(released 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers)
Mandisa competed in the 2006 round of the popular television show American Idol. She made it close to the finish but was voted out in a storm of controversy over some misunderstood remarks. Mandisa has since gone on to be a successful recording artist in the Christian market. Idol eyes tells the story of her journey through the American idol process and what she learned from the experience. She does a great job at giving you a feel for the ups and downs of the experience and what goes on behind the scenes on the show without ever becoming gossipy. As an Idol junky i found learning about what goes on when the cameras aren't rolling fascinating. As well as providing insight into the show, Mandisa shows great spiritual insight in her reflections on what God has taught her and how her faith is grown. I found what she had to say to be really encouraging. Everyone will be able to relate to her in some way whether that be on issues of body image, standing up for what you believe even when mocked or many other areas which she shares on. If you are an Idol fan you will especially enjoy this book but even if you are not i think you will still enjoy it and benefit from it.