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Grammy award-winning music artist Mandisa tells an inspiring story of peaks and valleys, trials and joys, wins and losses. Through her gripping narrative, she shows that our choice to trust God can not only overcome our need to understand why bad things happen, but can help us to embrace a life of joy and freedom.

Out of the Dark is Mandisa’s exploration of the journey she’s taken from when she first became a Christian to her rise as an American Idol finalist and receiving multiple Grammy and Dove Award nominations, as well as the dark and challenging times she experienced along the way. She writes personally and openly about the hardships she has faced and the way she felt betrayed by God, but also about how God has brought her out of the valley into His glorious light. Along the way, she also shares her struggles in learning how to love her body and care for her health.

Just as Mandisa’s Grammy-award winning song “Overcomer” was topping the Contemporary Christian Music charts, her friend for whom “Overcomer” had been written passed away. After losing this close friend to cancer, despite months of prayers on her behalf, Mandisa descended into depression, isolating herself and turning to her familiar friend, food, for comfort.

Throughout Out of the Dark, Mandisa uses her experiences to address the following themes:

  • The pain of grief and loss
  • Surviving abuse
  • Embracing true beauty and a healthy body image
  • Coping with severe depression
  • Healthy―and disordered―eating
  • The role of faith in hope and healing
  • Letting go of shame
  • Following your unique calling and passion
  • How friends and family are crucial for healing
  • The challenges of 2020, including protecting mental and emotional health while navigating a public health crisis, quarantining, and coping with racial injustice
  • Trusting God daily for hope and healing

In the darkness, Mandisa knew God was there―but she wondered if she could trust Him. Even at her lowest point where she saw no human way forward, God was at work, powerfully redeeming her story and calling her out of the dark.

Mandisa tells her story with warmth and vulnerability, challenging us all to focus on God’s purpose for our lives, surround ourselves with friends who will fight for us, and face life’s challenges with courage and faith. If you’ve ever found yourself in a dark place as the result of grief, depression, or loss, Mandisa’s story will reassure you that even when you’re walking through dark valleys, God can and will lead you on a path to joy and hope.

©2022 Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Suzanne Gosselin, Natalie Grant (P)2022 One Audiobooks

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deeply motivational and inspiring

it was touching to hear about mandisa's trials and tribulations in her walk with faith in God

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Amazing!!

loved it. it was a great read. I will share it with others. I am grateful that she shared her story. thank you

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Thank you mandissa

Mandissa thank you for your courage and for sharing your scars. This book has given me courage as a navigate a difficult time in your life. Thank you for your light and your music. We need more people in the world to speak up and be real. Thank you for leading out

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Encouraging, Uplifting, Inspiring

Encouraging, uplifting, inspiring. That's what this book was for me. I like how open, vulnerable, and transparent Mandisa is in this book. She sheds like on how many people feel when it comes to grief, loss and being self-conscious about their weight. I also like how she touches on depression, anxiety, isolation and how that can really lead you on a dark path away from the Lord. She did a good job of showing people how you can reach for God in those times of darkness and serve Him with all your heart.

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Showing her scars and I’m grateful

It seems rare for a Christian celebrity to show such vulnerability and humanity. I very much appreciated her way of shining light into the darkness, showing what it looks like, and seeing the compassionate pursuit of our Savior to rescue her.

I heard her on a recent podcast and realize that these struggles for her are so very real, and they continue. Yet her voice in this book resonates with the truth of the gospel to cut through the ugliness and darkness of our current circumstances.

I read her story the first time with smiles, giggles, and tears. Now, I think I’ll do it again for myself…

The questions at the end of each chapter would be fantastic for a group discussion group or personal exploration.