By Donna Landis How do you survive the death of a beloved little daughter? How do you deal with your 17 year-old son’s feeling of guilt because he was driving the car that hit her? How do you cope with raising six children while dealing with depression.? Does it make any difference that your husband is beloved award-winning musician, Steven Curtis Chapman? Come along and enter the unexpected world of Mary Beth Chapman in her new book Choosing to SEE written with Ellen Vaughn.
Mary Beth Chapman writes from her heart, her broken heart, to tell the way God has led her, along with her husband and her family, on a journey of exceptional joy and tragedy. Chapman takes about life in the spotlight as she and Steve Curtis raise their three biological children and then adopt three Chinese daughters. Along the way they found Show Hope, a nonprofit organization which cares for medically fragile orphans, assists adoptive families, and enables awareness of the needs of orphans. This is not the journey that Mary Beth chose, but this is the path God led her and her family on.
I did not expect Mary Beth to be so vulnerable in expressing the fact of her depression, but she does not hide her illness. In the same way her grief in the face of the tragedy that befell her family in the death and home going of five year-old special needs Maria is gripping and transparent. I wanted to tell her to stop–stop writing of your loss, sharing your heart break, expressing your emotions. I cannot keep reading this, Mary Beth! Please spare me this. But, in her grief, Mary Beth chose to see God work. In sharing her emotions and journal entries, I was able to see God working on His plan for them. And now, I can choose to see Him working His plan in my life.
Choosing to SEE is a must read. Maybe it will enable YOU to SEE GOD working in YOUR life, too.
Book Rating: A
Donna Landis is a retired teacher (over 30 years of teaching kindergarteners was enough). She has one daughter, Amy, who is the head honcho of Backseat Writer. She lives in Pennsylvania and owns a cute dog named Katie.
*Thanks to Vining Media Relations for this review copy!*