Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review and iPad Giveaway: Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern

About Beautiful Battlefields
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. 

Meet Bo:
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 at

My Review:

Sooner or later, everyone will face a trial or battle of some kind. Then you'll have to choose whether you want to run to God and have Him on your side or run away from God and fight your battle alone. The author has chosen the former while going through this battle against her husband's Lou Gehrig's disease. She shares the beauty she has discovered in the battlefield with Biblical wisdom, practical insights, and raw emotions. She and her family have clung to the G50:20 Principle: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20) She also shares the strategies for growing stronger through every battle. Each chapter ends with Worth Pondering (thought-provoking questions) and Worth Doing (practical suggestions). The appendix includes relevant Scriptures for different needs that may arise during battle. What is your Goliath? Check out this encouraging & inspiring book and you'll know that suffering is never in vain when you're in Christ! I've already recommended this book to others (who are going through a fierce battle of cancer) and I'm sure this book will continue to be a blessing to many.

"Now that I've walked with Him this far through this fight, I am certain of this one truth: Some beautiful things can only be found in the hardest times." (p.18)

"Healing is a powerful sign to the world that God is real and strong and compassionate, and I am praying for healing every day. However, I don't believe it's the only way that God shows His goodness or demonstrates His love for us." (p.31)

"One of the hidden treasures we can find on the battlefield is the ability to clearly see the strength of the One who fights for us." (p.48)

"My vantage point allows me to see that joy makes the suffering possible, and that suffering makes the joy more beautiful." (p81)

"At best, bitterness is disruptive and ineffective; at worst, it's lonely and destructive." (p.143)

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 from 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!

~ I received a copy of this book for free via Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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