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Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche

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F. Enzio Busche, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was born in Germany in 1930, three years before Hitler's rise to power. Fifteen years later, when World War II ended, Enzio was a prisoner of war, having been drafted into the German army at age fourteen. The war left Enzio with many questions: Is there a God? What is the purpose of life? What happens aft ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Deseret Book Co
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Erin
This is a collection of personal experiences of one man. I found it very interesting from the beginning because he sets the stage with describing life in Nazi Germany. This is not the war-torn horror that is the typical description. He describes the positive and noble front of the Nazi party. They apparantly encouraged a great deal of good, old-fashioned values like hard work, honoring the mother of the home, home ownership and pride, honesty, chastity, and much, much more that is often looked d ...more
Linda
Apr 07, 2008 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Linda by: Julie Johnston
This book was an inspiring example of the workings of the spirit upon one extraordinary man who had yearnings in his heart and the faith to seek and know the will of God. It testifies of his yearnings and desires to know God in a world where it was dismissed and thought to be of naught. Enzio searched to the ends of the earth and was willing to sacrifice all to know who is God. He felt unworthy and and knew he needed something or someone to help him to be clean. Then an amazing thing happened. H ...more
Kristen
This is the most inspiring book. It is an Auto Biography from Elder F. Enzio Busche. Elder Busche is a dear friend of our family's. He sealed my sister and her husband in the Bountiful Temple almost two years ago. He is such a sweet man and has such an incredible testimony of this Church. I enjoyed reading his conversion story. It is such a touching story, and truly helped me to gain a stronger testimony of this gospel. He tell stories from his childhood, growing up in Hitler's Germany, The reas ...more
Chris
This book is a collection of reflections by Enzio Busche. He was born in Germany as Hitler was ascending to power. He was converted to the LDS church as an adult and the book talks about his many experiences from his early days through his presidency of the Germany Munich Mission and the Frankfurt Temple as well as his days as a General Authority. Mostly though, the book is anecdotes about his own experiences in seeking the Spirit and the experiences of others that were told to him along the way ...more
Chantal
My mother got this book for Christmas. I have a habit of picking up her books and devouring them, and this was no exception. I sat down the whole day and just read and read. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. My mother really sought it out. He came to speak in N.H. many years ago and my mother said that everyone was just walking on clouds for two weeks after. She always wondered if he'd written a book and after much searching, she found this one. It has been nearly four months si ...more
Deyanne
Mar 09, 2014 Deyanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: searchers
Recommended to Deyanne by: Stephanie Hinckley
Shelves: spiritual, memoir
This book profoundly portrays love in action. What does one's life look like that "thirsts for God?" Enzio Busche describes his journey. The title of this memoir and compilation of reflections reveals just what the author did in his "yearning for the living God."

