Book Giveaway: Bristol Palin’s “Not Afraid of Life”

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How I ended up co-writing “Not Afraid of Life”

My friends and I huddled around my iPhone, as we listened to my agent’s voicemail.

“Nancy, Harper Collins wants you to submit your resume for an opportunity to write for a young Christian celebrity,” he said.  “But I can’t tell you who it is.”

I never considered myself a “ghost writer,” since I’ve published my own memoir about being a southerner living in New York and a book about Iraq I co-authored with my husband about his deployment and it’s effect on our family.  I was definitely interested, however, and the mystery only deepened my interest.

Immediately, my friends and I began guessing. Miley Cyrus? Taylor Swift?

Because I live near Nashville, Tennessee, I assumed they were interested in my geographic location as much as my writing ability.  Surely, an up-and-coming country musician needed help with her book, and I was exactly the kind of local writer who could pop in and out with minimal inconvenience.

That’s why I was surprised to get a call from Harper Collins a few weeks later – after I’d figured I’d been passed over for a more typical ghost writer (excuse me, “collaborator”). “Can you be on a call with Bristol Palin in one hour?”

Immediately, I figured I wouldn’t get the job. Though I’d “collaborated” before, my efforts haven’t yet been published.  Surely she’d want someone more experienced for a book that would be analyzed, dissected, critiqued, and attacked.  Bristol was noncommittal in that first conversation, and ended it by saying “I just need to talk to my mom.”

I tried to imagine that conversation, Momma Grizzly herself having a discussion with her daughter about me – a writer who lives in the Mule Capital of the World, Columbia, Tennessee.

It seemed too surreal to be true.  Within days, however, I was in Wasilla, Alaska.

“I can stay on your couch or wherever in your apartment,” I texted Bristol on the way. “I won’t be a nuisance.”

She sent me an address, and I was certainly surprised when I drove up Todd and Sarah Palin’s driveway.  Ice cemented the ground under the snow, and Christmas lights decorated an iron gate.  (White lights or colored?  Guess in the comments section.)

“This is my parents’ house,” Bristol said as she came out to greet me. She looked great – young and fit in her yoga pants and North Face jacket.  “You’ll be staying here.”

She led me to where I’d be living for the next month, in a detached building on the Palin’s property, where Gov. Palin films her Fox interviews.  In fact, I frequently wrote perched high in her chair, with a frozen Lake Lucille outside the tall windows.  Cars drove by slowly on the lake, no doubt taking photos of their house.  Some did “donuts” and skidded around on the ice.  A couple of guys were ice fishing.  A moose slowly ambled across the frozen water and made his way to the Palin’s house.

In fact, meeting the family was like walking into the TLC television show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” – a series I watched in its entirety on my flight. Bristol’s maternal grandparents Chuck and Sally Heath were there, as well as Todd’s dad.  Sarah was busy in the kitchen making moose hotdogs (much better than regular hotdogs… and these had cheese in them!) and salmon.  Track was sitting with his fiancé, who is now his wife, in the entryway of their house.  (Track had been deployed to the same province in Iraq where my husband, David, served.)  Willow – who has a very striking appearance with her dark hair and eyes — sat on the couch with her feet on a bear rug, while Piper came in and out of the house with friends. Tripp and Trig tossed a ball around the house.

That’s how I got acclimated to Alaska… moose hot dogs, family, and playing with the kids on the floor.  Then, Bristol and I tackled the difficult task of documenting her life. Thankfully, she’s young, which meant we didn’t have to search attics for fifty year-old, faded letters.  Plus, I was thrilled to learn that she kept journals of challenging times in her life.  These writings documented her exact feelings in various moments, before time softened the memories.  So, we sat and read all that she had written. One day, we sat with magazines and notes spread out on the floor, along with letters to – and from – Levi, lots of photos, and other trinkets.

“This is it,” she said.  “My life.”

She wanted to be candid, she explained, so that other girls could learn from her mistakes.  That meant a lot of very hard conversations about tough times.  I felt at times that I should’ve shown up in Wasilla with a sign: Hello, I’m Nancy, and I’m here to scrape the scab off your deepest emotional wounds.

But Bristol, tough and honest, went through her life with me, year by year, event by event, as we drank coffee and watched the moose walking by outside the windows.

And that’s how I became a part of the Palins’ lives – lives that are shaped far less by politics than by the ordinary concerns of hearth and home.   We went bowling with Trig and Tripp, had our photo taken as we ordered coffee, and shopped at Costco. Later, I’d stay with Bristol in her beautiful Arizona home, where people would honk at her on the interstate when they’d see her customized Alaska license plate.

Why tell a story like Bristol’s?  She’s only twenty, people have repeatedly complained. However, these detractors are missing the point. While most of us haven’t made mistakes in front of a gawking nation, all of us have done things we regret… mistakes that seem innocent enough, but end up changing the trajectory of life.  Her story is ultimately a story of redemption – a story of a girl who admits her mistakes and acknowledges God’s mercy in her life.

After all, she began the entire book with this sentence: “I lied to my mother.”

In spite of all her efforts to take responsibility, however, the Palin-haters came out in full force within seconds of the book’s publication.  In those seconds, they somehow found the time to read the entire book (poorly-written, they say) and pronounce it full of excuses.

Full of excuses?  They obviously hadn’t even creased the spine.

