Author Bo Stern realizes that life is full of fierce and unexpected battles and when her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she knew she had found her Goliath. In Beautiful Battlefields, with winsome sincerity, Bo points to the battle plans available to us in... Read More
While we all face our daily struggles, Stern is convinced that everyone will at some point face what she calls a "Really Big Battle," an emotional, physical, spiritual or relational struggle that must be fought and won. The terminal diagnosis of a loved one can be enough to shake anyone's faith, but Stern trusts God is using this experience for something bigger.
The first half of Beautiful Battlefields is devoted to looking for treasure, sifting through the battleground to find the underlying rewards, while the second half shares strategies for growing stronger through every battle. Stern walks us through discovering the security of God's love, praying for guidance, being obedient of God's plans and practicing generosity. She also explores the often overlooked but vitally important practice of assembling an army of friends and family to face the front lines right alongside you - realizing that God put people in your life for just that reason.
Page Count: 192
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
- UPC: 9781612913193
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 189
- Publish Date: Jan 18, 2013
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 1612913199
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- From Bitterness to Beauty! by Nancee on 3/5/13
Bo Stern is a teaching pastor in Bend Oregon, where she has experience teaching others how to meet and do battle with the giants in life. Having been through her own battles over the years, Bo has developed valuable techniques in taking on giants through tough times. Steve, Bo's husband of 27 years, had been a strong and healthy man who recognized the onset of some muscle weakness. Numerous medical tests eventually confirmed a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Bo had met her Goliath. The ALS giant was the biggest and toughest of any foes she had encountered in the past, and threatened her to the core. Bo chose to fight her giant with prayer and walking through the battlefield with God at her side. Her experiences and teachings prove that beauty can sometimes only be found in the midst of the toughest times, and God's love is unconditional.
"Beautiful Battlefields" is written in two parts, "Discovering Beauty In The Hard Places," and "Strategies for Growing Stronger Through Every Battle." Bo presents biblical illustrations of battles fought and beauty found. She gives examples of how to develop perspective, endurance and joy even through the bumpy, shaky battlefields of insecurity, through the security and love of God. From there she reveals opportunities to discover peace through prayer, listening and obeying. Building a support system is an integral part of seeking strength from trusted, selfless, devoted friends. Throughout the book are points to ponder and suggested activities for taking positive action on the battlefield. The use of positive memories of God's goodness and grace develops strength and assurance that God's grace is a stronghold in battle.
The author writes with conviction and passion regarding the use of appropriate tools to meet our giants on the battlefield, including illness, financial hardship, marital discord, dysfunctional families, drug or alcohol abuse, physical abuse, guilt, etc. These tools can be utilized in all situations, no matter what those giants represent. Practical ideas and spiritual tools are described as a method for experiencing the beauty of God's love and His presence throughout the battles we face. This is a beautiful, informative and spiritual testimony of valuable techniques to be utilized in every day situations as well as when meeting Goliath on the battlefield. It's a transformation from bitterness to beauty.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group, with no expectations regarding a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no compensation has been received for this honest review.