In the chapter entitled "Illness and Awakening" he writes, "The world we live in is not the real thing. The actual world - which is closer to us than we sometimes realize - is full of truth and capable of bringing us to a higher level t
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Robyn
This book really was amazing. I finished it months ago and forgot to ever discuss it. His experiences really are incredible. Full of faith and hard work. It was faith-building and informative. I gave it four stars merely because I am not typically into this type of book, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd like.
Heather
This is a sweet and inspiring book of stories and testimony and faith. F. Enzio Busche was born in Germany just a few years before Hitler came to power. We learn of his life there and what it was like (from his perspective) to grow up in Nazi Germany. We learn of his journey of faith and conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After joining the Church he is immediately called to serve and teach. We learn from many of his personal stories about faith and conviction. He also shares miracles of h
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Marie
F. Enzio Busche has served as a general authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and this is his life story. He starts the book by sharing a perspective on World War II that we are not accustomed to hearing, which I found extremely interesting. I give this book four stars instead of five, only because my interest was not as peaked toward the end. This couldn't be helped, however, since the events of his life are written in order, for the most part, and while the book descri ...more
Abbie
So inspiring! The way that Elder Bushe has honed his ability to listen for, really hear, and allow action of the Holy Ghost in his life makes me want to be better so that I can get an inch of what he was blessed with. The stories in this book are amazing. And I love that he admits that sometimes he didn't have as much faith as he thought he should have, and he had times of breakdown and heartache. That made him relatable and human. In fact, through out the book I felt inspired that I could have ...more
Dana
Enzio Bushe is a fascinating individual whose pure heart shines through in this autobiography.He grew up during the climax of the Third Reich, and his story of how Germany looked through his eyes, and the subsequent betrayal felt by many Germans after Hitler's fall, is heartbreaking.He describes this period without excuse for Hitler's actions, but from a unique perspective of what it meant to grow up under the state lie that Hitler provided for those who hoped for a united, virtuous Germany and ...more
Jessica
I was expecting this to be more of an autobiography, or a memoir, and it certainly had elements of that. But I would have loved more details of his early life in Nazi Germany, from when he was drafted at 14, to more about his family life and life outside of church. I appreciated the format, too, it was a little different. Instead of being chronological, he took important parts or influences in his life and wrote a chapter about it... like, illness, or family. So it confused me a couple of times ...more
Emily
I like reading church books occasionally and find them all very fulfilling. Both my mother and sister (who normally read totally different books) recommended this to me. I knew it would be interesting knowing Elder Busche lived in Germany during WWII, but I had no idea his life experiences and intense spirituality would occupy my thoughts. I was particularly inspired by the way he taught his young children to pray, recognize answers, and rely on Heavenly Father. And how he trusted (and encourage ...more
Nathan Glenn
Mar 21, 2013 Nathan Glenn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nathan by: cheryl coatney, Gary Glenn, Karen Glenn
I loved this book. Elder Busche grew up in WWII Germnay, and he starts a book with an explanation of how Hitler and other German leaders bamboozled the entire country and the societal destruction that was caused by the people's disillusionment of the Nazi cause when the truth was revealed.
He describes his personal search and commitment to truth, his baptism, and the many miracles he witnessed as a branch president, mission president, and general authority. The stories are sprinkled with profound
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Emily
My sister Jana and I read this book on our road-trip to Pennsylvania this month. This is a wonderful book about the spiritual life of Elder F. Enzio Busche. It chronicles his life from growing up in Nazi Germany, to finding the gospel of Jesus Christ, raising a family, and serving in the church as a young new member in Germany, as a regional representative, mission president, temple president, and General Authority.

Reading about his conviction and dedication to serve God and bless his fellowmen
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Rachel
Fantastic book, another one that strenthens my resolve to do better and amazes me with insight. Elder Busche is a member of the Seventy (Emeritus) and tells of his remarkable conversion and his life experiences in pre, during and post war Germany. From a historical standpoint, it opened my eyes as to the perception of the common German people as Hitler was in power. From a spiritual standpoint, it was amazing to read of the miracles he witnessed in his own life, the struggling branch he was in a ...more
Tiffany
This is a fabulous book. It's a wonderful account of Enzio Busche's life-long pursuit to seek the Living God. It's full of his history growing up in Germany during World War II--the everyday German's view of what happened--his conversion story, as well as some great spiritual experiences he has had throughout his life. I was extremely fortunate to read a copy of the book that had, handwritten in the front of the book, Mike Milligan's personal experience with this general authority while he was o ...more
Joanna
Mar 04, 2009 Joanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joanna by: Lisa
I thoroughly enjoyed the reflections contained in this book. One of the topics I found most intriguing was his experience during WWII, during which he served as a 14-year old soldier in the German army. It never fails to amaze me that people can experience such trying times and use what they learn from those experiences to shape their lives into such a force for good. He recounts many other learning experiences, and it is inspiring to read about the growth of his faith in the Living God he yearn ...more
Taressa
I was amazed at the life of this man- his conversion story, how he was prepared to receive the gospel, how he helped prepare his country to lay a strong foundation for gospel growth, etc... I think the thing I most came away with after reading this book is how the Spirit of God is ever present in our lives- whether we listen and heed to the promptings or not... but when we truly listen and obey and act on faith... amazing things happen! I was constantly in awe with the experiences he had through ...more
Bonnie
This book was spectacular. And very timely (although written in 2004) the book addresses two of the most oft-asked questions about Mormons:

Are we Christian and when will the women receive the Priesthood.

