Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman
A Journey of Struggle and Hope

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"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."--Beth Moore

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.

"Mary Beth makes the deepest places of our being easier to embrace and grasp. I felt like I was looking at my own heart exposed on the pages of this book."--Denise Jonas, mother of the Jonas Brothers

"Mary Beth has an important story to tell that starts long before the accident. It's a story of heartache, betrayal, depression, and loss. Yet her encouragement to us is that there is hope--spring is coming."--Mark (of Casting Crowns) and Melanie Hall

About Mary Beth Chapman

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Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Together they began Show Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the world's forgotten and abandoned children by providing financial assistance to families wishing to adopt, as well as increasing awareness of and funneling resources to orphans domestically and internationally. Mary Beth serves as president of Show Hope and is a speaker for Women of Faith 2010 with her husband. She is also coauthor with Steven of the Shaoey and Dot series of children's picture books. Mary Beth and Steven have six children, Emily, Caleb, Will Franklin, and adopted daughters Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. The Chapmans live in Tennessee.Ellen Vaughn is a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker. Her recent books include It's All About Him, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times nonfiction list. In addition to her nonfiction work, Vaughn is an award-winning novelist. Vaughn and her husband Lee live in the Washington, DC area.
Published September 1, 2010 by Revell. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Jun 26 2011
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on Jan 27 2011

Warmly vulnerable, written with transparency and raw honesty...

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Above average

For those of us who have lost a child, spouse, parent or close friend, this story offers comfort and peace.

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on Feb 03 2011

In Choosing to SEE, Mary Beth weaves stories of her childhood and marriage to Steven in with the lessons she has learned about God (and herself) in the process.

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Reviewed by Nora St.Laurent on Nov 04 2010

I laughed, cried, and rejoiced with Mary Beth Chapman as she shared her life’s story...She shares her struggles, victories, and everything in-between.

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on Oct 25 2010

The story of Maria’s death is heartbreaking and I could relate to it in so many striking, painful ways.

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