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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414375247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia with three brothers, two loving parents, and a golden retriever . All we were missing for the full american dream was a white picket fence. I shared a bathroom with all three brothers up until I was seventeen, which I think says more about me than anything else I could put on this page. My parents were Sunday school teachers, my brothers active members in the youth group, and I was third in line trying to find my way through the crowded halls of high school. I believed the only way I could be happy was to be different than my family, to walk my own path, so at fifteen I left the youth group for the "popular crowd" and into a life of addiction and heart ache.

I wouldn't say my story is different, in fact I would say what is compelling about my story is just how ordinary it is. I was just a girl trying to find love and acceptance. I have the story most high school kids have, drinking and partying were my weekends and for a while I thought I was happy. I filled the void that my soul ached for with friends, booze, and drugs and when the high would ware off I began again. It wasn't until a bad break up and moving away for college that I realized I was empty and desperately alone. Every happiness I experienced was temporary, every drunk faded, and Friday nights always turned into Saturday morning hang overs. My heart told me I was made for more.

Desperate for something different I accepted my parents invitation to a Christian conference called Passion to hear my oldest brother lead worship. In a few days my whole world was turned upside down. I realized this Jesus who had always been just a figure head in my family was my Savior and I cried out to him as his child for the first time. I was twenty at the time and haven't looked back. Some chains have been harder to break than others but God is full of grace and mercy and he guided me into a new life.

From that day on my life has been a journey with my creator, he has mended relationships with my family and at 22 I married a Godly man who continues to challenge me. After graduating from Auburn and getting married my husband and I moved to Texas. I realized, through substitute teaching in high schools around Houston that most teenage girls were like me. I realized that I had the answer they were all looking for, I knew who could mend their broken heart, I knew who could break the chains of addiction, and I knew who could love them like no one else could. After hours of prayer I felt a gentle nudge from the Lord loud and clear telling me to, write my story, so I did. The whole process took three years, in which time we moved back to Atlanta and had a sweet baby girl, and this May "Popular" will be published by Tyndale House.

I once heard someone say, "if you ever doubt God's faithfulness re read your own story" and I can say after re reading my own quite a few times I am blown away daily by God's faithfulness. My life was dead and now I am alive and I can think of no better way to honor him then by sharing my story in hopes that more girls will come alive in him.

God Bless,

Tindell Baldwin

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By The Good Doctor on December 18, 2013
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This book broke my heart three times, and then healed all of it. And I didn’t even buy it for myself.

I am dad of a teenage girl getting ready to go to high school, and I bought the book for her as a gift. So the first time my heart broke, it was for the author, as she so candidly expressed her struggles with the prices she paid for her popularity.
The second time my heart broke was for my daughter because I know that she is going to face the very same temptations as she enters high school and I see and hear the seed of these temptations already as middle school comes to close.

My biggest temptation was to give this book with speech, but fortunately I read through it before I gave it to my daughter and I decided to let the author’s words speak and not add any parental subtext to an already well-communicated message, or mess up an extremely poignant and heartfelt message with some added-on lecture of my own. So I’m watching my daughter read it and letting her absorb it on her own terms. This is proving wise.

As for my third heartbreak, it’s for women I know and even dated. I’m a single dad, and I can’t express to you the number of women who I know or dated that found a path similar to the author in high school and have never been able to authentically get away from it. They’re still trying to be popular in their 30’s and 40’s.

The healing here is amazing, as it always is when it’s truly spiritual, and I hope that teenage girls and older women (with broken teenage pasts), and even a few dads who just want to understand and love, all read this book. Just remember dads, let the book speak, or maybe I should write let Him speak because He’s got an awesome plan for her.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By tswinnett on June 25, 2013
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Funny thing about being in high school. A few years ago, I went back to my old high school. Since I had lived out of state for years and this was pre-Facebook, I had lost touch with almost everyone. As we stood around reminiscing about our past, I had an epiphany. Almost everyone in high school thinks they are not popular!

As I heard people I would have identified as some of the most popular kids in our class talk about being teased or not feeling like they fit in, I realized maybe the whole popular thing is more about learning to be comfortable in your own skin. Perhaps it is about realizing there is no "normal" person and being different can really be just great (in healthy, godly ways of course). Maybe our shared angst was actually more about discovering who we were than about how popular we thought we were.

I was curious to read the book Popular: Boys, Booze, and Jesus by Tindell Baldwin. The author was raised in the stereotypical "good" Christian home, but went through a period of serious rebellion in high school. She tells the story of her slide into alcohol, drugs and sex as well as finding her way back to God. Along the way she shares with readers the painful lessons she learned and the Biblical truths she wished she had heeded.

I am really torn about books like this. As a former "good" girl, I find them in some ways to have an almost opposite effect on me. Was I really the only teen left that was trying to abide by God's commands? My daughter, who is probably a bit more grounded than I was at her age, just finds them annoying. She says she really has no desire to spend time reading about other people's bad decisions.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JG on June 23, 2013
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I may be in my mid-30's now, but I remember my heartaches and teenage mistakes like they were yesterday. Maybe if I had read such an honest testimony as is given in this book, those mistakes could have been avoided.

Movies show us the glamorous side of being popular, going to parties, drinking, and having casual sex. In her book, Tindell shares her story in the hopes that teenage girls can understand the other side not commonly talked about. She wishes she had known "not more cold facts and statistics, but more of the emotional reality...The challenge is that while the feelings are real, they are fleeting, and the pain that follows is not." She says making the right choices "might mean you're lonely today, but it also might mean you aren't scarred tomorrow...It's true that God can bring beauty from a pile of ashes, but rising from the ashes is not easy or fun - it's so much better to avoid that type of death." Tindell then shares about her Christian faith and how Jesus has made all the difference in her life. She says that her desires weren't the problem, but the way she was filling them was. I'm sure it is not easy to bare your soul for the world to see, but in doing so I believe that Tindell will be able to connect to girls where they are, and then show them a better way.

I would recommend this book to all teenage girls and the adults who love them. It may keep some girls from making the same mistakes. It may help parents find the right words to explain "why" not to make certain choices. It may also allow others to develop an understanding and compassion for girls trying to navigate through all the emotions and decisions that come during the teenage years.

On a side note - I think it would be beneficial if Tindell's parents wrote a book.
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