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Heaven in the Real World

By Steven Curtis Chapman (Artist)
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Record Label   Sparrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jul 31, 1994
ISBN  0005022622  
EAN  0724385140822  
UPC  724385140822  

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Track Names
1.  Heaven in the Real World
2.  King of the Jungle
3.  Dancing With the Dinosaur
4.  Mountain
5.  Treasure of You
6.  Love and Learn
7.  Burn the Ships
8.  Remember Your Chains
9.  Heartbeat of Heaven
10.  Still Listening
11.  Facts Are Facts
12.  Miracle of Mercy
13.  Heartbeat of Heaven (Reprise)

Item Description...
Outline essential recordingThroughout his career, Steven Curtis Chapman has tastefully combined his appreciation for down-home country with forward-sounding pop sensibilities. Add to the country and pop a bundle of opportunities for Chapman to flash his guitar wizardry, and you have his 1994 release Heaven in the Real World, one of the more pleasing Christian-music efforts of the decade. The light-hearted "King of the Jungle" and "Dancing with the Dinosaur" are balanced by the more serious and moving "Still Listening" and "Miracle of Mercy." The appealing title track rocks with an urgency that drives Chapman's divine message home. With the best yet to come (1996's Signs of Life), Chapman still stands tall with this quality recording. --Michael Lyttle

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More About Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist.

After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.

Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah's Hope), that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans through its international orphan care work as well as adoption aid grants to help put more orphans from overseas and the U.S. in loving, forever families. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria's Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. He is also a contributor to Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith of British Christian band Delirious?.

Chapman was recognized in the Fall 2010 issue of Wood & Steel discussing the new Taylor 714 Signature Series guitar in honor of his youngest daughter Maria Sue. The guitar features the flower from Maria's picture and the word "SEE" on the 12th fret in Maria's handwriting. In 2003, Chapman starred in the Christian film Christmas Child.

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a definet scc fan pleaser!  Nov 11, 2005
this is the best album in christian music yet!all 13 songs on here are amazing!even the 56 second reprise at the end!i love the songs heaven in the real world,king of the jungle,dancing with the dinosaurs,treasure of you,and remember your chains!

YOU BETTER BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heaven In The Real World  Oct 17, 2005
In my opinion, this cd has AWESOME songs, with GREAT tunes, lyrics, and messages. My favorite SCC album.
SCC takes on production chores  Jul 7, 2005
I have to believe it's the fact that he has more control over his own sound, but Chapman sounds like he's really having fun making this album and that makes it another step up for him. For the first time, SCC joins with Phil Naish to produce and his voice sounds stronger and he takes more chances with it (and with the music for that matter, including his first genuine rock number).

The title tune kicks things off with its call for life change NOW...rather than in a future paradise. ("Where is the hope?/Where is the peace?/That will make this life complete/For every man, woman, boy and girl looking for/Heaven in the real world") Knowing Jesus personally, of course, offers that "real world" peace. A percussive track is the foundation for "King of the Jungle"..the jungle being the "rat race" of modern life. It's Chapman's reminder that "the Lord of the gentle breeze is Lord of the rough and tumble",too. "Dancing with the Dinosaur" celebrates the "old fogey" label placed on those of us who assert traditional morality. ("Right is right and wrong is wrong just like it has been all along....") "Treasure of You" is an electric guitar charged self-esteem boost. ("You are a treasure/Worth more than anything under the sun or the moon/God's greatest treasure/the treasure of you...") "Remember the Chains" urges believers to remember their sinful pasts in order to better appreciate their freedom in Christ. ("Remember your chains/Remember the prison that once held you/before the love of God broke through/Remember the place you were without grace/When you see where you are now, remember your chains and remember your chains are gone..") "Facts are Facts" isn't very deep lyrically (more or less God said it, I believe it, that settles it..) but it's a quality rock-edged rave-up.

"The Mountain" is tuneful and "nice" but not especially memorable. SCC sounds remarkably like Dan Hill on "Love and Learn"'s call for marital reconciliation. Again, it's pretty but not really on par with past "love songs" like "I Will be Here" or "Go There with You".

While I think those saying this is his BEST record are being too generous, (ALL THINGS NEW, SIGNS OF LIFE and DECLARATION are decidedly superior on all levels) Chapman does advance his craft again here and turns in a very solid disc. A must for all Chapman fans and most CCM fans in general will probably enjoy it.
His best album at that point  Jun 21, 2005
Along with "Signs Of Life", "Heaven In The Real World" is another essential album in CCM. It's SCC at his finest. Highly recommended.
Well Balanced  Feb 4, 2005
I was walking through a Christian bookstore almost 10 years ago when I heard the song "Dancing with the Dinosaurs" playing over the sound system. I listened to it and thought it was cute then headed home. The whole way home I had the song stuck in my head. The next day I went back and bought this wonderful treasure. All of the songs on this CD compliment each other rather nicely. It is a great album to have playing in the background throughout your day. To this day I still love it and play it quite regularly. Like other reviewers have said this was one of Steven Curtis Chapman's breakout albums. A must have for any Christian-music enthusiast.

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