Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: “Beautiful Battlefields” by Bo Stern

BeautBattlefields-252x378Beautiful Battlefields Bo Stern
Published: January 18, 2013
ISBN-10: 1612913199
Genre: Christianity
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Highly recommended for anyone facing a crisis

Summary (from the back of the book): ”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, and emptiness creeps in.  “Where is the peace God promised?”

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.

My thoughts: Bo Stern’s husband, a seemingly healthy and strong man, was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).  In an instant, Stern’s life was turned upside down as she and her family were facing a dismal diagnosis.

Stern, a Teaching Pastor in Bend (one of my favorite places), was confronted with this battle, she dug into the scriptures to find solace and strength and the truth that God is with us in our battles.

As I read this book for review, I probably had a different experience than the target audience.  I’m not currently facing any life-changing battles, although I know I will (we all will) in the future.  Still, I found Stern’s book to be an amazing comfort.  While the first part of the book is more centered on stories of people fighting their battles, the second half gives concrete tools for those in their own battles.

And even though I’m not facing a crisis right now, I still found this to be a relatable book.  One section that stuck out at me was the danger of bitterness taking over.  I had my own “episode” with bitterness when I was stuck in a job in a terribly toxic work environment and I wish I would have had this book to read then!

I found Beautiful Battlefields to be a masterful work.  With even a bit of humor, Bo Stern’s own pain comes through as she tries to comfort others and her spirit-led guidance is invaluable.  I normally pass books on to others to read once I’m finished, but this is a book that I’ll be keeping for when I am facing a Goliath.

This review is part of a blog tour by LitFuse Publicity Group.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.

You can read more about this book here.

em>Bo Stern is celebrating the release of her Beautiful Battlefields with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Webcast event on March 12th!

  iPad Giveaway 
One "beautiful" winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 12th. Winner will be announced at the "Beautiful Battlefields" Live Webcast Event on March 12th. Connect with Bo Stern for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for life’s battles. Bo will also be taking questions form the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Beautiful Battlefields and join Bo on evening of March 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

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