New Girl. New Song.

During their years of captivity, the people of Israel needed encouragement.  The prophet Zephaniah reminded them of God’s presence in their midst, His power to save, and the fact that He rejoiced in His love for them, a joy that was expressed in song!

“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

Memoir, biography, and cautionary tale, Girl in the Song by Chrissy Cymbala Toledo encourages readers to be the girl in God’s song, bringing joy to His heart.  Daughter of Jim and Carol Cymbala of the New York’s Brooklyn Tabernacle, Chrissy’s life journey began in a loving home surrounded by a vibrant community of believers.  However, by the time Chrissy entered her teen years, she ached to be written into all the wrong songs, was finding her significance in all the wrong measurements, and was giving her heart to a relationship that would lead to darkness and disaster.  Obsessed with her appearance, Chrissy was a slave to the voice of her mirror’s daily message:  “Not good enough.”  The patterns of deception that fed her destructive behaviors eventually alienated her from her family and led to a humiliating existence of poverty, instability, and deep misery.  Tough love and the power of prayer opened Chrissy’s eyes to her own desperate situation.  God, in His faithfulness, demonstrated His unfailing love and forgiveness.

Parents of prodigals will find hope in the Cymbala family’s journey, but, more important, young women who see their own harmful patterns reflected back to them in Chrissy’s story may recognize and repudiate the lies that hold them captive:  that their happiness depends upon becoming someone’s fantasy-woman; that they can achieve perfection in their appearance; that their wardrobe and possessions define them and give them value.

When love for God became Chrissy’s powerful heartbeat, her music became a road back to rejoicing.  Her story is proof that even those who lose their way can find freedom and can rediscover the love of God who cherishes them, who accepts them, who rejoices over them with singing.

This book was provided by Tyndale in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

11 thoughts on “New Girl. New Song.”

  1. I am so glad to read this – had no idea she had written a book. As a church we did a series on Prayer by Jim Cymbala and in hit he mentions how their church prayed for their daughter during a prodigal season. It was a really sweet testimony of God’s people surrounding their Pastor’s family and covering them in prayer and God hearing and answering. Would love to read this book!

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    1. Yes, I remember reading Jim’s side of the story, and it was so helpful to read about Chrissy’s journey in first-person, and with such a vulnerable openness. This is a great book to recommend to young women who struggle with their self-image, and for parents/grandparents/teachers as well.

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  2. Oh wow, I love this! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be checking it out. 🙂 This is the second reference to an old testament scripture about encouragement…guess it’s time to delve back into that part of the Bible to find some more strength. 🙂
    -Heather

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  3. Michele, I recently downloaded the Kindle version of this book as it was recommended to me by a sweet woman in our church. I have not finished it yet, but it is great so far. Thank you for the great review! Enjoyed meeting up with you on Faith Barista!

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