I just read the book â€œThrough the Stormâ€ by Lynne Spears. It tells the story of a family that knew better than what happened but got caught up in all the fame as her daughter. Like all of us she only wanted her daughter to succeed.
Britney went from the small plays, singing and dancing to the big time. The book reads slowly and unless you are very interested in the Spears because of who they are I am not sure you will be all that excited about reading the book.
The good part of the book shows the side of a family that was hurting and how that probably affected so many other things that happened. A dad who had an alcohol problem, a regular family that didn’t know how to deal with all that surrounded them–fame, money, success and most of all what might have been a way too shallow spiritual life.
The best thing that I find in the book is when Lynne tells what she should have done better: The family should have worked harder at building faith in the children–church attendance was regular when they were in town but Bible reading and devotions would have helped.
According to the story the family did indeed miss the stability and anchor of faith though all through the book Lynne shares the story and mentions her faith.
The other regret that she had was not trusting her gut in regards to things that happened–she could often sense that things weren’t right but trusted professionals that ended up causing many of the heart aches
I do think after reading the book that there is much more to the story than what we get from the papers, TV news, and especially those that follow the media.
After raising children and having grandchildren it does help someone to hear from the mother and know how she hurt! We can all learn from Lynne to build stronger spiritual lives, be more careful about outside influences, and trust our gut about taking care of the family.