© 2010 Matthew West, Sparrow Records
This song was shared with me by a fellow rape survivor. Matthew West, another amazing Contemporary Christian artist, asked his fans to tell him their stories. And boy did they. Matthew was spending 2 months in a cabin in Tennessee writing songs for his new album and read thousands of letters of pain, redemption, strength, fear, faith and hope. His album and book, “The Story of Your Life” came from that time he spent in the cabin, based on the real-life inspirational stories of his fans.
“Broken Girl” was born of the many, many stories he read of sexual abuse. This song is very powerful for me. There is a definite part of me that is still that broken 14 year old girl. It’s getting smaller, but it’s still there. While the song has much the same theme as MercyMe’s “You’re Beautiful” that I posted about earlier, I really like the tone of this one. The driving drumbeat has almost a righteous anger to it. Anger and power mixed in with God’s unconditional love. He shares our anger. There’s a definite strength to it which I find reassuring. We’re fighters, survivors. We have a right to be angry. We have a right to be loved.