Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story

Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story

by Steven Curtis Chapman, Ken Abraham
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Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story by Steven Curtis Chapman, Ken Abraham

For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman's music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800726881
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 66,971
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Steven Curtis Chapman is a Christian music icon with over 11 million records sold, 58 Dove Awards, 5 Grammys, an American Music Award, and 48 career #1 radio singles. He's been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX & Friends, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, in People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and countless others. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have six children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ken Abraham
is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris and Let's Roll with Lisa Beamer. His work has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, and many more. At present, Ken has more than ten million books in print. Learn more at

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Anonymous 5 months ago
You will laugh. You WILL cry. You will find that you walk side-by-side with the Chapman's in brokenness.
rkfall 9 months ago
I just love biographies and autobiographies and this one is of SCC’s life and he does such a great job writing it. It feels like you’re sitting down across the table from him as you’re reading it. It’s very personal and his heart is shared, the good things, the bad things and all the in-between things. The struggles are real and felt as you’re reading along. He seems real, transparent and raw. I kept thinking, this has got to be hard to share with every single person that reads this book. Just to put yourself out there is SO brave and obedient and the reason is all for the glory of the Father! There would be no other reason to accomplish it. And such the glory the Father receives when we share our stories with others. How the Father has so faithfully moved in our lives. Drawing us to Himself and giving us purpose and meaning beyond ourselves, to give us love for others and compassion on the lost, orphaned world around us. I love the quote, “I love it when my whole family is together.” Amen, and me too! Pick up your copy of this book, sit back and enter into the setting of this beloved child of God. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Faith Strengthened and Encouraged, Rooted and Grounded in the Truth of Scripture I am grateful for the opportunity I had to read Steven Curtis Chapman’s autobiography, Between Heaven and The Real World. Steven’s professional career started in the late 1980’s, which was a few years before I became a Christian. When I think of the music that influenced me as young Christian and throughout the years, Steven’s music is at the top of that list. That’s why I wanted to read this book. I loved and enjoyed Between Heaven and the Real World and want to read it again and share it with others. I wept as Steven’s shared in a very humble, open and transparent way the pains and trials he and his wife Mary Beth and their family endured over the years, most notable was the death for their precious daughter Maria Sue. When you connect with an artist’s work and feel like he expresses in words some of the thoughts and emotions you’ve experienced, it’s interesting to learn the genesis of the songs and what was going on in his life when they were written. It was heartening to see the providential hand of God in Steven’s life. How He had gifted him from a young age to love and write songs that gave a voice to what he was feeling, his faith and capture his reflections about God. I appreciated the honesty in which Steven writes. It’s real, but also reverent towards God. He so obviously loves, honors and respects God, his parents, brother, wife and children. Somehow, he manages to do so while being open and real about circumstances, choices and events. Kind of like his music. I appreciate Steven and Mary Beth’s deep and abiding faith that they cling to in the face tribulation, never more so than in tragedy. It was heartening to read about the support of family, friends and professionals that came alongside them when needed most. I applaud their commitment to their marriage and efforts to recognize that their spouse is not their enemy and that they fought for each other, not against. While the hearts of a mother and father longs to see, their child healed and alive, the Chapman’s have allowed God to redeem their losses and impact others for good and for eternity. If you’ve listened to Steven’s music, you can’t help but come away encouraged, strengthened and your faith built up as he drives a stake in the truth of Scripture. It’s almost like reading one of David’s psalms. He may start out low and in the depths of despair, but as he focuses on God, hope is restored and a light is found to illumine the next step. I highly recommend Between Heaven and the Real World, especially if you are a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman’s music. It’s encouraging to see someone’s faith proven genuine and real. Even if you aren’t familiar with his music, I think you will benefit from reading this book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Revell/Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to read Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading I couldn't stop. Really insightful and worth reading again! Steven Curtis Chapman is the 'real deal', without a doubt. Thanks be to God!