Between Heaven & the Real World

51OByLz6ieLThe man is an icon in Christian music. For more than two decades, he’s been the name to know – 23 albums, 5 Grammys, an American Music Award, 58 GMA Dove Awards – one of the most decorated artists in the industry.

Now Steven Curtis Chapman is opening up in a deeply personal memoir, Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story. He reminisces about his past and present in a way that makes you feel like a close friend rather than a reader. He shares how his life has played out – his childhood in Kentucky, his marriage to Mary Beth, raising their three children, his music career in Nashville, adopting three more babies, running a nonprofit, etc.

Steven also shares the painful memories – of his parents’ difficult marriage, his need to be “Mr. Fix-it,” Mary Beth’s battle with depression, their faith struggles, his issues with self-confidence, the death of their five-year-old daughter Maria. Her loss devastated their family and nearly led Steven to abandon his singing career. The way he writes about that time… I cried.

This memoir is joyous. Heart-wrenching. Encouraging. Humorous. Almost brutally honest at times. You should definitely read it! You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry too, but it’s so worth the time and the tears.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Recommended for: fans of Steven Curtis Chapman and his music; readers of memoirs and biographies; anyone who needs encouragement or is interested in his story

Note: I received a copy of this memoir via NetGalley.

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