I've told my kids for years that God doesn't make mistakes," writes Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Grammy award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. "Would I believe it now, when my whole world as I knew it came to an end?" Covering her courtship and marriage to Steven Curtis Chapman, struggles for emotional balance, and living with grief, Mary Beth's story is our story--wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, she shows how she wrestles with God even as she has allowed him to write her story--both during times of happiness and those of tragedy. Readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Even as difficult as life can be, Mary Beth Chapman Chooses to SEE. Includes a 16-page full color photo insert.
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.
Loved Maria's story| Posted June 01, 2011
I feel like I know (sort of) little Maria because of her story being told in this book. Mary Beth Chapman's story is of a family who lives what they believe, loves abundantly, and stays together in the storm.
A Candid Look Into the Life of Mary Beth Chapman| Posted January 26, 2011
Before reading Choosing To SEE, I had expected this book to be about grief. But it is actually a story of a life lived in pursuit of Christ and all the ups and downs that such a life entails. As someone who has struggled with depression most of my life, I greatly appreciated Mary Beth's honesty, and even humor, about her own battle with depression. The adoption stories of Mary Beth and Steven's three little girls from China were priceless! Especially the crazy adventure to adopt Stevey Joy before China shut down due to the SARS epidemic! I was amazed at Mary Beth's ability to write in such candid detail of Maria's last day this side of Heaven, and of the overwhelming grief in the days and weeks that followed. It will surely break your heart. But the Chapman family is not a family without hope...and this book will not leave you hopeless either. Choosing to SEE has made the Chapman family even more dear to me than before. The only part of this book that let me down just a little was the last few chapters. They were made up of blogs primarily, most of which I'd already read. Even still, I recommended Choosing To SEE to my sister (who loved it) and I would recommend it to you as well.