Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blog Tour: Choosing To SEE (Review)


If I could sum up Mary Beth Chapman's new memoir, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (co-written with Ellen Vaughn) in one word, that would be Powerful.

I knew the words Chapman used to tell her life story would move me. I never expect to be laughing so hard that my sides hurt in one moment, and then in the next, be crying so hard that I would literally drench my pillow with tears.

Chapman lays out the good, the bad and the down right ugly - including her grief following Maria's death - with honest, and at times, painful truth.

Wow. Did I mention that the book is powerful?

Through it all, Chapman tells how her faith sustained her in the darkest days, and how she completely relies on her faith to SEE what is in store for the future.

Life changed for the Chapmans on that faithful day in May 2008.

I for one, am inspired by their message of hope and faith in the midst of despair. Chapman's honesty (woven together with Steven Curtis Chapman's lyrics), continues to move me beyond words.

It's also changing how I SEE life - but that's another post.

Thanks Mary Beth Chapman & Ellen Vaughn for giving me a book that not only moves my emotions, but tugs on my faith. Thank you for your honesty and transparency.

More About The Book
Sharing her personal story for the first time, Mary Beth Chapman, wife of award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, has written the book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (co-authored by Ellen Vaughn) is now available through Revell books..

In Choosing to SEE, Chapman bares her heart and soul as she shares honestly about her personal journey - from her childhood, to challenges of married life, to the sudden and tragic loss of a daughter. Choosing to SEE  follows her lifelong wrestling match with God, questioning why the life she had planned so carefully doesn't seem to match to the plan that God has mapped out for her. The book also explores Chapman's relationship with God in the face of the unexpected, and in the pain of such a brutal loss. Throughout the pages, Chapman tackles these questions with grace, grit, insight, and most of all, hope.

"I have cried so many tears mixed with the sadness of missing Maria and the joy of remembering her!" Chapman writes. "I think when those tears get all mixed up together and fall, it has to water the dry places of our hearts and begin to slowly heal us.."

Chapman is speaking at 12 Women of Faith conferences this year, as well as on the "A Night with the Chapmans" concert tour scheduled for this fall.

About The Authors
Mary Beth Chapman
Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman have been married for 25 years and have six children: Emily (24), Caleb (20), Will Franklin (19), and Shaohannah Hope (10), Stevey Joy (7), and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus.

In 2001, the couple began an adoption ministry, Show Hope, which began as an assistance to families in the process of adoption, particularly by helping tear down the financial barrier that prevents many from bringing an adopted child into their home. To date, Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given over 2,300 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from 45 different countries, including the U.S.

In addition to giving financial grants, Show Hope empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts. Chapman currently serves as the president of Show Hope ( Along with her husband, she has also co-authored three books for their Shaoey and Dot children's series, and she continues to write a compelling blog found on her website. The family resides in middle Tennessee. 

Ellen Vaughn
Ellen Vaughn is a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker. Her recent books include It's All About Him, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times nonfiction list.

In addition to her nonfiction work, Vaughn is an award-winning novelist. Vaughn and her husband Lee live in the Washington, DC area. 

Online Resources
Chapman's Website/Blog:
Follow her on Twitter:
Find her on Facebook:!/OfficialMaryBethChapman?ref=ts
 Find Choosing to SEE on Amazon
Read An Excerpt Online

A Recent Interview

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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