Best of
Church

2003

Small and Simple Things


Marjorie Pay Hinckley - 2003
    Gentle encouragement, expressions of faith, and enduring advice for everyday problems will bring a smile to your face and gratitude to your heart for the small and simple things in your own life that make all the difference.

The Book of Mormon Made Easier Part 1: 1 Nephi Through Words of Mormon


David J. Ridges - 2003
    Ridges, brings The Book of Mormon to life with his well-known teaching skills. As with his other books in The Gospel Studies Series, the full text of the scripture is included, and in-the-verse notes provide a highly effective, unique teaching tool. Notes between the verses provide additional insights and teach principles and doctrines.

Trusting Jesus


Jeffrey R. Holland - 2003
    Included in this collection are such classic addresses as "The Other Prodigal," "He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things," "Come unto Me," "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," "A Handful of Meal and a Little Oil," "As Doves to Our Windows," and many others.The messages gathered here will help us to remember His promises in all our days of trial and challenge. When our souls are spiritually depleted, we can trust that the Lord will provide us with the bread of life and the living waters. When we struggle to fulfill our callings, we can trust that He will sustain and support our efforts. When our lives are hectic and overwhelming, we can trust that the Lord will bless us with peace.

God Thinks You're Wonderful


Max Lucado - 2003
    A warm-hearted gift appropriate for almost anyone at any occasion, God Thinks You're Wonderful is the perfect way to say, "You Are Special." Who wouldn't enjoy 96 pages of smile-producing affirmations such as:"If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it""He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart?""Our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give"Each brief thought is accompanied by an irresistible drawing to remind readers of God's love and care. Chris Shea's delightful illustrations pair perfectly with Max Lucado's warm words in this unique, full-color gift book.

Light in the Wilderness: Explorations in the Spiritual Life


M. Catherine Thomas - 2003
    As we come to understand the difference between the experience in the Natural and the Spiritual Mind, we gain greater access to unseen spiritual realities. We find that the Light in our Wilderness is literal, and that it continually seeks access to our awareness. In this book, Catherine Thomas invites fellow seekers to search behind familiar gospel words and concepts to find a greater revelation.

The Wentworth Letter


Joseph Smith Jr. - 2003
    You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide


Grant Hardy - 2003
    Yet it is unquestionably one of the most influential books ever written. With over 140 million copies in print, it is a central text of one of the largest and fastest-growing faiths in the world. And, Grant Hardy shows, it's far from the coma-inducing doorstop caricatured by Twain.In Understanding the Book of Mormon, Hardy offers the first comprehensive analysis of the work's narrative structure in its 180 year history. Unlike virtually all other recent world scriptures, the Book of Mormon presents itself as an integrated narrative rather than a series of doctrinal expositions, moral injunctions, or devotional hymns. Hardy takes readers through its characters, events, and ideas, as he explores the story and its messages. He identifies the book's literary techniques, such as characterization, embedded documents, allusions, and parallel narratives. Whether Joseph Smith is regarded as author or translator, it's noteworthy that he never speaks in his own voice; rather, he mediates nearly everything through the narrators Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. Hardy shows how each has a distinctive voice, and all are woven into an integral whole.As with any scripture, the contending views of the Book of Mormon can seem irreconcilable. For believers, it is an actual historical document, transmitted from ancient America. For nonbelievers, it is the work of a nineteenth-century farmer from upstate New York. Hardy transcends this intractable conflict by offering a literary approach, one appropriate to both history and fiction. Regardless of whether readers are interested in American history, literature, comparative religion, or even salvation, he writes, the book can best be read if we examine the text on its own terms.

Eve and the Choice Made in Eden


Beverly Campbell - 2003
    In looking for the source of this unease, I came to recognize that it could be traced to accounts of the Creation and to the ever-prevalent and negative characterizations of Eve.”She writes of three levels from which the story of Eden must be viewed: as historical fact, as a series of symbols and metaphors, and as a place for a beginning our own search for spiritual understanding and relevance in life. This compelling book may change forever your perception of our first parents and the choice they made.

John: 90 Days with the Beloved Disciple


Beth Moore - 2003
    Millions have been drawn to her inspired lessons, and the media has called her "America’s Bible teacher." The PERSONAL REFLECTIONS series continues to reintroduce Beth’s most beloved character-driven books, expanding them into 90-day experiences that include nearly all of the text from her original work, plus thoughtful questions and journal space to engage readers throughout this special time of study.John is the new presentation of Moore’s enduring favorite, The Beloved Disciple. The young gospel writer followed Jesus all the years of His ministry, experiencing more miracles, displays of power, and perfect love than he could fathom. And just as Christ led John into the depths of His love, that same journey is here for us, His beloved.

