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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2013
God Turns Even the Ugliest Battles into Something Beautiful
Author Bo Stern gives perspective on facing our giants and stepping off the battlefield in victory
Seattle: No one enjoys going through the struggles of this life, and no one enjoys suffering. However, as author Bo Stern writes in Beautiful Battlefields (NavPress / February 15, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1612913193 / $ 14.99), God uses our darkest moments to shape us into the people He wants us to be. “Though we would rather avoid battles and suffering, God does some of His most beautiful work through the hardest seasons in life. In fact, there are some things that can only be accomplished in us through battle.”
While we struggle with certain things every day, Stern is convinced that everyone, at some point on the journey between here and eternity, will be called upon to face what she calls a “Really Big Battle,” whether it be emotional, physical, spiritual or relational. Like any of us, Stern has faced numerous challenges in her life. However, in 2011, her family came face to face with their Goliath when her husband was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The terminal diagnosis of a loved one can be enough to shake anyone’s faith, but Stern trusts God is using this experience for something bigger.
Stern believes God will always bring beauty from each and every battle, but sometimes it takes looking at the situation from a different perspective. It becomes necessary to look at what is happening through God’s eternal lens in order to see that He is doing something very specific and wonderful. It could be He is trying to develop a deeper dependence on Him or possibly create in us a compassionate heart toward others who are hurting. Whatever His purpose may be, Stern firmly asserts that beauty comes from the battle.
During this difficult season of life, the Sterns have adopted what they call the G50:20 Principle as their mantra: “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’” (Genesis 50:19-20, NIV). Stern invites readers to cling to these verses, as well, reminding readers God is control and knows what is going to happen. When things are spiraling out of control and it becomes tempting to pick up the pen to write our own stories, we need to instead trust in God.
The first half of Beautiful Battlefields is devoted to looking for treasure, sifting through the battleground to discover the gold beneath the surface, while the second half is devoted to strategies for growing stronger through every battle. Readers are walked through discovering the security of God’s love, praying for guidance, being obedient of God’s plans and practicing generosity. Often overlooked but vitally important is assembling an army of friends and family to face the front lines right alongside you. When you think you have to face the fight alone, that is the time you need to share your burdens and lighten your load, realizing God put people in your life for just that reason.
Bo Stern will be hosting a webcast on March 12 at 8 PM EST to discuss Beautiful Battlefields and interact with readers. More details will soon be available on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/beautifulbattlefields.
“Bo Stern has written a book that will encourage, challenge, and inspire anyone facing battlefields of everyday life. Thoughtful and provoking, these pages just might be filled with the hope you need right now.”
— Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck and Scouting the Divine
“In twenty-one years of women’s ministry, I have never met a woman as extraordinary as Bo Stern. She is the real deal and her words are anointed by God Himself. You will forever be changed by this book.”
— Sheri Rose Shepherd, best-selling author, Bible life coach
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, Steve’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.
The Sterns make their home in Bend, OR, where Bo is a teaching pastor at Westside Church with a passion for making theology accessible, compelling and transformative. Both her position in the church and her personal battle have allowed Bo to minister to others as they are facing their own giants. She considers it to be a privilege to be able to provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on — being a part of another’s Army so that they don’t have to fight their battle alone.
Bo and Steve also serve on the international board of Kings Kids Village, a home for AIDS-affected orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. They are also active in ALS advocacy — a disease Steve has been fighting since 2011.
Suggested interview questions
~Tell us about the biggest battlefield you’ve found yourself stepping upon.
~We all face battles, even daily battles, but do you believe everyone will face at least one major “Really Big Battle”?
~Does God always bring beauty from the battle? Are we always able to see it, or do we sometimes just have to trust that something good will come of it, even if we can’t see it?
~What is the one Bible verse that brings some level of comfort and peace to you?
~You write about how you once thought love and trust go hand in hand, but you realized they don’t always. Why is it so difficult for us to trust?
~Who are some of the people from the Bible you use as illustrations? What can we learn from their battles?
~How does simply knowing God is in control make our battles a little easier?
~Is there some way we can remind ourselves that God is in control?
~You write about facing our giants and how we sometimes magnify our battles, making our giants bigger than they really are. How can we redirect our thinking to see our battles as God sees them?
~How do endurance and perspective change the way we view our battles?
~Not only are you in the midst of your own Really Big Battle, you have had to confront many smaller battles tied to your husband’s ALS. Could you share how you are able to endure each of those challenges while facing your biggest giant?
~Do you have any advice for people who cannot see past the battle they are facing at the moment?
~What are some of the strategies you share for growing stronger through every battle?
~What is the best way to show your support to a friend in the middle of a battle?
~ Can you tell us about the March 12 webcast that you will be hosting?
Bo Stern is available for interviews. To request review copies of Beautiful Battlefields, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, firstname.lastname@example.org.