American Idol Season 8 finalist and accomplished singer/songwriter Scott MacIntyre joined Thomas Nelson, Inc book publishing. Scott signed a one-book publishing agreement for his literary debut, By Faith, Not By Sight – an autobiography chronicling his journey as a musical prodigy, blind from birth, and the medical miracle that helped save his life in 2007. The book will be in stores May 2012.

Although he’s only 26 years old, Scott has lived a story worth telling. He has played with musicians such as Alice Cooper and Jason Mraz, headlined concerts in the U.S. and abroad, received Marshall and Fulbright scholarships, been an honored guest at the White House, and inspired millions as the first-ever blind finalist on American Idol. “Scott MacIntyre continues to inspire people all over the world with his remarkable commitment to perseverance in times of adversity and overcoming what many would consider a disability,” says Matt Baugher, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Thomas Nelson. “His appearance on American Idol is just one small part of this amazing young man’s life. I can’t wait for others to experience his character and passion. We’re thrilled to be partnering with him on this important book.”

While Scott’s list of accolades is impressive, he attributes glory and success to his Christian faith which remains central to his message. Baugher believes in the life-changing potential of Scott’s written story: “For Scott, his blindness is merely part of who he is and his much broader story will astound, challenge, and most of all inspire.”