Book of Mormon Reference Companion


Dennis L. Largey - 2003
    Never before has a reference work of this scope been created to help both the experienced reader and the investigator or new convert understand this important book of scripture. It is like having a teacher beside you as you read and study. Maps, illustrations, photographs, pictures, outlines, and charts combine with the informative articles to enhance understanding and help parents, teachers, and leaders share the message of the Book of Mormon with their families and students. A must-have reference book for every Latter-day Saint library!

The New Testament Made Easier: Part 2-Acts Through Revelation


David J. Ridges - 2003
    Ridges, makes Acts through Revelation come alive in The New Testament Made Easier, Part 2. In-the-verse notes provide a unique teaching tool which allows you to read the complete King James Bible text of Acts through Revelation while, at the same time, being taught the meaning of difficult Bible words and phrases, symbolism, doctrine, culture and setting. Occasional notes between the verses clarify and alert you to major concepts and messages.

Finding Favor with the King: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence


Tommy Tenney - 2003
    A Jewish girl of no royal heritage was chosen to become the Queen of Persia. Was it her beauty alone, or did she know an important and mysterious truth? Tenney challenges his readers to move beyond formal petitions or even "storming the gates of heaven" to that intimate embrace of worship where the bride's petitions move the King's heart and where kingdoms, people, and situations begin to shift like pawns on a divine chessboard.

The Lord's Service: The Grace of Covenant Renewal Worship


Jeffrey J. Meyers - 2003
    He then guides us through the stages of a covenant renewal liturgy, explaining from Scripture the meanings of each step of the service. The final section addresses miscellaneous issues in worship, such as the use of creeds, the "regulative principle," and ministerial clothing.Jeffrey Meyers provides not only a compelling biblical, theological, and historical case for covenant renewal worship, but also shows that it is beautiful, profound, edifying, and liberating.

The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son


Joseph Fielding McConkie - 2003
    McConkie is painted on the canvas of faith in colors as bold as the sermons he preached. In the pages of this biography, written by Elder McConkie's son Joseph, the reader is invited to become acquainted with the man as he was known to his family and closest friends. The book captures something of his humor, the depth of his faith, his love of life and of his dear Amelia, his devotion to the gospel, his discipline, the extent of his suffering, and his endless efforts to mentor his children. No one in the history of the Church has written more by way of testimony of Christ than Bruce R. McConkie. In this work the members of the Church are invited to meet the man whom they have quoted so often.

Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle


Spencer J. Condie - 2003
    Nelson is known worldwide for his tireless service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people, however, are not familiar with his pioneering work in the field of open-heart surgery, the life-prolonging operation he performed on President Spencer W. Kimball, his role in helping open Eastern Bloc countries to the preaching of the gospel, and his loving efforts to build relations with the people of China. In Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle, readers are treated to an intimate portrayal that will help us come to know Elder Nelson as a man of testimony, a dedicated husband and father of ten, and a servant whose principal desire since his youth has been to serve God's children. Full of insight and inspiration, this biography will take its place among other important works that chronicle the lives of the Lord's latter-day servants.

Who Shall Be Able To Stand: Finding Personal Meaning In The Book Of Revelation


S. Michael Wilcox - 2003
    However, S. Michael Wilcox assures us that the Lord has provided a key to help us, "a key that works by a combination of notches and valleys that correspond to the inner workings of the lock. All are needed to open the door. Some symbols will require drawing upon all the elements of the key to produce the greatest understanding." In the opening chapter, he identifies the notches on the key and reminds us that we must use this key with the help of the Holy Spirit. The balance of the book provides commentary on each chapter in Revelation. This book stands apart from others on the topic because it focuses on the application of Revelation's teachings and symbols to our lives. No one who reads Who Shall Be Able to Stand will ever feel the same about that prophetic book.

Knowing God by Name: Names of God That Bring Hope and Healing


David Wilkerson - 2003
    Newly repackaged.

Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story


Kenneth E. Bailey - 2003
    His story of exile and return was their story as well. In the well-known tale of the prodigal son, Jesus reshaped the story in his own way and for his own purposes. In this work, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga and the New Testament parable. He unpacks similarities freighted with theological significance and differences that often reveal Jesus' particular purposes. Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Bailey offers here a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel's past, his present and their future.

