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Between Heaven & the Real World

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Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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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.

Listeners 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 backgrounds to some of his best-loved songs, listeners 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.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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Honest and Inspiring

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A very open, honest and gut wrenching read. Good narration. Raised the question for me: Does God take away things from us? One we will only fully know the answer when we meet Him face to face.

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  • brian
  • 09-03-2017

More To This Life.

If you could sum up Between Heaven & the Real World in three words, what would they be?

God shows grace

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Heaven & the Real World?

Steven's family dealing with the tragic accident that took the life of their youngest daughter, and how they bounced back over time.

Which scene was your favorite?

Afraid I can't pick one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for fans of Steven Curtis Chapman's music.

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  • tmezz
  • 04-07-2017

Long time fan

I enjoyed the story. My only problem was the narrator. It could have been so much better if SCC did the reading. I had to speed up the narrator to get through it.

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  • nicole comer
  • 18-03-2017

Open and honest

Loved this book. Very open, honest and relatable. Grief can be overwhelming at times but with God's help we can carry on.

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  • rae
  • 15-03-2017

Truly a "great adventure" to read/listen to

Would you consider the audio edition of Between Heaven & the Real World to be better than the print version?

As a person with a visual impairment and ADHD audio books have rekindled my love of reading. I loved reading the book, but could also catch things I missed by listening. And the book has pictures :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Heaven & the Real World?

That's a hard one, but I'd have to say the way Steven spoke of Maria's death and all that happened afterwards. The way that God placed people and things in their lives at just the right time, and the way that God used Maria's story in so many lives was so powerful.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think Steven's sharing how he wrote "Cinderella"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"SEE"

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This book brought back so many memories, Steven's music is such a part of my spiritual journey, including praying for him and his family after Maria died. The only thing missing was hearing him narrate the book himself, but Paul Michael did a great job.

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  • Aht
  • 27-02-2020

If I could rate it higher I would

I have struggled trying to return to a time when my heart believed and heard God’s voice. This life story made my heart quiver and sing as no other. It would take a book of my own to make you understand but I believe that God can minister in tears and much laughter through this story.

The performance was impeccable. I would not have wanted anyone else to read this story. I will look for this performer again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2020

A beautiful illustration of walking with God.

I have enjoyed Steven's music for decades, it was fun to hear the stories behind the songs. His honest sharing of the real life he leads was inspiring, hope giving and it encourages me to read my Bible more to increase my communication with God. I am grateful to Steven and his family for walking the road God has lead them to walk and sharing the truth of that journey.

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  • SueACrawford
  • 09-12-2019

Attention keeper!

This book brings to life the rollercoaster of good and bad things that have happened to the Chapman family and shows us how they dealt with them while keeping Christ foremost in their lives.

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  • Jessica Williams
  • 16-11-2019

Anointed!!

This book was so anointed!! God truly turned tragedy into triumphs many times over for Steven and his wife and family and it was extremely inspiring to read. The narrator did an excellent job reading as if it was Steven Curtis Chapman himself!

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  • Laura Walker
  • 07-06-2019

An amazing story of the love of God!

I am truly amazed at the raw emotions this story evoked in me. God is good!

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  • SC
  • 14-03-2019

Such a good book

I haven’t done very many reviews of Books, but I just had to write one for this book. This is one of the best testimony books I have read (listened to). It is honest, raw, redemptive and beautiful. I Have always loved the music of Steven Curtis Chapman, but I have so much more respect for him now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-2019

so encouraging

this book was amazing and inspirational, listening to it over multiple cooking and washing up sessions was a joy. going to buy a few copies to giveaway!