When I was given the opportunity to review the book Fifteen Minutes, I was intrigued by its subject content. The book synopsis hit very close to home. Growing up, I was heavily involved in the performing arts. I competed in a dance troupe from age 5 to 16 years old, followed by nine years of random opportunities in acting, singing, modeling, and interviewing others. I truly loved the craft of being on stage/camera and I had a mind set that my worth would be made through the “American Idol” dream. I thought it was the only way to become a “somebody” but nothing filled me. It was never enough.
Just a few years later I accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord over my life. He changed me in ways no one and nothing else could. The lust to be famous (even posting pictures of myself via social media) was completely removed and replaced with a reserved discretion. The need to be the center of attention faded. I saw things clearly. As bland as it may sound to someone who doesn’t know the awesomeness of Jesus intimately, I realized who mattered… and it wasn’t me. I mattered to GOD and being in the spotlight was not His will for me. He wanted all of me, He wanted to love me, He wanted to make everything right, and He gave me a new life. I soon realized with absolute certainty that nothing I do would have any value unless I gave Him the spotlight in my life. It doesn’t mean that He will not use me on a stage or in front of a camera again someday but the intention and motivation will be drastically different. This book reflects these challenges and values.
Zack Dylan, the main character in the story, grew up following Jesus but once he made it onto the show Fifteen Minutes, he quickly learns that fame is like a jail cell that a person cannot escape. It provides a very different life but one that is not in his control. You have to read the story to find out what happens to him, his family, and his girlfriend Reese but it is a story that is hard to put down. As a reader, it is as if you are on the journey with the characters. This is a book that I would read again and again for the storyline, details, characters, and lessons. This is a message our society needs to wake up to.
This is a fiction book used for entertainment, however, in this fame-obsessed, “look at me” culture we live in, people could benefit from a new perspective of how blessed we are to not be “famous” or have “celebrity status.” Our privacy, freedom, and God-given free will are a GIFT.