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.
I am just beyond thrilled with the books that I have been blessed to review lately! This book by Mary Beth Chapman & Ellen Vaughn is best described in the words of Beth Moore ~
“Every now and then a book comes along that is not only great --- it’s a gift. An Extravagant gift. This is one of those books.”
I would venture to say that whether you are a Christian or not, you most likely heard of the devastating accident involving the daughter of Christian Music Artist Steven Curtis Chapman. I can remember hearing it on the news and was just heart broken for this family. I couldn’t imagine how horrific it was for all of them and just prayed that God would get them through the most difficult times they may ever face.
When I saw that Mary Beth had written a book and then found out I had the opportunity to review it....I knew I had to read it!
Choosing to SEE is not only the story of losing their precious “Maria” but it is a story of Gods grace, HIS Strength, and the Hope that ONLY God can give. Mary Beth gives us an honest account of her early years and how she grew to know Christ and have a loving relationship instead of the religion that she grew up living in. You will find that she is as honest as Job in her despair, yet God meets her and her family in every moment of anger, sadness, doubt, and grief.
Choosing to SEE is one of those books that will be with me always....inspiring me in the days long after I’ve read it. I felt as if I had entered the home of the Chapmans and the heart of Mary Beth....a wonderful loving and godly woman that shines brightly for Christ no matter what she does....in joy or in pain.
Thank you Revell Publishing for this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! This is a book that EVERYONE should read!