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Mandisa “Out Of The Dark” CD // Review & Giveaway

Throughout life’s challenges, uplifting, scripture-based music has been my saving grace to help pull me through. I especially am encouraged to listen to music that was birthed out of the “dark night of the soul”. This is why I was so excited for the opportunity to review Mandisa’s new album, “Out of the Dark”.

About the album.

Mandisa wrote her song, “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend, Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Although Mandisa believed and prayed that God would heal her, Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014. Afterwards, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. For close to three years, she struggled with a deep depression, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes that if she had continued down that road she was on, she would not be here today…but God stepped in and lifted her out of the pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story. It is titled, “Out of the Dark” because that’s exactly where God lifted her out of.

You can watch Mandisa talk about this part of her journey as she was interviewed recently on Good Morning America.


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What I love most about this album is the raw, honest heart with which it was created. The album opens up with a series of voicemail messages left for Mandisa by encouraging friends. Even though she sunk low and isolated herself, those friends made sure she understood that they were there, that they loved her and that God still loved her. They never gave up!

One of my favorites songs on the album, “Unfinished”, is a poignant reminder that God is still working in our lives, and that He still has a plan and a purpose. Despite the ups and downs in life, and no matter how low you allow yourself to go, God is with you and will perfect you into His masterpiece.

This album is packed with “get up and dance songs” such as Out of the Dark, Comeback Kid and Shine, but it’s the ballads like Prove Me Wrong and My First Love (with Jeremy Camp) that move my heart.

How long will I forget You?
And how long will I pretend that You’re not here?
Bring light to my eyes in my darkest places
Bring hope to my heart that can hardly take it!

I wanna go back, to where it all began
I wanna go past, the walls that hold me in
To trust what I know, feel You so close
I can hear Your heartbeat
I wanna go back, back to my first love…

If you want to be inspired through the music of one who has come out of the darkness, be sure to pick up this album. And if you know someone who is experiencing depression, please share this album with them.

The Giveaway

I am excited to be able to give one of my readers (from the Continental U.S. only) a copy of Mandisa’s album, “Out Of The Dark”. All you need to do to enter is follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will end at 9:00PM PST on Tuesday, May 27th.

Mandisa “Out of the Dark” CD

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11 Comments

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    Lux G.
    May 23, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I’m streaming her on Spotify. Love!

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    Rachelle Craig
    May 23, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Love Mandisa! I am going to bless my daughter with this CD. She has been through so much over the past 9 months. She has been suffering from some pretty serious health issues, with Dr’s not being able to correctly diagnose her yet. And a couple of weeks ago one of her best friends was murdered in cold blood. Shot in the head, all for someone to get $100 from him. She is devastated, and her faith is being tested. She hasn’t been able to process his death, and grieve until finally last Sunday on Mother’s Day she fell to pieces in my arms. She is starting to come around, but I think this will help her tremendously. Thank you Barbie, for this post today!

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      Trudy
      May 23, 2017 at 11:06 am

      I’m so sorry about your daughter, Rachelle. That is so awful! May God pick her up and hold her close through this difficult time!

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    Trudy
    May 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I love Mandisa’s songs, Barbie. Her “Overcomer” often brings strength to my husband’s and my heart. I am looking forward to hearing the songs on her new album. It’s so amazing how God set her free again. Thank you for this review. Love and hugs to you!

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    Amanda
    May 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I love Mandisa’s honest music. I loved Overcomer when I was alone with a new baby while my husband was away at training.

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    Natalie @messymom
    May 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I would love to win! I had no idea you did Christian music reviews! How fun!

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    Susan Shipe
    May 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    This interview was so darn good. Second time I’ve seen it today!

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    ~Karrilee~
    May 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Oh man… well, right now I have Rita Springer on repeat but you know how we tend to love the same music! I trust you that I will need to get a copy of Mandisa’s newest!

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    Gayl
    May 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I have one of her albums, but haven’t listened to it in awhile. I need to get it out again, because it’s really good! I love how her friends were there for her and God used them to bring her out of the darkness. 🙂

    Blessings to you! Thanks for sharing this. I’d love to win! 🙂

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    stuckinindiana
    May 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Love this! I say her interview & was blessed. Thanks for sharing this Barbie!!!
    c

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    BettieG
    May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    This is such a beautiful story of God’s rescuing, and the Love that HE asks us to share with each other! I would love to win this CD. Thank you for the Giveway offer!

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