Book review: 'She's Still There' by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Kathryn Nielson  ·  Jul 30, 2017

Chrystal Evans Hurst’s new book, She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You, is the story of how God set Chrystal back on track after a series of decisions landed her smack in the middle of a life she had never dreamed of.

Aware of the assumptions people will make about her based on her family’s spiritual legacy, she feels qualified to speak on the subject of a life gone awry. While people may assume she doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle, she insists otherwise.

“I’m the one who does understand because I had a kid when I was 19,” she says. “When I tell you I know what it is to fall in love and be entangled in a relationship that you can see is not good for you and you can’t seem to get out, people will believe me.”

She’s Still There was written for the woman who suddenly finds herself living a life she doesn’t recognize, for the “female on the fringe who may not be all the way right with God but doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of God.”

Filled with personal stories of failure and success, reading Chrystal’s book is like sitting across the table from a good friend who is willing to be vulnerable. It gives her the platform to dole out encouragement and tough love to those who are where she was at 19 and in all the places she’s been since.

It’s for the woman “who loves God and, because she knows I may have been where she is, she will believe me when I tell her He loves you regardless of where you’ve been.”

“Regardless of where you are, you don’t have to stay there, and even if you are walking in the dark, if you take one step He will always lead you to the light. I think there’s a certain woman who, if I tell them that, will believe me.”