Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bookreview: By Faith, Not By Sight - Scott MacIntyre (former American Idol contestant)

"By Faith, Not By Sight" is an autobiography by Scott MacIntyre, who most people will know from his too short a stint on American Idol some years ago. I do recall Scott appearing on AI because to me he started with the handicap of being blind and competed with others in a show that to me is as much about singing as it is about showmanship. I do not know how much showmanship figured into the voting or the comments that the judges make, but I know that judges tend to mention if a singer could improve in that aspect.
Reading this biography, I learned that Scott is so much more than a singer, he is summa cum laude college graduate, Fulbright scholar and, most importantly, a very strong person. The book starts in the middle and each chapter picks on a specific, personally important, episode, in Scott's life. Overall, he describes his life in a more uplifting language than I had initially anticipated. He covers his scholarship, his love for music, his health and his family in honest and open terms. Not everything is easy, no surprise there, but importantly Scott prevails and in large part because of the support of his family.
Scott MacIntyre certainly has a story to tell and to everyone that keeps asking why me, this book may be a support tool that shows that despite the times asking why me, the more important statement is "I will get through this".
Overall, a well written biography that taught me a lot about the person Scott MacIntyre.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by either booksneeze or the author.

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