Saturday, April 15, 2017
Grace Behind Bars by Bo & Gari Mitchell
When we're too busy or distracted for God to get our attention, He has a way of slowing us down. This could come in many forms - but for the Mitchells it came through an illness and imprisonment. It was encouraging to hear about their perspective through these trials. They took a bad situation and chose to trust God and learn everything they could from it. This attitude ended up leading to a stronger marriage, character improvement, and deeper relationships with the Lord. While we may not ever be in the same situations, learning to approach trials with their outlook would benefit anyone.
After being released from prison, Bo had a difficult transition back to "normal" life. He felt weighed down by the pain of his experience. One phrase he wrote really jumped out at me. He said if he didn't take the lessons he learned and then move forward, "my mess would remain a mess rather than become my message." Bo sets a wonderful example of how to use the "mess" you've created and turn it into a message to encourage others.
This story gives a glimpse into life behind bars - a place that many of us will never see. It was interesting to read and easy to relate to. Bo & Gari - thank you for sharing your story!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.