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God Wants A Powerful People

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,404 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In her compelling style, bestselling author Sheri Dew outlines sources of true power and teaches the importance of learning to lay hold upon the blessings available to all true followers of Jesus Christ.
As she shares memorable experiences from her own life and the lives of others, she explains how we can access the powers of heaven to help us live up to who we really are.
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Deseret Book Company
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Lucy
I've always considered myself a Sheri Dew fan. Loved her biography of President Gordan B. Hinckley. Her book, No Doubt About It, is truly one of my favorites. I love her strength. I love her leadership. I love her honesty.

However, I did not love this book. It seems beyond sacrilege to not love a church book, especially one with such a message, although I do admit to loving many parts of it. Her masterful references to scriptures, appropriate analogies to really drive a point home and self-depri...more
Diane
This book is an expansion of one of Sheri Dew's previous talks about God wanting-NEEDING- a powerful people to help spread the gospel to the world. Pulling from many various speakers, both within and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as well as her insight, she describes what it takes to be a true follower and example of Christ. This is really not a quick read. I found myself writing on various slips of paper key points that were made so that I would have constant reminders...more
Michelle
I love Sheri Dew, and while this wasn't necessarily a page-turner, it has real depth and wisdom, and I found myself marking things on nearly every page. I think it's going to take some time (and probably a little re-reading) to digest.

For example, early in the book, she says, "The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Sarah or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation. He recommended you and me." !! That is a mind-bender, for sure.

This book contains...more
Sarah
I really like the way sheri dew tells her stories in a conversational matter. Maybe I didn't get the flow of this book because I was so sporadic in reading it, but I felt like I could have read the first three and the last chapters and been good to go. She also writes No One Can Take Your Place. That is a great book. In all fairness, the first few chapters of this book led to a serious examination of just how much of God's power I have in my life. For example, the question "what is one thing you...more
Bryn
Another great book by Sheri Dew. This book left me feeling that I can do much better and be much better. She makes living the gospel sound so easy and simple.
Crystal
I absolutely LOVE Sheri Dew, her books are great reads & this book was no exception!

Some of my favorite quotes were:

Our mission on Earth is designed to change us. It is designed to transform us. To give us the chance to be wise even though separated from the presence of our Father, to strip ourselves of uncleanness, to refuse to yield to temptation, and to choose not to consume our probation upon our lusts but to serve the true & living God.

It is the Holy Ghost who converts, teaches, &...more
Rebecca
Don't let the three star rating fool you. Sheri Dew inspires me. Her writing is based on everything I've already read and known (because most of what she writes is quoting someone else). She sets it down in a precise and factual way. My rating is based more on literary appeal and style, whereas this book is pure substance: Substance that renews my faith and sets me back on course. Nothing to fault in that.

I found the greatest fortification in the last chapter, True Followers. Therein is an outli...more
Janet
This book started out kind of slow to me then got way better the more I read. I especially liked the last three chapters that deal with the powers of the restoration, the blessings of the Priesthood, and being a true follower of Christ. As a side note this book answered a nagging question about the source of a rumor in the Church. If you've heard the statement that we got to choose our parents it could be because Elder LeGrand Richards said this, "My Daddy [George Franklin Richards, formerly Pre...more
Nikki
This was an uplifting, motivational, inspiring book. I just love Sheri L. Dew. The focus of the book is to explain two comforting concepts:

"First, we can know that we are here now because we are supposed to be here now, and we came trailing clouds of glory, fully prepared for the unique challenges and complexities we would face in the latter part of the latter days. Second, we can understand that God wants a powerful people, and He has made it possible for us to have access to His power, for He...more
Becky Roper
I like to read Sheri Dews' work and I enjoy her conversational style and personal stories, but this wasn't my favorite of hers. The first 2-3 chapters were great and gave me a few new insights, but the rest of it went slowly for me and I ended up skimming the last third, where it got a little preachy (judgemental?) for me. Maybe that says more about me than it does about the book. Hmmm
Tamra
Oct 27, 2010 Tamra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mormons
Recommended to Tamra by: Grandma T
This was our spiritual book gift from Grandma T for Christmas 2008. She always gives a spiritual book, signs the inside, and encourages us to read it as a couple. I read it on my own, though.

