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To Draw Closer To God: A Collection Of Discourses

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  3,853 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
The Lord said to Joseph Smith, "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you." (D&C 88:63.) In To Draw Closer to God, Elder Henry B. Eyring explains some of the ways we can claim these promises. In his thoughtful, spiritual style, he discusses such topics as le ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published 2004 by Deseret Book (first published 1997)
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Dec 04, 2009 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christ-centered
This is another book that was life-changing for me – beginning with this statement:
“You have moments when you want to be better than you have ever been. President McKay says the urge to rise above ourselves is because we are spiritual beings . . . It is far beyond a desire for ‘self-improvement.’ It is an urge to live so far above self that you could never do it on your own. Moroni said we must ‘come unto Christ . . . then is his grace sufficient for you,’ and he outlines what we must do to rec
Mar 08, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, non-fiction, 2010
Sometimes a book comes into your life at just the right time. With all the stuff going on in my family right now, this book was just what I needed to read. I love President Eyring and his calm, sweet faith that just permeates everything he says and does. In this book, I found just what I needed to help me deal with some personal heartaches. It gave the strength and the understanding to keep going just a little longer, and with God's grace, that's when things began to look a little less grim. It ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, religious
A wonderful book that not only helps you understand your relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, but helps you understand how to come closer to Him and our Father in Heaven. Elder Eyring has such a wonderful way of teaching, and his words, personal stories, and testimony truly do help you draw closer to God.

*I read this during a particularly trying time in my life, and it was just what I needed.
Jul 31, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Heidi
I've discovered a common theme in President Eyring's discourses and talks: Ask God what you should do, how you should serve, how you should feel, then listen and obey. He will answer.
Kendel Christensen
Mar 18, 2011 Kendel Christensen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to feel the spirit of God more clearly in their life.
This book has a special spirit about it. I will let it do the talking:

“I hope a day doesn't begin or end that you don't consider whether something you did might have offended the Holy Ghost or made it harder for the Spirit to influence you. That is what it means to me to have a repentant heart.”
(Henry B. Eyring, To Draw Closer to God, Deseret Book [Salt Lake City: 1997], p.17-18)

“I hope you feel happiness. I do. That is an indication that we are on the right course. I can promise you that you ca
Feb 22, 2009 Loralee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Loralee by: My mom
My mother gave this book to each of her children a few Christmas's ago. I found great insights into developing my own relationship with God. This is one of those books where you can read a chapter and find yourself thinking about it for the rest of the day.

His book is filled with great wisdom. Speaking about trying to be like our Savior, Pres. Eyering says, "If we stay at it long enough, perhaps for a lifetime, we will have for so long felt what the Savior feels, wanted what he wants, and done
Duane Lemmon
Jul 10, 2012 Duane Lemmon rated it liked it
I read this on a trip with my young daughters while on a trip visiting family. This book was very inspiring and was much needed after what has been the roughest year of my life so far; with a pending divorce from a person that was, not only my high school sweetheart but a person that for over half my life has been my best friend and then more recently the passing of my only sibling. I found much needed guidance, reminders, comfort and enlightenment. President Eyring's discourses are put together ...more
Jan 16, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual, 2013
I really enjoyed this. President Eyring is a great man and I love his stories and wisdom. I thought it would just be about helping myself draw closer to God, but there's a section at the end about helping others draw closer to God. I enjoyed that the most.
May 22, 2017 Jaron rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring book that added a lot of good insight on how to draw closer to God. Eyring's conversational tone is easy to listen to and you learn more about the man reading this book.
Oct 09, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
Henry B. Eyring has a wonderful way of writing. He speaks from his heart and teaches life lessons.
Jan 20, 2014 Cecily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, favorite, lds
It took me over a month to finish this book. It's so jam packed with amazing insights and talks I'd never heard or read before. I think I hesitated to get this book for so long because I thought "Why would I want a collection of conference talks that I already have access to?" But wow. This book has way more than that. There are several institute fireside talks and even an auxiliary training included in this book that were so wonderful to read and think about.

