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Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.

Monday, February 14, 2011

seeing beyond grief

The Beth Moore quote that I posted about a week or so ago was from this book. If you aren't familiar with it, Mary Beth Chapman is married to Steven Curtis Chapman, a gifted Contemporary Christian songwriter and recording artist. They had three children and then, after becoming acutely aware of the many orphans in China who were in need of loving families, they adopted three Chinese baby girls. In May 2008, the youngest was killed in a tragic automobile accident.
Mary Beth may not have ever written a book if the accident had not happened, but it is about much more than that. It is a sweet, touching and powerful testimony of their faith in and dependence on Jesus Christ in every area of their lives.It also gave me a deeper appreciation and respect for Steven. He does not just talk the talk (or "sing" the "song"), but he walks the walk.
It is simply written and easy to read, but deep in it's "realness". She writes transparently about their fear, their anger and their grief, but also about their hope, their joy, and their healing.

Here are two quotes she used :

"Christianity doesn't deny the reality of suffering and evil. Our hope is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain and suffering. Rather it is based on the conviction that we will triumph over suffering."
Brennan Manning

"Even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them, a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies ahead."
Frederick Buechner

This book encouraged, blessed, and inspired me. If you choose to read it, I believe it will do the same for you! :-)


  1. I have the books that she quoted from and I am very familiar with her story. It sounds like God has turned the tragedy around for his glory. I am so glad you liked the book. I hope you have had a wonderful day. Blessings to you, Miss Debbie

  2. You chose wonderful quotes to share! I am working my way through the book...slowly. Inspiring and encouraging, for sure!

  3. I am also familiar with their story and how inspiring their faith is through this tragedy. Thank you for sharing, the quotes are very powerful. I will have to be on the look out for the book, it sounds wonderful.

  4. I agree.. even the saddest things can become a source of wisdom ... that's what the Bible says too... in as many words. Thank you.


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