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By Faith, Not By Sight: The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift Hardcover – April 2, 2012
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About the Author
Scott MacIntyre captivated the nation as the first blind finalist on American Idol. As an acclaimed singer-songwriter, he has toured in arenas across North America, headlined concerts in Japan, Austria, England, Canada, and the US, and written and released his latest CD Heartstrings debuting at #18 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart. As an in-demand inspirational keynote speaker, Scott has shared his unique and dynamic life story with many different audiences.
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Scott's book is an education on 'seeing life' from a blind person's vantage point. It illustrates the trials of kidney disease. And it portrays close-up the high intensity life of a touring singer/songwriter. It underlines the necessity of having good teachers and mentors and others willing to make sacrifices along the way to insure one's success. But the real hero of the book stands in the wings. Scott's mom was the wind in his sails and the hero who gave her life energies for his success from the very beginning. His brother and blind sister and father also lived sacrificially for his success. His is a story of the importance of family to an individual's fulfilling their dreams.Read more ›
I really enjoyed learning more of Scott's story; it was so much richer than they were able to share during his time on American Idol. I was inspired by his family's faith and their encouragement of Scott's gift. Though the story was interesting, it seemed a bit long-winded at times. In fact, the book comes in somewhere around 280 pages. Despite that, learning more about Scott and his desire to bless people with his music was inspiring. I have a new admiration for him and look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
I chose to read and review Scott MacIntyre's book because rare is the opportunity that a pastor gets the opportunity to learn about a congregant through that congregant's autobiography. Yet, that indeed was the opportunity, so I took it. While Scott's American Idol fame is no secret in our community, his family's reputation is established in their selflessness and devotion to God. Scott and Christina are lovely and normal without an air of pretense or celebrity about them.
This authenticity exudes through the details in Scott's retelling of his life story, a remarkable adventure of faith. As a young man who has been given many talents and abilities, he is more distinguished by his perseverance and positivity through serious physical trials. He writes with a clear sense of priority and balance, appreciating the ride of being a popular contestant on the country's foremost musical talent competition. He transparently writes of his fears, his love, his family, and his trust in God. With deference and good-natured self-awareness, he graciously even addresses the "high five heard round the world."
I recommend you read Scott's book because he's a guy worth knowing who offers an example worth following. Kudos to his parents for instilling in him a tenacity to pursue his passions and to strive for excellence even in the face of incredible adversity. Easy to read and inspiring, By Faith, Not by Sight is inspiring and compelling.
This book is a wonderful exposition of the verse 2 Corinthians 5:7, "we live by faith, not by sight". It's a narrative we would all relate with cause many a time it feels and looks like when we are on the verge of experiencing incredible success, that's when trials knock on our door and enter in without giving us a chance to respond with "wait!!!" or "not now" or "come back later".
Scott MacIntyre is an ordinary guy but what makes him an inspiration to so many is that he surpassed insurmountable odds by taking a leap of faith in God. He felt fears everyday but he chose to face them dead in the eye because only by facing his fears would he have the chance of conquering them. He stepped out of his comfort zone with the effervescent encouragement of his loving parents. We are able to see what immense impact great teachers have on a child. We all need someone to believe in us, someone outside the protective circle of family (ie mom and dad). Who better to do so than a teacher? He has learned the lesson most of us shy away from - that it is okay to make a mistake.
Due to his disability (blindness), he has had to trust in people more than most. I join him in gratitude for Patricia who gave a piece of herself so Scott could continue giving himself to others. It reminds me of what Christ did on the cross, he gave himself up for us all that we may live life in abundance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible story! Couldn't put it down. Scott is such an amazing person and an inspiration to us all!Published 12 months ago by Cynde Harmon
Back in the day when I actually watched American Idol, Scott MacIntryre was one of my favorites so I was happy give this book a read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frugal Fritzie
I wasn't a particular fan of Scott's during his run on American Idol (just not really my type of music) but I was interested to hear more of his story. Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Mary Jo Sminkey
If the purpose of this book is to inspire and bring people CLOSER to God why make it Soo UNAFFORDABLE for those of us that are sick, disabled unable to financially support... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by T.L.W
Scott is not only a wonderful musician but also a very mature Christian who gives a unique "insight" to God's power and will for our lives. Wonderful reading!Published on December 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This in an inspirational book, it is refreshing and very encouraging. Hard work and determination paid off in this young mans life along with the gifts and talents given to him by... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Ken R.