I read this book because I really am
Nov 16, 2011 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just a collection of spiritual address from President Eyring, these speeches have been carefully sequenced to guide the reader, no matter what level of discipleship they are currently abiding, to step by step, as the title states, “draw closer to God.” Most of these addresses come from presentation given outside of General Conference and will be new to most readers. Thos few chapters that do come from the General Conferece podium bear with them a nostalgic comfort amidst the energy of ...more
M.A. Nichols
Jul 03, 2012 M.A. Nichols rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
I feel bad giving this less than five stars, because I love Elder Eyring, but I didn't care for this book as much. I think part of my problem is that I didn't realize that it's just a collection of his talks. I know that should have been obvious from the title, but I don't know if I just didn't notice it or what. I should just blame my own stupidity. But even still, it should have been a great book, but I don't think I got as much out of this book as I have on other religious books by other apos ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Brandon rated it really liked it
What I really enjoyed about this book was Henry B. Eyring's unique perspective on religion and his deep relationship with God and spiritual things. It was personally helpful for me to get a glimpse into his personal, spiritual life and then compare it to my own to discover ways I can improve. I thought this was a fantastic collection of discourses, but keep in mind that they are distinct discourses. The topics form a sort of progression, but there was a little repetition and disconnect between t ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! I love Elder Eyring and his words and example! These talks teach so many important things about faith, listening to and following the Spirit, waiting on the Lord, living with gratitude and being your testimony. There are so many important words and lessons that have helped me try to draw closer to the Savior. This is a book full of principles I need to continue to focus on. I love the lesson from one of the last talks in the book to:

1. Teach a sacred truth.
2. Testify that we kn
Kate Giolas
Jul 14, 2015 Kate Giolas rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Henry B. Eyring takes it step by step, beginning with how we ourselves can draw closer to our Heavenly Father and Savior, and then how we can bring those around us closer them as well. My favorite chapters were the last two, about living a legacy of testimony, and touching others lives with faith. He says, "We must act so that those who hear our testimony see that our actions conform with what we said was true." What he says is so powerful; it is so true that the best way to bri ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
I love listening to President Eyring speak. He is a man of goodness, humility, and faith, all of which are evident in his writings and testimony in this book. There were many messages here that I needed to read…hearing the voice of God through his servants (even the humblest and simplest among us), learning to recognize and act on promptings daily, and the idea that gaining more light and truth is dependent on how well we are living the truth we have already received, to name a few. Some things ...more
Apr 14, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - It was just what I needed when I read it. The language is clear and straightforward, but also very insightful. The pages are filled with simple wisdom, interesting anecdotes, touching experiences, and loving encouragement. Topics include finding more power in our personal prayers, learning humility and obedience in following and sustaining our leaders, strengthening our families and homes, to name just a few.

I especially enjoyed listening to the audio book version, which Henr
Nov 01, 2008 Genevieve rated it really liked it
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I picked it up with the expectation that it would be a little more recent and (even though it says on the cover that it's a collection of discourses) I was expecting more of a book.
However, it was quite the read. President Eyring is so practical, faithful, and obedient in his approach to the Gospel. I just love how he says that even though sometimes we may not understand, there is nothing we want more than eternal life and therefore, not
Mar 27, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
For whatever reason I was drawn to this book right now and it was exactly what I needed to read. So...5 STARS!

It's a collection of different talks he's given, but they are put together perfectly so that they build and grow from each other.

I might need to buy this one because I took about 10 pages of notes...might as well just mark up my own copy!

I would highly recommend it. There is a focus on drawing closer to God, but, of course, most things do that for you when you're trying to live some pr
Jan 08, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Bishop Stokes, Dad
Shelves: religion
This is a fantastic book, given to me at a crucial point in my life. President Eyring speaks with experience and compassion. He does not present gospel principles with a one-size-fits-all model. He puts the gospel in real life, not just the cliche phrases we use, but application. There were many times when I thought,yes, that is exactly how I feel. If he knows you can feel that way and he still believes it, than maybe I can come back to belief.

