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Isaiah for Airheads

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  60 reviews
If you think understanding passages from Isaiah is like trying to find your way through a dense and dark forest, then youll appreciate the informative and enjoyable Isaiah for Airheads. After many years of personal study and preparation, John Bytheway has created and mapped out the Isaiah National Forest. He offers the reader four guides, four trees, and four keysuseful to ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published August 14th 2006 by Deseret Book Company
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Finally I got something out of Isaiah besides a headache and guilt. It took me a long time to get through it by the time I marked my scriptures and all.
Aug 29, 2009 Blake is currently reading it
It makes Isaiah a TON clearer
Excellent information, better than any other commentary I've read before on Isaiah. My only "dislike" was the format of the book. I certainly understood why the author chose it, as it had its merits, but what I would have liked is a "read this passage" and then follow up with this commentary or an inclusion of more verses of Isaiah in the text, rather than just partial phrases. I know it would have been a bigger-and thus more expensive-book, but it would have been nice to have it all together th ...more
Mar 19, 2009 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone confused about Isaiah
Recommended to Jamie by: Intriguing title at a bookstore
This is a great read-along book for anyone who struggles with understanding Isaiah. It contains insights about all of the Book of Mormon Isaiah chapters and for me, it really opened Isaiah and made it exciting to read. Although we've been commanded to study and learn these particular passages, I've always felt as though I were standing on the other side of a locked door when it comes to them. This book presents the keys and gives a break-down that literally guides you through the chapters and he ...more
Nov 22, 2012 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LDS Church Members
Recommended to Maria by: Found it at the Library
Shelves: religion
If you're LDS and you've read the Book of Mormon, you may be just as confused as everyone else by the Isaiah chapters. They are loaded with symbolism and ancient "manner of prophesying." If you don't get it, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. I LOVE John Bytheway. He writes and speaks for the youth of the church. He doesn't even pretend to be a great intellectual, although his manner of teaching gets the point of deep thoughts across just fine.

In this book, he first explains about Isaiah and what he's t
One of my goals for the year has been to read and attempt to understand Isaiah better. I've gotten a few books from the library to help me study with and while they were good, it was still a little too "scholarly" for me. This book has been perfect because Bytheway does such a great job of helping you not only understand what message Isaiah is trying to convey but also explains the background to references made and how we can apply these teachings to our day.
First of all, such a lame title.

For the past couple weeks, I've been reading this book along with watching Opening Isaiah (a DVD) by Ann Madsen (wife of the late Truman Madsen; he was brilliant and she is just as impressive. It was an outstanding DVD that I highly recommend watching. Just incredible.) This was a good book with an interesting format for better understanding Isaiah. I feel like with reading this along with watching Ann Madsen's DVD Opening Isaiah I have a better knowledge and fou
I've always wanted to understand Isaiah better, but found it hard to do on my own. This book is like a starter to understanding and getting more out of the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. It's written in classic John Bytheway style, very conversational and easy to read. I read it along with my scriptures, marking and taking notes as I read the two simultaneously. I plan to read more texts on Isaiah now that I have a foundational knowledge, because there's so much to get out of it, and bec ...more
I always knew I was an airhead. Now I know for sure. He has such a fun way to help understand the difficult way Isaiah writes. I appreciate his tips and commentary.

I used this book quite extensively in my studies of Isaiah last year. I planned to read the book cover-to-cover, but that didn't happen. (I'm actually not sure I've ever read it cover-to-cover - or maybe I'd just forgotten a lot of it since 2006 - but it's an awesome reference book for better understanding the words of Isaiah!}


