Christianity > Stories of Changed Lives

\n Born to Polish-Catholic immigrants who always took me to church, I grew up with faith in my life. But I had a lot of questions that weren't being answered. And so, turning 18 and heading off to NYU, I lost my faith. I honestly didn't "believe" or "not believe”. I simply forgot God.

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\n I dreamed of becoming a singer and songwriter. At the end of my freshman year at NYU, my dreams started to bloom into fruition. I signed a record deal with a major label and began recording an album. In this new world, I became obsessed and consumed with money and vanity. I even turned my back on my family and friends and gave myself up to two years of being self- consumed, dating the wrong guys and being in the music business purely "for the money". Since money was my focus, I began having panic attacks about not having enough. Sometimes they lasted for hours..

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\n Then in October of 2010, while on a work trip in Nashville, my panic attacks became about death. Being that I had no faith in anything, I didn't know what to believe. I remember the Monday I was in Nashville, my friend Louie called me and started talking about Jesus and Heaven. Then that Thursday, I had the worst attack of my life. After nine hours of screaming, shaking and crying, the only person I wanted to speak to was my friend Adam, a worship leader in Texas and true man of God.

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\n During this awful attack, Adam was in a meeting and couldn't call me, so he sent me a text message. Adam’s said, "I can't talk now, but read this.” It read, "Psalm 23. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I have no fear". Boom. That was it. When Adam called, I accepted Christ on the phone and was reborn.

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\n That Sunday, I flew to Los Angeles to stay with my producer Ron Aniello and his wife Jeanette, both of whom are devout Christians with strong faith. They took me to church. The next morning, I woke up and got a call that my friend Louie, the one who told me not to fear death and trust in Jesus, had died. At first, I couldn't even cry, because I knew that Louie was with Jesus.

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\n Since October, I've reconciled with my father. He and my mother and my step-mother are friends now and if anyone needs proof there is a God, that would be it. God also gave me the strength to end my relationship and move to Los Angeles. I signed a new record deal and publishing deal. And this time, I know why I am in the entertainment industry. And that’s for God’s glory. I’m humbled every day He chose to not only give me my talent, but I am humbled that even when I didn't care about Him, He wanted me.

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Story of a Changed Life

By Tina Parol

\n Born to Polish-Catholic immigrants who always took me to church, I grew up with faith in my life. But I had a lot of questions that weren't being answered. And so, turning 18 and heading off to NYU, I lost my faith. I honestly didn't "believe" or "not believe”. I simply forgot God.

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\n I dreamed of becoming a singer and songwriter. At the end of my freshman year at NYU, my dreams started to bloom into fruition. I signed a record deal with a major label and began recording an album. In this new world, I became obsessed and consumed with money and vanity. I even turned my back on my family and friends and gave myself up to two years of being self- consumed, dating the wrong guys and being in the music business purely "for the money". Since money was my focus, I began having panic attacks about not having enough. Sometimes they lasted for hours..

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\n Then in October of 2010, while on a work trip in Nashville, my panic attacks became about death. Being that I had no faith in anything, I didn't know what to believe. I remember the Monday I was in Nashville, my friend Louie called me and started talking about Jesus and Heaven. Then that Thursday, I had the worst attack of my life. After nine hours of screaming, shaking and crying, the only person I wanted to speak to was my friend Adam, a worship leader in Texas and true man of God.

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\n During this awful attack, Adam was in a meeting and couldn't call me, so he sent me a text message. Adam’s said, "I can't talk now, but read this.” It read, "Psalm 23. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I have no fear". Boom. That was it. When Adam called, I accepted Christ on the phone and was reborn.

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\n That Sunday, I flew to Los Angeles to stay with my producer Ron Aniello and his wife Jeanette, both of whom are devout Christians with strong faith. They took me to church. The next morning, I woke up and got a call that my friend Louie, the one who told me not to fear death and trust in Jesus, had died. At first, I couldn't even cry, because I knew that Louie was with Jesus.

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\n Since October, I've reconciled with my father. He and my mother and my step-mother are friends now and if anyone needs proof there is a God, that would be it. God also gave me the strength to end my relationship and move to Los Angeles. I signed a new record deal and publishing deal. And this time, I know why I am in the entertainment industry. And that’s for God’s glory. I’m humbled every day He chose to not only give me my talent, but I am humbled that even when I didn't care about Him, He wanted me.

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About Dr. Timothy Keller


Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start nearly two hundred new churches around the world. Also, the author of Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller, The Reason for God, he lives in New York City with his family.

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David Bisgrove has lived in New York City since 1988, the year he received his MBA and MPH from Columbia University. After working nine years in Healthcare Administration and Finance, David joined the Redeemer staff as Director of Finance and Operations in 1999. He was ordained in 2004 and now oversees the areas of Prayer, Evangelism, Worship, Stewardship, and Family Ministry. He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Alice and their two daughters Mary Claire and Charlotte.

About BL Jenkins


BL Jenkins is the President and Founder of The Park Forum, a nonprofit that creates curriculum to help urban professionals read the Bible daily. Prior to founding The Park Forum, BL worked at the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. BL received her JD from Columbia Law School, her MA from The George Washington University, and her BA from Baylor University. She enjoys running in Central Park and makes her home on the Upper West Side.

About Jason Garber


Jason Garber never set foot in a church service until September 2008 when he walked into Redeemer and was shocked to find that there were people in 21st century Manhattan that actually worshiped Jesus. Intrigued by this odd phenomena, Jason hung around Redeemer in order to observe this strange counterculture. Due to God's irresistible grace (and the free cookies after the service), Jason fell in love with the beauty of the Gospel and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior.

About Dr. Tuck Bartholomew


Tuck Bartholomew is the organizing pastor of City Church. Tuck holds a PhD in Sociology. Prior to coming to Philadelphia he served on the pastoral staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.



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