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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Bookworm Meet-up: Book Review

Title: Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story
Author: Steven Curtis Chapman with Ken Abraham
Publisher: Revell, 2017
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian autobiography, musicians

First Lines:
When I was a little blond-haired boy, my older brother, Herbie, and I loved to go to Noble Park, a 135-acre picturesque public property that includes a five-acre lake in my hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. It was a great place where families could take young children, play on the plagrounds, have a picnic, feed the fish, maybe get chased by a goose, and just enjoy the beauty of nature.

Years later, in the gazebo of that same park, I would kneel down before a beautiful young lady named Mary Beth, who'd stolen my heart, and ask her to be my wife.
(From the prologue)

Goodreads Description:
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.

My Review

To be honest, I can't write a better review than the Goodreads description. Instead, I'll just leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the book:
 I've discovered that in the Bible, the words wait and trust are the flipsides of the same coin. They go together, and waiting for what God has said will come to pass is not a matter of wondering if it will happen but when.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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