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The Continuous Atonement

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,171 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
The sacrament prayers have to be given word-perfect. Everyone knows that. But when the priest flubs it, what happens? Even though the expectation of perfection cannot be lowered, the person giving the prayer gets a second chance, and a third, and a fourth, if he needs them. No matter how many mistakes he makes along the way, when he does finally get it right, the outcome i ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Deseret Book
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Erin This book is about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the only Begotten Son of God the Father. He was given the responsibility to come to earth…moreThis book is about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the only Begotten Son of God the Father. He was given the responsibility to come to earth and redeem mankind from the spiritual death which every person experiences. The purpose of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is to cleanse, console, perfect and transform people into beings that can live in the presence of God. The only way to understand the true gift of the Atonement is to experience it for yourself one step at a time. Many people do not know where to start or even how to begin to apply this gift into their life. Brad Wilcox shares experiences, stories and knowledge that help the reader use the gift of the Atonement. (less)

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Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book has new ideas on an old topic. Brother Wilcox applies the atonement to our daily lives in a way that has not been presented to me before. It is an easy read and motivates me to be better.

One quote from the book:

Little children don't learn to walk in a day. Between the time a child is carried in a parent's arms and the great day when he is running on his own, there is a lot of hand holding, baby stepping, and falling. For a child learning to walk, falling down may not be desirable, but
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
One of the best books I have ever read. I think I need to reread it regularly. It has so many powerful insights that I really don't even know what to right. There are so many analogies and examples that help explain how the Atonement works in our lives. It is not a one-time event, nor something that only happens when we are working our hardest. Christ is there to help us work our hardest. His Grace does everything for us.

Here are a few favorite quotes:

"Christ's requirements (commandments) are n
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Some books can change your life. This one changed mine. It's the type of book I want to read again and again because I feel like I only scratched the surface.
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't often read doctrinal books unless they come from the leadership of the Church. Yet this book came to me highly recommended from a few key friends who said that it dealt with truths regarding the atonement. I was intrigued by these recommendations even though I only knew Brad Wilcox as an EFY speaker. I was duly impressed by the doctrine regarding continual repentance and how we come to obey the commandment "be ye therefore perfect."

This book is written towards people who are often weary
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox, a Review

Wonderful book. Had many moments of true “a-ha! I hadn’t thought of it that way before, makes perfect sense and offers a lot of comfort/direction/meaning.”
It took me weeks to read this book, as I’d only read about a half a chapter at a time as part of my daily scripture study and then the next day would write about what I’d read the day before. It was worth it.

The most important thing about this book, and the ideas in this book, is one word cont
Clinton Hutchings
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mormonism
Tons of credit to the author. To substantively take on a confusing, central/primary, old religious topic by articulating new perspectives with humor, personal experiences and understandable explanations is quite an undertaking. One he succeeds at very well. He doesn't shy away from anything really - including the pretty flawed bicycle analogy and "after all we can do" troublesome verse.
Barnard Madsen
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Key insight from this book: perfect freedom requires perfect love.
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It brought me so much peace and hope. Highly recommended.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, book-club
I heard the author talk about much of the material in this book and I preferred his speaking to his writing. That said, I still found this to be an inspiring and useful book.

some favorite quotes:

"Changes in belief always precede changes in behavior."

"It is one thing to follow Christ and another thing entirely to be led by Him."

"True faith in Christ is more than just knowing about Him or even believing He is divine. It is knowing that His Atonement is real, that its purpose is to transform us, an
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
This book's title says it all. It is an examination of the Atonement, but not just how the Atonement can save us at the end of our lives, but how it is our very real source for strength, solace, forgiveness and power each and every day, as we struggle along, mired in sins we repeat all too often. I know many others who, like me, have become discouraged at our apparent and obvious lack of perfection, even after years of trying to live the Gospel. The truths in this book are like a balm. I'm afrai ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I rarely read "church" lit, but made an exception for this one, and it is excellent. This book is based on a talk given by Brad Wilcox, which can be found (free) in PDF format, here: If you think it's an excellent explanation for a complicated doctrine, and find it as comforting as I did, you may want to do what I did -- buy this book.

In the acknowledgments, Wilcox quotes Dallin H. Oaks: "A call for repentance that is clear enough and loud enough
I was a little sad when I finished this book. It was so uplifting and edifying that I would read a little bit of it every morning and then think about what I'd read during the day. This book is perfect for someone who is trying to understand why everyone is worthy of the Atonement, why justice and mercy are important, why Christ saves and redeems us. Wilcox shows why the Atonement should fill us with hope, not make us feel hopeless.

I learn best through examples, and this book is full of them. H
Heather Rindlisbacher
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ironically, I picked this book up at the bookstore on a whim (rarely spend $20 for a book) & the next week my bishop recommended it. For those struggling to understand the concept of the atonement, or for those who understand it and are attempting to apply it to themselves, this book is amazing. I'm also always on the lookout for books written from an LDS perspective that deal empathetically with depression and mental illness, this book has a chapter specifically written on that topic. This ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Author, Brad Wilcox encourages greater understanding of Christ’s Atonement as he illustrates that this gift is meant to cleanse,change, and sanctify us. He talks a great deal about justice and how the atonement satisfies the demands of justice, so we can repent of our sins and become like God. We are ideally supposed to consecrate our lives to God and find joy in living as he asks, with no ulterior motives. For a condensed version of the book, read his speech entitled “His Grace Is Sufficient”.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs
Absolutely wonderful book. Provided me with so much insight and understanding as to the purpose of the atonement and what it means for me in my life. It also made me feel at peace with my day to day struggles and helped me grow closer to my Father in Heaven. This life is a process; God knew we'd slip up sometimes and loved us enough to send his Son to atone for our sins. I would highly recommend it.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Annette by: Marie, Christa
Full review to come soon but for now all I can say is WOW! What a fabulously inspirational book!

