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Beauty Will Rise

Steven Curtis Chapman Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful April 1 2012
By Beth
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have listened over and over again to this cd. His melodies are good and flow from his broken heart. Honest rings true although you may not understand unless you're in this season yourself. For me, it was right on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Encouraging! Oct. 11 2010
Format:Audio CD
After hearing Steven and his wife interviewed on Moody Radio this album is so powerful. This isn't just good Christian music - it fulfills the command for Believers to "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord..." (Eph 5:19). Curtis ministers out of the grace that he himself has received from God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is Birthed in Pain Aug. 23 2011
By Bruce
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful record. It will affirm to you that beauty is birthed through pain.

Steven Curtis Chapman lost his little girl when her teenage brother backed over her in the family car. This alblum will bring you to tears as you listen to the honest expression of their journey through this time of grief. As a Pastor I have seen the death of children and the families that struggle to come to terms with their loss. I will add this alblum to the gifts I can offer when my words and tears seem so inadequate. I hope you discover this records beauty for your self and share it with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agnostic Perspective March 25 2010
By KJS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album for my wife's birthday. As someone who has struggled with my faith for many years I have been quite cynical towards Christian music. I have often said that it's a watered down version of secular music with a one-dimensional theme. "If you've heard one contemporary Christian song, you've heard them all".

However, I was interested to listen to this album after hearing about the circumstances surrounding it. Being a father of two myself, I can't imagine going through what SCC has endured. I wanted to see how a person could craft songs around such a personal experience.

What I heard was nothing short of a true artistic masterpiece. Every time you listen to this album you find a new message to receive. On one hand it can be overwhelmingly depressing and it is very difficult to listen to without tearing up. And yet on the other hand it is one of the most truly inspirational collections of music I've ever heard. And like all great art not only does it contain several layers of depth, it only gets better with time.

As I said before, I struggle with the Christian faith I was raised under. I have questioned God's existence and even dismissed all religion as an easy way to explain complicated truths. But one thing I realized after hearing this album is that it's easy for a person to turn away from their faith when the unspeakable happens. And no one would blame a person for doing so. But it takes great strength to publicly affirm your faith in the face of such adversity. I have seen no better vehicle of ministry in recent years than this album. It has compelled a guy like me to write a review of a "Christian" album. Unfortunately I think the Christian label will prevent it from receiving the wide exposure that it should get. I think everybody has something to gain by giving "Beauty Will Rise" a listen.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope For Despair Nov. 3 2009
By Shakiel D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the tragedy that struck the Chapman family in May 2008, I knew that Steven's next album was sure to be a completely different experience, and I was very curious as to what Beauty Will Rise would sound like.

The day I watched him perform the song "Beauty Will Rise" live on YouTube, I was blown away. The words and the message spoke right to my heart and comforted many of my personal despairs & troubles . . . God spoke to me amazingly through that song and it became my instant favorite.

Of course I was eager to hear the rest of songs---and having heard them now, I still am astonished at how much the lyrics seem to have been written exactly for my problems---God used and is using these songs to remind and comfort me.

"I Will Trust You" is a another favorite of mine. The opening lyrics describe how desperate Steven felt ("I don't even want to breathe right now") , and yet he continues on with hope ("I will trust you/Even when I don't understand")---("Your plans for me are better than my own").

In "Our God Is In Control" , "Jesus Will Meet You There", & "Faithful", we are reminded that no matter how terrible and wrong things are going, even worse than we could have ever imagined, God is there, in control, and He is faithful.

"SEE" & "February 20th" are tender, wholly heartfelt songs that triggered many emotions in me. Just the way Steven sings "SEE" was enough to move me deeply. These are the sad and tearful songs---especially "SEE"---gently comforting and reminding us that joy is coming ("Just wait and SEE").

"Heaven Is The Face" & "Just Have To Wait" are sort of bittersweet songs that both deal with Steven's intense longing to get to heaven, where he can dance, laugh and play his daughter again---all the things he misses and can't wait for once more. ("But I/Oh I/Just have to wait/Cause I know that day's coming")

"Questions" & "God Is It True? (Trust Me)" both tackle all the struggles, wrestles and questions that appear through all our pains and tribulations, and again assures us that God is there, and He is saying "Trust Me".

Finally, "Spring Is Coming" is an uplifting and deeply encouraging song that is the perfect ending to the album. Even though things seem dead and lifeless now, "Spring is coming/And all we've been hoping and longing for/Soon will appear/"

Steven's style is as unique as ever, this time centering heavily on acoustic guitar, supported by piano and cello.

