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Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"We loved Steven Curtis Chapman's deeply personal book. . . . Each story he tells and each life circumstance he shares is an illustration of the 'glorious unfolding' of God's plan for him."--Pastor Rick and Kay Warren
Experience the moments that made Christian music history
For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman's music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, his family, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows.
From childhood, music has been both a refuge and a release for Steven. With humor and humility, he offers a backstage look at his early days on the road and his wild ride to the top of the charts. Discover the stories behind some of his best-loved songs. Walk with him as he and his wife, Mary Beth, navigate the joys and trials of marriage and family. Cheer for his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again. And SEE God in the aftermath of the tragic death of their five-year-old daughter Maria.
Poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest, yet always hopeful, Steven offers no sugary solutions to life's toughest questions. Yet out of the brokenness, he continues to trust God to one day fix what is unfixable in the space between heaven and the real world.|Steven Curtis Chapman is a Christian music icon with over 11 million records sold, 58 Dove Awards, 5 Grammys, an American Music Award, and 48 career #1 radio singles. He's been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX & Friends, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in People, Billboard, Parents magazine, and countless others. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have six children and live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Learn more at www.StevenCurtisChapman.com.
Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris, Let's Roll with Lisa Beamer, and More Than Rivals. His work has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Fox News Channel, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, and many more.
Learn more at www.KenAbrahamBooks.com.
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"The way Steven lives, the honest, real stories he has shared, and the encouragement he has given me has had a profound impact on my life. I know that will be how everyone who reads this book will feel too."--Hillary Scott, lead singer of Lady Antebellum
"My heart resonates whenever I connect with someone who understands suffering--not in theory but in the gut and heart. Through decades of quadriplegia, I've learned that when you are hemorrhaging human strength, sometimes answers--even though good, right, and true--can sting like salt in a wound. It's what I love about Steven Curtis Chapman. He doesn't give pat, one-size-fits-all answers to the big questions about life."--Joni Eareckson Tada
"No doubt Steven is a phenomenal songwriter, musician, and artist. However, as I have gotten to know him more, I have come to realize that the power and impact of his music comes from a place of deep humility. I am honored to call Steven a friend, and so happy to recommend his story to you in Between Heaven and the Real World."--Chris Tomlin
"Millions have been inspired by the music of my friend Steven Curtis Chapman--his words and melodies have found their way into countless hearts, ushering in the life-giving truth of Jesus. I believe this book will do the very same thing--for the 'up close' Steven is just as inspiring as the one we find on stage. As he tells his personal story of faith through this book, many will find hope, strength, and inspiration for their own journey."--Matt Redman
"While no one can anticipate the highest highs and the lowest lows of their journey, Steven has invited us to experience all of it with him through his honest music and storytelling. We are all changed for the better as a result of it."--Amy Grant
"We all have a story. But few of us have a story as dramatic and redemptive as the one of Steven Curtis Chapman. His music has touched millions of hearts. May his story touch even more."--Max Lucado
"I have had the great honor of knowing, sharing the stage with, and making music with my good friend Steven Curtis Chapman. This book is an amazing insight into the heart and spirit of a living legend in Christian music."--Mac Powell
"By any measure, Steven Curtis Chapman has left his mark on the music industry. How amazing that with all his success, his legacy will be bigger and longer-lasting than any of the trophies. What Steven and Mary Beth have accomplished in the world of adoption is unparalleled. Caring for the widows and the orphans is a great command, and I don't know anyone who has answered that call with greater passion than my friend Steven Curtis Chapman."
--Michael W. Smith
"You know how when you hear a song and it immediately takes you back to a specific moment in your life? Well . . . Steven was there when I came to know Christ. He was there when my father passed away. He was there when I surrendered to ministry. He was there when I got married. He was there when my first child was born."--Bart Millard
"Steven Curtis Chapman is one of those men who raise the bar for all of us. He has always been a role model of humility and gentleness to me. At the same time a man in the trenches, putting action to his heart for the orphan--building Show Hope--forever expanding the hearts of thousands of families who have welcomed a child into their lives. Steven truly inspires me as a husband, father, songwriter, and artist."--Toby McKeehan
"It's been my privilege over the last eighteen years to call Steven Curtis Chapman a friend. But you don't have to know him personally to know his heart or know his story. His music and lyrics have spoken to millions. When you read Between Heaven and the Real World you will come to know a man who has walked the walk with an incredible grace and a rock-solid faith. If you like his songs, wait till you read this book!"--Ernie Johnson Jr., studio host, Inside the NBA on TNT
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This book is like sitting down with and old friend and listening to him tell his life story. A story of hurt, healing, redemption and most of all hope. I highly recommend it.
His autobiography reveals how: the life and the music are melded together. SCC has always been one of my favorite Christian artists, but I can say for sure he is my favorite now. With the same honesty as he sings, he has written about the highs and lows of his life, best and worst of marriage, and the spiritual journey we all undertake. I've not read the simple honesty Chapman writes with in a long time, if ever. By reading his book, I've come to see how honest his music is, and revealing of he and his wife's private life.
If you've never listened much (or at all) to his music before, don't let that be a deterrent to you. The story is amazing (and still being written). You'll laugh, cry (a lot when he writes of their daughter Maria's death), and see yourself in he and Mary Beth's story. More than everything else, you'll see God revealed through all of it, and realize your journey isn't much different than Chapman's, you just didn't sing about it for the past thirty years.
Now, if I can just personally meet him, before heaven...
Near the end of the book, Chapman talks about finally hearing the audible voice of God. He heard one word. It was enough. Packed into that word was a long paragraph, and certainty, and love. It resonated with me because in a completely different circumstance, I heard one word and knew that one word was enough. It was all the answer I needed.
I hope Steven Curtis Chapman can receive this in his life: His songs have allowed God to speak through them, to me and to countless others who have played the CDs and mp3s in the darkness of our lives, our living rooms, our cars on the highway, and in the moments where we're bopping along in the light and doing the happy dance that no one should ever see because it's so uncoordinated and jerky. I'm so glad to have read his story.
But I was a bit hesitant about this book for a couple of reasons - I was not sure if I could handle reading about the death of Maria and because I usually don't like books that are written "with" someone as they come off as ghostwritten.
I am so glad I gave this book a chance; the writing comes off as pure SCC - humble, humorous and faithful to Our Saviour. There were some surprises which I did not except but for which I was grateful as it made me see that he is human, just like the rest of us. Deals with the same temptations we all do, has Satan interfering in his life and how God picks up the pieces if we let Him.
His honesty is not only refreshing, but the the classy way in which he shows his flaws and struggles while still showing respect for those involved.
As I said - pure SCC.