Friday, February 12, 2016
This review is for the book "Bronner" by Sherri Burgess.
To be honest, this is one of the more captivating non-fiction books I have read lately. I read the entire book in less than 90 minutes. Before reading this book I had never heard of Sherri Burgess, or her husband Rick, who is a bit of a celebrity due to his radio show. I am not giving away any secrets by letting you know that this book is about Sherri's journey after her youngest son dies, because that information is on the back cover of the book. Sherri will take you through the days leading up to Bronner's death, where you learn about his energy and vivaciousness. She will walk you through the moments leading up to his death, that will make you cringe if you are a parent and hope for the story to change, even though you know the back cover already told of Bronner's death. You will question God's plan as Sherri tells about standing in the hospital, prayer warriors filling up the chapel, 7000 people praying with her husband at a conference, and Sherri pleading for Bronner's life, all while the doctors look at her and shake their heads. You will feel helpless reading this part of the story.
But then Rick arrives at the hospital. I literally have never known anyone in this situation to stand in front of the doctors who just pronounced a 2-year old dead, and say, "Satan has greatly miscalculated this!" and begin preaching to the doctors and nurses. In fact, below, I have linked to the eulogy that Rick gave at his son's funeral. I have not watched the full video but I read the transcript and it is truly from God and miraculous that he was able to say these words at his son's funeral.
At one point in the book, Sherri talks about Bronner being her world, which I can completely relate to. My children (and family in general) are my world. But Sherri points out that Jesus is supposed to be our world. So many times I have caught myself wondering how I would handle life without one of my children in it. Sherri had those same thoughts. But the truth is, that God holds us all in his hands, and as she so bluntly points out, he doesn't necessarily want us to be happy, but to be holy. The trials in our life will refine us and make us holy if we will allow him to work in us.
I can't recommend this book enough. The testimony in this book is overwhelming. A must read, even if you have never found yourself in a tragic situation.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.