The Girl in the Song   -     By: Chrissy Cymbala Toledo, Jim Cymbala
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Jim Cymbala's daughter Chrissy never meant to drift from God or hurt her parents---she was only trying to be that special, adored girl musicians write songs about. But it happened. Discover the miracle God used to lead her home in this honest, hopeful memoir, and hear the song God is writing in your life! 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1414378637
ISBN-13: 9781414378633

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A fascinating true story
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.

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From Tyndale, Girl In The Song by Chrissy Cymbala Toledo details the author’s true story of an obsessive, destructive relationship and the choices that led to a surprising rescue.

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  1. Fort Myers, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Story!
    December 1, 2015
    BettyD
    Fort Myers, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I could not put this book down! I could identify with some of Chrissy's internal struggles, even though I was raised in a loving Christian home as she was. But I was surprised at the choices she made in dealing with those destructive thoughts. I was expecting something different as I continued into her story. That to me, says what a great writer she is. And the message is so eloquently shown that "It's all about God's grace. That is all that matters."
  2. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    New Girl. New Song.
    August 31, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    During their years of captivity, the people of Israel needed encouragement. The prophet Zephaniah reminded them of Gods 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 Gods song, bringing joy to His heart. Daughter of Jim and Carol Cymbala of the New Yorks Brooklyn Tabernacle, Chrissys 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 mirrors 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 Chrissys 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 familys journey, but, more important, young women who see their own harmful patterns reflected back to them in Chrissys story may recognize and repudiate the lies that hold them captive: that their happiness depends upon becoming someones 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 Chrissys 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful, Inspiring Testimony
    August 29, 2015
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is one of those books that I just could not put down! A true story, it was both encouraging and inspiring. It touched my heart. It would especially make a great gift for any teenage Christian girl struggling with whether or not she can find what she needs "out in the world". I'm not at all there myself, and I'm 36 (a lot older than Chrissy was when this book takes place) and it still spoke to me. Highly recommend! The reason I marked down on product quality and expectations is because there were 3 or 4 typos in the book (missed words, etc) which is not what I expect from Tyndale. Contacted the company so hopefully newer editions will have this fixed! I don't like giving a gift with grammatical errors, but perhaps you won't mind. ;)
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    I hope and Pray that Chrissy really has changed
    August 27, 2015
    concerned
    Quality: 0
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I knew her after she came back "home" She was a princess a prima-donna who would use people in church, then spit them out without a care. We are all sinners, starting with myself, but I would not treat folks the way she did.

    The real issue is pride , which is at the root of why we want to be so perfect, and want what we want at the expense of others. I pray God uses her life story to save other parents from the heartache and misery
  5. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Is Writing Her Song
    August 24, 2015
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a powerful story of Gods amazing grace at work in the life of a young woman and her family. I read Chrissys fathers book 14 years ago in which he shared a very brief portion of her story as it affected him and his wife. But as Chrissy shared her life in the book, it became so much more real to learn what drew her away from loving Christian parents and a wonderful church family to the depths of despair. My heart ached as I read about her dishonesty to her parents and herself as the dark powers of evil tried to steal her soul. It is easy to look around at people I know and wander if they are fighting similar battles as I see them struggle over and over with the same things. And I have to wander if there is a cadre of people calling out to God on their behalf. Chrissys story truly highlights the tremendously significant role of those people who will come together and cry out for their loved ones who are in hopeless situations. Rev. Cymbala shared in his book about the Tuesday night when someone handed him a note saying Tonight is Chrissys night. She shares what was happening to her that night while the whole church prayed for her. I shudder to think how the story might have ended without a church praying specifically and adamantly for her. I highly recommend the book. If you are struggling with destructive obsessive behavior that keeps pulling you down, read this book. If you know someone who seems to be caught in a vicious trap of a destructive lifestyle, read it and share with that person. Every Christian and everyone who has any interest in surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ can benefit from reading Girl in the Song. I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and was encouraged to write my honest review. This review is honest and straight from the heart.
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