." Those two lines about sum up this unfortunate story.

The incidents in "Through The Storm" show that the Spears girls, lead by their mother, abandoned character and values for the glamor of celebrity. Equally as evident in reading this is that there is always someone else to blame and the prayer that God will bail you out. Instead of taking personal responsibility for actions, causes, and consequences, Lynn Spears always places the blame outside of herself. Showing still that character just is not there.

As for the book itself, it is a quick but disjointed read - very much like the lives of the pop celebrities it detail. The style and content is about as filling as watching E! on television. If that is what you enjoy then you will enjoy "Through The Storm". If however, you prefer real biographies, real stories, real news - then move on to something else.
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