I'm calling this Read so that I can stop looking at it on my currently-reading list, where it's been for most of the year. I've read 140 of 205 pages (7 out of 9 chapters), and I don't know if I'm likely to read more. If I do read more, I'll come back and change this review.

I'm about 50-50 on Sheri Dew. She...more
Jeri Sue
When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be another one of those self-help books where I was reminded of how important I was, and that God loves me, etc. I should have known that it would not be one of those cotton candy type books, especially with Sheri Dew as author. When I finished this book I was overwhelmed by the messages that were presented.

Sister Dew does a fantastic job in helping the reader (me) recognize that I not only have access to the Powers on high, but that I a...more
Tianna
This was a good book, filled with true principles. My only beef with it was that it was boring, and terribly written, at least for MY personality/learning style, it could not keep my interest, even though I am VERY interested in the topics brought forth in this book. The way it was written was too structured, and not enough emotion. (that being the only way I can explain my problem with it!) So, if you like analytically structured books, then this is for you! but if you like passion and emotiona...more
Kori
Sep 11, 2008 Kori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Wow. Can I give more than 5 stars? Please read this book!
But know that this is NOT a warm, fuzzy, feel-good, 'pick-me-up' of a book. And yes, we've heard some of it before. Here, Sheri sets out simply and succinctly all the ways that we are not meeting our potential (the truth is hard to take, for some) and what we must do to get there.
It is inspiring, though, in a "get up off your duff" kick in the pants sort of way that we need to hear. She says, "In today's world, there are too many good peo...more
Andrea
It took me a little while to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. It had all sorts of great advice. This book made me feel a little better about my own personal struggles and trials. I would say that one of my favorite chapters was chapter 4 where she talks about moving forward by backing up. I think we all have times where we feel we are at a stand still and aren't quite sure what to do. This chapter made me realize just how important it is to back up a little and I can learn even more. Tha...more
Karen
There are only a few books that, once I finish reading them, I want to own. That's why I'm a huge fan of the library. This one, however, I will be looking to add to MY library. So many of the things she said resonated with me. I constantly found myself wanting to mark things and write little notes, but I refrained. I didn't think the library would like that. I look forward to going back through it in my copy someday soon though, and doing just that.

Her insights seems especially powerful to me, c...more
Erin
I love this topic. I think there is so much that we are missing in our lives, because we do not know how to access God's power. Sheri Dew puts things very simply. She is not complicated with her speech, thus she gives us the opportunity to read and understand quickly. The question is what will we do with the information. Interestingly enough, her outline of how we access God's power: Nothing we haven't heard before.

My favorite quote from the book is actually two questions.
"Will you learn to acc
...more
Connor Boyack
I was a bit disappointed by this book. I couldn't quite put my finger on is at I read, but many of the others who have reviewed this book summed it up better than I can. In essence, it just seemed simple.

To be sure, the content was spot on, and the principles discussed are great. But the organization was loose, the analyses/stories were not all that compelling, and the entire thing seemed a bit "fluffy".

