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, weThis 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 never intended us to face the perils of mortality alone, having only our own strength, wisdom, and power to draw upon."
Dew sprinkles her book with powerful stories, to illustrate her messages. One of my favorite stories was of the conversion of a European university professor. Two missionaries: young, inexperienced young men, versus her wall full of Ph.D. diplomas (one was in theology), but she accepted their invitation to read the Book of Mormon. This is what she said after devouring the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, all of James E. Talmage's writings, and several other volumes of Church doctrine:
"After years of studying philosophy, I picked up the D&C and read a few verses that answered some of the greatest questions of Aristotle and Socrates. When I read those verses, I wept. I don't think you know what you have. The world is starving for what you have. I am like a starving person being led to a feast. And over these eight and a half weeks I have been able to feast in a way I have never known possible."
Dew cites scripture and prophets to clearly show us that God does, indeed, want a powerful people. He wants us to be strong and secure. She gives the steps in which we may become the powerful people Heavenly Father wants us to be, she also clears up some common misconceptions (for truth/knowledge/wisdom is power). One that I wasn't fully clear on was the idea that we will never be tempted beyond that which we can bear. Dew points out that the scriptures are clear about this promise being CONDITIONAL. "We are counseled to humble ourselves before the Lord, to call on His holy name, and to watch and pray continually so that we will not be tempted above that which we can bear. In other words, the promise is based upon our righteous actions (see Alma 13: 28-29)."
Her book continues to be one of hope as she talks about suffering, loss, and sin. She also talks quite a bit about motherhood and reminds us what we've been taught in Scripture and by our prophets about this role, as well as pouring her heart out about her own testimony of motherhood. It's so incredibly powerful and touching. She also talks about our different roles as women and men, and how this connects with the Priesthood... so very interesting and EMPOWERING!
There is so SO much more I've learned from this book, but I've gotta stop typing. Maybe I'll add the rest later. I'll just end by saying "read the book!"...more
I've never been able to read the book from start to cover in order, though with all the different parts I've read, it all comes together as the entireI've never been able to read the book from start to cover in order, though with all the different parts I've read, it all comes together as the entirety of the book. It would be great if others wanted to read it at the same time so we could discuss it as we went along. I love this book. It's just hard to read something this big and so deep when you don't have the time to put into it (as a mother of a toddler and an infant)....more
It's beautiful, simple, breathtaking, spiritual, and a very top favorite of my little girls who ask me to read it to them over and over again.
DeseretIt's beautiful, simple, breathtaking, spiritual, and a very top favorite of my little girls who ask me to read it to them over and over again.
Deseret Book sells this book. Another thing I appreciate about this book is the reminder it lays out for us regarding how the nature of our wedding day should be. We shouldn't be caught up in the bustle of last-minute wedding preparations... it should be all about the temple and hopefully it is a day of reverence. I'm grateful for something like this I can read to my little girls, who are so curious and enthralled with the temple....more