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.
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.
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.