Disclosure: I was given a complimentary book through the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers for being a part of Girl in the Song Book Launch Team. *Photo credit: From Girl in the Song Book Launch Team.*
I was very blessed to be included in this book launch team and to review this courageous book. I don't think I took a breath while reading this book, and being a busy Mom it was amazing that I was able to finish this book in less than a day. The author, Chrissy Cymbala Toledo does a wonderful job of giving a person front row seats and holding nothing back as she takes you on her life journey.
The book is a true story of Chrissy's life and you are introduced to a 4 year old Chrissy as the story starts. She is the daughter of a pastor who has a church in a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn. She discusses how she embraced all the different nationalities and cultures, and the love she had for all the people and all the love these people had for her.
Everything was going well for Chrissy until an event happened in the life of her church that left her devastated. She was a young teenage girl who started to have to be perfect in her appearance to the outside world. It became more than just a fashion infatuation; and to make matters worse, she continually heard a voice saying she was never good enough. This inside voice harassed her and really became bad when she began a secret relationship with a man.
I think everyone has dated or at least known someone close to them that has dated a man like the one Chrissy met. Her life begins to whirl out of control and missed opportunities happen just to suffice staying with this man. She ends up hurting many people, including her family.
God is so good though because it is not until we are lost, that we can be found. Chrissy goes through so much and yet she comes out shining. This is a beautiful story of how God can work in our lives, no matter what we go through.
I would highly recommend this book. It would be a wonderful book to give to a young teenage girl or a youth group student, but I think anyone would enjoy this book. It shows the real life struggles that we all go through, and the real life God that is there by our side the whole way.
Thank you to Chrissy for sharing your amazing story, and for allowing me to be a part of this book launch team. I can very much understand many of the situations that were presented in this book, and I thank God that He had His Hand on me also.