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Teach Your Children Well: The Lessons from the Greatest Generation - Part 1

Guest: Tom Rose


Host: Dr. Tim Clinton

April 08, 2022

Launching her career as a contestant on the popular television program, American Idol, gospel singer Mandisa went on to eventually win a Grammy in 2013 for best Contemporary Christian album. Along the way she sold over 1.6 million records. But, on today's edition of Family Talk, Mandisa reveals her pain beyond the accolades. In her new book, Out of the Dark, she describes the incalculable pain of molestation and rape, and the feelings of inadequacy that followed. After the loss of a close friend to cancer, the grief from her past traumas rose to the surface, resulting in her falling into a deep depression and isolation. Through community and counseling, Mandisa finally found joy. Psalm 40:3 is her testimony, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him."

Meet the Guest



Mandisa is a popular gospel and contemporary Christian singer and recording artist who began her career as a contestant on American Idol. She won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album of the year for her 2013 album release, Overcomer. Mandisa’s passions for faith, health, wellness, and mental health are common themes in her writing, both musically and literary. She is the author of Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat & Fame, and her latest release, Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy. She studied vocal jazz at American River College before earning a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Fisk University. Mandisa resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her beloved dog, Kiya.