In May 2008, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman suffered an awful tragedy. Their son Will had returned from auditioning for a high school musical and was pulling into the driveway when he accidentally struck his younger sister Maria Sue. Maria Sue passed away from her injuries en route to the hospital.
The Chapmans’ strong Christian faith was instrumental in helping them through the healing process after the terrible loss of their child. In this faith strengthening book, Chapman and Vaughn describe how God’s love saw them through their darkest days.
Choosing to See was originally published in September 2011. The publisher recently issued a paperback version of the Christian book that includes 16 pages of color photos.
• Mary Beth Chapman tells her story with honesty and candor.
• The book addresses topics like anxiety, depression, and doubts about one’s faith, topics than can sometimes be considered taboo in Christian literature.
• Those who enjoy Steve Curtis Chapman’s music and find inspiration in it will be heartened to read about how faith-filled music helped the healing journey along.
• For some readers who were dealing with their own loss or who had loved ones going through a loss, this book was a helpful resource in dealing with pain and grief.
• Readers’ ratings of this Christian book have been overwhelming positive; 82% of its Amazon.com ratings are 5-star.
• Some readers found the writing style a bit simplistic.
• The format of the book includes some blog posts that Mary Beth wrote in a journal-like fashion, and not every reader is a fan of this diaristic style.
• Readers sometimes found the first few chapters to be slow reading.
• Some readers felt as though some of the information presented in this book appeared more than once.
• Other readers hoped that Chapman had found a way to overcome the deepest parts of her sadness and were themselves saddened to learn that every day was still such a struggle for her.
• Some readers who were themselves struggling with loss and mourning wished Mary Beth would have focused more on the family’s grief and less on her own personal grief.