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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • ASIN: B002O5Y25I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Beauty Will Rise is a collection of 12 new and profound songs from Steven Curtis Chapman. Created in the past 18 months in the walk through the darkness of the loss of his daughter Maria, and while God continues to meet him there on the journey.

Part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope, part wrestling, part pondering; these tracks resonate as Steven and 's personal Psalms.

It is a desperately hopeful, raw, personal, and honest recording that is likely the most important of his already incredible 20 plus year ministry.


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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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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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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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It's good. Maybe not as good as I hoped but if you enjoy SCC, you'll enjoy this one too. I do appreciate that he was so direct and open in providing the context behind the songs and recordings...
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HASH(0xa81d35f4) out of 5 stars Agnostic Perspective March 25 2010
By KJS - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81d3840) out of 5 stars Hope For Despair Nov. 3 2009
By Shakiel D. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Kyle C. Bueermann - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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HASH(0xa81d3c24) 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
HASH(0xa81d3c3c) out of 5 stars An exclusive club no one wants to join Sept. 11 2010
By Erin Flannery - Published on Amazon.com
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July 4, 1984, at 2:30 P. M., our telephone rang and the director of a Christian camp which our two sons were attending told us that our twelve year old son had drowned. No one came to the door to tell us this news, just a phone call. I remember I was making homemade ice cream and I remember the sound of the ice cream maker turning slowly. At that moment, our life as we had known it changed forever.

My husband was a pastor, so we were not strangers to asking God to watch over us and our family. People came and said the same words I had spoken myself to people who had lost loved ones. But I didn't want to hear it--I wanted my child back.

When I listened to Steven Curtis Chapman's CD Beauty will Rise, I knew how he could write those lyrics--the moment by moment walk through a valley that is deep and dark. I also know that somewhere in that valley there are signs of dawn such as when the sun is rising over a mountain. You can't quite see it, but the light is near.

The song "Questions" most touched me the first time I listened--indeed we "just have to wait" for all those questions we have to be answered. I found I couldn't pray, but I knew my family and church family and friends were praying for us. I don't think I ever understood how much God loved me, until he walked me from one day to the other with just enough strength for the moment. I would take long walks--and when I started out, I would think, Lord, I can't stand this, I cannot go on." But then, a peace would come over me that gave me hope I would be able to go on. This peace didn't last for long, but long enough to give me hope and courage. And then, as time passed, God did bring healing--a long and slow process and washed with many, many tears.

So many years have gone by,and I still want to hold my child, but I will see him again, and I will hear him say, "Mommy, Mommy, you're here!" Oh yes, indeed, "Jesus Will Meet You There" and "Spring Is Coming." I know it's true. I'm just waiting.

Thank you Steven Curtis Chapman for putting into song the longings and musings and sorrows and questions in the hearts of those of us who have lost something so precious as our child.