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The Belonging Heart: The Atonement and Relationships with God and Family

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The third in a trilogy of books relating to the Atonement, The Belonging Heart explores what it means to feel at one with our Father in Heaven, with Christ and his cause, and with our family and friends. This book's theme deals with how the Atonement helps us build our relationships with the Lord and with others, especially family members. As we accept the Atonement, the L ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Deseret Book Co
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Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An incredible explanation of how the Atonement affects are feeling of belonging in all our relationships. The authors discuss what we can do to make a difference in our own sense of belonging through true acceptance of the Atonement and allowing ourselves to truly belong to the Savior.
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
It was the title of this book that originally got me reading Elder Hafen's trilogy of books about the heart (and it was my favorite). I think that we all want to belong to something, someone. Our hearts instinctively yearn for connections and love; they yearn for God. Ultimately that's where we belong - with Him. But these instincts of the heart are not what the world teaches today. Too many people these days are seeking for individual freedom and less connection to others.

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Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The older I get, the more I come to realize that all people--whether old or young and whether verbalized or not--desire to belong and feel loved. Bruce and Marie Hafen share beautifully why we long to belong, how we we can belong to Christ, and how we can build a greater sense of belonging with those around us, including our families.

A few favorite quotes:

“Jesus Christ came to accomplish the great at-one-ment, not the great alone-ment…He seeks to bring us to his Father, to himself, and to each
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This book applies charity to the Atonement. It puts relationships into an eternal perspective and causes you to realize the need for not only mortal relationships, but a heavenly relationship with a loving God. I feel a lot of solace and completion when I read this book because it touches some of my deepest desires--to belong.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! I learned so much and became aware of so much about myself that I couldn't see before. This book is so helpful in thinking through current day trends in society. LOVED IT!! gave it away as a gift. Plan on giving it away so more. the three books together in this series are an amazing contribution by this husband and wife.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church, 2014
A well written book that addresses two subjects that are often spoken of, but not as often spoken of together - family and the atonement. It does an excellent job of speaking of the ideal that we strive for while accounting for the difficulties and general messiness of life.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was a hard book for me to keep reading. I started it in December, took it back to the Library after 8 weeks, unfinished. Checked it out again in March. Still took 4 weeks to get through. It is good, but not Great!
Melissa Caress
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Known as "The Trilogy of the Heart" to those who have read "The Believing Heart", "The Belonging Heart" & "The Broken Heart".

Some of the most insightful books on the atonement and relationships that I have read. These really changed my life.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a 3.5. Some parts I felt were redundant, and other chapters I found very interesting and enlightening.
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago. But I remember loving it and teaching the Young Women about this book and giving a talk on it.
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the third in a series by Bruce Hafen. Good reads.
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Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the atonement and finding meaning in the trials and challenges we inevitably face through our families and relationships.
Elaine Duree
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
this book is hard to get into.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ranks right up there with Hugh Nibley's "Meaning of the Atonement" essay in my list of favorites on this subject. Very insightful.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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If I am in time of need...I know I will find strength in this book!
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Bruce C. Hafen has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1996, having served recently as Area President of the Australia/New Zealand area. Earlier he was president of Ricks College, Dean of the BYU Law School, and the number two administrator (Provost) at BYU. Elder Hafen is known to Deseret Book readers for his frequent Ensign articles and his bestselling trilogy on the Atonement ...more
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