Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND THE REAL WORLD     STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman's music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows. 
Readers will be captivated by this exclusive look into Steven's childhood and challenging family dynamic growing up, how that led to music and early days on the road, his wild ride to the top of the charts, his relationship with wife Mary Beth, and the growth of their family through births and adoptions. In addition to inside stories from his days of youth to his notable career, including the background to some of his best-loved songs, readers will walk with Steven down the devastating road of loss after the tragic death of five-year-old daughter Maria. And they'll experience his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again. 
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 this life. This backstage look at the down-to-earth superstar they've come to love will touch fans' lives and fill their hearts with hope. Includes black-and-white photos throughout.

PAT'S REVIEW

First let me say that I am a music lover first, growing up with a father that taught me to appreciate every style of music. That said I do listen to everything and years ago, many years ago I noticed Mr. Chapman's name as a song -writer to a song that he referenced in this book by Sandi Patti. So when he came out with his own work I would purchase it along with other christian singers. Now his story is one that is very open and honest from his childhood to how he got into music and then when he started dating his wife Mary Beth and then their marriage. He also goes into their struggles like any couple has and I like that he was open about that. He goes into the writing of different songs and the difficulties of be away from his family. He also goes into the struggles they had as a couple at times. There are some funny moments like when Mary Beth decided she wanted to get a tattoo I thought that was a great story and his reaction reminded me of some friends of mine. What really affected me was the tragic loss of their daughter Maria. He takes you through their struggles as a family and though some people may know this story the people who don’t I think it’s help them even now. This is a book that is more than just music. It is a celebration about his family and faith through music but done in a way that makes you look at his family first. A very good book. If you have never listen to his music try the song “Cinderella “one of his best. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com

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