I am not familiar with the ministry of T.D. Jakes, but I am familiar with ministries where the children of prominent ministers go astray. So I was interested in reading this book about the daughter of a great pastor and her struggles to find her own way in life. I was also interested, as a mother of teenagers, to glean inspiration on how to better parent them.
Sarah Jakes lived a life contrary to her upbringing which included teenage pregnancy, flunking out of college, and divorce by the time she was in her early twenties. She has certainly endured a lot in her short life which she admittedly brought on by her own bad choices. She does have a higher level of understanding into the psyche of why she did what she did; however she did not change her ways and continued on her path of destruction.
The book ended, yet I don't think the story was finished. It does not seem that Sarah Jakes has comprehended fully her past and how God has redeemed it. The book just ended with a divorce and a new career path in her parents' ministry, the same ministry she wanted to excape. However, I don't know if the lessons were learned and the past was overcome. She just set herself on a new path. The story is more about self-actualization and less about God's redemption.
Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.