Girl in the Song by Chrissy Cymbala Toledo

Book description:

Chrissy grew up surrounded by the beauty of love and the ugliness of pain. The daughter of a pastor whose church was located in a rough-and-tumble area of Brooklyn, she witnessed the ravaging effects of the streets on the lives of the most desperate―drug addicts, derelicts, and other destitute people. Yet her own home was a haven of warmth, filled with affection and love.

Then something happened that tore her away from it. With the flip of a switch, Chrissy fell deeper and deeper into deception where haunting images and songs pointed to one thing―perfection. Longing to be the girl in the song, she became entangled in an obsessive relationship. Before long, secret after secret led her down the path to becoming someone she didn’t even recognize. Locked in to an impossible life, Chrissy found release from a surprising direction.

Girl in the Song tells the gripping, true story of a young woman whose choices led her to despair and incredible triumph. More than the story of one lost girl, Chrissy’s experience points to the power of hope to lead us away from destructive relationships and into a life that just might end happily ever after.

My review:

There is so much of this book that I could identify with.  Sometimes I think I’m the only one that has to fight with the voices in my head, so it was encouraging to read about Chrissy’s battles.  The words might be different, but the message is the same and it comes from the same source.  I loved reading of Chrissy’s triumph over the darkness.

This book is a great read for anyone who has struggled against the voice telling them they aren’t good enough or leading them down the path of If only…  Stories such as Chrissy’s read like fiction because they are so unbelievable, but carry such hope because they are real.  The conclusion of Chrissy’s story is better than any fictional story could be.

As a parent, the tough love approach of Chrissy’s parents was difficult to read because I can easily imagine the cost and despair they experienced.  But joy comes in the morning!

This story has a little bit of everything for everybody, whether you are a parent, a teenager struggling with the same issues as Chrissy, a musician who understands the power of a song, or anyone who has dealt with addiction or obsession.  If you or someone you know is or ever has struggled with deception or despair, you will identify this book and enjoy it.  I also think it is a great read for any teenager, especially teenage girls who are constantly faced with lies every day.  It’s too bad that it couldn’t be read and discussed in a public high school.  I think a lot of teenage girls could find encouragement in it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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