Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Melinda Doolittle "Beyond Me"
Melinda Doolittle is known as being the soulful, sweet singer from Season 6 of American Idol. Her genuine personality and incredible vocals captured America. Since American Idol, Melinda has continued to touch the hearts of millions through her voice and her humanitarian work. In addition to releasing a critically acclaimed album in 2009, Melinda has traveled to Africa with former first lady Mrs. Bush, raised money and awareness for Malaria No More, and teamed up with dozens of other organizations. As of May 4, Melinda can add "published author" to her long list of accomplishments.
Melinda's book, "Beyond Me", gives readers an inside look at her life. Idol fans will enjoy the behind the scenes info on the show, and those who watched Melinda during Season 6 will begin to understand the emotions she felt on that roller coaster ride. Melinda also opens her heart to share her stories of overcoming obstacles, specifically with self confidence, learning how to trust in God, and dealing with negativity. Melinda shares the importance of giving back, and what working with different organizations has meant to her. Throughout the entire book, Melinda shares wisdom that has been passed down from her mom. I was touched by their mother/daughter relationship, it was evident how important they have been to one another.
Melinda has always been known as someone who can inspire others, whether it is through her voice or her actions. In this book, she continues to find ways to motivate and reach out to others. I found myself nodding along when she talked about some of the issues in her life she has dealt with, and smiling when she shared how she overcame those issues. I can guarantee that anyone who reads this book will find encouragement, hope, and love splashed across each page. You will learn from Melinda's experiences, laugh at her witty humor, and feel for her when times were tough. The book was an absolute delight, and I feel personally grateful for being able to read it.