Each year I try to read at least one biography. To be honest, I have to make myself. When it comes to fiction I can power through a book quite quickly and love to get lost in the worlds that are created, it is my escape, but reading biographies or self-help books takes time because I need to absorb and process.
So, when deciding which biography that I was going to read it was natural for me to pick up “Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I knew his music so I already felt a connection. Little did I know that I would be taken on a journey that would move me so deeply. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to read this book.
I still remember the first time I discovered Steven Curtis Chapman. I was given the album “For the Sake of the Call” by dear American friends who were in Australia working with the Navy as a thank you for babysitting their children. One listen and I was hooked, Steven has a wonderful way with words. His songs took me on an adventure, spoke out the thoughts and feelings that I so often couldn’t put into words when I wanted to let God know how I felt about Him. The songs resonated with me. Being in Australia I didn’t have the opportunity to go to any of his concerts or hear the stories behind the songs so the songs spoke to me depending on where my journey was at with God.
After reading this book the songs I have listened to over the years have taken on a new depth, I have received a new understanding of the heart of the man behind the song. What a privilege it is to see into the heart and home of the Chapman family through their triumphs and devastation, through beginnings and brokenness all with their hearts fixed towards their Heavenly Father, their one true love. Although the book is written with a gut-wrenching honesty and may at one point bring you to tears, the underlying heartbeat of this book is that God is faithful, He is the only one who can meet every need and when it feels like there is no strength to take the next step He is there carrying us.
My friends, if there is one biography that you choose to read this year, may it be this one.