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I found this book very well written MacIntyre writes with honesty and humility about the events of his life I liked how he explained specialized skills such as orientation and mobility so the average reader would understand the concept I found this book an enjoyable read. Scott MacIntyre s life and that of his family is indeed an example of unwavering faith in God and his promises He mentioned that he wanted to reach out to people and tell the world of his story to inspire people and he did just that not only with his book but all that he s accomplished in his life Once again, I got a copy of the book from Booksneeze.com and I m grateful not only for the copy but for the blessing that this book has been Having read his story, I felt ashamed of the fact that de Scott MacIntyre s life and that of his family is indeed an example of unwavering faith in God and his promises He mentioned that he wanted to reach out to people and tell the world of his story to inspire people and he did just that not only with his book but all that he s accomplished in his life Once again, I got a copy of the book from Booksneeze.com and I m grateful not only for the copy but for the blessing that this book has been Having read his story, I felt ashamed of the fact that despite being blessed with all five senses, I was not able to accomplish not even one fourth of what Scott was able to do so with the absence of the sense of sight Also, taking into account all that he s had to struggle with his blindness and how he had to navigate the world with only his four other senses, the kidney failure he s had and the other trials that came their way, I felt that I had no right at all to complain about my situation in life Truly, the MacIntyre family is a living testimony of the Lord s faithfulness, and what God said about all things working together for good for those who love God and are fitting to his plans I also felt a deep admiration for his parents who never once wavered with doing what they could for their children, dreaming dreams for them and passionately and selflessly putting their children s welfare on top of their priorities It has given me hope in dealing with my son s situation and once again, a valuable lesson in trusting God and his will On the technical side, I like Scott s style of writing During the times when I was still writing, I used to do the same not writing chronologically I like the fact that he started out the book with his elimination from AI and then moved with different events in his life The book is an easy read, no highfalutin words that requires incessant consultations with Mr Webster and it is truly an inspiring one A testimony of a man completely reliant and faithful to God Thank you for sharing your story Mr MacIntyre, I pray that you continue to inspire and touchlives Some celebrities write their autobiographies in order to talk about themselves They want to tell their story Scott MacIntyre s autobiography is only secondarily about himself It is primarily about the work of God in his life and in the life of his family From the beginning, as Scott talks about the torturous experience of medical tests trying to ascertain the source of his blindness, the years of fighting renal failure, and his passion to bless people with music, MacIntyre continually brings Some celebrities write their autobiographies in order to talk about themselves They want to tell their story Scott MacIntyre s autobiography is only secondarily about himself It is primarily about the work of God in his life and in the life of his family From the beginning, as Scott talks about the torturous experience of medical tests trying to ascertain the source of his blindness, the years of fighting renal failure, and his passion to bless people with music, MacIntyre continually brings God to center stage By Faith, Not by Sight is the story of God in the MacIntyre s lives.I have been thoroughly blessed and challenged by reading this book.I knew nothing of Scott MacIntyre or his experience on American Idol I m not much of a tv watcher, so I didn t know what to expect when I started this book I picked it up, though, because I was curious to learn why a Christian would want to be on a celebrity reality show like American Idol I was very pleased to discover a passion to give and care for others, not a desire for fame and fortune, drives Mr MacIntyre s ministry of music.One of the most important Christian books of our times is To Change the World by James Davison Hunter It is a study of culture and sociology In short, the premise of the text is that culture is transformed by focusing on the central hubs of culture the universities and cultural centers where culture is created This would include Nashville and New York the places where music and television are created for our culture today.Scott MacIntyre intuitively understands this principle His book is the story of how God has used him, and continues to use him, to impact our culture through one of the most important cultural hubs of our time pop music I continually rejoiced to read of God s work, the ways He ordered events and circumstances, in order to strategically place Scott in the right place at the right time to bless the most people in such a way that God receives all the glory It s inspiring to know that God does these things to see them happen to people today and to know that he can do such a thing with me and my family as well.MacIntyre s renal failure contributes a great deal to this story It is