Many of us have a hard time talking about and knowing how to deal with the loss of a loved one. And when it comes to the death of a child, our natural instinct is to avoid the topic and pray it never happens to us. Our avoidance often means we don't know the right response when a friend loses their child. And, quite frankly, we (both Christians and non-Christians) question how God could let a child die. We are left raw, angry, and consumed with grief when we can't find a way to see the eternal perspective.
So, who is the best person to give insight into what it means to trust in God fully & completely? To declare that God is good? To display that God is always ready to draw near to us when we draw near to Him? It's a parent who has lost a child and CLINGS to her God during the worst moments of her life. And Sherri Burgess takes her grief and her walk of faith to a very deep level by putting her emotions, loss, and journey of hope on paper in the book Bronner.
It would be easy to say that the book Bronner is a lovely tribute to Burgess' son Bronner, who died in a tragic accident when he was two. But it's not a tribute to Bronner--it's a tribute to God, who allowed Burgess to be Bronner's mom and whose life God used (and continues to use) to declare His steadfast love for us. Burgess writes with honest emotions, reflections, and openness about her need to actively trust in God even during the darkest hours. But my absolute favorite thing about the book is Burgess' continual use of scripture throughout the book. Page after page, Burgess provides verses that have helped heal her soul, speak the truths of God's grace, mercy & love, and point to the eternal perspective of life in heaven for those who have a personal relationship with Christ. And, page after page, Burgess implores the reader to see that "God is filled with good things. There is proof of his love everywhere....There is no one and no thing like Him. To know Him defies description. He is beyond measure. He is beyond wise." (p 161).
I cannot recommend this book enough. Is it an easy read? No. But it is one that stirs the heart in a phenomenal, life-changing way that brings comfort to the soul and a better understanding of what it means to have a 'peace that passes all understanding'.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review*
~~~~~~~~~~Can God use pain and suffering in our lives to teach and refine us? Journey with Sherri Burgess in her new book, Bronner, to discover the purpose behind pain through the powerful story of her son Bronner’s earthly death. 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.
Join Sherri in celebrating the release of her new book, Bronner, with a blog tour and a Kindle Fire giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of Bronner
- A Kindle Fire HD 6