Christian music icon and forty-time Dove award winner, Sandi Patty has long astounded listeners with her powerful voice. And yet, off the stage, Sandi struggled to have a voice at all.
Through deeply intimate stories of her life and the empowering spiritual truths she’s learned, Sandi offers readers wisdom to navigate the journey from voicelessness to discovering the voice God has given you. With a poignant history of sexual abuse, infidelity, divorce, and crises of self-image, Sandi lived much of her life feeling unworthy of love or value. And like so many of us, she coped by living through the voices of others, allowing other people to prescribe her identity. As she performed around the world, Sandi met others just like her, who hid wounds behind quiet smiles and struggled to live with fractured identities.
Sandi’s warm and invitational writing will draw you to the voice of God who sings over your life saying you are seen, you are loved, and your voice is worth hearing. With timeless wisdom, The Voice will help you uncover your God-given identity and a voice of your very own.
“God heard my voice even when I couldn’t hear it myself and then his voice broke through my walls and wounds, insecurities and self-doubts. I am voiceless no more!”
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About the Author
Sandi Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with forty Dove Awards and five Grammy Awards. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and named an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over thirty albums with over 12 million albums sold. Sandi was introduced to the world with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Virtually overnight she became one of the country’s best-loved performers. Sandi and her husband, Don, have been married for over 20 years and are a proud blended family, with eight children and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. www.sandipatty.com
Cindy Lambert is a freelance writer and editor and a partner in Somersault, a publishing services bureau, where she serves as publishing strategist. She owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in publishing companies such as Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she served as vice president and associate publisher. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and nine grandchildren, and live in Michigan.
Table of Contents
Foreword Kathie Lee Gifford 9
1 The Shy Girl with a Song 15
2 Resetting the Clock 25
3 Who Said I Shouldn't Talk? 35
4 Unfiltered 47
5 "Y" the "I" Mattered 59
6 He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not 71
7 The Guest Room 81
8 Critical Conversations 91
9 Blisters and Calluses 103
10 Sanctuary 117
11 The Scarlet A and Other Capital Letters 129
12 Voice Lessons 141
13 Welcome Home 153
14 Worth the Change 165
15 Who Moved the Nest? 175
16 Forever Grateful 183
17 God's Song 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am so blessed that Sandi Patty chose to share her story. It is an easy read and helped me see many correlations between some of her experiences and my own. I can relate to how easy it is to believe that no one cares about your opinions/feelings and the overwhelming fear that to confront someone is to risk everything. If you feel voiceless, please read how God has helped Sandi find her voice.
After reading THE VOICE, by Sandi Patty, I feel stronger and less afraid to allow my own voice to emerge. She has handed me a piece of her heart and soul in the pages of this book. Sandi tells of her struggle throughout her life to find her own voice - despite the fact she was labeled "The Voice" many years ago and has proven herself worthy of the title. Sandi's book offers so much hope and encouragement to anyone who needs reminded of God's infinite love. We ARE seen. We ARE heard. An important message everyone can take away from her words is that we can look back on the messiest times of our lives and see how God has put the broken pieces back together. He can take the bad and work it for good. Her latest and most candid work is well worth reading!! Lisa Hollaway Waldo, Ohio
This book "The Voice" was the most candid I believe I have ever read; so good that I read the entire book in one setting; I could not separate from it. There was just such rich content, great topics, Scriptures that used the word voice and what the Word of God has to say about it; and thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter that challenged you to stop and think, ponder, examine, pause, it literally met you where you were at. Some of the questions you couldn’t deny that they resonated with you. Some bought back unpleasant memories of a situation you had forgotten about or had not dealt with hence, conviction set in; I cried, I laughed, and I prayed that this book will break book selling charts because everyone needs to get a copy and absorb it so they can get delivered from whatever they are dealing with. This book needs to be a teaching instrument because it can help anyone in any situation since it’s about truth, This book will not only help you to find your voice, but also help you find truth to your freedom, restoration and the grace of God [receive and extend]. Thank you Sandi Patty for sharing your compassionate heart with the world; I’m changed because of it. Dr. Sharon Goodwin
Sandi Patty has always seemed to have it all together. She has a God-given, beautiful voice to which only a few in this world can compare. In this book she is candid and honest about her struggles to find her "voice". Most of us can relate to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and unworthiness. She shows us how she found her voice that allowed her freedom to express herself in spite of those feelings - to live the life God intended. The stories in this book will make you laugh and cry. The questions at the end of each chapter will make you think and apply the lessons learned to yourself. It's a wonderful book! Thank you Sandi for sharing part of your life with us!
