When I'm not elbow deep in Live It Everyday shenanigans, I'm going to school full time pursuing my Master of Arts in English degree. The point of that is that I love a lot of things, but I love to read. When we made a connection with Show Hope's publicist, Stacie Vining, we got to talking and she was telling us about Mary Beth's book, Choosing to SEE, that details the tragic loss of the Chapman's daughter, Maria Sue. When she shipped it to us, it took me exactly one evening and a half of a day to finish it. It's amazing.
I'm an emotional person. It's relatively new for me, I admit. For a while, I prided myself on being the girl who never cried. But then, something just broke inside of me and I'm pretty much a blubbering mess at all times. Which I'm okay with. This book is heart wrenching. I mean, broke my heart. Stitched it back together, laughed a while, and shattered it again. But, it also instilled in me a distinct and very alive sense of hope. One minute, I was giggling at Mary Beth's jokes, remembering my sweet time meeting her, and the next I was sobbing at her and the Chapman's anguish. The thing I loved about the book most is what it's underlying message truly is -- to see. To see beauty, to see hope, to see what God is doing in our lives. It was amazing to be a part of, and I was just reading!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Here's the link for you to buy it! You don't want to miss Choosing to SEE! Promise.
"...it will help to shatter the illusion that Christians are supposed to be perfect."
"And in spite of being slightly crazy, David knew that the Lord God Himself knew him before he was born."
"I also knew quite clearly that I couldn't rest my hope or security in how I looked or how productive I was, or anything else that had to do with my hardworking, churning, and anxious personality. If my outlook was dependent on me and how together I was, I would have no peace."
"I can choose to SEE his story, or I could miss it."
Don't forget, we still have surprises and updates for our event with Show Hope a few weeks ago. You guys are going to love it!
Choose to see, you guys.
PS - this is how I feel when I meet Mary Beth Chapman