Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vanghn

Choosing to seeMary Beth starts this book with a tragic account of the loss of their little girl, Maria. Then she walks us through her life beginning when she was a young child. This book will have you laughing or crying with just a turn of the page, as she shares with her readers the details of her life. You will come to know her heart through the pages of this book. Mary Beth is transparent as she reveals her life, and she doesn’t try and candy coat anything. It is refreshing to read her account of triumphs and struggles, in her life and the life of her family.

Sometimes we think that people who are successful in the ministry don’t have any problems and their lives are easy. I call this the “Hollywood syndrome”. This is far from the truth, yes they do have problems and day to day struggles just like anyone else. Sometimes tragedy will touch us and we all struggle to understand. Mary Beth reveals her “why” questions that we all ask God when a senseless tragedy hits. She also explains the deep gut-wrenching emotion that we can all feel when we lose a loved one unexpectedly.

I laughed as I read about the story of how she meet her husband Steven in college. She thought he was a hillbilly from the way he dressed and handled himself! I was rolling with laughter as she described a river rafting trip. It was hilarious. Even thinking about it now makes me chuckle. Later, I could feel her pain as she struggled with depression. The despair that she battled with on a daily basis struck a chord with me. Her unresolved conflict with God are the same struggles that many of us have.

The reason I am recommending reading this book is that Mary Beth is open, honest and real. You will see yourself in many of your own life stories through her message. Maybe not in the same scenario, but I am sure all of us can relate in one way or another to the real emotion that she penned in this book. It always helps to know that we aren’t alone. We know that God is always with us. It helps us to know that we have Christian sisters who can be of encouragement as we all travel down this road of life. We know full well that our hope is always in the Lord. As the the Apostle Paul says in the Bible,

2 Cor. 4:16 – 17 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 Written by Cindy This post currently has 2 responses

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  1. julie wright says:

    I enjoy reading your blog Cindy and I am putting this on my list of things to do this summer! 😉

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