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Star Parker: A Star Is Reborn

The stunning story of how Star Parker left her life of drugs, abortions, and welfare abuse to become a leading advocate for the family.
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"I have a big mouth—a big one!" a grinning Star Parker, 40, admits to a packed room of women at a recent Christian women's conference. "In twelve years of marriage there have been many times I practically threw the Bible at my husband rather than give a soft answer," she blares, then quietly confesses, "God has worked very gently with me, and I've sensed him saying, 'If I can be gentle with you, can't you be gentle with your husband?'"

If confession is good for the soul, Star, born "Larstella," has proved it again and again. Ever since the Lord delivered her from a life of drug abuse, crime, promiscuity, multiple abortions, and welfare dependency, the outspoken founder of a social policy think tank called the Coalition on Urban Affairs has been telling her story to anyone willing to listen.

And people are listening. Star, at the forefront of a new African-American conservative movement, speaks regularly in high schools and colleges, appears on television shows like Politically Incorrect and Oprah, criss-crosses the country as a social policy consultant and conference speaker, has hosted conservative radio talk shows, and has just completed a twelve-week book tour for her newautobiography, Pimps, Whores, and Welfare Brats (Pocket Books).

But for all of Star's ability to wow an audience with her words—her father used to tell her as a child, "Larstella, talkers rule the world!"—it's her untroubled spirit that speaks volumes about her belief in Christ's power to forgive. Ask her how she can share her sordid story so freely and she'll shrug as if the answer's obvious.

"When we confess our faults to each other and pray for each other, we get healed, according to James 5:16," she says.

Star's "healing" began with her conversion in 1981 in response to a sermon about Jesus Christ—and life hasn't been the same since. Today, she lives in Southern California with her husband, Peter, a pastor who's fifteen years her senior, and their two daughters, Angel, sixteen, and Rachel, eight. Star, the same woman who once thought nothing of aborting her first four children, now works from her home and limits business trips to twice a month in order to be available to her family.

Here's how God drew her from a life of rebellion into one of meaning and purpose.

What led you down the path of rebellion?
I was born in 1956 and grew up the middle child with four sisters and brothers. I rarely saw my father, who was in the Air Force. My mother, who he'd married right out of high school, was always working to help make ends meet. My parents raised us by the secular "I'm okay, you're okay" doctrine that says people should be allowed to make their own rules and shouldn't judge other people's lives.

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Joe

June 20, 2007  10:46am

She was a thug for herself before and now she is a thug for Jesus--doing her best to influence public policy so that those of us who are not Christians will be forced to live as if we were. She's actually more dangerous to others now in her Christian Supremacist anti-freedomist campaigns than she was before when she was a petty criminal. What about her divorce? She never did answer that question. Always interesting when people who can't live up to their own values are so vocal about the need for everyone else to submit to their own superior beliefs.

Sara

June 20, 2007  3:28am

I saw the View, I think Star was forcing her view to other people. Everybody has the knowledge and chance to find his/her own way. It Her way of thinking is not the only true way. God loves everybody, not just her. She you doesn't have to force us to believe in what you believe. Barbara stoped her because she was attacking Michael Moore, She wasn't talking politely. Is this the way that Jesus talked to us?!

Alex

June 19, 2007  5:50pm

Barbara please do not have this Star back on the View again!!!. I have been watching the show for years(since Star Jones/Reynolds and Rosie ODonnald, etc. appeared as host.) Also, following this show I checked Star Parker's info on the internet and it's apparent from her arrogant uncontrollable mouth on the View , she has obtained a lot of very bad experiences. It appears that she is still lacking an education.

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