By: Bo Stern
NavPress, P. O. Box 35001, Colorado Springs, CO 80935
978-1612913193, $14.99, 2013, 192 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Doing Battle with Goliath in the Fight Against Lou Gehrig’s disease and other Adversities
In her book “Beautiful Battlefields” Bo Stern, a teaching pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon, relates how broken and sobbing she cried out to God looking for His love on the day following the news that Steve, her 45 year old husband, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is their story of an unexpected journey, of discover in the battleground, and the strategies they discovered for facing each new trial.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one focuses on “Discovering Beauty in the Hard Places.” Part two goes on to provide “Strategies for Growing Stronger through Every Battle.”
Bo writes for people that are facing illness, loss, or loneliness; for anyone asking the question, “Why did you let this happen to me, God? Or, for the one asking, “How can I turn this trial (battle) into something positive?” Bo is a gifted communicator; she helps the reader develop God sized faith to meet the size of their battle.
Thoughtful and practical thoughts “Worth Pondering” are included in each chapter for reflection or discussion. These profound concepts lead to meaningful suggestion for action steps “Worth Doing” while finding God’s love in the midst of personal trials.
Rich in scriptural truth, practical insights, and heartwarming examples, “Beautiful Battlefields” is filled with encouragement, genuine concern, based on the reality of experiencing God through personal battles of suffering and uncertainty.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The expressions expressed are my own.