Monday, February 8, 2016

Bronner by Sherri Burgess

About the book:
Bronner: A Journey to Understand (New Hope Publishers, January 2016)
God teaches and refines us through pain and suffering. Author Sherri Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, knows this to be true. After the earthly death of her youngest son, Bronner, Burgess asked, “Why?” And God answered.
Journey with her through this powerful testimony of healing to understand the purpose behind the pain. An empowering resource for book-club discussion or small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.

About the author:
Sherri Burgess’ life is a beckoning for you to know a Holy God like you have never known Him before. The wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show, Sherri is someone who now passionately pursues holiness and inspires others to do the same. A seasoned Bible teacher, writer and blogger, she has in recent years answered God’s call as a women’s ministry speaker. This mother of five stays active with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.

Margie’s Comments: I’m a little late with my post for Bronner by Sherri Burgess. But that’s because I signed up for the blog tour before I knew we would be moving this month, this week! However, I snatched a few minutes here and there between packing boxes and the U-pack trailer to read the book and prepare my review.

Bronner was both easy and hard to read. I have a hard time reading about children going home to Jesus seemingly “before their time” and certainly before we are ready to let them go. Yet we know that God has numbered all our days. He isn’t surprised when a child comes to Him in heaven before his parents. Yet Sherri Burgess tells her story with a conversational style that makes you feel like you’re sitting right next to her, having a friendly chat.

One quotation from the Reader’s Guide included at the back of the book has stuck with me since I first read it: “It is my firmly held belief that the greatest strides in our faith walk come through our suffering, but I also firmly believe that unless we are rooted and grounded in faith beforehand, before the great storms of life hit, we are likely to fall and fall hard.” The truth in this statement is simple and profound. The Lord readies us for what is ahead, so that in the stormy times of life when it seems everything is falling apart, we find our faith in a good and loving God isn’t shaken. Our faith is as strong as the foundation it is built upon.

It is always faith-stretching to read of others’ real-life experiences in which they prove God’s faithfulness and love and strength. While my “platform” of influence may never be as large as the Burgesses, how I respond in times of difficulty will still affect those around me. I want to bring glory to God rather than dishonor Him in all my responses.

I’m grateful for the publisher providing me with a complimentary copy of Bronner in exchange for a review.

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