- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

Former “American Idol” contestant Mandisa is making her mark on the Christian music industry. Since leaving “Idol” in 2006, she has lost weight, toured constantly, written a book and had several top-charting Christian songs. In a recent interview with Joy Allmond at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (billygraham.org), Mandisa, author of “Idol Eyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat & Fame,” discusses her music and her relationship with Living Proof Ministries founder Beth Moore, who teaches participants to let go and let God.

“No matter what has you bound — food, alcohol, drugs, sex, whatever — even though it seems like it is overpowering you and it seems like you will never be set free, we have a big God. We think there are limits to His power. We see Him setting everyone else free, but don’t think He will do it for us. We question whether He wants to or if He will. I do know one thing: it is always His will for us to be set free.”

Asked who besides Jesus has had the most spiritual effect on her, Mandisa replied:

Beth Moore. I did her Breaking Free study when I was in college. I started working at LifeWay and got acquainted with the rest of her studies. Then, I had the privilege of singing and traveling with her worship team for five years, hearing rich Bible teaching weekend after weekend. It prepared me for where I am today, especially since a big part of her ministry is setting the captives free. I know it’s not a coincidence He had me sitting under her ministry for so long. I’m still applying lessons today that I learned so long ago from her.”

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