Adventure Between the Pages: By Faith, Not by Sight

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Recommend for: American Idol fans, those looking for inspiration, those who are discouraged

From 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 book
There 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 book
I 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.

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