Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far

Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far

by Bristol Palin, Nancy French


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When her mother, Sarah Palin, became the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, Bristol Palin was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, becoming the focus of intense public and national media scrutiny at the age of seventeen. In Not Afraid of Life, she shares with readers for the first time ever personal moments from her life—from her Alaskan roots to her pregnancy and single motherhood to her star turn on TV’s enormously popular Dancing with the Stars. This candid memoir is a heartfelt true story of a woman who is centered by her strong Christian faith and is Not Afraid of Life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062089373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bristol Palin appeared on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, where she reached the finals and ultimately placed third. She frequently speaks in front of groups across the country, where she focuses on inspirational and pro-life topics.

Nancy French is the author of Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War and Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. She is also the editor of, a pop culture-focused magazine for parents, and lives in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Where It All Began 9

Chapter 2 First Impressions 29

Chapter 3 Losing It 41

Chapter 4 Not Like Other Families 53

Chapter 5 Failing the Test 75

Chapter 6 Van Palin and Other Surprises 87

Chapter 7 Unconventional 107

Chapter 8 Looking the Part 117

Chapter 9 Sinking In 135

Chapter 10 Not Picture Perfect 149

Chapter 11 Already Ben There 175

Chapter 12 Home 191

Chapter 13 Home Is Where the U-Haul Is 209

Chapter 14 There's Plenty of Fish in the Sea 213

Chapter 15 Shaking What My Momma Gave Me 221

Chapter 16 Seeing Things Clearly 247

Acknowledgment 255

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ItalianJerseyGirl More than 1 year ago
Great BOOK!! I finished it in a few hours and now I wish I was best friends with Bristol!(haha) I'm surprised to hear that her book isn't due out till the 24th since I was able to buy it in Newark Airport a few days ago but anyway it was a great book. Even if you don't like Sarah Palin, you should still read it because you learn a lot about their lives and come to realize that before the 2008 election, they were completely normal people with normal problems. Although I always liked the Palin family (I always thought that the way they were treated was beyond ridiculous) but now I can't help but feel bad that this once normal family is now one of America's most polarizing families. While everyone has the right to their own beliefs, America's hate for Sarah Palin and her family is disgusting and because of this I hope Sarah decides to run and wins just as a smack in the face to all those who have trashed her and her family.
SunnyCW More than 1 year ago
that liberals would use this spot to bash Bristol and her family. If you don't want to read the book, don't. But dont' bash this young lady for writing it or for anything in it. You're probably not perfect yourself, and at least she is supporting herself and her child and not taking handouts from the govt. to do so.
Katherine Danino More than 1 year ago
If you don't like the Palin family or if you're not that fond- why on God's green Earth would you read this? This young woman grabbed life by the horns and accepted and dealt with the cards she was dealt. How dare anyone of us criticize? Her book is real and honest about HER experience from HER point of view; if you're not interested in hearing about, learning and reading about her life and what she has learned along the way- then don't! Plan and simple. I think Bristol did a fabulous job and should be commended for a job well done!
Morghan Dickerson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Bristol Palin has really become a great young mother.
Olisa Fowlin More than 1 year ago
I possibly came in as her biggest critic. I was amazed at people's reaction of her. I admired her bravery & determination to move forward. An obvious great book with a guide line on how to overcome great obsticles. Great detail Signed Liberal The world can judge you for doing wrong, but can they commend you for doing right!
Vicki Wyatt More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Much better than I thought it would be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this amazing book. It was wonderful. It was filled with humor, which made me laugh aloud and it brought tears to my eyes, too. Bristol Palin is an amazing young woman. She speaks candidly about her relationship with Levi Johnston, who was a hard, cruel and ignorant young teen and man. Bristol tried so hard to make their relationship work for her son's sake but it was not meant to be. She tells of her relationship with her parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles and her love for her family is steadfast and amazing. She tells of her eye-opening experiences during the time her mother ran for VP with John McCain and her adventures in and out of Alaska's Governor's mansion. She shares her relationship with Mark Ballas and "Dancing with the Stars"... The book is fabulous. This young woman is a spectacular mother to her son, Tripp, "the love of her life". In addition, Bristol Palin is a steadfast Christian and a loving daughter to her parents, with whom she has a wonderful relationship. If only all Americans could have such a close and loving family and exciting life! Bristol Palin is a very complex and highly intelligent person. I loved the book.
behappyMW More than 1 year ago
Left or could learn something from this book. She has had quite a journey-you have to give her that. She tells her testimony in this book, along with relationship details that even her mother would be shocked by. I absolutely loved it.
Amanda Carl More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and love the Palin family! Bristol and I have lots in common and she seems like a very down to earth girl who has her head on straight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book ! i finished it in a few days i couldnt put it down
PALINNNN2012 More than 1 year ago
Bristol and Sarah are both so courageous for choosing life. Abortion does not make you un-pregnant, it makes you the mother of a dead baby.
nightprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this memoir to be brave and open. While many wonder what she could possibly have to say, given her age and the publicity surrounding her. However, I think that is precisely her reason for this memoir. Perhaps Bristol felt the need to explain or even defend herself and her son. I respect that.While reading the book, one needs to remember this is a memoir based upon the experiences, memories, and thoughts of a very young woman. We need to keep that perspective while we read her memoir.Bristol shares her feelings of being in the political spotlight of her famous mother, the moral spotlight of being an unwed mother, the social spotlight of being linked to a seemingly narcissistic young man, all while coming of age in the tornado of what is the paparazzi.I give her credit for doing as well as she is, and for not giving up. I give her credit for her perseverance, for maintaining grace and beauty under pressure. I wish her and her son well. I hope she continues to be brave enough to live her life honestly and fearlessly.
herdingcats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We all make mistakes when we are teenagers and often it seems to us like the whole world knows about our mistakes. For Bristol Palin, the whole world did find out about her mistakes when her life was thrust into the spotlight when her mother, Sarah Palin, was announced as nominee for Vice President of the United States. Very quickly, everyone knew she was an unwed and pregnant teenager.In this well-written, easy to read book, Bristol tells about growing up in Alaska, how her parent's careers affected her life, her son's father, Levi, and her experience being on Dancing With the Stars.She makes Levi and his family out to be the bad guys and her family to be wonderful and the press to be horribly intrusive and I am sure that there is truth in all of that.I found the book to be very interesting and I read it in one day. I think that Bristol seems like a spunky young mom who is getting her life together and doing her best to raise her son well.I wish her luck in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sounda like a great book for me to read but i am not going to read it right now
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Mcfan97 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that addressed the other side of the stories that the media likes to spin concerning Bristol Palin. She is the first to admit that she made some bad decisions in her life and owns up to them. Was great getting to know the real Bristol Palin. Would recommend for women of all ages, especially older teens and young women.
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KaileyEngstrand More than 1 year ago
Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far By: Bristol Palin, Featuring Nancy French Bristol Palin thought she was just an average teenager until two major events led up to her life changing forever, her mom became the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, but the most major change that Bristol had to face was becoming a teenage mother. Inside the pages of this book Bristol takes the readers deep into her life and truly explains the details of her life as if she was writing in a diary. Whether she is talking about her struggles as a teenage mother, or struggles with the father of her baby or her favorite actives and friends, this book will never fail to boar you. This book gives the readers a really good description of who Bristol Palin really is and what she really values in life. Major messages and themes throughout this memoir of Bristol Palin are teen pregnancy and fame. When Bristol Palin found out that she was going to be a teenage mother she knew that everyone in almost all Americas population was going to find out since her mother was already very famous for running for vice president in 2008. Even though she was scared of the outcome she didn’t give up on life or on the baby’s life and decided that she was going to keep the baby no matter what any ones opinions on her would change to, since most people do not look at teen pregnancy on a great level. This made me gain a whole new respect for Bristol Palin. Receiving hateful comments from all over she stayed strong and truly did what she thought was right. What I really enjoyed in this book was that I got to truly understand what Bristol and her family have been through. She took the readers deep into her life story and explained it out really well to truly understand everything that she has been through. I liked to finally see who she truly is from her own perspective and from all her loved ones (family and friends) perspectives other than just viewing her form political perspectives and what TV has made her out to be, because not only did she become famous from her mom running for vice president Bristol also made an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. What I didn’t enjoy in this book was how something’s were dragged on and others were just not as important to include in the book which made for a boring read. I really enjoyed learning about her life once Bristol was a little older around the time when she was having troubles with Levi (the father of her baby) and around the time when her mom was starting to become famous just because it made for a more entertaining read. Some parts I felt like weren’t necessary to include like her younger childhood events, just because they weren’t as entertaining to read about, however, I still give this book 2 thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leave her along she is a beauitful lady your book o Is great GOD Blessed You
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read lately. This story touched my heart, she is so transparent as she tells her story. She is surely a inspiration. Any young adult that is going to be a parent needs to read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Bristol and her journey (so far) is so inspiring. I too grew up fast, getting married at 19 and being independent at a young age. People have also told me that I have an "old soul", just like her. She was so brave to put up with all of the negativity that surrounded her family. I also watch her show, and she's an inspiration. Levi is a piece of **** that doesn't deserve her or Tripp (who is absolutely adorable by the way). A definite 5 star, will read again!
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Could not put this one down! Great book!
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