Rock and Roll, Cancer, andGods Love Collide at the Crossroads of Doubt and Faith
Stumblingon Open Ground is a story of private trial and faith likethose found in the books of Esther and Job. Punctuated with stories from Mansfieldsyears in the music businessworking with George Harrison and Waylon Jennings,among othersStumbling on Open Groundis a private dialogue between a charismatic man, his loving wife, and theextraordinary God who transformed them both in the middle of a heartbreakingdisease.
Dealing with cancer is not as linear asmost books describe the ordeal. Going into it, going through it, and coming outof cancer is not that orderly. The battle is more of a hanging on, a fallingapart, a sense of loss, and a lot of lonely flailing among the rubble.
Kens story is told in tandemwith his wife, Connie. She is the enduring comforter, a co-victim of cancerwhose capacity for selfless, empathetic eroscomprises the human counterpart to Gods agape.This is the consummate love story of two people on a journey with God to theedge and back.Stumbling on Open Ground is a must-read for anyone who has ever neededstrength in moments of trial and doubt.
Ken is jarringly honest about everythinglife, success,fame, disillusionment, faith, questioning faith, cancer, the death of friends, andstaying very close to ones spouse and Creator in the face of life-threateningchallenges. This book might make you a little uncomfortable, but thatsprobably why you should read it. We must all at some point face similarchallenges, face mortality, losing everything material, and Ken talks aboutwhat its like to trust God, no matter what.
Bernie Leadon, foundingmember of The Eagles
KenMansfields Stumbling on Open Groundis one of the most extraordinary messages of healingspiritual, physical andemotionalI have ever read. As someone who is paid to write, Im genuinely in aweof his descriptive powers . . . and he needs them all to convey the Tolstoyanexperiences of his past trials, and to describe the miraculous. Kens writingis truly magnificent and this is a book that will be savored and rememberedforever by those lucky enough to crack it open. Thank God for keeping Ken aliveto write it.
David Asman, host of Forbes on Fox, Fox News Channel
KenMansfield's harrowing journey from the pinnacle of successon the rooftop with the Beatles for their final performancetothe depths of near death is a story both heavenly and hellish as heopenly faces his God with the questions very few trusttheir heavenly Father enough to ask. Gods answers lie between thepages of this book.
Mancow Muller,nationally syndicated radio and television host
Ken has been down roads so unique that many of us only readabout lives like his in novels or see them in blockbuster movies. But thistime, he gets personal and strikes a chord deep in our hearts as he tackles theuniversal questions of Why me? Why now? Will I be able to handle this? Whereare you, God? This book is sure to inspire you, and help you to doubt yourdoubts, and place your faith in God.
Kirk Cameron, actorand producer
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January 15, 2013
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