Eventually, the Palin-haters and the Palin-lovers evened out the Amazon ranking to a 3 Star.  Out of 105 reviews, forty-four are 5 star and fifty-three are 1 star.  One lonely reviewer gave it a 3 star review.

Has there been a more polarizing political family?

This fact alone makes Bristol’s story interesting.  What was it like to have the biggest mistake of your life analyzed in front of half of America who idolized you and the other half who despised you?  And what if that biggest mistake turned into the biggest blessing of your life?

Life is complicated, God is good.

That’s the message of Bristol’s book, and I’m honored to have been a part of it.

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  • Debbie

    Nancy, this is just a repeat of what I’ve already said to you, but it was one of the best books I’ve read – and I read constantly! And, the majority of books that I read are biographies.

    As with all other things the Palins do, the skeptics are so abundant. But, just as I do when Hollywood suggest a film, I go the opposite way. They are mean, hateful, spiteful people that hate just for the sake of hating. I guarantee that a good majority have not even read the book, but simply let their hate for this family form their opinion. What a shame. If they read it, they might just learn something.

  • Gina

    Nancy! I’m so glad you wrote this and so glad you helped Bristol illustrate her obviously emotional journey. I think we’re all jealous you spent time with such a prominent figure’s family.

    • Nancy French

      :) thanks, Gina — it was tough, but she is a tough cookie!

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  • Viva

    I have to wonder at the common sense of a 20-year-old girl with no writing skills engaging a ghost writer to write like a 20-year-old girl with no writing skills.

    It didn’t take long to finish; I had the electronic version and there was little actual comprehension required but I got too fed up what I know to be lies to read to the finish, as I recollect.

    I didn’t find the book worth review or discussion; I hope you don’t live to regret this little outing.

    • Josh

      “… I hope you don’t live to regret this little outing.”

      How very kind of you. Do you wish her death instead? Sorry, comprehending your writing is difficult.

    • Kim

      I have to wonder where you learned to write and to think critically.

      I write with confidence that I’m sure Nancy and Bristol appreciate your “constructive criticism.”

  • ray

    Nancy, I think you did a beautiful job of not only writing a great and interesting book, but you really captured the essense of a young Alaskan girl on a search for herself and the truth about life.

  • Linda

    The book read more like a whine fest, and Bristol painting herself as a “victim”. When Bristol talks about her “stolen” virginity, it sounds like Levi date raped her, which is a serious crime. If he did not, then the smartest thing Levi could do is find himself a mean, smart lawyer and sue the hell out of Bristol Palin and Nancy French for libel.

    • AlaskanatHeart

      Sure you read it? Bristol admits to her mistakes, something I’d hope everyone would do at some point (at least to themselves)

      It’s all in the eye of the beholder. We believe what we wish. I pity people who are so bogged down in negativity that it impairs their ability to think objectively.

    • Mo

      Aw, more hate! Thanks for posting it on the interwebs for all to see.

      I’m disappointed that someone else wrote the book, but I’d still like to read it.

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  • Lynda

    I read the book…it was great I liked way it was written that every teenage girl or even boy could read it and see the same going on in their lives…you could feel Bristol’s heart…how many girls give boys sex because they know if they do not someone else will…sadly for Bristol it did not matter it was happening anyway…

    After I read the book I gave it to my daughter-in-law to read and told her after you read it give it to my granddaughter to read…

    The part of the book that touched my heart the most is when she could not go home…for the first in her life she was alone…but then I smiled again as she drove home to that place that had always been safe not knowing what to expect…when she saw the gates wide open … to me it was like arms wide open saying welcome home it not going to be easy…but you are loved

    Thank you Bristol for sharing…

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  • Ming Radmall

    Great article, thanks. I signed up to your blog rss feed.

  • Nancy French

    Thanks for all the comments, guys — we’re giving away a free copy of Bristol’s book again! Leave a comment for your chance to win!

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    • BreAnna Warren

      I would love to have a copy of your book. :)

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  • Stephanie

    I love you Bristol! Both you and Nancy are amazing and I think everybody should get the chance to read this book! Keep up the good work :)

  • Justine Stewart

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank so much!! :)

  • Chelsea Cota

    Pick meeee! :)

  • Whitney

    I think it is so great that Bristol’s story was written into a book. It shows the average life of an Alaskan teenager being sucked into polotics when her mother was picked to be the vice presidential cannidate for John McCain. From Bristol’s book we learn how hard it was for Bristol to raise Tripp without Tripp’s dad even caring. Bristol came from a strong family with good values & great parents. The book shows how Bristol’s faith was tested and how she hung on and refused to give up.

  • Michael Mills

    Such an awesome story.

  • Stephanie Ferguson

    I would love a copy of this book!!

  • Mackenzie Lamb

    Bristol’s story is truly inspirational and amazing. Thank you for sharing it! I would love to win a copy of her book!

  • Stephanie Smith

    Hi :) just leaving a comment for Bristol’s book giveaway. I’m not much on politics, or anything like that. But i do know how it is (was) to be a single parent so i was drawn to watch her show on tv, an i must admit… she is a true inspiration. It’s the furthest thing from easy to raise a child on your own ((granite she has support from her family,friends,and boyfriend)) but it’s still not the same. yes her family has money which some say plays a role, but i don’t believe it phases the hardship of raising a child as a single parent, an yes there is a difference. in my opinion of course :) I live about 5/10 minutes away from DC an was so disapointed i missed the opportunity to have had the chance to go an meet her at her book signing, my husband is stationed at WRNMMC here in Maryland, i hope she comes back for another signing before we are relocated!
    -Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

  • Morgan Malpass

    I really hope I can win this book because I’ve been wanting to read it for so long! I just haven’t been able to afford it!

