Saturday, November 19, 2011

Book Review: Choosing To See

On May 21, 2008, Steve and I were in Guatemala City, joyfully welcoming our nearly-5-year-old Cupcake into our family.

Three thousand miles away, Steven Curtis (Contemporary Christian musician) and Mary Beth Chapman were living every parent's worst nightmare - experiencing the tragic death of their just-barely-5-year-old adopted daughter, Maria.

I had prayed for the Chapmans since that day.  Their family was heavy on my heart, especially every time I heard the song "Cinderella" on the radio.

So, when I had the opportunity to read Mary Beth's book, Choosing to See, I jumped right in.

Mary Beth is an incredibly talented storyteller.  She weaves her story as part of God's larger tapestry.  At times, I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.  Other times, I bawled as she brought me into the valley with her.  Each passage is honest, transparent, and vulnerable.  

This is a raw, painful glimpse into the heart of a mother.  It's a memoir of a life lived for God.  It is a memorial to the precious girl who now dances with her Heavenly Father.  It is a testimony to God's faithfulness in the face of a worst-case-scenario.  It is the story of a sure hope that is not seen.  It is the story of choosing to see hope in the gentle hints of our loving God.

I give "Choosing to See" two thumbs up.  I highly recommend it.

Blessings to you,

1 comment:

Kim said...

I have that book on my Wishlist!!! It was so sad when the accident happened. I was honored to meet Will 2 years ago with the JOY FM Joy Ride to TN. He is a sweet guy and it just killed me inside for all that he's had to live with 'mentally' through all of this. I'll never forget SCC telling him...William Franklin, Your father loves you!!! Oh if I could only react to my children with that kind of love and compassion!!! I pray that someday nothing but love will exude from me and my mouth!!!

I'm looking forward to getting that book in the future - can't wait to read it. Didn't have the heart to ask Mary Beth last month when they were here for Show Hope if she had any copies with her...but did get a chance to talk a bit with both of them and they truly are the "real" deal!