In Sandi Patty's book "The Voice: Listening for God's Voice and Finding Your Own" Sandi opens her heart and shares how she had struggled throughout much of her life in finding her voice, not as the Christian artist we all know but as a person who wanted and needed to be heard. Sandi shares how, as a six-year-old child, her voice was stifled by sexual abuse which caused her to believe early in life that whatever she said no one would believe. . .that her voice did not matter. And then, she shares how she often sought comfort in food as it seemed to numb her pain. Throughout this book Sandi takes the reader through her own life's journey in sharing situations Satan tried to use to make her feel worthless and her voice unimportant. And then, so beautifully, Sandi shares how God caressed the broken pieces of each of those situations in her life, when sometimes she had made bad decisions, and sometimes she had suffered wrongfully. . .and He picked her up and led her to a closer relationship with Him and helped her develop deeper wisdom through His Word. . .as He brought about healing and enabled her to find her true voice. Sandi, brilliantly, ends each chapter with questions, tips and biblical truths/scriptures (which could so easily be used in a group study) to make us realize how important using our voice truly is. This is a must read for every believer, those seeking a deeper relationship with God.
The Voice is the most touching book I have had the privilege to read. Sandi speaks from her heart about her real life experiences and how it influenced her today. She is an amazing writer, a faithful Christian, and a beautiful soul, and of all her books, The VOICE touches my heart and mind. I related to many episodes in her life and now feel like I have new methods to overcome some of the bad coping mechanisms developed during my years. Thank You Sandi for your honesty, your Faithfulness, and your Voice. You have truely helped me begin the journey of finding mine. Buy the book and read it several times. It will change your life if you allow her words and experiences to influence you, stimulate thought, and encourage heart felt prayer. #THEVOICEBOOK #HEARTANDMINDHEALING #SANDIPATTY.
After reading “The Voice”, by Sandi Patty, I truly can say it was enlightening. It will help many women or men, who feel inferior or inadequate. Anytime you are abused, rather it is physically, mentally and or sexually, you withdraw within yourself. The internal lies of those who abused you; for example; “You’re worthless, you’re stupid, you’re nothing” play over and over in your head & affect your daily decisions. These voices only verify what the abuser wants us to believe and they follow you until you confront them. With this book you will find assistance to allow you to start hearing what God thinks of you. Only then can you replace the thoughts of the abuser with God’s unconditional love.
This book reveals Sandi Patty to be open, honest, transparent, humble, vulnerable and real. We learn that for many years this great singer known as The Voice didn’t have a voice to express her innermost feelings. Like many of us, she has struggled with feeling invisible, hopeless, worthless – she often believed herself to be a failure – she was broken, damaged, and suffering. She had gotten the idea that her voice didn’t matter and that she didn’t matter. But as the Psalmist expressed in Psalm 18:6 and as Sandi quoted in the book, “in my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” The subtitle of the book is Listening for God’s Voice and Finding Your Own, and Sandi shares how we can find our voice when we hear God’s voice. The book is more than an autobiography – it is a guide for hearing God’s voice, finding your voice, and using that voice to help and encourage others and to glorify God. Finding your voice takes you to a place of living your life as God meant for it to be, of achieving your potential in life, of being able to speak truth. Sandi not only walks us through some of the struggles of her past, but also shares her current life struggles. Because of her openness, we can see parallels in our own lives, and can learn that we too are worth having a voice. We can let our voices usher us into the life we were meant to live.
This book is SO encouraging! SO much of the time, I felt as if she was writing about me! I'm so thankful for all that God has done in and through Sandi! It is with much pain in her life, that she has surely found her voice, and is encouraging us, through this book, to find our own. I very highly recommend this book to everyone! What a blessing Sandi is!