  • Sandra Perrine

    I am hoping to get my name picked to win this book. I lived in Alaska for 25 years and love to hear how people are still doing up there. Also watch Bristol’s tv show and love it. She is so open and knows her mistakes and keeps going.

  • charity

    I hope I win!!

  • Austin Martin

    Bristol, even though you are constantly under scrutiny, you always seem to prevail. You are a remarkable woman and I think you make a great role model for, both, guy and girl teens across the nation! I hope that you pick me to win a copy of your book! I’m a big supporter of everything you stand for and I would love the opportunity to read your story. Bristol, just remember, no matter what is said, you are a truly amazing person and you’re inspiring people everyday! Your Pal and Fan, Austin M.

  • Natalie Reagh

    A story of life lessons is worth reading;)

  • Brandy

    Would love to win a copy of Bristol’s book!

  • http://Facebook Sharon Dampf

    Thanks for helping to tell a courageous young woman’s story.

  • Ashleigh

    I am completely inspired by your story and the views and opinions that you and your family stand for! I am currently reading your moms books and I cannot wait to read your story!!

  • Christine

    I am a Mama Grizzly. My daughter (adopted from Romania) is living with struggles of her own, and has blessed me with a wonderful granddaughter now two-years-old. Our story may be written someday … I admire Bristol for her courage and willingness to endure so much in public. I haven’t yet read the book but catch the show when I can On Demand.

  • Karla Boe

    I would love to read this book.

  • Steph

    Pick me!

  • Scott Terrell

    Such an inspiring young woman, and such an incredible family!

  • Ben

    Great books!!!

  • teflon warrior

    A fascinating story of how having a strong personal faith and great set of parents can give you the strength you need while growing up in the middle of a national meadia meatgrinder.

  • RaeLee Turner

    I love Bristol Parlin! :)

  • Megan A.

    Bristol your an amazing young mom and someone we can all look up too!

  • Aly

    Sounds like a good read. :)

  • Sammi

    So jealous you got to spend so much time with such an awesome family! I have loved watching Bristol’s show and getting to see just how funny and real the Palin family is. I would absolutely love to win a copy of her book :)

  • Liz Michels

    I love Bristol Palin shes an amazing woman and one of my inspirations :) :) :)

  • Kirstin

    I’d liked to be entered for the book giveaway!! :)

  • Telsa

    Bristol, you are my role model.

  • Jamie

    Would love to read your book! Thanks for standing up for what you believe in and not just going with the flow! There may be hope for our generation after all :-)

  • Larry Kolthoff

    Cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Since watching and learning about this wonderful young women I am eager to learn more! – Larry from Nyc

  • Holley

    Bristol inspires me, I’d love to get a copy of her book! She’s a beautiful woman inside and out! Not too many girls her age these days seem to have such strong values and beliefs. I hope God blesses her family all the days of her life :):)

  • Caleb

    Nancy, it was nice meeting you at the Faith & Freedom Conference a couple weeks ago. I pray that you and Bristol would continue to be blessed for the work you do and have done. Thank you!

  • Ericka

    I would love to have Bristol’s book!

  • Michele

    I am a teacher of special education teachers and have been drawn to Bristol for the inner and outer strength she has shown the world. Her story would be a good lesson for some of the girls that I work with, to keep their heads above water. Her strength is amazing, for she has had to grow up very fast…..and she will get through this like she has gotten through everything in life and that is through the love of God and family.

  • Dana

    Would love to win this book.

  • Liz Breuker

    I’d love to win Bristol’s book! :)

  • Mariah

    Hey Bristol!!!!! I pray for you and your family. Let me pray now. Dear Lord, be with the Palins. Speak through Bristol and Sarah. Let others see you through them. Be with the Palins as others critize them. Give them stranght to get through anything that comes their way. Thank you for the Palins. Thank you for their wisdom, and words. Thank you for Sarah and Bristol’s book. Thank you for their honesty, for we don’t see much of that in politics often. Thank you for this wonderful day. Amen!!!

    • Mariah

      Oh and Bristol, I just want to tell you something. You and your mom Sarah give me so much streanght. You see I suffer from bipolor, autism, and schizipherina. I have so many struggles, but I see you and your mom. I get hope and something to look forward to. I hope some day to get into politics. I pray eceryday to just get through each day. I hope some day I could be the first female president!!!! So, I hope to win. Thanks for reading ;).

  • karenbills

    Can’t wait to read the book. Hope I win.

  • bellagrazi

    I absolutely adore your book, Bristol! I would love a personally signed copy!

  • Stephanie Johnson

    Thank you so much for using your talents to help Bristol tell her story! It’s definitely one that needed to be told!
    I am a huge fan of your mother’s and your family as a whole. I was a freshman in high school during the ’08 election, and I had a very liberal social studies teacher and class, so I found myself constantly defending Sen. McCain and your mom. I am now an incoming freshman at Indiana University, and I am prepared to continue defending my beliefs. I can’t wait to read your book because I have such a tremendous amount of respect for you. You have made no bones about your mistakes, and no apologies for how you choose to live your life now, and yet you are still willing to admit you are wrong when you make a mistake. It takes an incredible person to do so. I watched you on DWTS and Life’s a Tripp, and follow this blog, and I have yet to see anything about you that is not upstanding. I would love to meet you and your mom someday (and your beautiful son too)! It would be an honor to win your book!

