Steven Curtis Chapman

June10PLCover.jpgYou may have noticed that Steven Curtis Chapman is on the June 2010 cover of ParentLife along with his daughters Shaohannah and Stevey Joy. We are so honored that Steven’s family took the time to talk with us about their journey of finding beauty in pain.

Many people became familiar with Steven Curtis Chapman when the family appeared on Good Morning America and Larry King Live after the tragedy of losing their 5-year-old daughter, Maria Sue. But Christian music fans have been well aware of Steven for more than 20 years. The Kentucky native is the most awarded artist in contemporary Christian music with more than 50 Dove Awards to his credit. He is responsible for such memorable songs as “I Will Be Here,” “The Great Adventure,” “For the Sake of the Call,” “Heaven in the Real World,” “Dive,” and “Live Out Loud.”

BeautyWillRise.jpgHis current album, Beauty Will Rise, was released November 3, 2009. The 12-song collection chronicles his family’s journey in the wake of losing Maria Sue. “[The title track ‘Beauty Will Rise’] expresses the hope we have that has allowed me to share this music and this whole recording with people,” Steven says. “Part of the process of doing this is to see God bring beauty out of the ashes and begin to see the comfort in other people that can come from this.”

Maybe you have lost a child or a loved one or know someone who has. If so, the Chapman’s had several books they say helped them through the grieving process (and the ParentLife team added a few possibilities as well).

Have you ever lost someone you loved? What books/resources did you find helpful? What were the most helpful ways people offered you comfort and support?



  1. Kelly Faulkner says

    A Symphony in the Dark: Hearing God’s Voice in Seasons of Grief by Barbara Rainey & Rebecca Rainey Mutz
    This book was written by a woman who lost her first child when she was 7 days old. She has subsequently lost another child and is an inspiration to others!

  2. I Will Carry You- The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith (wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of Selah) is an excellent book for those who lost a child- be it miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or later in childhood and beyond. Angie makes you feel at home and like you are apart of the story of sweet Audrey and the journey to where God brought her through the pain and loss.

  3. I’m so happy to see Parentlife’s article with the Chapman’s. This family has touched so many lives. God bless them as they minister to other’s who are going through tragedies.
    Their testimony is powerful and God is at work.

  4. Stephanie Turner says

    The Vanishing Power of Death by Irwin Lutzer

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