Hollywood Actress Discovers God’s Redemptive Healing Through Brokenness
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (ANS – December 14, 2017) – From the outside Andrea Logan White seemed to be living a perfect life as a model and actress, but underneath the happy façade she was carrying labels that attached themselves to her … unworthy… weak… insignificant.
Andrea’s deep yearning for perfection and acceptance had manifested itself throughout her life, until she found herself desperately crying out to God at a stoplight in Hollywood.
According to a news release about her book, Perfectly Unfinished: Finding Beauty In The Midst Of Brokenness (Zondervan, Sept 2017), Andrea courageously shares some of the darkest times in her life, and how God used her imperfections as a “perfectly imperfect” example of His grace and redemption.
Andrea, who is best recognized from her starring roles in feature films that include Mom’s Night Out with Patricia Heaton, and Do You Believe? with Sean Astin, now understands that God can use anyone, especially the broken and wounded, for His purpose.
When Andrea was 13 years old her parents divorced. After her father moved out of state, Andrea’s mom spent most of her time working and dating, leaving Andrea to care for herself and her two brothers. Andrea soon became distracted with the lure of drugs and an eating disorder to escape her emptiness (at one point weighing 78 pounds). After graduating high school, Andrea moved to Los Angeles to fulfill her dreams of becoming an actress and a model, but her life continued to spiral out of control.
In Perfectly Unfinished, Andrea details her experiences of dating the rich and famous, attending wild parties at the Playboy Mansion (Hugh Hefner once provided a limo ride for her to church), accepting compromising jobs to pay her bills and hiding her eating disorder while working as a personal trainer. But it was one afternoon at a Hollywood stoplight that Andrea realized she couldn’t continue living for herself and turned her life over to God.
After becoming a Christian in 2000, Andrea found freedom from many of the struggles that kept her captive. In 2003, she married actor and Pure Flix founding partner David A.R. White whom she met at church. Andrea’s new perspective of God’s unyielding grace guided her through new challenges that included a miscarriage, an eating disorder relapse, financial and marital tensions and debilitating health challenges.
Now a wife, mother of three, producer and actress, Andrea confesses she is still a work in progress but admits it is better to work with God (through faith and prayer), rather than against Him (with doubt and anger), in the unfinished places of her life.
“Still unfinished, I now understand there a fine line between moving toward Jesus, versus moving toward our own good deeds or perfectionism,” says Andrea. “I choose to surrender and find joy in the process of God’s perfect work in me because He is shining through my flaws and weaknesses so that I know it’s not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me as I am perfectly unfinished (I Cor. 1:8).”
Blending biblical counsel and spiritual encouragement, Perfectly Unfinished reminds readers of the life-changing message that God loves us just as we are and just where we are. That despite our mistakes and imperfections, Jesus is at work completing us so that we may fully share in His holiness and understand that in His eyes, we are perfectly unfinished.
Twitter: @aloganwhite. Website: www.andrealoganwhite.com
Paperback:224 pages, Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN-10: 0310345332. ISBN-13: 978-0310345336 — Price: $16.99, Kindle: $9.99. Website: www.zondervan.com/perfectly-unfinished
About the Author: As a wife, mother, actress, producer, and speaker, Andrea Logan White has walked through the discouraging valleys that “striving for perfection” brings. She has survived a life-threatening battle with an eating disorder and emerged with an enduring passion to encourage women who experience similar anxieties with body image struggles and weight issues in particular. Her hope is that women will be empowered to break free of the expectations of today’s world, and to live healthy, fulfilled lives so they can pass the same hope along to others.
A Chicago-area native, Andrea moved to San Diego after high school and discovered a love for acting while studying theater at a local college. She then began a modeling career that led her to Hollywood and the world of television, including appearances on “The X Show,” “Fear Factor” and most recently, “Hitting the Breaks.” She also pursued a business in health and fitness, becoming a celebrity fitness trainer for clients like Eva Longoria and Ewan McGregor.
Soon after meeting and marrying her husband, actor and producer David A.R. White, she dove into her film career, starring in films such as “SIX: The Mark Unleashed,” “The Moment After 2,” “My Date with Drew,” “In the Blink of an Eye,” “Sarah’s Choice,” “Marriage Retreat,” “Brother White,” “Revelation Road” I & II, “Mom’s Night Out” and “Do You Believe?.”
Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David, and their three children, Ethan, Ocean and Everson. Andrea is co-owner of Pure Flix Entertainment and continues to produce, act, write and speak regularly; spreading her message of grace and embracing flaws and imperfections to women around the world.
For more information, please contact: Ben Laurro, Pure Publicity, Ben@purepublicity.com, (615) 595-8466.
Photo captions: 1) Andrea Logan White. 2) Book cover. 3) Dan Wooding recording a radio show.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder of the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts a weekly radio show and two TV shows, all based in in Southern California. Dan is also the author of numerous books.
** You may republish this or any of our ANS stories with attribution to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net). Please also tell your friends that they can receive a free subscription to our news service by going to the above website and signing up there.