  • http://Facebook Hailey

    I love your story, just don’t have the money to buy the book, every time I’m in the store, I go over there and read it While my mom is shopping. Really would like to get the book for my mom.Love your family anf God Bless you all.

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  • Erin Richardson

    Hey Bristol,
    I would LOVE to win a copy of your book. I always’ knew’ who you were but never really knew your story. I recently started watching your show and it really touched a spot in my heart, even though I’m not a Mommy myself I would love to be one, one day. Your struggles that I have seen have really taught me lessons about being strong. You are extremely wise and I feel like you have a lot to teach young women like myself in this world. I admire you a lot I see you as a strong women of God who is not afraid of whats ahead. You are your Mom are role models to me by how you live out your life and your values not only family values but your faith. That is something really important to me so I look up to you in the respect. I hope one day when that time is right that I will be a great mother like your Mother is to you and like you are to Tripp. I would love to receive a copy of your book! I’ve actually been looking up online at different places to buy your book but right now the money is just not there because i’m a college student and i’m currently talking summer classes. You are such an inspiration, you influence me to what to have sex, to stay strong and not to be afraid. Keep inspiring Bristol ♥
    – God Bless, Erin ♥ Philippians 4:13

  • Stephanie Griggs

    If your story about meeting the Palin family is any indication of the quality of writing and storytelling in Bristol’s book, I am very much looking forward to reading it. Actually, I am looking forward to reading it either way – I just hope I can read it for free and win this drawing!
    By the way, I think the lights are colored. Am I right?

  • brandy

    Love reading your posts Bristol!!!

  • Brittani r

    Cant wait to read the book . Hope I win!!!

  • Brittani H

    I love the show. I lthink her story is awesome

  • Andrew

    It would be nice to win. Thank you for helping to write this book!

  • Bruce O’H.

    Good job Nancy and Bristol !!

  • Maggie

    This sounds like a great book. I can’t imagine what Bristol must have gone through. Keep up the good work girl :)

  • Elena

    I’ve heard such good things about this book. I’d love to read it. Bristol is such an encouraging woman.

  • Curt Wilson

    Our personal difficulties give us a chance to find courage. Or we can simply give up and cry. Thanks for showing us what courage is like.

  • Lisa D

    I commend Bristol for not shying away from showing it is not all glitz and glamour, even in more affluent families when it comes to pregnancy in general, let alone a teen pregnancy. She has shown how hard it can be all while maintaining her grace and dignity even when the media was dragging her through the mud. I cannot wait to read this book!

  • Michelle

    Bristol is a brave, strong young woman! I admire her and her family for standing strong in their beliefs and faith. It can’t be easy with all the hate directed at them daily! I have a teenage daughter and would love a copy of the book!

  • Ronda

    I would love to read Bristol’s Book and share it with others..

  • Carol

    You are an inspiration even to us old geezers. I would be proud to have you as a daughter.

  • Didi

    I have so much respect and admiration for this lady!! I feel like the media gave her a bum rap and I am so glad she is telling her story!!

  • http://yahoo lucia fatima Regalado

    If I win your book I would very much enjoy reading it as I enjoy reading all things by your family. My husband and I enjoy Alaska and we both enjoy learning more about it. We truly enjoyed when your mom had the special on TLC about her home town. I hope you chose me. Thank you.

    Lucia Fatima Regalado

  • Regina

    I would love to read this book.

  • Laurie

    I would love to win this book. I love her show as well. She has become a wonderful role model for all young women regardless of their flaws. I am glad you were the “ghostwriter” for her first book. She couldn’t have picked a better person!!

  • Brittany Reeves

    Live that Bristol is a young Christian woman, like myself. Glad to see someone out there with the same morals,who I can relate to!!

  • Trina

    I bet this would be a very interesting book! Watch her mom’s show and they are an interesting family. Would love to know more about Bristol!

  • Rachelle McCurry

    I would love to add this book to my summer reading list, I love watching Bristol’s show and the book would bring more insite into her daily life!


    I would love to win a copy of Bristol’s book!

  • Hannah Phillips

    I cannot wait to read this book! I’ve recently been watching “Life’s a Tripp” and cannot wait to find out more about Bristol! She is such a confident and inspiring young lady!

  • Angela

    The book looks great. Can’t wait to read! TV show definitely is a success!

  • Michelle Jimenez

    I would love to win Bristol’s book!

  • Kathleen

    I would love to read this book. I give Bristol so much credit for taking the time to write this. As she said in her reality TV show, if she at least reaches one person, she has done her job. I for one believe she has reached millions! I am the mom of a boy myself, and thoroughly enjoy reading her blogs as well. Way to Go Bristol…so proud of you!!

  • Tracey Haggard

    Pick me to win Bristol’s book!!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Amy French

    I would really like a copy of this book. I live right here in Wasilla with this beautiful family. I get tired of hearing the jealous, critiscism that I’ve heard from people. I’ve watched Bristol’s show on Lifetime and I like it. I think that she is a very honest, sincere woman and deserves more respect that what she’s given.

  • Kennell

    Pick Mee!!

  • Jessica Wallace

    Just love Bristol Palin she is such a great role model and mother!!

