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Between Heaven and the Real World

My Story

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 09, 2017 – Accomplished Christian musician Chapman shares struggles and successes throughout his career and personal life, including how his faith was tested when his youngest daughter died after being hit by a car. Born and raised in Paducah, Ky., Chapman never dreamed he'd win multiple Grammy and Dove awards he couldn't even sing that well but he was gifted at writing lyrics and connected with his audience through snippets of conversation while performing. His hit songs are a strong thread throughout the book, but the story's real treasure is his relationship with his wife, Mary Beth, and their children. She preferred order and predictable schedules; he was cut from a creative cloth. The clash threatened their marriage, but at each crossroads they found their way. Then, while raising three kids, the Chapmans decided to adopt from China. When their third adopted child, Maria, was killed in a tragic accident at the age of five, the family was devastated. Chapman's pain is evident, yet his grief feels rushed in places because he's so intent on sharing Bible verses and a faith message. Indeed, Chapman admits to a lifelong tendency to want to "fix" things. What's lost with that approach is a sense of how difficult it is to live with unwanted circumstances and unanswered questions about God. Even so, there's little doubt his beliefs are sincere and will encourage others.

Customer Reviews

Be blessed by this his story

Be blessed by this amazing book!

Amazing book

I am an avid reader of all kinds of books and this is one of the best books I've ever read.

Blessed, again.

I thought Steven had already blessed me enough and empowered my faith with his music and writing for the past 20 years, and then unexpectedly, he did it again in a complete different way. A must read for understanding that our struggles always have a higher purpose. Thank you for showing us who you really are.

Between Heaven and the Real World
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Mar 07, 2017
  • Publisher: Revell
  • Seller: Baker Book House Company
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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