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Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious: Finding Your Path in Lehi's Dream

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  151 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
With every passing day, the unforgettable imagery in Lehi’s dream becomes more real and more relevant. In our modern world, we can literally hear the taunts and see the pointing fingers of people like those in the great and spacious building. We find ourselves clinging with greater energy to the rod of iron as we work through the massive mists of darkness toward the tree o ...more
85 pages
Published by Deseret Book Company (first published March 1st 2013)
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While this is a small book, it is full of great concepts and things to ponder. Bytheway goes over the thirty-two verses of Lehi's Dream in the Book of Mormon, offering insights into the metaphor and how it applies in our lives today.

At first I was thinking I would breeze through this small little book, but the more I read, the slower I went because there was a lot to think about. Bytheway presents things in a way I've never really thought of before, even though I've read that passage many times
This was my first taste of Mr. Bytheway's work and looks like it won't be my last! This latest in his series of scripture commentaries was a treat. This one focused on Lehi's dream found in 1 Nephi 8:4-35 from the Book of Mormon. For those not familiar with this scripture, in summary it is about Lehi's (a prophet in the Americas, about 600 B.C.) vision of the tree of life where he partakes of its fruit and desires his family to do likewise. In this dream he sees a rod of iron, a strait and narro ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013

This is a great little book for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of Lehi's Dream & learn how to apply to their life.

While reading it I missed John Bytheway's characteristic humor which is found in most of his books.  This one had a much more serious, thoughtful feel to it than others I have read by him.  Thankfully it wasn't completely missing and there were still glimpse of his humor occasionally through the book such as this:
As a bishop, I once announced that we moved the re
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We are so blessed to have the scriptures!
But do we read them?

Do we heed them?
Do we sometimes struggle to understand them?

I know I struggle with understanding... that is why I am so grateful that authors like John Bytheway share their knowledge of the scriptures with us.

I LOVE how he starts the book...
"It's only thirty-two verses, or 982 words in length, but it's a life changer--and unforgettable and highly applicable metaphor. We call it Lehi's dream."

He then goes on to explain about each part o
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of John Bytheway and that's what caught my attention when I chose this book. But this book is so much more. Lots of quotes by apostles and church leaders, as well as, of course, John Bytheway's humor sprinkled in. This book explores Lehi's dream in the Book of Mormon. My favorite part is expressed by Boyd K. Packer when he says that in the dream a gulf divided the tree of life from the great and spacious, but how now with TV, Internet, and modern technology, we are all basically living ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read Lehi's dream from the 8th chapter of 1st Nephi in the Book of Mormon countless times. But I've never thought about the story the way that this book helped me to think of it before. I love the way that John Bytheway is able to teach the things that he has learned from the scriptures in a way that is quick, easy and fun to read. It's easy to see why he's one of the most popular speakers and teachers of the youth. It's almost impossible not to learn something from him. I loved this book, ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
This was a great little book about Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life. There were lots of interesting insights that made me look at the story differently with added depth and meaning. I love John Bytheway and how well he is able to apply scriptures to our personal lives.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious. I admit, it had me intrigued just from that. I knew I was going to want to see what this book was all about. And then the subtitle caught my eye: “Finding your Path in Lehi’s Dream.” Since one of my focuses this year is to really delve into the scriptures and into gospel study and find more ways to really wrap my life around being more, this book fit right into it.

I love symbolism and love exploring the deeper meanings of things. I’m a “there’s always more t
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lehi's dream in the Book of Mormon is a well-known parable for LDS members. This book works to further our understanding of this passage. By dissecting the scripture, John Bytheway is able to really provide interesting insights and thoughts into each little part. This book will provide fascinating information about Lehi's dream along with helpful and meaningful ways to apply it to your life.

This is a passage of scripture I think every LDS member is very familiar with. I know I've heard it tons o
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I admit that I don't read many books that fall into the inspirational category. I like to be entertained and escape reality when I read. I like to escape motherhood and responsibilities. It is what I like to do, but not necessarily what I really need to do.

I fall into the traps that Lifestyles of the Great & Spacious is all about. There is a quote from page 104 that to me had great significance. "Not only does God care about what we do, he cares about us. What we do is what we become, and he
Susan Hatch
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend, Jill, loaned me this little book and it was quite an easy read and some good things to ponder. I have been reading another book with another friend on Lehi's Dream/Nephi's Vision which is much more complex but that book helped me see things in this one.

As always BTW writes for the younger set but there are things to be gleaned by adults. The one part that grabbed my attention was the comments we make while we are in the Great and Spacious....that points out just how much IN we really
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brother Bytheway sure gave me a lot of new thoughts to ponder in this little book. I couldn't whip right through it because there would be a new concept that would grab me right off the page! I would stop and ponder that idea, and think, "Wow, I hadn't thought of it in that way before." I like the depth with which he examines every word and phrase of the scriptures. Nothing gets past him, and that adds extra meaning to that scripture. Brother Bytheway is a good organizer; I enjoy the structure ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Felt like I really learned a lot about Lehi's dream. A great review and study guide if you want to learn more. I really think the mist of darkness and the building represent secularism. Gave me lots to think about.

