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Monday, August 30, 2010

Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vaughn

 "I've told my kids for years that God doesn't make mistakes. Would I believe it now, when my whole world as I knew it came to an end?"  


On May 21, 2008, the lives of the Chapman family changed dramatically in one ill-fated moment.  Their five year old adopted daughter, Maria, was accidentally hit and killed in the driveway of their Tennessee home.  As if the accident weren’t horrific enough, the car that hit Maria was being driven by her older brother, Will Franklin.  

In Choosing to See, wife of award winning contemporary Christian music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mary Beth Chapman writes from the perspective of a grieving mother and shares personal, private moments of deep loss and hurt. 

Mary Beth shares her heart along with the questions and doubts that swirled in her mind when faced with releasing her daughter to the arms of Jesus. She writes very honestly about what her family has endured and how this tragedy has been used by God to draw her family closer. She opens up about her personal struggle with clinical depression, which started long before tragedy struck. This is not an easy book to read – I cried through the foreward by Steven Curtis Chapman and the prologue by Beth Moore.  And most of the book for that matter! 

This a deeply personal story full of emotion and heartache and at the same time, a story of hope and promise. The Chapman family is a living example of joy that comes in the morning.  What Satan meant for harm and destruction – God has turned into something bigger and more powerful than any of the Chapmans’ ever imagined.   The Chapmans founded Maria’s Big House of Hope, an orphanage in China for children with special needs, which officially opened July 2009.  

Choosing To See will be available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

This book was provided free for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


John, Danita, Infinity and ... said...

This sounds like an interesting book... Thanks for sharing it!

Suzanne said...

This looks heartbreaking. I have a love/hate thing with those kinds of books. I love them but they leave me so sad for a week or so.