Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope
"Every now and then a book comes along that is not only great--it's a gift. An extravagant gift. This is one of those books."--Beth Moore From the beginning, Mary Beth Chapman's life was not how she planned. All she...
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"Every now and then a book comes along that is not only great--it's a gift. An extravagant gift. This is one of those books."--Beth Moore
From the beginning, Mary Beth Chapman's life was not how she planned. All she wanted was a calm, peaceful life of stability and control. Instead, God gave her an award-winning singer/songwriter husband, crazy schedules, and a houseful of creatively rambunctious children. Most difficult of all, God's plans for her also included tragedy.
In Choosing to SEE, Mary Beth unveils her struggle to allow God to write the story of her life, both the happy chapters and the tragic ones. And as the story unfolds, she's been forced to wrestle with some of life's biggest questions: Where is God when things fall apart? Why does God allow terrible things to happen? How can I survive hard times?
No matter where you find yourself in your own life story, you will treasure the way Mary Beth shows that even in the hard times, there is hope if you choose to SEE.
"Mary Beth makes the deepest places of our being easier to embrace and grasp. I felt like I was looking at my own heart exposed on the pages of this book."
- Denise Jonas, mother of the Jonas Brothers
"Mary Beth has an important story to tell that starts long before the accident. It's a story of heartache, betrayal, depression, and loss. Yet her encouragement to us is that there is hope--spring is coming."
- Mark (of Casting Crowns) and Melanie Hall
"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
The wife of Steven Curtis Chapman shares about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Includes a 16-page full color photo insert. "New York Times "bestseller now in paper.
When it first released in September 2010, Choosing to SEE stormed onto bestseller lists in every market, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CBA. With appearances on media from Focus on the Family to FOX and Friends to Good Morning America, Mary Beth shared her touching story to critical acclaim.
Mary Beth's story is our story--wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Includes a 16-page full color photo insert.
"Unbelievably accessible and undeniably honest."--CCM
"Mary Beth makes the deepest places of our being easier to embrace and grasp."--Denise Jonas, mother of the Jonas Brothers
"I couldn't help but sense God's presence in every sentence."--Mary Graham, president of Women of Faith
"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
Mary Beth has bben married to Steven Curtis Chapman for more than twenty years and have six children (three they adopted from China). They met in college, where they were assigned the same mailbox because they had the same last name (Mary Beth's maiden name was Chapman). Since 1987, Steven has released fourteen albums, five of which have been certified gold and two of which have been certified platinum. Together they have written several delightful children's book inspired by their own experiences.