Book Review: Between Heaven and the Real World – My Story by Steven Curtis Chapman

I just finished this remarkable book. Steven Curtis Chapman is an incredibly talented song writer, singer, actor, and author. The book is very interresting even captivating. It is very well written, but what I loved most about the book is that author seems so down to earth. This multi-talented man comes across as a fellow struggler with his own insecurities, doubts, and shortcomings. What’s so refreshing is that he is willing to write about them. 

The book largely centers around the effects of tragedy on faith and family. The Chapman family was hit hard with a tragic accident in which one of their children accidentally hit and killed one of their other children. Such an event would cause anyone to question the existence of God or at least make us wonder what God is doing. 

Chapman doesn’t sugar coat it. He writes openly about impact it had on his faith and his family. In a world of white-washed Christianity, this book stands out to me as refreshing. Chapman doesn’t just write about Christianity, he lives it; struggles and all. The concept everything works out in the end and they go on to live happily ever after is not in the book.  The hand of God giving hope for the hopeless is. 

I always love to hear the stories behind the songs people write. Therefore, biographies about musicians and song writers are among my favorite books. This one, however, stands above the rest for its authenticity and openness. The message behind the songs is much more powerful than the songs themselves and that’s saying a lot. 

This is a great book for those who have been let down or disappointed with their faith in God. It’s a sad story, but it is also inspiring. 

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About Ken Sayers

I'm currently employed by a children's home where my wife and I care for a cottage of girls who have been displaced from their families. I'm a middle age man with two grown children of my own and one grandchild. I have worked as a United States Marine, a youth minister, a preacher, a childcare worker, and a truck driver. My hobbies include photography, horses, playing guitar, writing, and fitness.
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