In 2011, author Bo Stearn received a devastating blow: her husband Steve was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), a terminal illness.
In the pages of Beautiful Battlefields, Ms Stern conveys, through precious vulnerability, the ways the carefully constructed foundations of family, friendships, finances, faith, and future have all been impacted and altered in response to the paralysis systematically overtaking her husband, Steve's body, and the tender ways God is journeying with them in the midst of this crisis.
In section one, "Discovering Beauty In The Hard Places," the author shares lessons learned of God's promises, provision, and presence in the midst of the prolonged seasons of hardship. Every single page oozes with the assurance that God is present, that God is real, that God cares, that God provides, and that if we allow our perspective to shift from "Why me?" to "What can I learn from this?" we will discover a depth to faith, love, trust, character development, and compassion that would not be possible without experiencing some hardships in life.
In section two, "Strategies For Growing Stronger Through Every Battle," the author outlines an action plan for how to endure, survive, and grow through hardship. The multi-step approach is rooted in two core principles: press into God, daily, and intentionally build support systems that will provide emotional, physical, and spiritual encouragement.
There are times in life when we experience a prolonged season of difficult circumstances during which we feel we are suffering under the crushing weight of our troubles. Yet what Bo Stern conveys so confidently, beautifully, and tenderly on every page of Beautiful Battlefields, is this: God is present with us always (ALWAYS!), God walks with us through everything (EVERYTHING!), and that in the midst of suffering and hardship God reveals Himself in specific, powerful, purposeful ways that breathes fresh life, new perspective, and compassion for others in the midst of our circumstances.
If you find yourself in the midst of a prolonged or overwhelming season in life, Beautiful Battlefields is written specifically for you.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.)
A friend has recently won her battle with breast cancer and she said that the entire journey brought her to have an amazing relationship with God. I did not fully understand what she meant until I read Beautiful Battlefields.
The author Bo Stern does a fantastic job explaining how the Goliath giants in your life can reveal the power of God in ways that you have never seen before. She explains through her struggles and the stories of others how "when God comes to love us in our battle, our enemy is made weak and we are made strong." These words of encouragement show us that through the battle there are beautiful treasures for us.
The second part of the book is divided into an action plan. Here the author gives the reader strategies for growing stronger through every battle. The main theme throughout the book is to draw near to God regardless of what your circumstances and he will keep his promise to draw unto you.
I have never read a book that gives such great insight into the joy of battles. The author is positive and with each story you can see the heart of God through her. If know someone in a battle, Beautiful Battlefields is just the book to strengthen them and bring them through it.
From the first stroke of pen to the last Bo Stern takes you on a journey through the harsh, raw, and beautiful treasures that can only be found in battle. I will forever be grateful for the wisdom, truth, and honesty that these pages contain. A must-read!!