Over the weekend I finished reading Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman (with Ellen Vaughn). I have been a long-time fan of Steven Curtis Chapman, and also knew of the tragedy that befell the Chapman family in May 2008. In fact, when we were in China (2007-2009) we lived in the same town and visited the orphanage where Maria lived prior to joining their family. I enjoyed the story of the Chapman family, and especially Mary Beth’s testimony.
Choosing to SEE is a quick-read. My only criticism is that when I came to the last 60 pages of the book, it transitioned to a collection of blog posts, text messages, letters, and journal entries. I preferred the story-telling style of the rest of the book, and felt that this second portion was inconsistent stylistically and therefore less interesting then the rest of the book. I can understand Mary Beth’s desire to share these entries, but I felt that they took away from the continuity and unity of the text.
With the exception of these 60 pages, I loved the story and hearing how the Show Hope orphan ministry originated. I would encourage you to consider adoption, and to learn about the support provided by Show Hope.
You Can’t Be a Smart Cookie if You Have a Crummy Attitude by John C. Maxwell How to be an Up Person in a Down World
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