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By Faith, Not by Sight: The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threating Illness, & an Unexpected Gift Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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—Michael W. Smith, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
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 childhood years are chronicled as well as his gift for the piano and his diagnosis of congenital blindness. He enrolled at ASU at age 14 and on the day he graduated at age 19, Scott got the news that his kidneys were failing.
The book is nothing short of inspiring. One of the most moving stories detailed Scott's mother taking him to the beach and letting him run by himself for the first time as a young child. Many people would let either a visual impairment or kidney failure stop them from moving to a foreign country for a year, but Scott was able to do this in spite of both. He lived in London as a Marshall Scholar, continuing his music education.
Upon his return to the United States, Scott's health deteriorated. He vividly portrays life with a life-threatening illness, including the crippling depression that endangered his strong faith. Dialysis is an ominous cloud, and his first experience with it nearly takes his life. His eventual kidney transplant is a sigh-of-relief "thank God" moment.
And for those of you who are American Idol fans, you won't be disappointed. Scott takes you behind-the-scenes. The pace is breakneck. The environment is high-stress - only intensified when it is discovered that Scott's sister is incredibly sick with kidney failure as well. His time on Idol is riddled with on-stage sound problems. Scott mentions moments with fellow contestants Matt Giraud, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. In a chapter entitled Finale Follies, Scott gracefully addresses last-minute production decisions that left him largely silent during the final show of Season 8.
The book closes with the realization of Scott's lifelong dream to go on an arena tour with American Idols Live & the start of his relationship with the woman who would end up as his wife.
A truly beautiful and inspiring read. You will not regret the purchase of this book.