Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Popular by Tindell Baldwin

About the Book:

Tindell Baldwin’s words best describe her passion and this book:

“My heart is for teenage girls because my story is much like so many of theirs. I was just a girl who made a lot of mistakes. I was a girl who had sex before marriage and then had a broken heart. I was a girl who did drugs and drank to fill the void that was deep in my heart. I was a girl who was desperate to be popular.

A girl who, like so many others, didn’t know the dark side of sin. So my aim is to reach teenage girls, and through an honest account of my darkest sins, show them what they are up against. My heart is that teens would hear my story and flee to Christ. My greatest desire is that God would be glorified above all else.”

Through a two-part journey (“Dark” and “Light”), Tindell details how she said goodbye to her family’s God and pursued popularity at all costs while climbing the social chain in high school.

During a night of partying, she even encountered the man suspected of killing Natalee Holloway in Aruba. But God did not leave Tindell. The “Light” part of her story shows how she reconnected with God, changed her ways, and discovered abundant and real life through Christ.

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this one.  First, I applaud Tindell for sharing her story with teen girls and young women.  I can feel her heart for the girls who are struggling with who they are and what they want in life.  The pressure to be "Popular" can be tremendous at any age, but especially in the early teen and young adult years.

Tindell holds nothing back.  She shares honestly from her life choices, both the positive and the negative.  And she offers a caution in the very beginning to those girls who might read the book and think 'well, you did all that and turned out okay'...and I think that's where I have mixed feelings.

Let me assure the reader, yes Tindell survived her bad choices in life and she is clean and forgiven before Jesus.  But she still bears the scares and the memories of those choices, and that can be a heavy burden.  Learn from her story how to be wise, and not clever.

Focus on what Tindell shares in her journey in the "Light" more than the "Dark".  That's where the true meat of her story is, and that's where we both hope you in Jesus, following His lead and not the voices of this world.

Don't be fooled; sin has a price tag, and it reads 'death'...death to reputation, death to innocence, death to is always death.  Jesus paid the price so you can live free in don't settle for "Popular".  Go for "Royalty" as a daughter of the King...just as Tindell did herself.

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my advance copy in exchange for an honest review.  This book is written for a particular audience, so parents take note before handing the book over to your teen.  Better yet, read it together.

Happy Reading!



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