Nashville, TN – 18 July 2016 – In a music career that spans an astounding 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history. He has received 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, and has more than eleven million albums sold and eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. Now, he has taken the step to share his life story with his memoir, Between Heaven & the Real World. The book, written with New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham, is slated to hit shelves and all digital platforms on March 7, 2017 with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
For decades Steven Curtis Chapman’s music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions of people around the world, and for the first time this music luminary is ready to share intimate details of his own personal journey. The aptly titled book will take the reader inside Chapman's childhood in Paducah, KY and along his amazing journey that has carried him to far higher heights and more devastating depths than he ever could have imagined. He shares with startling honesty about the places on his journey where he has wrestled with the unfixable things, even his own insecurities, only to find much of the inspiration for his life and his music in those very places. He also reveals honest and vulnerable stories about his 32-year marriage to the love of his life, Mary Beth, and their family – through their children and the miracle of adoption.
Poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest, yet always hopeful, Chapman offers no sugary solutions to life’s toughest questions. Yet, he continues to trust God to one day fix what is unfixable in this life. Between Heaven & the Real World presents a backstage look at the down-to-earth superstar that will touch the readers’ lives and fill their hearts with hope.
Below is an excerpt from Between Heaven & the Real World:
A songwriter once wrote these words: “We’ll travel over mountains so high, we’ll go through valleys so low. Still through it all we’ll find that this is the greatest journey the human heart will ever see . . . the love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams.” Okay, I confess, that songwriter was me and the song was “The Great Adventure.” Even as I wrote those words, I had already experienced higher mountains and deeper valleys than I could’ve ever imagined as a boy riding rollercoasters. And I certainly had no idea how much higher and deeper the journey was going to take me. I’d love to take you on some of that journey with me, if you’d like to come.
While I’ve woven my life and my story into the songs I’ve written all these years, my desire has always been to tell the bigger story of God’s grace and faithfulness. I want to tell honest stories and sing songs about how God shows up in our “real world.” So that’s what my hope and prayer is for this book, as well. That as I share my journey over the mountains and through the valleys with you, you might find encouragement for your own journey and be reminded of what’s true as we travel this journey together . . . between heaven and the real world.
Features: Includes black-and-white photos throughout
Street Date: March 7, 2017
Page Count: 320
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Cover and back photographs: Jeremy Cowart
Cover design: Extra Credit Projects
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN: In a career that has spanned 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMY® Awards, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, more than eleven million albums sold and has eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. He has been on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes,” E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” “CBS This Morning,” and “The Tonight Show,” Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze,” along with appearing in the pages of People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and many more.
With countless tours under his belt and hosting the “Sam’s Place: Music For The Spirit” concert series at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Chapman continues on the road this year performing at numerous festivals and events. This August he will kick off the second leg of the highly successful SCC3D: THIRD DAY Together with Steven Curtis Chapman Tour, then September through October will bring Chapman’s popular “Songs & Stories” Tour with Mac Powell from THIRD DAY and Brandon Heath. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans (ShowHope.org). For all of the latest information, please visit www.StevenCurtisChapman.com.
KEN ABRAHAM: Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris, Let’s Roll with Lisa Beamer, and More Than Rivals. His work has been featured on “20/20,” “Dateline,” “Larry King Live,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” The Today Show,” and many more. At present, Ken Abraham has more than ten million books in print. Learn more at www.kenabrahambooks.com.
ABOUT REVELL: Revell began over 125 years ago when D. L. Moody and his brother-in-law Fleming H. Revell saw the need for practical books that would apply the Christian faith to life’s challenges. Today Revell continues to partner with authors to provide books that inspire and equip readers to find hope and bring faith to everyday life. Books are published in a broad range of categories including fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, biography, and inspiration — reaching readers around the world with resources that offer help, encouragement, and inspiration. www.RevellBooks.com.