For readers looking for a sensational tell-all, Lynne Spears’ Through the Storm, will be disappointing. I, too, was disappointed, but for different reason
Through the Storm, subtitled A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World is less than it promises. It is less about family and more about Ms. Spears defending herself.
The quality of writing was not up to Thomas Nelson’s usual standard. The story rambles, at times wandering into rants that have no bearing on the story.
My greatest disappointment is that Ms. Spears completely ignores her daughter Brittany’s diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Ms. Spears does mention the anti-psychotic medications prescribed to Brittney once, but never uses the name of the illness or even the words mental illness. Nor, does she ever admit that Brittany was diagnosed with a mental illness
Whether because she’s in denial (common with parents) or because of the stigma attached to mental illness, Ms. Spears missed an opportunity to reach to millions of parents who see their children go through the same trauma as Brittany. Ms. Spears misses an opportunity to use her notoriety to break through the wall of stigma on behalf of others.