Between Heaven and the Real World
By Steven Curtis Chapman with Ken Abraham
For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman’s music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, his family, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows.
From childhood, music has been both a refuge and a release for Steven. With humor and humility, he offers a backstage look at his early days on the road and his wild ride to the top of the charts. Discover the stories behind some of his best-loved songs. Walk with him as he and his wife, Mary Beth, navigate the joys and trials of marriage and family. Cheer for his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again. And SEE God in the aftermath of the tragic death of their five-year-old daughter Maria.
I’ve been a fan Of Steven Curtis Chapman since I was a teen, when a friend first introduced his music to me. His songs really speak to me; I find them to be very real, down to earth, filled with God’s love and messages of grace and hope. I was heartbroken when I heard about the tragedy of the loss of his daughter. Chapman’s wife wrote about it in her book a few years ago, Choosing to See.
In Between Heaven and the Real World, we read Steven’s story, starting from childhood. It’s easy to mentally put a Christian icon on a pedestal and assume that they have it all together; a perfect upbringing. This isn’t the case, though.
It takes both good and difficult experiences to shape a person, and Chapman openly shares both sides.
Reading his book was almost how I would imagine sitting down with Chapman over a cup of coffee. He is not afraid to write about his emotions; I lost count of the times I read that he wept when times were tough and he didn’t know which way to go next, or when a loved one was hurting. He’s not afraid to share about how sometimes he wondered what God was doing and how things would work out. He’s the first to admit he’s not perfect and he has his own struggles. He is equally honest about his highest highs and his lowest lows in Between Heaven and the Real World.