Ok here it is:
I would like to give you a brief snapshot (a teaser) into each chapter.

Chapter 1 However Long it Takes:
The message of this chapter is: DONT GIVE UP. Even if you struggle with a serious addiction and you keep regressing. KEEP TRYING.
"Even when we may not have completely forsaken a sin, each time we repent we are one step closer to that goal - we are closer than we think.... When we're
Ashley Peterson
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Brad Wilcox has an amazing way of explain how we can continually use the atonement in our lives.
Rusty Henrichsen
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of our missionaries came to get his “post” (mail, in the USA) and had a package from his grandmother. Turns out it was this book which he had received from someone else at an earlier date. He loaned it to us, otherwise, I wouldn’t have known of it and probably would not have sought it out. Everything has a purpose – I’m not sure what it is in this case, but I know that this book has caused me some deep thought. I will probably read it again when I get home and do some more thorough study of ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I did like this book. Would I recommend it? Yes, but not before I recommend Stephen Robinson's books: Believing Christ and Following Christ.

Why the 3 stars? I agree with other readers that at times it was slow and often repetitive. There were a few topics I was disappointed that he skirted the issue or didn't pay it the attention that I would have desired, but that is the author's choice.

The book did put the Atonement of Christ in a good perspective. Examples were generally experience based and
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Verona by: I just saw it at the bookstore.
This book without a doubt is one of the best books I have ever read on Jesus Christ and his Atonement. It has given me so much understanding, and more importantly to me, comfort. I feel the Savior's love for me more than I ever have in my life. Every page of this book was comforting and enlightening. I didn't hurry through this book. I savored every thought and every page. I loved Brother Wilcox's examples and stories. They are real and ones I could identify with. I am so thankful to understand ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, favorites
This book completely changed my view of the atonement. I thought I understood it. But honestly, this book helped me understand the atonement in a whole new light. No matter how many mistakes I make along the way, as I use the atonement the final result WILL be counted as perfect. The atonement is not here to just erase black marks- it is here to help us progress and learn and ultimately become like Christ. And the most hopeful news is He is not just waiting for us at the top of the mountain, or ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever listened to a talk or read a scripture that you felt was exactly what you needed to hear or that it was meant just for you? That's exactly how I felt about this entire book. Throughout my life I have struggled with making some of the same mistakes over and over again and then as a result have felt like I was unworthy of Heavenly Father's forgiveness. After reading this book I have realized that is exactly what the Atonement is for, not just for those one-time mistakes but for the o ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book.The Atonement explained in an easy to read digestible way. Many of these things I never even before considered. It amazes me all that his Atonement covers and I think I have a better understanding and more peace now then I had before I read this. I would go so far as to say I wish every Christian especially LDS would read this book and understand a little better the part you are to play on this earth and what the sacrament and some of the other covenants we make mean in ...more
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Denise, Rebecca, Charlye
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
This was not what I was expecting! I very much enjoyed many of the analogies and the plain and simple conveyence of the subject matter. Having said that, Brad Wilcox comes close but does not surpass S. Michael Wilcox in his writing and I still haven't found ANY writing that matches the simplistic and logical outline of doctrine written so succinctly in the second book of Nephi. I will be returning to this again in the future and definitely recommending it to anyone wanting to further their under ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book although deep, it was filled with lightbulb moments. Beautiful quotes and statements that really made me think. I borrowed it from my neighbor, although I kept it too long, it has really
changed my life. He (Jesus Christ) was the only one great enough to become the least!
Pres. James E. Faust "I am grateful that it is never too late to change, to make things right, to leave old activities and habits behind."
Christ doesn't just make up the difference, he makes ALL the difference.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After hearing Brad Wilcox speak at TOFW, I really wanted to read his book on the atonement. His talk was insightful and the book was even more so because I took my time digesting what I read. He helped clarify the misconception that the atonement comes into effect "after all that we can do." The Savior is with us every step of the way, even the ones that take us backwards at times. As the subtitle reads, "Christ doesn't just make up the difference. He makes all the difference." I highly recommen ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
Loved this book. Very readable. I think I liked Callister's "Infinite Atonement" even more, but there's a reason Wilcox is such a popular speaker. Lots of good analogies and things to think about. My favorite part was the idea that Satan (though he tried) didn't mess up the Fall, the Atonement, or the Restoration. The only way he can mess up Heavenly Father's plan now is to mess us up individually. And he does that many times by making us doubt in the reality and the love of God.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If it were possible to give more than five stars, I would do it for this book. It is beautifully written and explains the Atonement of Jesus Christ in wonderful, beautiful ways. This book helped me to understand my relationship with my Savior in a deeper way. I view the Atonement differently and appreciate it so much more. This is a book that I will definitely re-read. There is so much to glean from its pages. I love this book!
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful concept - I love every word.

This is a book that will live by my bed to be read and reread as I come to understand the Atonement better and better. So many layers to discover. Also, discovering the part the Holy Ghost plays in all this has given me a new appreciation and love of the Holy Ghost. Truly he is a misunderstood part of the Atonement.

The Gospel is amazing.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fast yet deep read. I started underlining and want to reread it so that I can use it for continuous reference. Truly an uplifting and inspiring book for daily reminders of God's plan and love for us. Wilcox uses real-life examples that illustrate so clearly Christ's Continuous Atonement in our lives. His writing is as if he is speaking--very easily understood.
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“Satan doesn’t win when he can get us to cross the line but when he convinces us that there is no way back.” 5 likes
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