About Mary Beth Chapman

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times

About Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven and Mary Beth were married in 1984 and have six children, including three little girls adopted from China. They met in college after being assigned the same mailbox because they had the same last name. (Mary Beth’s maiden name was Chapman.)

For years, the Chapman family had strongly supported friends and organizations that were involved in adoption, but they had no idea how much their role would grow. Mary Beth never dreamed she’d adopt a child, let alone one from so far away. In fact, she was the lone dissenter for most of the two-and-a-half-year campaign that daughter Emily staged to get her parents to adopt a baby from overseas. Once Mary Beth got on board with the adoption, she did so with zeal!

After adopting Shaohannah in 2000, the Chapmans followed suit in 2002 by adopting Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue in 2004. Tragically, in May 2008, Maria was accidentally killed when she was struck by an SUV in the Chapmans’ driveway. The family has gone on to share their story of deep sorrow and renewed hope with the world through interviews with such outlets as People, Good Morning America, and Larry King Live.

Touched and forever transformed by the miracle of adoption, Steven and Mary Beth began the non-profit ministry, Show Hope, a movement to care for orphans. Originally named Shaohannah’s Hope after their first adopted daughter, Show Hope mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans by providing homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants, as well as life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs. Additionally, Show Hope empowers families, churches, and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts.

To date, Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given more than 2,700 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from 46 different countries, including the U.S. Mary Beth currently serves as the president of Show Hope, and together she and Steven promote adoption awareness and legislation.

In the fall of 2010, Mary Beth shared her story for the first time with her book, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Revell). This New York Times bestselling book was co-authored by Ellen Vaughn, also a New York Times bestselling author and an inspirational speaker.

In Choosing to SEE, Mary Beth bares her heart and soul as she shares honestly about her personal journey — from her childhood, to challenges of married life, to the sudden and tragic loss of a daughter. Choosing to SEE follows her lifelong wrestling match with God, questioning why the life she had planned so carefully doesn’t seem to match the plan that God has mapped out for her. The book also explores Mary Beth Chapman’s relationship with God in the face of the unexpected, and in the pain of such a brutal loss. Throughout the pages, she tackles these questions with grace, grit, insight and, most of all, hope.

Along with her husband, Mary Beth has also co-authored three books for their Shaoey and Dot children’s series, and she continues to write a compelling blog found on her website. She has spoken at numerous Women of Faith conferences, as well as appearing with her family on “A Night with the Chapmans” concert tour last fall.

For more information on Show Hope, visit ShowHope.org, and to keep up with Mary Beth, check out her site at MaryBethChapman.com, where you can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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