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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780800726881
- ISBN-10: 080072688X
- Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 448
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Accomplished Christian musician Chapman shares struggles and successes throughout his career and personal life, including how his faith was tested when his youngest daughter died after being hit by a car. Born and raised in Paducah, Ky., Chapman never dreamed hed win multiple Grammy and Dove awardshe couldnt even sing that wellbut he was gifted at writing lyrics and connected with his audience through snippets of conversation while performing. His hit songs are a strong thread throughout the book, but the storys real treasure is his relationship with his wife, Mary Beth, and their children. She preferred order and predictable schedules; he was cut from a creative cloth. The clash threatened their marriage, but at each crossroads they found their way. Then, while raising three kids, the Chapmans decided to adopt from China. When their third adopted child, Maria, was killed in a tragic accident at the age of five, the family was devastated. Chapmans pain is evident, yet his grief feels rushed in places because hes so intent on sharing Bible verses and a faith message. Indeed, Chapman admits to a lifelong tendency to want to fix things. Whats lost with that approach is a sense of how difficult it is to live with unwanted circumstances and unanswered questions about God. Even so, theres little doubt his beliefs are sincere and will encourage others. (Mar.)