- Released: July 12, 1994
- Label: Sparrow
- 1.Heaven in the Real World
- 2.King of the Jungle
- 3.Dancing With the Dinosaur
- 4.The 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)
Personnel: Steven Curtis Chapman (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, classical guitar, dobro); Connie Ellisor (conductor); James Isaac Elliot, Steve LePard, Brad Winget, Charles Colson, Davis Naish (spoken vocals); Dann Huff (acoustic & electric guitars, classical guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar, dobro); John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina, Bob Mason (cello); Mike Haynes, Jeff Bailey (trumpet); Chris McDonald, Barry Green (trombone); Phil Naish (keyboards, background vocals); Leland Sklar (bass); Danny O'Lannerghty (fretless bass); John Robinson (drums); Mark Hammond (percussion, programming); Paulinho DaCosta (percussion); Michael Gleason, Mark Heimermann; Michael Mellett, Emily Chapman, Caleb Chapman, Will Franklin Chapman, Calvin Bottoms, Dan Brunelle, "Swave" Dave Huffman, Dennis Kurttila, Hezekiah Walker And The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir (background vocals).
The Nashville String Machine includes: Carl Gorodetsky (concertmaster).
Producers: Phil Naish, Steven Curtis Chapman.
Recorded at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California and Studio At Mole End, Franklin, Tennessee.
HEAVEN IN THE REAL WORLD was nominated for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Chapman moves into rockier, more electrified territory with his down-home story songs and values. ~ Thom Granger