Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Popular Book Review

Popular: Boys, Booze, and Jesus
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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. (Goodreads)

 My Review

 I was excited to read this book because I knew it was going to be an honest experience. I like reading about real people and past experiences. Also, I figured this book would hit pretty close to home and my life story. Boys, Booze, and Jesus describe this book and the lives of many people, not just teens. I love Tindell's story, she doesn't not sugar coat anything and simply states her choices, the motivation behind them, and the outcome. 
One of my favorite parts about this book is when she is talking about being in church, after becoming a Christian, and hearing a person talk about sex before marriage. This person states the many reasons why it is not a good thing, but not once talks to the people who have done that and are now in church feeling broken about it. She writes how while growing up everyone told her it was a bad thing, but they never said why, they just said don't do it. For some of us that answer is not good enough. 
Tindell includes a ton of lyrics and verses throughout this book parallel to what the Bible says about such topics. 

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend to not just teens, but anyone who wants to read a great story of God's forgiveness and grace.

"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review."

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