Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman

I loved Mary Beth's honesty, broken down - raw honesty.  Most Christians behave as though it is a sin to expose their true feelings and so they have a tendency to wear a veil over their emotions; especially when they are feeling sad, depressed and lonely.  Mary Beth takes us on her journey as she questions "Why"?
This is a true story about a woman, her family and the struggles with loss.  This book has really given me much to think about when it comes to being there for someone that has lost a child.  We can never know what they are feeling or how deep their despair, but just being present with them as they journey through the daily waves of emotion is what we are called to do. 
Though the subject matter is difficult, this is a very easy read and one that is great for book club discussion.
SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
Mary Beth Chapman's life was not how she planned it. All she wanted was a peaceful life of stability and control. Instead, God gave her an award-winning singer/songwriter husband, crazy schedules, and a houseful of creatively rambunctious children. Most difficult of all, she would live through loss that she never could have imagined.  In Choosing to SEE, Mary Beth unveils her struggle to allow God to write the story of her life. She wrestles with some of life's biggest questions: Where is God when things fall apart? Why does God allow terrible things to happen? How can I survive hard times?  No matter where you find yourself in your own life story, you will treasure the way Mary Beth shows that even in the hard times, there is hope if you choose to SEE.


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