I was recently given the opportunity to review the book, By Faith, Not by Sight by Scott MacIntyre (with Jennifer Schuchmann) . Scott was a contestant on American Idol, if you’re wondering why that name sounds so familiar. Scott’s story kept me interested until the very last page. He was born blind, but the doctors weren’t convinced of it until he was almost 2, a frustration his mom struggled with because she knew something was wrong but all the doctors said “he’d grow out of it”. At the age of 3 Scott started playing the piano. He was able to play something he heard, almost perfectly. Now because he was blind he couldn’t read music, but he used his sense of hearing to make up for what he couldn’t not see.
At the age of 7 he was asked to play in someone’s wedding, his mom was a bit hesitant since he was blind, but he played for the wedding and realized that weddings paid way better than the tooth fairy! He was asked to play and sing for many people and he did. He enjoyed the gift that God has given him and shared it with others.
Scott was given the opportunity to study music in London and he was excited, except a serious illness was prohibiting him from going. He did get to go for one year, but then got too sick to return for his second year of study. This part of the book was amazing, even though Scott was sick he always thought God had a plan for him and this was it. He always kept a positive look at things. A quote that really stood out was “How can I feel so high on a mountain top, but yet be so low in the valley”, which describes all of the ups and downs Scott went through.
Scott did get over his illness, but then his younger sister had a similar problem with a similar illness. It seems as though God always was with their family. They were a praying family and always focused on God, it was evident in Scott’s writing!
This book was an amazing read. I don’t want to spoil it for you as I strongly recommend you read it! You can purchase it on Amazon if you’re interested!