To all my adorable PI Girls,
I think it took a lot of courage for author Tindell Baldwin to be so honest in her new book Popular, and that’s what makes this book such a great one for our July Book Club selection.
Tindell grew up in a solid Christian family (in fact, her oldest brother, Kristian Stanfill, is known around the world as a worship leader and has a hit song, “Jesus Paid It All”), but she never felt like she fit in. By her early teens, Tindell was drinking heavily and smoking pot. By 17, she had lost her virginity–something she had sworn to herself she would keep until marriage.
Her parents tried praying for her, reasoning with her, grounding her, and everything else they could think of, but Tindell admits that nothing worked. She wanted to be loved but didn’t understand that only Jesus offers true love, so she tried lots of other things. She went to parties; she hung out with the right crowd; she tried to fill the void inside her with popularity and make-out sessions with guys she didn’t even really care about. Nothing worked, and Tindell admits her bad choices could have cost her life.
Instead, at 19 she finally started listening to her parents, her brothers, her own heart–and to the God who loved her through it all. Instead of getting her heart broken again by men who left her, this time Tindell found a love that would never leave. God filled the emptiness and healed her brokenness, just like He healed my heart and my life in my early 20s when I found Jesus as my Savior. It can happen for you, too.
I like Tindell’s book because she admits all the ways she messed up–and gives hope that even if you are making the same bad choices right now, your life can change, too. She also encourages you that if you haven’t gone down that broken road of bad decisions, your life will be way better off for it. Today, Tindell admits she still carries some scars and regrets, but she also has a brand-new life as the wife of a godly man and the mother to a brand-new baby girl. God is so faithful!
Blessings, sweet girls, as we read together,