As another commenter wrote, I'm disappointed that I was disappointed by the book. I was hopi...more
Rachael
So I FINALLY finished this book after about 2 years. I guess that may be parrt of the reason I didn't love it. I have to say that Sheri Dew is one of my very favorite authors and I have loved every other book she has written. She knows how to touch me and help me understand princples I have been taught my entire life in a whole new way. So honestly I was suprised I struggled with this book so much. I think every time I started reading this book I was looking for an easy read that I wouldnt have...more
Peggy
Sheri Dew has a powerful testimony and is as great an advocate for Jesus Christ as you can get. I am always inspired by her books and though some of it I'd heard before in her Time Out For Women talk, I am glad to have it in print form and my book now has lots of blue tabs marking pages with the parts that hit home to me the most. Her section on the Priesthood rose me to new levels of appreciation for this wonderful gift that we have. Her words always fill and swell my heart to bursting as I sha...more
Kelly-Louise
My copy is marked up like crazy! Good stuff.
Kirsten Murphy
Jul 06, 2008 Kirsten Murphy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsten by: Jenny
Shelves: spiritual
I love to listen to Sheri Dew! She always shares such practical wisdom that can be applied no matter what experience you are currently living. This talk contained such a wealth of uplifting, thought-provoking, messages centered on living the best way you possibly can so that you can be close to the Savior. One thing I absolutely loved was a letter she received, which said: "I bet when you wake up in the morning, Satan says, 'Oh no, she's awake again!'" I want to live my life in such a way that I...more
Staci
I was disappointed with this book, and frankly, disappointed that I was disappointed. I love anything by Sheri Dew, but her most recent book seems to be a collaboration of things I've heard her say before and/or remarks that just didn't hit me like I needed at the time. I was looking for a spiritual uplift and I found myself trudging through this like one trudges through snow that's up to their knees. I confess I never even finished it (which is something I rarely do) but I needed to move on.

Summers
Dew is always good; this one maybe not as much so as some of her others, but still good. The chapters about the priesthood and women's roles though were excellent. Great perspective, and new ideas for me. My favorite thought in the chapter, "Going Forward by Backing Up," was "This life is not about perfection, but progression. It's about persistently, consciously pressing forward... and persistently, consciously trying to elevate everything from our habits to our pursuits..."
Monica
Jul 31, 2014 Monica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone, but especially women
Recommended to Monica by: Brittany, my dad
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful (of course -- love everything Sheri Dew writes). Like most of her books, this one compiles a lot of the material she's used in other books and talks, but a lot about this one felt refreshing and new to me. Seems like she's had some experiences in the past few years that have made her (if this is possible) even more real and approachable and understanding of life's challenges, which I really needed at this point in my life. An excellent read -- recommend to anyone.
Rebecca
A very quick read. A mere 200 pages. Not as inspiring as I had hoped, but with some great stories. The call to action is fairly subtle. She seems to think it is very strong, but I expected something more forthright from Sheri Dew. A lot of vague personal stories - I confess to being distracted by the "issues" and "challenges" she can't stop discussing but is deliberately vague about. Still, a great book and very quick read. Easy on the tired brain of a mother.
Steph
I had a really hard time finishing this book. There were pages that I completely skipped over because they didn't interest me. There were a couple of good chapters and quotes here and there that I liked, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book. It may be that it seemed pretty similar to some of her other writings or other LDS writings but it just didn't inspire me - and I know several others that felt the same way about this book.
Lisa
I liked the book, hence the three stars, but I probably expected a little more from the book than what was there. Some of the chapters were insightful. But others seemed to be "late night with Sheri Dew" and rambled on and on. Others I found myself asking, "Am I supposed to know that about Sheri?" Anyway, I enjoyed reading chapters 5, 6, 8. And I still love Sheri Dew.

Anyone living in Provo/Utah vacinity is welcome to borrow my copy.
Rachelle
Sheri shared some things that really changed me, and I liked how concise this was. I was a little disappointed in some of the stories, because it starts to feel like the author is kind of judgemental in the stories she shares. It's like she finds nitpicky things about people to turn into learning experiences, from people who are probably really good people who are trying their best. But I'd still recommend this for the messages she shares.
Adrienne
Sheri Dew argues that God intends for His people to be powerful in standing fast in this world and discusses sources of power (such as temple attendance and the Atonement) and ways to tap into that power. This 50-minute talk, recorded in front of a live audience, is packed with Dew's signature humor and forthrightness, and is a must-listen for anyone who is looking for inspiration and motivation to step it up in their spirituality.
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Sheri Dew graduated from Brigham Young University. She served as second counselor in the general Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1997 to 2002. In March 2003 the White House appointed her a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. In 2002, Sheri Dew became president and CEO of Deseret Book Company.
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