critical to the reader, especially the Christian reader, because through Scott s story and kidney transplant, we learn what it means to pray I ve long looked for a good text on prayer something that would teach me what it means to depend on God daily and pray well I didn t expect to find it in an autobiography, though So much of this book is about prayer The MacIntyre s prayed for every trial and circumstance, and Scott discusses all of those instances He has mentored me personally in my prayer life I am eternally grateful to the Lord, to Mr MacIntyre, and to his family for teaching me to pray I m especially happy to post this review on Easter I pray that my readers purchase this book and find God s work in Scott s life to be as faith strengthening as it has been for me.This book isn t a literary masterpiece If you want a great Christian autobiography with artistically built sentences, read Brennan Manning In this case, you have a raw, honest, plain story told the same way you would have heard it over the dinner table straight from Scott s mouth.Over the coming weeks I ll be posting sermon illustrations drawn from By Faith, Not By Sight There s a great deal of material in this book that will connect wonderfully with bible studies and congregations.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.combook review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Recommend for American Idol fans, those looking for inspiration, those who are discouragedFrom the back cover A moving story of hope, faith, persistence and the power of dreams.A piano prodigy, a nineteen year old college grad, a Marshall scholar, and an American Idol finalist This guy had it made He could sing.He could ski blind What couldn t he do Even if you saw him in concert, you might not believe that Scott MacIntyre is blind, and you d never guess that at nineteen, he faced a diagnosi Recommend for American Idol fans, those looking for inspiration, those who are discouragedFrom the back cover A moving story of hope, faith, persistence and the power of dreams.A piano prodigy, a nineteen year old college grad, a Marshall scholar, and an American Idol finalist This guy had it made He could sing.He could ski blind What couldn t he do Even if you saw him in concert, you might not believe that Scott MacIntyre is blind, and you d never guess that at nineteen, he faced a diagnosis that rocked his family and nearly took his life.So how did he do it How did he overcome the odds This is Scott s story, but he d be the first to tell you that it s not really about him This is the story of how God used a dedicated family, a selfless acquaintance, hardship, and a host of characters to give him life, faith, determination, and experiences most can only imagine.Peek behind the scenes to see how he learned to overcome his disability, how he made it in the music industry, how he found the love of his life, and how God taught him that in all things, we can truly achieve our dreams By Faith, Not by Sight.I have a confession to make There was only one season of American Idol that I somewhat followed, but I have never watched a full episode So why did I like this book Because it will inspire you, lift your spirits, and praise God for his many blessings.Scott MacIntyre was born blind Yet from an early age he broke the mold for what a blind person could do By age six, he already had piano teachers telling his mother that they had taught him all they could and sending him to the next one.Scott was not only a musical prodigy, but also an overcomer, learning to do many things like run, swim, dance, and cross a street even though he could not see I was inspired by his can do attitude, despite his disabilities.When his health begins to crumble and his dreams seem to be slipping though his fingers, Scott asks God why It felt so real This was no sugar coated message about trusting God Scott struggles to accept what is happening to him.What I didn t like about this bookThere was nothing I hated about this book The only thing that bothered me a couple of times is how girl crazy he sounded However, it was a very, very small part of the book and did not diminish how wonderful it was To give him credit, he also was mainly crazy about just one girl.What I loved about the bookI loved how real this book was When I was having my own health challenges, I read lots of surgery messages on trusting God, but it was stories like these that helped me a lot He honestly struggles with why God seems to be taking everything from him that he loves.I also like true stories about overcomers This book was a fascinating look at someone who overcame the odds I could read stories like these all day.I recommend this book for anyone wishing an encouraging read about a true person.I received this book from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review I was under no obligation to write a positive review The opinions in this review are entirely my own Scott MacIntyre is a blind music prodigy Throughout MacIntyre s life, he overcame several obstacles blindness and a failing kidney and achieved success Even though he was unsure of where God was leading him, he followed Him by faith, not by sight This became the theme of Scott MacInyre s life At the age of one, young Scott was introduced to the piano by his mother By the time he was three, Scott was able to play by ear playing the melody on his right hand and three finger chords on his l Scott MacIntyre is a blind music prodigy Throughout MacIntyre s life, he overcame several obstacles blindness and a