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.
What I thought about the book
Because I have gone through pain and suffering in my life (certainly not the death of a child, for which I am extremely thankful), I looked forward to reading this book, to glean encouragement from the testimony presented therein.
I know that what I am about to say/write will not be popular at all. I mean no offense, though.
Frankly, I struggled to find the intended encouragement, because I had a hard time getting past the "he's in heaven now" concept. You see, I haven't found any Biblical support of that idea.
With that in mind, I want to mention: if you believe what the Bible says about death in the following verses, you also may have a problem with this book.
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. Ecclesiates 9:5,6
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? Psalm 6:5
The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. Psalm 115:17
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:3,4
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. Job 7:9,10
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb. Job 21:32
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28,29
Be sure to also read John 20, especially verse 17: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
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.
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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
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.
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