  • Jessica Ferraro

    I am inspired by Bristol. Choices have consequences, but it doesn’t define us. It is what we do from there. When I was going through a rough time in my life my mom would always remind me “You are what you do, not what you did”. You go girl.

  • Laura Carter

    I would love to read this book. I think she is very misunderstood as well as the entire Palin family. I’m glad you got to experience the real deal.

  • Joe Covone

    Love your blog would love to read your book. Keep doing what your doing your doing great.

  • Joe Covone

    would love to read your book . the show is really good.

  • BreAnna Warren

    I would love to be able to read this book. I love the show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.”

  • Megan

    Hi three I love ur show Bristol I want to read ur book do bad just dont have the money for it :( Tripp is so cute I’m 20 and have a 3 year old son I think ur an awesome mom and are doing awesome . Don’t let anyone bring you down keep your head up and keep being yourself. I can’t wait till I get to read ur book been wanting to read it for a while now.

  • Rachael Haruza

    Sounds great…I would love to read this book :)

  • Emily Petrey

    I would love to read more about your story Bristol. I have really enjoyed watching your show on lifetime!

  • http://facebook Cynthia Blanco

    I just want to say how strong and Blessed Bristol is and having such a great family. Her book will help so many girls. I wish the best for her and Trip. I have ttree grand daughters and want to get this book for all of them. I love the show.

  • http://facebook Cynthia Blanco

    Just want to say I love the show and want to get the book for my Grand daughters. Bristol is so Blessed and strong.

  • Mercedes Robinson

    I would love to be able to read your book! You are such an inspiration! <3

  • Katie M

    I would Love to win a copy! :)

  • Brittany B.

    Bristol is such an inspiration to me!! I love watching her show “life’s a Tripp” on lifetime! I would love to read her book!!

  • Leslie

    Love your story and family! Hope to read your book!

  • Rachael G

    Bristol is a real inspiration for me. I think that she and her family stand up for great causes, beliefs, and values. I really enjoy watching her tv show every week and reading her blog posts…and I would love to get the chance to read this book!

  • Alicia

    Read the book and LOVE it. Great job.

  • Sarah Malerich

    Bristol and Nancy are awesome and so inspiring!!! God Bless!

  • http://facebook Lydia

    Hi my name is Lydia, and I’ve been dying to read your book now for days, and although I don’t have cable, I managed to find a way to watch your ‘life’s a Tripp’ on I’m actually a big fan of yours because I think you are so pretty and inspiring. I would love to steal Tripp. He is so cute and probably has the prettiest blue eyes ever! I’m also 100% possitive I’ve been annoying my friends on how much I keep telling them to watch your show and read your book. I really hope you chose me to get a free book of yours:) lydia-

  • Patricia

    Reading Bristol Palin and Nancy French’s book would be great. It must have taken great courage on their part to pen this story.

  • Jennifer Lay

    I love watching Bristol’s show on television and I would love to have the book!

  • Chrissy

    Go Bristol!! I hope I win this book so I can figure out why you have a fear of reindeer. ;)

  • Desiree Sechrengost

    I reeeaaalllly want this book!!! And if I don’t win one I am definitely buying it!!

  • Fiorella

    Bristol!! Please pick me to receive your book! I’m a mommy of a two year old and am so interested in learning about your journey in your own words instead of what we see and hear in the media! Pick me!!! :) I need a great book to read once I but the booger to bed :)

  • Olivia

    Would LOVE to read her book! Love her reality show. She really is a good mother to Tripp. It’s unfortunate that Tripp’s father isn’t in his life, but Bristol makes up for it!

  • Emily Lauren

    I would love to win the book!! (: I haven’t had a chance to read it, but I admire Bristol’s courage and faith!

  • Sami May

    I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO GET THIS BOOK!! I admire Bristol, and her willingness to share her story for the sake of other young girls– like me!

  • Amberlee Riecke

    I would love to get the chance to read your book! Me and my family love u and your family and we truly respect you. I was in your shoes not long ago with a teen pregnancy and hard ship and I find it amazing that you handled it so well and can share your story with other families who have been through the same thing.. Thank you

  • Alyssa

    Bristol is one of my favorite people! I have never read her book but I have been told its AMAZING!! Knowing Bristol and Nancy wrote it together I’m 100% positive that it will be more than amazing.

  • Angela Wells

    Would love to win Bristol’s book!

  • kelley andreason

    I just started watching Bristol’s show, and am hooked! I would love to read her book!

  • Cierra Deal

    Would very much enjoy reading this book!!!!

  • Stacy Royer

    Stay strong even through your hard times

  • Emily

    Would love to win this! And read it too ;)

  • Shannon

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Anne Hendricks

    I never win anything! I would love to win your book! I’m a librarian and would put it on my shelf as a donation!

  • Ashley

    Hi Bristol, my name is Ashley and i’m from a small city in southern Tx, i’m 17 years old and sometimes I wonder how my life would be if I would ever have a kid at this age. I really look forward to reading your book, and I would really appreciate it if I got one for free. It looks like a very nice book. You inspire me to never give up on life even if people get in your way and try to make you miserable. You’re very strong and pretty. I watch your show and so far it’s awesome. Well thanks for reading. I hope you pick me. Take care.

  • Leanne

    Britols site said to leave a comment here todouble our chances, so that’s what I’m doing. As a teen mom myself, I would love to read Bristol’s story.

