Paying bills…..washing clothes by hand…hanging them up to dry….taking care of your child….buying food…. working many jobs…battling to stay clean and sober…. living with and/or recovering from abuse and neglect…little or no family support….all of these things would be something that an adult could be going through right now. Would you believe it if I said that a fifteen-year-girl had gone through all of these things? Would you believe me; or would you think that she was making it all up to get an I-pod? No, it is true, people. Lyssa Chapman lived through all of these things and so much more that it is hard to believe that she is only 26-years-old as of this month. She somehow by the grace of God survived it all and now is both living and working hard to live the life that she always wanted with her daughters. Miss Chapman details all of this and much more in her autobiography, Walking on Eggshells: Discovering Strength and Courage Amid Chaos Best-selling author Lisa Wysocky assisted Miss Chapman with the writing of this book.
You may recognize Lyssa Chapman because she is the second daughter of Duane “Dog” Chapman otherwise known as Dog the Bounty Hunter. She was featured in his very successful, reality show that ran for eight seasons on A&E. A long time before the show as well as during the show’s run, Miss Chapman dealt with both rifts and reunions with her large family, the aftermath of sexual abuse including her being gang-raped at thirteen and pregnant with her first daughter at fourteen. Miss Chapman then talks about struggling to survive as a teen Mom while having no support from her biological mother and being estranged from her father and her stepmother, Beth, until finally the three of them collectively found a way to be reunited. Lyssa Chapman tells of finally finding the man that she believed to be the love of her life and then having to leave him due to domestic violence. She talks about her role as Mom to her two daughters and as well as to the daughter that she inherited from her ex-husband. She talks about her career as a bail bondsman and bounty hunter, her current business and volunteer ventures and her hopes and dreams for the future.
Lyssa Chapman is very honest and straightforward in her autobiography. She holds nothing back, but she is also not in-your-face either. She does not keep secrets with this book and hopes that she can help other people, especially other teen Moms, by writing about her experiences. Sometimes, the truth is not pretty; but it needs to be said and dealt with. Miss Chapman understands that.
Also, one more thing… Miss Chapman is not glorifying teenage pregnancy and teen motherhood in any way, shape, or form. In case there is someone out there, that thinks that and then just refuses to read this book or will not let their teenage daughter read it. I would say that mother and teen daughter should read this at least separately if not together. It may help to start a dialogue on a variety of different subjects It is a very honest book that can be read and learned from again and again.