Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Navpress)

Where is God in the midst of this? 

You've probably heard that question or perhaps asked it yourself. In the battle for your joy, your marriage, your finances, your health, an emptiness creeps in. Where is the peace You promised, God?
Bo Stern has been there-and is still there. Yet in studying the battles in Scripture, she came to a startling conclusion: God is using these fierce fights in our lives for an astonishing purpose. 
Buy the book HERE.    

My Thoguhts:

The Word is not a quick fix; it is an eternal refuge in the middle of our temporary battles.  It was steady and secure long before our arrival on this spinning orb, and it will remain long after we are situated for our good.” (p. 134)

Beautiful Battlefields is a book that explores some hard places in the lives of believers.  The author explores beauty that certainly exists in the most difficult circumstances of life and shows others how to mine that beauty for themselves.  She also helps readers gain a perspective that enables them to allow God to do His transforming work in our lives.

When that transformation begins and we begin to fully trust our Creator and His unending faithfulness, we are ready to engage in some practical means of growing stronger within our circumstances.  The security of God’s Word, the obedience we practice in our lives in response to that truth, generosity, godly friends, forgiveness, courage – all are part of God’s glorious design that allows us to worship Him in every single circumstance.  What a powerful book!!

The author shares her journey into the medical uncertainty of ALS.  She walks by her husband’s side as the muscles in his body slowly begin to stop functioning.  Through this journey, God has allowed her to mature and grow in ways she could never imagine.  Beautiful Battlefields is the result (one of many) of her obedience to God.
I cannot being to tell you the powerful effect this book has had on my life!  I know the Lord has anointed this book and many lives will intersect its pages at a critical moment – a life changing moment!

About the Author:
Bo Stern knows the most beautiful things can come out of the hardest times. Her Goliath came in the form of her husband's terminal illness, a battle they are still fighting with the help of their four children, a veritable army of friends, and our extraordinary God. Bo is a teaching pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon. 

Find out more about Bo HERE.

1 comment:

Bo Stern said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! May you know His beauty in every battle you face.

-Bo Stern