How has faith played an important role in your life?

Pattie Mallette, best-selling author & award-winning film producer, shares advice on how her faith has played an important part in her life and helped her to stay positive
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How has faith played an important role in your life?

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Growing up, faith wasn't a big part of my home life. My family was Catholic, and I was baptized Catholic--but outside of that, we never went to church; we never really talked about God. I went to Sunday school with a friend when I was younger, but that was about the extent of it. When I was 17 years old, I ended up in the hospital for trying to commit suicide. I remember a man coming in to talk to me a lot; he was the director of the youth center where I would hang out. He would come in, and he would talk to me a lot about God. I just remember being really desperate and wanting to figure out what my purpose was, because I didn't want my life, and I didn't know how to do it. I cried out, and I had the most incredible encounter that shook me. To this day, I can't shake it. That started me out on a journey of seeking. I wanted to find out, "Who is God? Who am I? How does he fit into my life?" All of these years later, I've grown and learned so much. Today, I think faith is probably the most important thing in my life. I really don't know how I would get through so many things. God is my strength. I need other people, and I need prayer. Faith plays a really big part in my life today.

Pattie Mallette, best-selling author & award-winning film producer, shares advice on how her faith has played an important part in her life and helped her to stay positive

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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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