Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman ReviewBetween Heaven and the Real World: My Story by Ken Abraham, Steven Curtis Chapman
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company on March 7th 2017
Genres: Autobiography
Pages: 448
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My Rating: four-half-stars

About this Book

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.


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Steven Curtis Chapman is a legend in the music world. Through his music he has brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. 

I have friends who grew up listening to Chapman. I also know artists who looked up to him or were inspired by him to enter the music industry themselves. I have no doubt that he has been an inspiration for many.

In his book Between Heaven and the Real World Steven shares about his journey in life. He shares about the experiences that shaped him, his faith, and his music.

I enjoy learning about what happens behind the scenes, so to speak, and I found it interesting when Steven talked about the music industry and how he got started. I also enjoyed learning more about his songs. I have to admit that I haven't listened to much of his music, but I think there is a connection that is made when you get to learn about the message behind a song and then you listen to it. For me, the songs take on a whole new meaning.

As you may know, Steven and his family suffered the tragic loss of their daughter Maria. Steven talks about this in the book as well.

In a vulnerable way, Steven opens up about his life and lets readers learn more about him and the God who leads him. While I haven't followed Steven the way I follow other artists, I had heard about him, parts of his story, and his larger influence time and again. However, I never heard his story the way he tells it. I don't read a lot of autobiographies, but this is one I didn't want to pass up and I'm glad I didn't.

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