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I will survive-- and you will too
Messner, Tammy Faye, 1942-2007.
Publication Information:
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, [2003]

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xv, 284 pages ; 22 cm
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Tammy Faye is known for many things, including her steadfast faith, the scandal that rocked a nation, and those now-infamous eyelashes. But above all, she is a survivor. No matter how often life tried to push her down, Tammy Faye always landed on her high heels. From her appearances on national shows such as Larry King Live and Today , to her guest spots on Hollywood Squares and the award-winning documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye , she has proven that she is here to stay.

Tammy Faye's journey has been a bumpy one—including divorce, cancer, addiction, and depression—but she has triumphed over it all, with her makeup intact. In this book, she candidly recounts the lessons she's learned, surprising and delighting us with her unique insight on such topics as forgiveness, faith, and fashion.

Chock-full of lists, quotes, makeup tips, and “Tammy Faye-isms," I Will Survive . . . is a one-of-a-kind handbook for living a fabulous life.

Author Notes

Evangelist Tammy Faye Messner, better known as Tammy Faye Bakker, was born on March 7, 1942. She met her first husband Jim Bakker at North Central Bible College. They married in 1961 and began working on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) with Pat Robertson three years later. They became extremely popular religious broadcasters and in 1972 they founded the Praise the Lord (PTL) ministry. In her broadcasts, she displayed a tolerant attitude towards homosexuality and invited her viewers to pray for AIDS sufferers. In 1989, Jim Bakker was convicted of defrauding supporters of his PTL ministry of more than $150 million; including a large payment to the church secretary with whom he was having an affair. The Bakkers divorced in 1992 and a year later she married independent contractor Roe Messner.

In 1996, she appeared on a syndicated television talk show, The Jim J and Tammy Faye Show with gay, HIV-positive actor Jim J. Bullock. A documentary based on her life, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. She also recorded more than 25 religious albums and wrote several books, including her autobiography Tammy: Telling It My Way and I Will Survive and You Will, Too! She died on July 20, 2007 from inoperable cancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Best known for her marriage to Jim Bakker and work developing several Christian television networks, Messner here offers her philosophy on life in a breezy, conversational fashion. She's now happily remarried, but still bears the scars of the scandal with Bakker, who went to prison over charges of mail fraud; their marriage culminated in divorce and financial ruin. However, she exults in being a survivor and believes that others, especially women, can benefit from her advice. Messner discusses makeup, love of shopping, weight loss, children and more. Only a few pages examine the end of her marriage to Bakker and the scandal over criminal activities, though Messner asserts her and her ex-husband's innocence: "We lost PTL and Heritage USA because another minister propagated lies about us and our ministry, and the media saw an opportunity for a huge story and ran with it. As hard as we tried, we did not have the money to fight the case against us. The lies had somehow become truth in people's minds...." She goes from past to present, recalling her childhood and her work building several Christian televangelical networks. Some of her advice is sound. "Be careful," she warns. "The people I most trusted have most betrayed my trust in them. And believe it or not, it was usually over money... money is soon gone, and you have lost something so much more important than money when you lose a good friend." Other times, she's silly and frivolous, apparently unintentionally: "I think almost every woman should own a wig. It makes every day a good hair day." Fans of Tammy Faye will relish this book, admiring her ability to endure tough times. However, many readers may find it hard to take her seriously. (Sept.) Forecast: Whether people loathe or love her, Tammy Faye is still fodder for both mainstream press and tabloids. With her I Will Survive tour and publicity appearances, this one could sell well, especially in the South. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) must have arrived-she shares a publisher with the likes of Sophocles and George Eliot. After many years of tabloid-worthy hardship, both with her ne'er-do-well first husband, Jim, and facing her own legal troubles, Tammy Faye has risen again, in the wake of the documentary film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, to a successful career as a speaker, preacher, and cabaret artiste. Messner is purveying the same cheerful, populist theology that she has since her teens-for her, Jesus is her best friend. "Give God a chance," she says; "give the Bible a chance. I dare you! If you have tried everything else and there is still something missing in your life, I promise that God will fill that void." Along the way, she dispenses advice on makeup, wigs, and nails, undaunted by critics of her style. She is every bit the theologian of the present American moment: upbeat, consumerist, and ever-changing. Much as it amuses the sophisticated to mock her, there is something irresistible about her sheer vitality; she is, for all the wigs, genuinely inclusive, encouraging, and loving. Her book will generate wide curiosity and a broad readership; recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Family and Friends--Life's Most Precious Treasures
1. Run Toward the Roarp. 3
2. Stinky Feet, or How to Help Your Child Cope with Divorcep. 6
3. Tammy Suep. 18
4. Marriage and Divorcep. 33
5. Christmasp. 39
6. Just One More Timep. 44
7. Aunt Ginp. 47
8. February 19, 2002p. 51
9. Patty Goes Homep. 56
10. Roe and Me at Homep. 64
11. Little Things Mean a Lotp. 67
12. The Peeing Contestp. 71
13. Little Things Mean a Lot, Part IIp. 79
14. A Man Named Joep. 82
It's a Bumpy Ride. So Hang On!
15. Don't Be a victimp. 89
16. Painp. 98
17. Facing Griefp. 104
18. Rejection and How to Handle Itp. 110
19. The Song in My Heartp. 115
20. The Power of Agreementp. 120
21. Facadesp. 125
God Loves You Just the Way You Are--He Really Does
22. Looking Good and Self-Esteemp. 135
23. Always Someone Betterp. 141
24. Personality Checkp. 154
25. Funny Things Happen When You Least Expect Itp. 158
26. Talk About Embarrassing!p. 162
27. A New Youp. 165
28. How to Lose Weight and Keep It Offp. 169
29. Colorsp. 183
30. Dress Rich on a Budgetp. 187
31. Traveling Lightp. 191
32. Fun with Nail Polishp. 194
33. Make Your Own Jewelryp. 197
34. Facelifts and Wigs: Should You?p. 200
35. Tammy's Makeup Tipsp. 208
Lessons Worth Learning
36. Positive or Negativep. 217
37. Procrastinationp. 221
38. Happy Miraclesp. 226
39. A Fish Story--The One That Got Awayp. 231
40. Famous Peoplep. 234
41. Use It or Lose Itp. 240
42. Drifting Awayp. 244
43. The Devil Has No Pitchfork or Tail; He Is Beautifulp. 248
44. "There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof is destruction"p. 251
45. Planting Seedsp. 256
46. Shopping Center Kidsp. 262
47. The Gay Communityp. 265
48. Jesus Is Comingp. 273
49. Your Hut Is Burningp. 281
50. Final Thoughtsp. 285