  • Rita

    I know next to nothing about Bristol but as I read these comments, I am more curious about her and her struggles. I know it cannot be easy in a family that is constantly being hounded by the press and other “ne’er-do-well” characters. I am very interested in Bristol’s story of her life so far….

  • Yuna Katz

    Bristol I would absolutely love to read your book. I have such respect for a you as young girl who can make it on her own as a single mom under the scrutiny of the public eye, I love your family and what you stand for! You have been raised right and are doing the same with your son I have no doubt in my mind you will once day follow in the footsteps of your mother and be someone really special, you are already a force to be reckoned with you will do great things in this lifetime! You go girl!

  • Cheryl Kistuline

    First of all, I want to say that my family and I are inspired by the Palin family and all that they stand for. It is through God that this particular family has been able to use their faith and spread it amongst our wonderful nation. I can’t say I’ve ever been so powerfully impacted by any sort of ‘political family force’ before and it just inspires me to reach deeper into my faith and stand up for what I believe in just as the Palin’s do. Anyways, I would definitely love to own this book and add it to my collection! I love how God can place people in our country and even our lives to influence us into becoming a better version of ourselves (and country) and not to forget our beliefs and morals. I praise this God-fearing family and continue to support them in their political endeavors!

  • Jessica

    A very inspiring family and I would love the cahnace to win this book. Thank you Bristol and those around her for standing for righteousness in this dark cruel world. Bless you!

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I recently started watching “Life’s a Tripp” and I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching her show. Not only see how she is a teenager raising her son by herself but remodeling a home for her and her son, being an outdoorsy person and teaching her son all the things she was taught when she was growing up. I would love to win a copy of her book. I have heard her quote the writings from Levi’s book but never even wanted to read his. I would love to have a copy of hers because I will be able to read more in dept about her life where the tv show only shows so much. I love the different setting being in Alaska and how close her and her family is. Especially her sister Willow. It reminds me of my sister and my self when we were younger we weren’t as close but we fought constantly. Now we both have families of our own. I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys, age 25 and know exactly how hard it is raising kids. I love to read about other mothers around my age and how they handle their situations. Please pick me to have a copy of her book as I can not get enough of her tv show. Wish they were longer than 30 min. tapings. Bristol you are a brave, strong, wonderful mother who only wants what is best for Tripp and that shows. Good Luck

  • Jimmie Lee

    Awesome! would love a chance to win!

  • Kathy Walker

    Love to have Bristol’s book.Been a single mom myself, so I inow how hard it

  • Toni Schwenn

    I am just about your mother’s age, so that means you’re young enough to be my daughter. I am so impressed and proud of the way you have stood strong in the face of adversity. It is your faith in God and your convictions that have empowered you to withstand all of the horrific things people have said about you and to you. You’re like a weeble–they may knock you down, but you bounce right back up. Thank you for writing your book telling your story. I’ve read snippets of it and I’ve heard interviews that you have given about it. I hope I’m one of the choices you make to receive a free copy. Blessings to you, to Tripp, and to the rest of your family. God is good! Toni

  • Ken Yuchasz

    Bristol; I supported your Mom before she was on the national scene… she was why I supported McCain. You had a difficult situation, and handled the consequences with style and dignity. As a Dad, I am very proud of you and know your Mom and Dad are too. Now, about that show… go easy on Willow…she is your help! :)

  • Vicki Nix

    If you select me I will give the book to my twenty-one year old niece. She doesn’t believe in God anymore and needs a good role model. Bristol is a great one to have.

  • Jen

    Bristol is such an inspiration to young girls. I truly admire her for talking about her faith. She is not afraid of talking about it and the title of her books says it all. You should never be afraid of life and the journey that you are on since it’s exactly where you should be when you follow Jesus! God Bless Bristol and her adorable son, Tripp!

  • Mary Beth Hunt

    I can’t imagine living with Mama Grizzly HERSELF! and the cubs?!!! What a month you must have had! I can’t wait to read this book. I’ve watched the TV shows and feel like I know the family.

  • Lisa

    In my opinion there is one word that describes Bristol Palin….Triumphant.

  • Missy

    Congrats on your book Bristol! You have grown up so much from that 17 year old girl and now raising a handsome little boy. I’ve enjoyed watching your tv series and I look forward to reading your book.

  • Darklady

    Don’t you actually have to sell a lot of books for it to be a “best selling book?”

    I seem to remember Bristol sitting fairly alone during her very few book signing. Bringing her mom along for support only attracted some of her mom’s supporters.

    I’m not sure why you guys keep trying to turn Bristol into something she’s not, which is a writer, actress and public speaker. Just let her find herself and then be herself.

    • Nancy French

      Her book was on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

  • http://Facebook Shirley Gray

    Love watching Bristol’s TV show, we can see the real girl, her struggles and the love she has for her son, family and friends…Would love to read this book. Stay strong Bristol, you are doing a great job!

  • janel

    would definitely love to read this at the beach next month!

  • Annie

    The Palin women are an inspiration!

  • haley

    Good job and beautiful family!

  • Sherry

    Pick me. Pick me. LOL

  • Sherry

    Pick me. LOL

  • Melissa

    I am anxious to read this book. I think she is a great girl who has blossomed amid difficult circumstances!

  • Jordyn Bennett

    Absolutely love “Life’s a Tripp”!!! Being a teen mom myself its amazing to see what Bristol has accomplished with her life and what an amazing mom she is!!! Would love to win a copy of her book, “Not Afraid of Life”!!!