A truly wonderful album, more than words can say.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Nov. 4 2009
By Kyle C. Bueermann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow. I can't think of a cd filled with as much raw emotion as this one. Steven Curtis Chapman lays all his heart-wrenching questions about life, faith, and God out there. Knowing all that his family has been through over the last year and a half since the tragic death of their daughter, this cd is difficult to listen to, and yet it serves as a reminder that there is hope in Almighty God. He brings us into his world of pain and hope. The music is great, to be sure, but it's the lyrics that will grab you and bring you in. Through this cd, the Gospel came alive for me in a way that it has not in quite some time. This music will be a reminder that God is faithful even in the most unbelievable circumstances.

Chapman's conclusion, even in the midst of questions and circumstances I pray I'm never faced with, is found at the end of the song SEE: "Taste and see that the Lord is good," from Psalm 34:8. May you catch a small taste from this music.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Beauty" is a Glorious Testimony of Chapman's Faith Nov. 4 2009
By Timothy Yap - Published on Amazon.com
Prime Cuts: Our God is in Control, Heaven is the Face, February 20th

Sometimes tears have away to wash away the manufactured superficiality encasing so many modern songs today. Though Chapman is by no means a nouveau in the contemporary Christian music market, lately his songs possess a platonic platitude. However, a freak accident tragically took away the life of one of his adoptive daughters devastating the Chapman family. After one and a half years of struggling with the pain of the tragedy, Chapman finally chronicles his pain in the light of God's Word via these 12 newly penned songs. What functions as this album's trump card is that Chapman is not afraid to confess his fears, doubt, pain and frustrations. Yet not all is left in the mire of self pity and despair. Rather, hope and faith in the sovereignty of God amidst suffering beams just as bright over the course of the CD. At the end of the day, this is one of the most balanced albums in Chapman's illustrious career.

Personal references to the death of Maria are especially poignant in the piano-led "February 20th." The title refers to the day Maria came to know Christ as her Lord and Savior, just three months shy before her death. The tracks is blanched with so much melancholy that ought to strike a chord with anyone who has had suffered lost. Despite its sleek rhythm beat, album opener and current single "Heaven is the Face" details Chapman's fatherly grief of losing his daughter. But these songs are not just specific to the catastrophic plight of the Champans, there's a universality rhetoric to them that has ways of reaching those who are suffering. Words like these from the popish acoustic "See" echoes the universal cries of the suffering, "But right now all I can say is, 'Lord, how long?' / Before You come and take away this aching / This night of weeping seems to have no end / But when the morning light breaks through / We'll open up our eyes and we will see... / Wait and see / Oh taste and see that the Lord is good / The Lord is good."

What makes "Beauty Will Rise" such a spiritual treasure trove is that Chapman knows that grief left alone will only evolve into bitterness and destruction. Rather, grief can only find healing when it's brought before the throne of God in worship. Such is the theme of the treacly worship anthem "Our God is In Control." The title track "Beauty Will Rise," a declaration of faith in the reliability of God, is old-school Chapman with this multiple Dove award winner rocking his boots off with his screeching electric riffs and pulsating drum beat. Continuing on the same theme is "Jesus Will Meet You There" here Chapman paints vignettes of Christ and his comforting presence in various trying times.

With the current obsession of today's messages on prosperity and well-being, it's easy to be too earthly-blinded for any heavenly good. However, tragedy has a way of re-directing us towards thinking about death, the after-life and heaven. "Just Have to Wait" is sober comfort for those whose trust is in Christ, yet it has a way of poking the unbeliever to think of the after-life in non-preachy yet compelling ways. On the whole, Chapman's "Beauty Will Rise" is an important sonic tome in the canon of contemporary Christian music. "Beauty Will Rise" not only addresses one of human being most searching questions, the question of suffering, but it also provides the best answer. Only in God's sovereign grace, can one find healing, insights and spiritual strength.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW is all I can really say right now Nov. 4 2009
By Jason Orvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman for 20 years now, and I am "Speechless" right now. This is a very different album from SCC, to say the least. This album is stripped down to basically acoustic guitars, a piano and a chello, which is the perfect tone for this c.d.. I was able to really feel the pain, the sorrow, the grief, the joy, the praise and all the raw emotion that this album is meant to feel. I knew Steven would pour his heart out on ths album, and he did. He wasnt afraid to tell us how he feels, and I respect that. This is the perfect album if you have lost a loved one or if you are feeling the day in and day out pains that life brings to all of us. This album is a must have.
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