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Steven Curtis Chapman

Author of Speechless

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About the Author

Steven Curtis Chapman was born in Paducah, Kentucky on November 21, 1962. He is a songwriter and a Contemporary Christian musician. He has won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He and his wife Mary Beth Chapman founded Show Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to show more caring for the world's forgotten and abandoned children by providing financial assistance to families wishing to adopt, as well as increasing awareness of the orphan crisis and funneling resources to orphans both domestically and internationally. They also write the Shaoey and Dot series of children's picture books. They have six children, three which were adopted from China. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Steven Curtis Chapman

Speechless (1999) 223 copies
Restoring Broken Things (2005) 98 copies
I Will Be Here (2000) 22 copies
Signs of Life (1996) 22 copies
Heaven in The Real World (1994) 21 copies
Declaration (2001) 21 copies
All About Love (2003) 21 copies
The Great Adventure (1992) 18 copies
Greatest Hits (1997) 15 copies
All Things New (2004) 13 copies
The Music of Christmas (1995) 10 copies
This Moment (2007) 9 copies
For the Sake of the Call (2008) 7 copies
Beauty Will Rise (2009) 6 copies
Joy (2012) 6 copies
The Glorious Unfolding (2012) 5 copies
The Live Adventure (1993) 3 copies
Worship And Believe (2016) 3 copies
re creation (2011) 2 copies
Early Years 2 copies
Chapman Live 1 copy
Waiting for Lightning (1996) 1 copy
The Walk VHS 1 copy
Live 1 copy
Christmas (1988) 1 copy
Free (2011) 1 copy
#1's, Vol. 1 (2012) 1 copy
# 1's Vol. 2 (2013) 1 copy
A Great Adventure (2019) 1 copy

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Places of residence
Kentucky, USA
Tennessee, USA
composer (songwriter)
Chapman, Mary Beth (wife)



(4.5 / 5)

Singer and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman shares the story of his life so far—childhood, romancing his wife, the road to becoming a household name in Christian music, and the loss of his young daughter. Chapman does not hold back as he tells of doubt, uncertainty, even anger, but also of learning to trust God, to believe He's working even when we can't see it, and to let Him lead the way.

I went into this book knowing that there would be tears involved, considering the circumstances around his loss (I don't know if spoilers are an issue for an autobiography, but I'll still avoid it, just in case), and I'd imagine it would be even more difficult for those who have experienced a similar loss. The emotion is raw, unfiltered, and there's no attempt to cover it up and say "God's got this," since that would be disingenuous to how they were feeling at the time. One thing Chapman points out in this book is that you can know and fully believe that God is good all the time, and that His plan and timing are perfect, but that won't necessarily keep you from feeling completely devastated by a loss, especially when in the immediate moments, days, months, when you're still in shock, reeling, trying to process and figure out how you even take another step forward. This book is certainly not a how-to on picking yourself back up after a devastating loss, trusting in God, and moving forward firmly in His plan, but more a picture of one family's muddled, messy attempts at finding daylight in the utter darkness.

And of course, this was just one chapter of Chapman's and his family's lives (several chapters in the book, though). I appreciated reading about how his earlier life led him to be the man he is and write some of the songs he's written. I was fascinated by some of the stories behind songs that are well known to me. I do wish some of the theology had been delved into a little more deeply, for example the foundational reason that a loving God allows bad things to happen, but in the end, he was sharing his life, not trying to preach a sermon. I was also often disappointed with the picture placement, because pictures would come too early and sort of "give away" something that was coming. It might have just been an issue with the Kindle version, but then some pictures came on time or a little later than the event was discussed, so who knows. (I fully enjoyed the pictures themselves, though.) Overall, it was a deep, at times dark, fascinating read, and think that fans of Steven Curtis Chapman's music will enjoy it, as well as people interested in the behind the scenes of the Christian music industry.
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Kristi_D | 2 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
WBCLIB | 1 other review | Feb 19, 2023 |
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.
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BethelMQT | 2 other reviews | Jan 10, 2020 |


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