  • Kelsey O

    Thank you for this giveaway! I love the Palins and have read this book once before and would love to read it again because it is a great read.

  • Devon


  • Jorie Evanoff

    I loved reading all the comments. I can’t wait to read Bristol’s book. Thank you all.

  • Andrew

    Just watched “Life’s a Tripp” last night for the first time and loved it!

  • Robyn G

    I would love to read “Not Afraid of Life”!!!!

  • Judy Wolven

    Loved your book Bristol, and bought it on my Kindle when it first came out. Hope this will enter me for a cance for one of the others as well.

  • MaryBeth Distefano

    Nancy- I would love to read this book! Enjoyed watching the DC book signing on the show =)

  • Samantha Tyriver

    Life is complicated, God is good. —LOVE that phrase!!!

    I would love to win a copy of your book, Bristol, so that I can give it to my mom to add to her Palin family collection (I would say to add to MY collection, but I already have one)!!

  • Kelly Hoerter

    What a great story about how you came to work with Bristol. I would love a copy of her book. (Autographed?)

  • Mary

    What color Christmas lights do I guess they had? I would guess color lights, lots of brightness reflecting the fun and joy that this family shows in their lives is what I would think. :) Bristol Palin is an awesome, stand alone brave woman. She is her mother’s daughter, that is obvious. She has shown so much promise in the past couple of years that she just may surpass her mom in wisdom and beauty. Kudos to you for the great job in ghost writing the book, and kudos to the Palin family. Sarah Palin for POTUS 2012! Bristol Palin – awww…. future President :)

  • Chelsea Pallone

    I have heard so many great things about this book and I would love to read it. My favorite show right now is Life’s a Tripp, My mom and I watch it every Tuesday. It’s cool to see what bristol goes Through my best friend just had a baby and she’s 20 I tried to get her to watch it but with a newborn she doesn’t really have time but maybe once she has time I can get her to read “Not Afraid of Life”

  • Angie Frey

    I love Bristol Palin. I have been watching your new show and I just love it!! It made me go back and watch Sarah Palin’s show, Alaska on Netflix. I love them both!! I would love a copy of your book!!

  • Jennifer Phillips

    I can’t wait to read your memoir!

  • Jenny

    I think Bristol is doing a FANTASTIC job with Tripp!

  • Christina Martin

    I love reading books, it’s one of the many joys I get out of life besides spending time with my daughter I would enjoy reading Bristol’s memoir.

  • P caywood

    Would love to read the book. They say her show has 9 followers, well I’m one of the nine. Love Sarah so thought I would see how the kids turned out. So far from what I see, she and Todd have done great!

  • crystal kitchin

    Honey keep your head up! Your a wonderful young girl and mama!
    Would love to read your book!

  • ruth alston

    would love to win a copy of your book. I’m a big fan of your show and I’ve always been a fan of your mom.

  • robert alston

    Count me in to win a copy for my wife!

  • Catherine Kirby

    Hope to win and love your show.

  • Shannon

    I love the Palin family. I believe that they are just down to earth people trying to live life and leave a better world for the future. No one if perfect, but God has a plan for everyone, and this family believes that and practices a pefect love for one another no matter the circumstances. They are not affraid to show the world who they are and how God’s love holds them together in every situation.

  • Joanna

    I have so much respect for you and everything you have accomplished at such a young age. I may be a year older than you, but I look up to you so much. You stuck to your beliefs and did not let anyone, or anything change that, which is more than I can say for most people our age. You are a beautiful person both inside and out, never change that. Keep holding strong no matter who crosses your path. There with be many people who don’t agree with you or what your family does or says but as long as you keep a good head on your shoulders you will trump them all.

  • Amanda G

    I would love to read Bristol’s book!!

  • Monielle

    I love you Bristol! You’re so strong And have faith with Tripp. I admire Tripp! I’m looking forward ro watch your show! God blessed you and your family!

  • Katie Provence

    I would really love to win a copy of this book!!!!!!! Bristol is a true role model!!! She makes me strive to do better and not to worry about what other people think. The only opinions that matter come from family and God.

  • Amanda

    Entry for the book giveaway!

  • Tonie Roller

    I have not read the book. But, I would love to. I am a 44 year old mother of two. I love to watch “Life’s a Tripp” and I also enjoyed Sarah Palin’s “Alaska” when it was on. Bristol is doing such a wonderful job raising Tripp. She has accomplished so much already at a young age. Very proud of you Bristol!!

  • Lee Scott

    I love Bristol! Not in a weird way lol just in an understanding way of her trials and tribs. I’ve read her mothers books and enjoyed them very much!
    P.s. I’m just down the road from Columbia, TN and yes, mule day rocks!!!

  • Michelle Baxter

    Would love to read this book, I am a young mother as well and love to read inspiring stories about other people. Bristol Palin is a beautiful young women whom is taking on every battle with a strong and willing heart. She gets her good heart from her mom, whom I saw live at a Women of Joy Conference last year.

  • Charissa

    Pick me please

  • Ashley R

    This book sounds very interesting! I would love to read it.

  • Kristina Best

    I would love to read this book.
    BTW I guess Colored Light for Christmas.

  • karina eckard

    I love the Palin family! I love Alaska! I would love to experience a life like theirs, very family oriented and connected to nature and life! I love reading and hearing about people who have experienced and overcome something and express it with others, so everyone knows we are the same in someways and will be ok, and are different in others, so make a difference! I love how Bristol speaks in her show and would love to read more in her book! Thank you :) pick me!!!

