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Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Chapman, wife to singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, tells the story of her life and loss in this tender memoir. Chapman discloses how unsuited she is to be the public figure spouse to a charismatic and outgoing husband. Marrying him totally upset her orderly mental image of a quiet life in the suburbs with a 9 to 5 working husband. Instead, she discovered that God gave her a life she didn't expect that has taken her places she didn't want to go. As Chapman tells it, fame, travel, and adoption of children took this quiet woman out of her comfort zone more times than she cares to remember. In 2008, the tragic death of their five-year-old daughter, Maria, led to still more inner heartache. The Chapmans' story is harrowing and deeply sorrowful, yet the author finds a way to communicate their hope, faith, and love for a faithful God in every moment by grace-infused moment.
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"Mary Beth has opened the doors of her stories to us so that our deepest fears may be overcome with hope. And so that we can all walk in a deeper trust that God is good . . . all the time."--Toby (TobyMac) and Amanda McKeehan
"When the world is telling us to suffer alone in despair and hopelessness, the Chapmans are fixing their eyes on Christ and faithfully walking each step clinging to the Lord and the hope we have in the promises in His Word."--Bart (of Mercy Me) and Shannon Millard
"This tender story will capture your heart and point you back to the One who restores, replenishes, and renews . . . even when He asks us to do hard, seemingly impossible things."--Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International
"With a balanced combination of heart-wrenching honesty and absolute grace, Mary Beth shares her 'severe mercy.' I couldn't help but sense God's presence in every sentence."--Mary Graham, president of Women of Faith
"Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman are living their story in a way that brings glory to God and real, practical help to the body of Christ. You won't be able to put this book down until you've wept, laughed, and relished every page."--Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Top customer reviews
This book is well-written and shows the humanity of a family with a Christian "mega star." How refreshing! She openly shares her personal struggles in life; marriage; and especially the tragic accidental death of their youngest child. Clearly they have been devastated, yet learned to find God in the midst of undeniable pain.
I also love that this book reads more like a novel than a self-help book (because I loathe self-help books). I recommend this book for anyone trying to love God and "do life" with all of its disappointments and struggles.
It was so hard witnessing MB's heartbreak first hand. There were moments that I sobbed...and moments that I laughed!! It was a really hard book, but I felt like I learned a lot, and grew a lot as I progressed through it. It's not a "light" book, but it is a book that is realistic. It deals with death and depression and she NEVER gives a "band-aid" statement EVER!
The only thing that I didn't really like was that this book was not written chronologically as pertaining to "the accident", but to the life of the family. I feel it would be too overwhelming, to walk straight through the accident, so she broke it up a bit and interspersed other stories and backgrounds.
This is a book about an amazing family, and a unique Godly woman who struggles.