Made to be me
More me than him
MADE TO BE ME
By Shell Perris
Authentic Media. 148 pages. £7.99
Shell is 25 years old and passionate about serving God. This book describes how her comparatively ordinary teenage life was transformed by an extraordinary God.
It is split into two sections: ‘The old me’ and ‘The new me’. In the former, she talks openly about her eating disorder and difficult time at school; in the latter, she describes her ‘calling’ to be a singer, songwriter, evangelist and author.
One of the strengths of Shell’s story is how easy she is to relate to. Shell has a clear zeal for sharing her relationship with God. It is aimed at teenagers and there is definitely a niche in the market for such an engaging and relevant testimony of God’s work.
However, I have two concerns. First, the cross is conspicuously absent. It would have been helpful to have linked the two sections of the book with a clear explanation of the gospel and how to become a Christian. I was left wondering what key points would reside in the minds of teenage readers.
Second, the book is very subjective and made me concerned that readers may feel disappointed if their experience of Christianity doesn’t match Shell’s — regardless of what the Bible says life in Christ should be like.
That said, her testimony inspires courage to follow God wholeheartedly and shows the excitement and joy possible with God at the centre of one’s life.
West Street Baptist Church & Christian Centre, Dunstable