  • Rich Seiber

    Hoping I win the copy of Bristol’s book. I love the Palin family. Willow needs her own reality show!

  • Susan Johnson

    I won’t even lie, I totally want to win this! I love everything Palin.

  • Melissa

    I love her story & would love to read a copy of her book!

  • Andrea

    I would love a copy of Bristol’s book. I’m loving her show!

  • Stefanie Jones

    I love you and your family and would love to read this book!

  • Kaitlyn Perin

    I love the Palin family. They are hard workers and i truly don’t see why they have any haters. I really enjoy Bristol’s show she is such a great mother especially for doing it without Levi. Bristol is a great role model for girls of any age and she definately is mine. I would love the opportunity to read this book and find out more about her life .

    • Jenny Kruschke

      I agree with you so much. So many people hate on them for nothing more than living their lives and standing by their beliefs. They are all an inspiration

  • Amanda

    Would love to win the book, your family is so inspiring and you did such a great thing with this book.

  • katie montoya

    I would love to win this book to read and know the details of what she had to go through to become the woman is she is now.

  • Rachel

    Cant wait to read the book!!:)

  • Jim

    I hughly respect your family and what they stand for. Would love to read your book! I am the only conservative in my family and am doing my best to convert them! Wish me luck.

  • Mercedes may

    I would love to read this book. I have a one year old son that I had young so everything goes to him, I don’t have a lot of money and would love to read how you deal with everything.

  • Amy

    I would love to win Bristol’s book!

  • Justin

    Sounds like such a great read, would love to win.

  • Brittany

    Thank you Bristol for all that you do!! You are such a strong young lady, and such an inspiration for young girls, as well as people of all ages. God bless you for all you do!!! Would love to read your book :)

  • Tiffany Burgi

    I love the show and would love to read your book!

  • Tiffany Mahe

    Hope to win this amazing book from Bristol! She is truly a role model for those who are young single mothers! Everyone needs a role model. She shows how to be a responsible young mother and its tough in this world these days to raise a child alone. I know how it feels! So Im hoping to win this book!

  • Angela Waller

    Can’t wait to read this book~

  • Sylvia Judge

    Bristol…so strong to be able to struggle through her difficult journey of being a young single Mom. I did it and I remember how hard it was…But she has had to do it with ALL of America scrutinizing her EVERY move! Go Bristol stay strong , looking forward to seeing all of the fabulous things you go onto do in life :)

  • Belinda Thomma

    I hope people can get over the fact that her mother has her own views and look at Bristol, this amazing young mother!! She has alot to be proud of and she has a lot of people cheering for her!!

  • Marya

    Doubling my chance to win! I want to know how to have such a strong faith like Bristol does. God must be so proud of you.

  • Rita

    Really want to read this book!

  • JN Burke

    Would love to win your book! I really admire you!

  • Jenny Kruschke

    I love Bristol, and The Palin’s in general. They receive so much negative media attention, even still, for doing nothing more than living their lives and standing by their own beliefs (But she’s a woman, and a Republican, what? How DARE she? Note to Libs: We DO exist, and our thoughts ARE our own! *gasp*) I would love to read this book and hear her story. I think Bristol is an inspiration. She is a young woman who has made mistakes in life, and rather than deny them, tells people her story and continues to just be herself…and that is honerable, and brave in today’s society.

  • Kim

    Please pick me!

  • Leah Hirner

    Would love to win a copy. Bristol is an inspiration.

  • Shelly Jehlen

    Would love to read your book!

  • Donna Jenin

    I think Bristol is a great roll model for single young mothers. Being a teenager parent myself I have learned that everything I do now is for my son. He is the greatest joy in my life. I love reading about other teen parents choices and how their child has made them a better person.

  • Nancee

    I would love to win a copy of your book. When read, it can join your mothers book, sitting proudly on my shelf for all to see!

  • Rebecca Moylan

    Keep up the hard work Bristol! The Lord has used you in ways you will never know to encourage others!

  • Heather Miller

    I first heard of the name Palin back in August of 2008 when McCain announced your mother as his running mate. I was 18 at the time and sooo excited to vote for the first time. Since then I have continued to follow your mother, Sarah and am constantly inspired by how strong and courageous she is.

    Your mother is not the only one that has been an inspiration to me, you have been very inspiring as well. When I was 21 I had a baby girl. The road has not been easy and I definitely regret a lot, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My daughter has given me the drive to better myself and get my degree. I currently attend the University of Central Florida and will have my bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education by 2014. Seeing your story has really helped me know that I’m not alone. Like you, I’m very fortunate to have a loving family who is behind me every step of the way. You are an inspiration to girls that are in similar situations. I also love the fact that you are doing everything in your power to keep young girls from making the same mistake. I follow you on facebook, read your blog, and watch your show every week. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book to read.

    Please keep doing what you are doing!


  • Kelly Raines

    I’m a big fan of the Palin family and all that they represent. Love watching Bristol’s new show! I hope to win because she has such a motivating and inspirational story to share!

  • jaclynn

    Love to win! Love Bristol!

  • Summer-Rain Bussard

    I would love to new you Bristol! Check out my photography if your ever back in DC!

  • Lisa

    Would Love to read this book!

  • Madi

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I have been wanting to read it since it came out, just haven’t had the oppurtunity.

  • daryl

    It would be cool if they took your story and brought it to life on the big screen.