Stumbling on Open Ground

Stumbling on Open Ground
By Ken Mansfield / Thomas Nelson

Everyone who’s had cancer remembers the moment they knew something was wrong. A look from their doctor, an order for more tests, or a sinking feeling in their stomach. For author and music industry professional Ken Mansfield, the knowledge that his life would change forever because of cancer was just as unexpected. However, despite his diagnosis with a rare malignant lymphoma, Ken’s faith grew stronger.

In Stumbling on Open Ground, he shares his spiritual and physical journey through diagnosis and treatment. Written with honesty, insight, and humor, with interjections from his wife Connie’s side of the story, Stumbling on Open ground is a beautiful and hopeful exploration of some of the darkest moments of life, and how God can transform us as we live in those moments with faith and trust.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through HarperCollins Christian Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


It seem as though God had designed for me to receive this book at this particular time in my life.  As I turned each page, I became more and more immersed in the narrative by Ken Mansfield and input of his wife, Connie. I felt an association between his trials of cancer and my own current trials, which were of a different sort.

I found myself relating to many of the thoughts expressed by Ken throughout his book. Ken’s words were an inspiration to me during my own walk through tough times. His words caused me to reflect and re-examine my own faith and how it is shown. It helped me to see how I can find peace within the storm.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through a trial (even if it is not cancer related), and anyone who has ever been diagnosed or knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.


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