I've used this book with my Sunday School class of 14- and 15-year-olds. Bytheway gives some good insights into better understanding the words of Isaiah
(I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could) I took my time reading this book (several months), just referring to it as I was reading the Book of Mormon through for my personal study. It taught me to both appreciate and understand Isaiah better than I have in the past (I'm sure it's a lifelong process). It takes an in-depth look at each of the chapters (verse by verse) in the Book of Mormon that quote Isaiah-- explaining and interpreting as it goes along. John Bytheway has an incredible talent for m ...more
Becky Lee
Really did help me get more meaning out of the Isaiah chapters that I would not have got on my own.
This book is a good organizational structure for understanding Isaiah. He uses a clever system of tools to help remember. I just discovered the CD in the back and haven't had time to watch it yet. This reinforced many concepts learned in a recent religion class on Isaiah. Understanding the dualistic nature of Isaiah plus the cultural political events of his day are key and Bytheway has some good graphics to help remind you. There are other books more academic for verse by verse and word by word ...more
This book was a wonderful place to start trying to better understand Isaiah. It doesn't get caught up in all of the little details, but focuses more on the "big picture" - the message that Isaiah was trying to share. Gave me a greater appreciation for the words of this great prophet.
Sep 14, 2008 Kimster rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beginning Isaiah readers
I love John Bytheway this book though supposedly written for simpltons like me made some sense of Isaiah but not nearly as much as I would have liked it to. His tree concept confused me at times but at the time I read this book I was studying the Book of Mormon and didn't want to skip the chapters quoted from Isaiah again. I would recommend a study of the house of Israel at some point before trying to fully understand all that Isaiah has to say about the subject. For the most part this book made ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LDS People
Recommended to Marie by: Mom
Shelves: church-books
I love Bytheway, he is very entertaining and helps bring the scriptures to life. This was not a playful or fun book but it was very insightful and his ideas helped getting through the Isaiah passages in the Book of Mormon. I have taken a few Isaiah classes so I felt a little more comfortable and the passages and interpretations were familiar. I will probably be reading this book again in the future because there is so much info and some of it is pretty cryptic. Thanks goodness for smarter people ...more
Absolutely brilliant! This book is such a phenomenal resource for the Isaiah chapters of The Book Of Mormon. I filled my scripture margins with notes and I learned so much. John Bytheway has a remarkable voice. He took Isaiah, broke it down, and somehow made it so much more clear! I love his sense of humor. I love all that I learned. I am going to pull out this book every time that I start 2 least until I am smart enough, or spiritually in tune enough, to get through it on my own. I h ...more
This was such a helpful book for better understanding the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. Isaiah is a wonderful scholar and had a way with words... it's just a matter of having the confidence in order to understand his powerful prophecies. I liked this book because it gave me that confidence without making me feel like a complete airhead -- it took the basics of what I know about the scriptures and that time period in general and just expanded upon it. I highly recommend this book to anyo ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Kathryn Stapley
Shelves: religious-books
Isaiah for Airheads was really, really good. It actually got me excited about the Book of Mormon Isaiah chapters (a miracle!). I think I'm going to read the actual book of Isaiah after I finish my current scripture study program. I want to read more Isaiah books now. I learned a lot. Absolutely worth my time. This is one of those books that took longer to read than normal, because ever page, I would have to stop, and either mark something in my scriptures, or write a note in the margins. I would ...more
I learned a lot!
Great book!!
Sep 29, 2008 Danette rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Not only did I learn alot from this book, but it was entertaining to read as well! The most important thing I learned is that, I understood more than I thought which gives me hope. I also can see that there is soo much to learn from Isaiah, but with the new realization that there is hope, that prospect is exciting instead of daunting. The book comes with a cd in the back too which a great way to revisit his ideas of how to break it up to help you learn.
May 25, 2008 Jeanette rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book of Mormon lovers
It has been a long time since I learned so much from one book. Isaiah is no longer a white-knuckle experience! I now find it VERY beautiful and a source of great comfort, satisfaction (that I can understand more at last), and deeper inspiration. That's a tall order for any book...but this guide to teasing out more themes, details and background has really delivered. I can hardly wait to read Isaiah again!!
I loved this book! It helped me understand the book of Isaiah more than anything I have used to help me with that book of the Bible. He explained the kind of writing that Isaiah did and the methods he used to make what he wrote applicable to the ancient Jews as well as to us today. His writing is very clear in all his writings--John Bytheway's, that is.
I loved reading this book because it really made Isaiah so much easier to understand! Bytheway's book is very reader-friendly and made for a wonderful study tool. I would really recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, intersting, not-too-in-depth book about those tough Isaiah Book of Mormon chapters. It made me excited to learn and read more!
Finally finished this fun "beginners" type guide for reading the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. I read this to consider including it in my sons' reading lists, but got something out of it myself--although the book deliberately simplifies, the approach Bytheway uses is both entertaining and useful as a beginning for further study.
I loved the intro to this book and there were things I enjoyed in each section, but it was too redundant. I think that the things I learned could have been in a much shorter format. It is definitely worth reading, that being said, because I did learn some good things and was reminded of some things I had heard and forgotten.
I've always struggled with Isaiah when not listening to a teacher lecture on his writings. This book was a great way to help me start to look at Isaiah in a different, and more understandable, way. Of course, if you already understand Isaiah, this isn't for you, but for airheads like me... :)
A great beginners guide to understanding the quoted Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. I learned a lot and it helped renew my desire to understand the prophets words even more. Fortunately the resources listed have provided me with a number of great reads for my further study in the future.
Valerie L
First let me say - I HATE THE TITLE! Only with a solid review from a solid friend did I even check it out at the library. With that said - this is the beginning to your wonderful entry into the book of Isaiah! I loved it! Simply put - simply outlined! GREAT book, I learned a ton!
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John Bytheway (born October 1962) is an American author and academic, who is well known as a comic motivational speaker for youth within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Salt Lake City, Bytheway attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, receiving a Master's Degree in Religious Education. He also served as a missionary for the LDS Chu ...more
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