Beautiful Battlefields

Beautiful Battlefields

by Bo Stern

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ISBN-13: 9781612913193
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 547,170
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Part 1 Discovering Beauty in the Hard Places

Chapter 1 Meeting Goliath: Finding Beauty in the Fight of Your Life 15

Chapter 2 The G50:20 Principle: The Beauty of Life-Changing Purpose 25

Chapter 3 Catching Manna: The Beauty of Miraculous Provision 37

Chapter 4 In the Shadow of a Superhero: The Beauty of Supernatural Strength 47

Chapter 5 What the Greeting Cards Won't Tell You: The Beauty of Endurance 55

Chapter 6 Wearing the Glasses of God: The Beauty of Eternal Perspective 65

Chapter 7 An Unlikely Dance: The Beauty of Joy and Sorrow 77

Part 2 Strategies for Growing Stronger Through Every Battle

Chapter 8 Fasten Your Heart to His Love: Strategic Security 91

Chapter 9 Consult the Captain: Strategic Obedience 103

Chapter 10 Get a Good Army: Strategic Companionship 111

Chapter 11 Live the Adventure of Giving: Strategic Generosity 125

Chapter 12 Run to a Reliable Refuge: Strategic Passion for the Word of God 131

Chapter 13 Escape the Weight of Bitterness: Strategic Forgiveness 141

Chapter 14 Speak Strength: Strategic and Powerful Words 155

Chapter 15 Become Outrageously Brave: Strategic Courage 167

Conclusion 177

Appendix: Scriptures for Battle 179

Notes 187

About the Author 189

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Beautiful Battlefields 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!  I couldn't put this book down and was captivated by every word.  Thanks for inviting us into your battle.
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sunflower_faith More than 1 year ago
Available in both ebook and hardcopy, "Beautiful Battlefields" is written for women who feel like their lives is anything but calm waves hitting the shores of their lives; Sharing about her own "Goliath in her life", her and her husband, battling his diagnosis of ALS ((Lou Gehrig's disease), Bo Stern talks about experiencing that Goliath of not understanding or having that simple, "Why" and instead dealing with, "It just is", that can leave us all, often feeling tired and frustrated by the end of the day. Filled with powerful scripture, personal insight into her emotions and experience as she and her husband, come to terms with ALS, "Beautiful Battlefields" is both an inspiration and encouragement for those hard days that we all experience, either in short waves of our lives, or in daily moments. Broken into two parts: Discovering Beauty In The Hard Places Strategies For Growing Stronger Through Every Battle Bo Stern shares with the reader, both godly wisdom and human emotions as she shares through personal insights and lessons of both God's goodness and the will of the human spirit. This is a book about applying biblical wisdom in one's life and I found the book both touching and humanizing as she shares down to earth wisdom and her love for the Lord, that is clearly seen throughout the book. I enjoy the end of the book, where she left a clear reference of scripture to quickly find in one's own bible for comfort and strength and there are many moments throughout, "Beautiful Battlefields" that left me reaching for the tissue box, both weeping with joy and sadness in the power and strength of her words. "Beautiful Battlefieds" is not just a book for those who many find themselves dealing with stress or crisis, but a reminder how no matter what circumstances, you may face, God is there and will see you through those times. Filled with examples of biblical heroes who faced their own crisis with God's help, ths is an inspiring book to share with others, and to keep on one's bookshelf (or e-reader) to be reminded, that no matter what...God is going to see you through life's "Goliaths". "Thank you to Litfuse for the opportunity to read and review this book"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
From Bitterness to Beauty! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have a pulse, you likely have a struggle with something bigger than you are, we all have battles. When things are darkest, and hope seems like something only others are afforded, it is good to find a solid ground to trust in, to hope in. Beautiful battlefields does not gloss over the battle, nor glorify it, it simply stands along side us and steadies the sword of the warrior, weary and heavy laden with questions and fatigue. Thank you for writing a tool that speaks to the heart, spirit, and humanity we struggle through.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Doing Battle with Goliath in the Fight Against Terminal Illness 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.
TaylorCH More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Bo writes this in such truth and transparency from the front lines of her own battle. Though she is facing the hardest fight she ever has, she helps show that, yes its hard, no we may not know all the answers but God has a beautiful plan for our battles. I also love her application and study guide in the book to help us walk through our own battles, and to find His beauty for us. I am going to be buying multiple copies to give out!
KTscott More than 1 year ago
No stranger to a fight, Bo Stern takes you with her on a journey through a treacherous battlefield: her own. She intricately weaves her story and the stories of others into a battle plan that applies to your fight and mine, leaving you assured that the most awesome truths and strongest foundations are built from Beautiful Battlefields. This book is a must-read for anyone who is facing a battle or knows someone who is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who are looking for a light in the storm, Bo Stern’s book “Beautiful Battlefields” is a must read.  Through this book, Bo tells the story about how her and her family has dealt and is still dealing with her husband’s diagnosis of ALS. The story also follows her journey as she turns to the Bible trying to find the why’s of this debilitating illness.  Beautiful Battlefields is appropriately titled. The book tells about the battles of the Bible and looks at the heroes and how they turned and followed God when all else looked bleak. It shows that there is hope and when everything else seems to be falling apart, God is still there, strong and true with a plan for each and every one of us.  At the end of the book there is a “quick reference” guide of specific scriptures that you can turn to for reference. She categorizes the scriptures too such as those just starting the battle, in the middle of a battle, etc. This is really handy for those who need that little extra inspiration to get by.  This book is not just for those who are facing a crisis. There was so much I took from this book. I guarantee that there will be something you can take as well.  I have recommended this book to all my friends. I hope that they get the same enjoyment out of reading it as I have. I encourage all of you to buy this book. Stand on your battlefield and shine knowing that God is with you every step of the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With all of our differences, the one thing that we have in common is the struggle. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" Plato said. And all of us can identify with the deep truth of those words. The struggle might look different for each one of us, but we all know the pain, the fears, and the discouragement that the battle brings. What I love about Beautiful Battlefields is how Bo Stern so graciously and convincingly offers us the adjective "beautiful" for whatever battlefield we personally face. Through her own story and the stories of others, she inspires us to find treasure on the battlefield just as she has done. Her words brings comfort for the weary heart and point us back to the source of everything that we need inside of a relationship with Jesus. By being raw and vulnerable with her own fears and doubts, she leads us safely around common snares that rob us of faith and straight onto the solid ground of trusting in the goodness of God. Stern writes with an authenticity and genuineness that will make you feel safe to dive deep into the difficult issues that her book brings up. Reading her words and stories feels like sitting down to coffee with a trusted group of friends. The compassion, resolve, and hope that seems to leak off the pages from her life into ours is evidence that battlefields can indeed be beautiful. And I believe that in reading her book, you will find all the tools and encouragement you need to add "beautiful" to your own personal battlefield and the confidence to know that you are not alone in the fight.