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 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.
A lot of people have really awesome conversion stories. I don’t, because I was born into a Christian household, and a lot of kids like that just grow up knowing Jesus Christ. This story was interesting to me because of the fact that Tindell Baldwin was born into a Christian household, pushed away from Christianity and then BOOM, got a really awesome conversion story. This is her story.
And in an awesome conversion story, there’s two sides to the story. Before God and after God. So I thought it was really cool how this book was formatted, with the dark and light and Tindell Baldwin’s writing style. More important that any of that though, Tindell Baldwin’s story speaks a lot about what it’s like trying to stand out among a crowd, wanting to be heard and the struggle that each Christian faces.
My only problem with this story is the fact that for a few chapters in the dark section, the story got a little bit repetitive. I thought that was okay though, because it sort of showed the struggle that Tindell Baldwin was going through.
Otherwise, I thought this was a really great story. There was a lot of heart and personal feelings to it that I though provided a deeper level of understanding to this story. I’ll be looking for more from Tindell Baldwin. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 238
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