Mandisa Hundley, the "American Idol" contestant who didn't hesitate to express her Christian beliefs, has written a book and recorded a CD aimed at promoting a message of confidence for women who struggle with the world's expectations.
Her book, "IDOLeyes," tells about her challenges and victories through growing up and breaking into the music industry.
"My struggle with my weight has been the biggest struggle of my life," Mandisa (who uses solely her first name) said. "Rather than turning to alcohol or drugs when I was going through emotional times, I turned to food. As a result, I've become unhealthy -- and it's a day-to-day process to overcome."
Mandisa's debut CD, True Beauty, "exemplifies the desire of women to be known and respected for who they are within. Singing from personal experience, it is a biblical message that all women in today's modern world need to hear and believe," according to reviewer Kelly Jad'on of blogcritics.org.
Prior to "American Idol," Mandisa performed backup as well as studio work for a wide variety of artists including Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Take 6, Twila Paris, Sandi Patty, Charlie Daniels, Travis Cottrell and more. She has also traveled across the nation with various worship conferences and women's events and retreats (Integrity Music, Living Proof Live featuring Beth Moore, LifeWay Christian Women's Conventions) as a worship leader.True Beauty available to the public July 31, 2007