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The Road Show by Braden Bell
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May 08, 10

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Read in May, 2010

Not many books hit as close to home for me as this one did. But of course, our universal struggles with weakness & sin and our universal need for the Savior will probably hit every reader just as closely to home as it did me.

The book centers around 5 characters who are each dealing with their own individual struggles: Sin, addiction, depression, health problems, loneliness, and pride are all represented. I related so well to these characters, because I know them. They are my family. They are my friends. They are my neighbors. They are me.

As each of these characters comes together to participate in the ward road show, the assigned theme of "Our Savior's Love" becomes more than just the expected, stereotypical, cheesy performance. They each discover the healing power of the atonement, and as I read, I rediscovered the same healing power.

Although each character's story seems to be tied in a lovely little bow at the end, I feel that it is important to note that that is exactly what the Atonement is capable of doing. He takes all of our sin and weakness and misery and he makes it better. We only have to believe, and come unto Him. It is not trite--it is true.

I have not stopped thinking about this book since I read it. It affected me greatly, and because of it, I am re-evaluating the struggles I face in my life and my own relationship with the Savior.
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