“Between Heaven & the Real World- My Story” by Steven Curtis Chapman
I was very excited to get the chance to review Steven Curtis Chapman’s autobiography. When I became a Christian at age 11 one of the first Christian music artists I was introduced to was Steven Curtis Chapman. The first album I owned of his was “Heaven in the Real World”, when I was 16. I was very interested in hearing his life story.
When I was telling my friends about my opportunity of reading this book they’d always ask me at what age does he start. The book literally starts off from the reason of his conception. It goes through his childhood with his brother, Herbie, and growing up with a dad that was always busy with work and a mother who tried to keep the family together the best she could. Steven was interested i music at a very early age. Him and his brother often performed together. Herbie was the great singer and Steven played guitar and sang background vocal. Steven’t song writing started at a very young age too. The book goes on to tell of his college years, travelling with various college bands, meeting Mary Beth Chapman, their courting, marriage, children, record deals, tragedy and triumphs.
I don’t want to give much away. This book was not what I was expecting. I think we, as fans, think Steven Curtis Chapman’s life had to have been perfect. That his Christian life, marriage and family had to be perfect. I was so glad to read this book and realise he’s just a normal person like me.
He does cover the loss of his daughter, Maria, and the events around it and after it. This was by far the hardest part of the book for me to read. I could feel the raw emotions of loosing his child. My heart ripped out of me. I’ve never lost a child but the thought of it hurts too deep. Steven shares his fears, hurt, his healing. After reading this book I now want to read Mary Beth Chapman’s book “Choosing to SEE”, a book of her experience on that tragic day and the days to follow.
If you are a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman, a Christian, or even someone who is seeking who God is, I really believe this book is one you should read. Through his life I believe you can see how your life with God can grow and change.