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Thursday, May 31, 2012

By Faith, Not By Sight - Book Review

This is one of those inspiring stories that cause you to re-examine your life to ensure you are making the most of each day and opportunity God has given you. It is also a reminder of the difference we can make in the lives of others we interact with – family, friends, students, mentors, and strangers.

Blind from birth, Scott MacIntyre was also born with an amazing musical talent. With the loving encouragement and support of his parents and teachers, as well as his own determined efforts, that talent has opened many doors for him.

By Faith, Not By Sight Book Review
While it may be his most well-known accomplishment, you are ¾ of the way through the book before the American Idol story begins.  Each chapter is prefaced by a snippet of his original song lyrics. Fans will appreciate the photo section in the center of the book.
Throughout his life Scott has had no time for self-pity. His musical talents started expressing themselves while he was still a toddler. He was writing his own music at age 5 and played his first wedding at age 7. That is not to say his life has been easy. He shares insights on how he has learned to function and thrive in the sighted world. He also shares how he has faced other major health issues and challenges. While telling his story MacIntyre is generous with thanks to those who have helped and encouraged him along the way. He also shares his gratitude to God for the talent and opportunities with which he has been blessed.
Scott MacIntyre’s story is well worth telling, regardless of his American Idol status. Idol has just provided him a larger audience.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

By Faith, Not By Sight
The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift

By Scott MacIntyre, with Jennifer Schuchman
Published by Thomas Nelson

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