Sunday, August 29, 2010

CHOOSING TO SEE by Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vaughn

Mary Beth Chapman takes us to the deepest parts of her soul. She gives us a window into her family. She opens her heart with warmth and love. If you purchase a book this year, this is the book you should choose. I must say of all the books I have read this book was the greatest blessing of all.Within these pages we SEE not only struggle, but we SEE God's hope and joy! We SEE tragedy hit a family of faith, but from that tragedy that changed their lives forever we SEE beauty. Mary Beth speaks of the gifts of her husband, Steven Curtis and all the beautiful attributes of her children, but Mary Beth has a gift of humbleness and she shows us we can find a mighty strength in the Lord. Life is not always as we plan. We learn through life that God has a bigger plan and purpose than we could have ever imagined. God uses for good what Satan intends for harm. Choosing To See is a beautiful picture a real family. A family who chooses to SEE God's script for our lives. That script is not always easy, but through this one family's journey we can SEE we can do hard with Christ. You may find yourself within these pages, or you may just be blessed to cherish life with more meaning and purpose than ever before. We SEE those early days where Mary Beth and Steven met and fell in love. We SEE each of their children come into their lives and we SEE how God takes our unbelief, anger, hurt and molds us into healing. You might still see the cracks, but through this family of faith you will clearly SEE the Light streaming through. Mary Beth takes us inside her home and we get to meet her precious family. I loved this book, every single page unveiled God's truth and hope. From the forward, written by Steven Curtis Chapman, to the Prologue, written by Beth Moore, to the last pages we SEE a new hope in Spring coming.
This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.“Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Together they began Show Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the world's most vulnerable children by providing financial assistance to families wishing to adopt, as well as increasing awareness of the orphan crisis and funneling resources to orphans domestically and internationally. Mary Beth serves as president of Show Hope and is a speaker for Women of Faith 2010 with her husband. She is also coauthor with Steven of the Shaoey and Dot series of children's picture books. Mary Beth and Steven have six children: Emily, Caleb, Will Franklin, and adopted daughters Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. The Chapmans live in Tennessee.
Ellen Vaughn is a bestselling author and inspirational speaker. Her recent books include It's All About Him with Denise Jackson (wife of Alan Jackson), which debuted at #1 on the New York Times nonfiction list. She is also coauthor with Chuck Colson of Being the Body. In addition to her nonfiction work, Vaughn is an award-winning novelist. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Lee.


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