Rock and Roll, Cancer, and God's Love Collide at the Crossroads of Doubt and Faith
"Stumbling on Open Ground" is a story of private trial and faith like those found in the books of Esther and Job. Punctuated with stories from Mansfield's years in the music business--working with George Harrison and Waylon Jennings, among others--"Stumbling on Open Ground" is a private dialogue between a charismatic man, his loving wife, and the extraordinary God who transformed them both in the middle of a heartbreaking disease.
""Dealing with cancer is not as linear as most books describe the ordeal. Going into it, going through it, and coming out of cancer is not that orderly. The battle is more of a hanging on, a falling apart, a sense of loss, and a lot of lonely flailing among the rubble.""
Ken's story is told in tandem with his wife, Connie. She is the enduring comforter, a co-victim of cancer whose capacity for selfless, empathetic "eros" comprises the human counterpart to God's "agape." This is the consummate love story of two people on a journey with God to the edge and back. "Stumbling on Open Ground" is a must-read for anyone who has ever needed strength in moments of trial and doubt.