Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By Faith, Not By Sight by Scott MacIntyre

Many people know Scott MacIntyre as the blind American Idol contestant who made the Top Ten Finalists in 2009.  This book tells the rest of his story, from overcoming obstacles such as blindness and kidney failure to rejoicing in is academic and musical success.  Scott says "God works through us during the good times and the bad - when we are on the mountaintop, and when we trudge through the valley.  I have experienced both extremes in my life - often at the same time.  But I learned that he used the worst days of my life to bless me the most."  This book is a wonderful example of a man and a family walking by faith.

Having not had much interaction myself with people who are blind, I am simply amazed at how much Scott was and is able to do!  God has blessed him with a supportive family and an incredible musical talent.  He started playing the piano at a very young age, performing the music for an entire wedding at 6 years old!  Even though he was born blind, he learned how to participate safely in many activities such as riding a bike, skiing, navigating his way around London, and learning the choreography to the group songs on Idol.  He has taken the initiative to produce and sell his own CD's, which he hopes will encourage others.  What he has accomplished so far in his life would be impressive for a sighted person, but is simply inspiring knowing the challenges he has overcome.

The main message in Scott's story is to be thankful and give God glory in all circumstances (even in things like dialysis).  We all have highs and lows in our lives. It's how we walk through those times that displays our character and our faith.  Scott shows us that when we can't see clearly, we need to depend on One who can.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Here's a peek of Scott on the show...

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