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IDOLeyes by Mandisa – A book review   3 comments

I just finished this book by American Idol’s Season 5 top 10 finalist, Mandisa (written with Angela Hunt). If you want to take a  behind the scenes look at an American Idol contestant’s experience from beginning to end, you won’t want to miss reading this book. 

Mandisa shares her story of participating in the Americal Idol reality television show.  She says, “I am NOT the American Idol.  I’m a plus-sized, thirty-year old black woman whose heart belongs to Jesus. I’m just Mandisa, and this is my story.”  And what a story she shares.

The first line of her book reads “Hello. I’m Mandisa, and I’m a foodaholic.” Mandisa shares honestly and beautifully her experiences and heartaches; her joys and what she describes as the Dark Night of her Soul.   Mandisa’s American Idol experience changed her life and she did a fabulous  job describing that experience in her book. I enjoyed reading Mandisa’s story and I gained a new respect for the contestants on that show and what they actually go through. 

Mandisa’s knowledge of the Word and her relationship with Christ are beautifully illustrated in her story as well as her on going struggle with food addiction. I was so impressed by her; she truly is a role model.  I highly recommend this book.  You will love it!  You will love her!  Go, read this book and be blessed.

“Keep Your Fork”   4 comments


This is a cute little story that has made its way around the e-mail circuit.  I thought I would share it here, because I like the message. 

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her pastor and had him come  to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favourite Bible.

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply. “This is very important,” the woman continued.”I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”  The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.

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Posted May 23, 2007 by Lana G! in Christianity, Faith, Life, Quotes, Testimony

Testimony Tuesday   9 comments

My testimony is a rather simple one. I am one of eight children. My twin brother and I were the last to be born into this wonderful Russian family. My mother was a Christian and my father became a Christian the year I was born. I grew up in a home where all my memories were of a Christian mother and father who reflected their love for the Lord openly and still do.

I can remember passing by my parent’s bedroom and looking inside to see them kneeling in prayer. They read their Bibles at the kitchen table. They carted all of us to church on Sunday morning and Sunday night as well as to prayer meetings on Wednesday nights.

Church was a big part of my life growing up and the majority of my social life was centered around church activities and my church friends. With all of that you would think that I became a Christian at my own church. But, I didn’t.

I became a Christian at a Pioneer Girls club that I had started attending with a neighbor girl. I was around 11 years old and one of the nights they had shared the gospel with us and asked if we would like to ask Jesus into our hearts. I said yes and that was the day I became a Christian. I was baptized shortly after that and my life continued to revolve around church.

Through the years, I have had blessings as well as struggles and hardships. The struggles and hardships seemed to have only brought me closer to the Lord. Life has not always been easy, but Jesus has always been there, teaching, prodding and molding my stubborn heart.  He has provided a rich heritage of believers in my life who were not afraid to live their faith. These gems have taught me and still teach me how I should live a Christ centered life. 

I could not imagine going through this life without Jesus, the lover of my soul and I look forward to meeting him when he invites me to my final home!  Until then, I want to be found faithful, ever growing in my walk with him.