This work is one of love, guidance, and reassurance
Liz VanDerwerken
Sep 28, 2015 Liz VanDerwerken rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
My attention was drawn to this after a friend quoted some passages of this book. I have always loved President Eyring's insights and remarks (he is from NJ and his father was a scientist—I am from NJ and my mother and grandpa are scientists, so this was always in the background of my upbringing) and this was no exception. I really loved some of the selections, though some simply weren't as engaging for me. There were several chapters towards the beginning that I will likely reread from time to t ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Shad rated it really liked it
This is better than many collected works because there was some effort put into selecting and organizing the talks topically as well as editing them for book format (i.e., changing references to audience from listeners to readers). President Eyring's citations and analysis of scripture combines with personal stories and testimony to motivate the reader to act on the guidance he gives and the promptings that those seeking the Spirit will receive as they read. Also, it is small and easy to carry w ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Motherhouse rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. It outlines all the LDS gospel principles I suspected existed, Brother Eyring outlines them in such a beautiful way. It brings to light the scripture "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Great information on how to get inspiration, increase your trust in your relationship with God and live up to all the higher principles that exist in Zion. I could feel the love Brother Eyring has for others on every page and it inspired me to be better. Marci Jensen
Jun 28, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lds
This was a beautiful book, with so many things to learn and apply. I love President Eyring's teaching style. Everything he taught in this book seemed perfectly performable and it made me want to be better. I also love that the book has a section about helping others draw to God and about our responsibilities in this area; one of my favorite chapters in the book was in this section. I think this is a great book for understanding some things about what we need to do to draw ourselves closer to Chr ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
This is "a collection of discourses" given by Elder Eyring. Many I had never heard before reading this book. Not surprising. I've only lived a short time. :)

The book is organized into three parts - Hearing, Heeding, and Helping Others Draw Closer to God. My favorite section was 'Hearing'. Mmm, maybe 'Heeding'. I don't know. They were all good, but some of the discourses spoke to me more than others.

I learned. I was encouraged and uplifted and I received a lot of hope from his examples and testi
Feb 27, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing
some murmur when the sky is clear
and wholly bright to view,
if one small speck of dark appear
in their great heaven of blue:
and some with thankful love are filled,
if but one streak of light,
one ray of god's good mercy, gild
the darkness of their night.

my sky is so blue. i tend to forget how blue it truly is... or simply disregard it in pursuit of that one small speck of dark. i need to remember all the blue in my life and stop chasing after the miserable dark specks of life.
Leslie Stewart
Oct 27, 2011 Leslie Stewart rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. There is no fluff, no wasted words, every sentence is motivating and inspiring. A excellent book to read a bit from each day. You will feel of your great worth as you read and Heavenly Fathers love for you. You will be able to recognize ways to improve your life and help others as well. Be sure and have a highlighter nearby to mark with. I also like it because it is small and easy to carry with you!!
Jun 20, 2014 Cami rated it really liked it
Shelves: db-approved
I loved reviewing these sermons from the 1980s and 1990s. There is some wonderful guidance in here that I found myself pondering when I wasn't reading. The thing that really stuck out to me was his near constant use of the scriptures. He knows them well and can apply them to many situations. I particularly noted his frequent quoting of Moroni 8:25-26 and wrote his name next to those verses in my Book of Mormon.
Nola Redd
Jun 09, 2008 Nola Redd rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: someone looking to be uplifted and inspired
Recommended to Nola by: Adam McBride
This has been an excellent and uplifting book. President Eyrings lectures have been very inspirational, and have encouraged and inspired me to improve myself. They have made a wonderful lead-in to my scripture study, setting the tone for it and helping me begin by being receptive to the Spirit already felt. I felt uplifted, edified, and inspired, almost as much, I'm sure, as I would have felt in President Eyring's presence.
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Henry Bennion Eyring is an American educational administrator and religious leader who is First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007 until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008. On February 3, 2008, Eyring was called to be the First Counsel ...more
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“What the sunshine is to the field and to the flowers the Holy Spirit is to the life of man.” 1 likes
“President George Q. Cannon gave us a marvelous description of how we can recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost. He said this: "I will tell you a rule by which you may know the Spirit of God from the spirit of evil. The Spirit of God always produces joy and satisfaction of mind. When you have that Spirit you are happy; when you have another spirit you are not happy. The spirit of doubt is the spirit of the evil one; it produces uneasiness and other feelings that interfere with happiness and peace.” 0 likes
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