It's hard to have a negative attitude about anything when your life is built on Christ. MRB pg. 6

Lehi's vision of the great and spacious building tell us graphically that the main weapon used by the wicked is mocking and derision. I don't think we guard ourselves enough against behavi
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The highest praise I can give this book is to say I want to re-read it. I never re-read books unless it's to skim a previously read one for a book club discussion or to read it with someone else. This book, I would choose to re-read all on my own. I got a lot out of it the first time through and am sure I will get even more on a second pass. I loved the humor, the excellent points, and the relevance. It was very much a "here and now" book, applying Lehi's Dream to our lives today. As further pro ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This highly readable and enjoyable little book is an interesting, in-depth analysis of the metaphor of the Tree of Life in Lehi's Dream in The Book of Mormon. I love how John Bytheway makes the scriptures not just more understandable, but also more applicable and relevant in every day life. With only 137 pages, this thought-provoking book can be read in a day or two, but will be pondered long after. Highly recommended for LDS readers, as well as those interested in knowing more about The Book of ...more
Victoria Brinius
The Bible is so full of different people and times. I love when I get the opportunity to learn about a specific time or person. I really enjoyed learning about Lehi, and the part that talks about facing scoffers is definitely worth the read. These 32 versus definitely made more sense to me after this read. I also recommend the book "Life Rocks" by the same author. A good foundation helps ensure a good future. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I really enjoyed this book. I remember listening to John Bytheway CDs as a youth and that is a big part of the reason I bought this book. His plain and simple writing makes it clear what he wants to say. The book is full of great quotes from modern LDS general authorities as well as other well respected authors. It is also full of great scripture references. Most importantly it sheds light on one of the most important allegories in LDS scripture.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. The author, with his wit and special type of story telling, takes the reader into Lehi's Dream to help make sense of what it might mean for you.
A lot of the time is spent on the Large and Spacious building (hence the title) but that is probably where it needs the most discussion.
A must read for any Book of Mormon reader wanting a bit more.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely little inspiring book. There's a lot to learn from Lehi and Nephi's vision of the tree of life! This book explores many things we can learn, both from individual aspects of the vision and from the vision as a whole. I really appreciated that there was a brief summary of everything at the end.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deseret-book
Great insight and commentary on the Vision of the Tree of Life. John Bytheway makes some really neat connections between the Tree of Life, Christ's Parable of the Seed/Soils, & Alma's Discourse on the Seed of Faith. Really liked the last chapter best of all and what he says specifically regarding mocking from other members of the Church.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is very inspiring and very-well written. There are lots of scriptural and General Conference quotes, all referenced to their sources. This is a great read-together book with a loved one! Way to go John Bytheway, and thank-you to him and his helpers!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked how John Bytheway broke down the different elements of Lehi's vision from the Book of Mormon. It was a quick read, but gave me a greater understanding of what the vision means and how it relates to all of us. I have always loved John Bytheway's books and talks.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, new way to study the tree of life story from the Book of Mormon. He takes each of the main verses and discusses them in detail; including how they can be applied to modern-day life. He uses talks from general authorities and his own experiences.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a quick read with incredible insight that John Bytheway is well known for. His delightful commentary brings out the meaning of Lehi's dream with a 20/20 focus that will help everyone appreciate and understand these precious verses of The Book of Mormon.
Pam Jewell
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
tree of life

I always love the humor John Bytheway interjects in all books but even more I appreciate his insights that bring more clarity of the scripturews for me Some concepts I about the tree of life were familiar but some were new and worth pondering .

Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the way it made me think about the different things that are in Lehi's Dream. It presented ideas about the dream elements that I hadn't thought of and talked about elements that aren't often talked about when we discuss or read about the dream.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book offered great insight into Lehi's Dream and where we fit in. I really enjoyed it!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-books
This was good, it broke down Lehi's Dream and shows how to apply it to todays world. It was a great, easy read.
This may have just become my new favorite John Bytheway book. I loved this little book. There were so many insights to the verses in the Book of Mormon. This is a must read for teen and adult.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great explanation and breakdown of Lehi's dream. Opened my eyes to many insights I hadn't considered.
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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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“I've noticed that there is danger in spending all this time writing about those "publicans and sinners" over there in the great and spacious building. If our spot near the tree of life becomes a Rameumptom where we congratulate each other on our chosen-ness and look down on everyone else, then we're occupying nothing more than a branch office of the great and spacious.” 5 likes
“If we want to be respected today for who we are, then we need to act confidently—secure in the knowledge of who we are and what we stand for and not as if we had to apologize for our beliefs. That doesn’t mean we should be arrogant or overbearing. Respect for others’ views should always be a basic principle for us—it’s built right into the Articles of Faith (see Articles of Faith 1:11 ). But when we act as if we are a persecuted minority or as if we expect to be misunderstood or criticized, people will sense it and respond accordingly.” 0 likes
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