failing kidney and achieved success Even though he was unsure of where God was leading him, he followed Him by faith, not by sight This became the theme of Scott MacInyre s life At the age of one, young Scott was introduced to the piano by his mother By the time he was three, Scott was able to play by ear playing the melody on his right hand and three finger chords on his left Scott became increasingly advanced as the years went by He was talented enough to receive a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music in London Scott even became a finalist in the popular singing competition, American Idol I admire Scott MacIntyre for achieving his goals in life despite his debilitating ailments He never let those obstacles delay him in achieving his goals Applying what I learning from Scott, I will never let any obstacles in my life become a roadblock on my path to success I will follow God by faith, not by sight I would recommend this book to those who are facing challenges in their lives Scott s story will motivate them to take down the obstacles in their lives and achieve success Scott was born blind But never mind that With his attitude and demeanor you would have no idea that he was blind This guy was one of the top 10 finalists on American Idol, but he also attended prestigious universities and colleges in the states and Europe He was a musical prodigy At just 18 months he was sitting at the piano, tapping away simple notes As he got older he learned to manage his blindness, but an added burden dropped when he discovered that he was suffering from kidney failure Scott was born blind But never mind that With his attitude and demeanor you would have no idea that he was blind This guy was one of the top 10 finalists on American Idol, but he also attended prestigious universities and colleges in the states and Europe He was a musical prodigy At just 18 months he was sitting at the piano, tapping away simple notes As he got older he learned to manage his blindness, but an added burden dropped when he discovered that he was suffering from kidney failure For 2 years he fought to live suffering through dialysis and a kidney transplant and went on to become one of the most memorable contestants of American Idol Today he s a successful artist I have only ever seen one season of American Idol the one where Scotty McCreery won , so I didn t know who Scott MacIntyre was My grandma actually loaned me the book because she said it was an incredibly inspirational story, and she was right If you think you re having a bad day, read this book and not only will you realize how good you have it, but how important it is to get up and try again even if you get rejected, suffer from an illness or grapple with a disability A really inspiring book that gives interesting insight into the behind the scenes goings on of American Idol, as well .Read Pdf ☨ By Faith, Not By Sight (Library Edition): The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift ☪ Is it possible to be high on a mountain and deep in a valley at the same time This isn t a riddle, it s Scott MacIntyre s life Each time his dreams came true, Scott found his nightmares not far behind Some call it Murphy s Law Others call it bad luck Scott has learned to call it a blessing, even when circumstances have threatened to take everything away Outstanding graduate Marshall scholar Recording artist Inspirational speaker American Idol Blind from birth, Scott has had to work harder and longer to achieve his goals But when a silent killer begins to undermine his success and threaten his very life, Scott cannot work it out alone Once again, he must lean on his faith, his close knit family, and the life giving aid of friends to survive Follow Scott s roller coaster ride to see how God used the mountains and valleys to give him perspective, hope, and ultimately triumph This is a great inspirational book that will encourage all who read it Of course, we all have obstacles to overcome in life but Scott seems to have farthan his share and yet continues to trust God to open doors for him when all seems impossible This book touched me in many ways since I have a daughter who has had 3 kidney transplants and a grand niece and nephew who were born without sight Knowing others have experienced similar obstacles and still are greatly blessed and succeed in the This is a great inspirational book that will encourage all who read it Of course, we all have obstacles to overcome in life but Scott seems to have farthan his share and yet continues to trust God to open doors for him when all seems impossible This book touched me in many ways since I have a daughter who has had 3 kidney transplants and a grand niece and nephew who were born without sight Knowing others have experienced similar obstacles and still are greatly blessed and succeed in their journey in life encourages one to keep trusting, for none of us know what wonderful things are in store for us Reading this book will be time well spent As the mother of a blind child, with a very musical family, this book gave me so much hope MacIntyre not only tells his story but invites you into the life of a visually impaired person, with honesty, insight, and hope He has no bitterness, no pity party, no desire to change a thing. Scott s journey is an incredible one I remember watching him on Idol I had no idea that n top of his blindness, he d recently received a kidney transplant What a marvelous testimony his life story is He continually shared how trusting in God got him through challenges.