Here's a portion of Elder Busche's remarks on them:
1) Women and the priesthood: "The priesthood is neither male nor female, although it has a male part and a female part. Through the eternal bond of marriage, built on the divine gift of love, the priesthood becomes complete. The roles of the two
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Grandma
Jul 09, 2008 Grandma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Grandma by: It was aa gift from Jay Parry
Enzio Busche was born in Germany in 1930. He grew up during the war years of Hitler's rise to power. He was drafted into the German army at age fourteen. At the end of the war he was in a state of melancholy and full of questions about the purpose of life. He read in Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before god? As he searched he found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a thrilling story to me.
Lisa
I reread this book this week in preparation for our upcoming book club meeting with an emphasis on biographies(my house this month). F. Enzio Busche was my husband's mission president and had a profound influence on his life. I feel like he has had a similar influence on mine -- I am lifted up as he shares experiences of faith and prayer while seeking to commune with our "Living God." I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Julie
I have just started this book, and am already loving it! It is so interesting to learn about the effects (first for good, then of betrayal and shame) the Nazi party had on the people of Germany. Why accepting religion is no easy task. Why many are such perfectionists...etc. I have a Father from Germany, and a son serving a mission there. If you have as many questions as I did of "why...?" You will find this book very enlightening.
Megan
This is a fabulous book! I read it while on study abroad in Vienna, Austria. I learned so much about Elder Busche and the German saints during World War II. I was so inspired by Elder Busche's thoughts on the gospel. It really motivated me to be better, to be more dedicated. Books like this really cause me to reflect upon my life and evaluate what I am doing and what I want to be doing. I will definitely read this book again.
Lisa
This book has some really great insights. Brother Busche has had some amazing experiences living in Germany during Hitlers regime. He helped me understand how the people of that time were misled and brainwashed into thinking that their government was good. They were kept from the truth for most of the war and when they did find out what really happened, it was devestating to many, who lost all hope.
Rachel Cunningham
This book was amazing. There are a lot of good books out there but few that have made such an impression on me. Busche shares some incredibly inspiring stories from his life and the lives of people he has known. He is truly a remarkable man. I loved learning about his childhood in Nazi Germany and his conversion to the Gospel. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Taralee
This book is SO good! Out of church books, this is one of my favorite. It strengthened my faith so much and gives a lot to think about. There are a lot of people out there that don't have the gospel so "easy" in their lives and it really makes you think about how serious you are in your faith. I love all the examples of awesome people who did all they could to get to church...
Linda
WOW! It's been awhile since I've given five stars. This book is insightful and powerful; one of those where I'd stop reading and say to my husband, "Dave, listen to this!" And although Dave was also reading the book when i wasn't, he'd listen to me go on and on.

Eleder Busche was in Hitler's army at age fourteen thinking, like many Germans, that the war was for a good and justifiable cause. He became a POW at age 15 and then, as the raw truth emerged, he became aware of the horrors caused by his
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Alyson
I usually steer clear from Deseret Book publication and stick to the standard works, but my sister-in-law recommended Busche's autobiography, so I decided to give it a try. It is an amazing account of his life and spiritual experiences. His words provided me with much needed guidance and inspiration during a spiritual cross-roads in my own life.
Alisa Hardman
Aug 01, 2008 Alisa Hardman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alisa by: Paula
I loved this story. The faith of Elder Busche and the extraordinary things that allowed to happen in his life amazed me. Many stories seemed like Moses at the Red Sea--he just went forward relying on God's promises without knowing how it was going to work out. He just seemed to have a believing heart and so God could do wonderful things in his life.
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