The Lost Language of Symbolism: An Essential Guide for Recognizing and Interpreting Symbols of the Gospel


Alonzo L. Gaskill - 2003
    . . . It partakes of the language of the heart and the language of the Spirit. . . . As Alonzo Gaskill deftly points out in this work, the language of symbolism embraces everything from the dust of the earth to the glories of the heavens. To miss what is being expressed or taught with symbols is like living in a world without sunsets or autumn leaves. — Joseph Fielding McConkie "All things have their likeness," the Lord has said, "and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth" (Moses 6:63). "Symbolism is the very language of scripture," writes author Alonzo Gaskill. As we more fully understand the symbolism in the scriptures and the temple, we are led to deeper, more profound insights and truths that previously eluded us. The result is that we can then more readily liken the scriptures unto ourselves for "our profit and learning" (1 Nephi 19:23). This engaging and well-researched guide explores the symbolism of body parts, clothing, colors, numbers, directions, names, and animals in holy writ and in the temple. It also provides a series of charts comparing the lives of scriptural individuals and showing how they actually are types and symbols of Christ. Filled with countless examples to help explain and support the author's discussion of symbols and their meanings, the text makes extensive references not only to recognized Latter-day Saint sources but also to lesser-known sources written by a variet1 of religious scholars both modern and ancient. Symbolism is a language hidden in the margins, tucked between the lines, and suspended below the surface of the words. With study and effort, we can coax the symbolic meaning into the open and become fluent in reading the eternal truths it reveals. This book is an invaluable aid in that process.

Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith


Richard E. Turley Jr. - 2003
    Line drawings throughout help bring his story to life for them. Each chapter of the book presents one incident from Joseph Smith s life and can be read as an individual story. But the stories are arranged chronologically so that, as a whole, they present a full biography of Joseph Smith for the young reader. As one parent stated: I read this book aloud at bedtime to my four little boys, ten to three. I ll cherish the conversation we had after the last page was read where we all agreed that we knew Joseph s mission was God- led and that he was a prophet. Thank you for this book!

Grace Works


Robert L. Millet - 2003
    Millet. "This is a book about works. It is, in fact, a book about how 'grace works, ' about the goodness and condescension of a benevolent God, and about the good works that flow from the heart of a person who has been truly changed by Christ." Members of many Christian faiths stress the importance of grace--some even denying the necessity of good works. Some Latter-day Saints react by mistakenly arguing that we don't believe in grace. Brother Millet writes about our plight as fallen beings and what it means to be saved in and through Christ. He points out that, while we must never take our Heavenly Father's loving offer to forgive his children as license to sin wantonly, slack off, or waste time, we also must not "frustrate the grace of God" (Galatians 2:21) by spurning or failing to appreciate this heavenly gift. Grace Works is an approachable discussion of these much-misunderstood principles and bears stirring witness to the mercy and justice of God.

Traveling Light for Mothers


Max Lucado - 2003
    No, not your purse, or a diaper bag, or your child's lunch box, but one created in your mind. And you didn't stuff it with books, band-aids, or baby food-you filled it with burdens. The kind of burdens moms carry.The suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontent. You drape a duffel bag of weariness on one shoulder and a hanging bag of worry on the other. No wonder you're so tired at the end of the day. Toting those kind of bags is exhausting.Why don't you try traveling light? Try it for the sake of those you love so dearly: your husband, your children, your parents. Have you ever considered the impact that excess baggage has on relationships?God wants to use you, you know. But how can he if you're exhausted?Using the comforting message of the twenty-third Psalm, Max Lucado reminds mothers to listen to God's tender voice urging us to release those burdens we were never meant to bear.

In Thy Presence


Lev Gillet - 2003
    Some of them open our minds to the immense energy of love in the universe. Others reveal the presence of love in human tribulations and suffering, or illumimate the most commonplace actions of daily life. In all of them, tenderness toward each created being touches the real hunger and hope of our lives for a relationship of loving communication with God, for a journey with a transcendentent destination.

The Revival We Need


Oswald J. Smith - 2003
    The Revival We Need, for its size is the most powerful plea for revival one can read.

Theopolitical Imagination: Christian Practices of Space and Time


William T. Cavanaugh - 2003
    "Consumption of the Eucharist," he argues, "consumes one into the narrative of the pilgrim City of God, whose reach extends beyond the global to embrace all times and places." He develops the theme of the Eucharist as the basis for Christian resistance to the violent disciplines of state, civil society and globalization.

The Myth We Call Perfection


John Lewis Lund - 2003
    John L. Lund gives us the assurance that out best efforts are all that the Lord asks us to do. "A lot of people have bought into the ideal that if everything isn't absolutely perfect, then we're not good enough and we're never going to be good enough. It's almost as if we think we belong to the 'Church of the Perfect Family' and if you don't have the perfect family you don't qualify," says Dr. Lund. Quoting Elder McConkie he says, '"Perfectionism has afflicted the Church greatly and there are many who have lost hope because they have set a standard that neither they nor anyone else can measure up to." Dr. Lund's warm message offers hope that we can be perfect in this life. . . perfectly adequate, and that's good enough!

Son of Man, Volume II: Miracles of Jesus


Susan Easton Black - 2003
    In prose and paintings, this book included the stories about Jesus as he turned water into wine, healed the sick and the blind, calmed the raging storm in the Sea of Galilee, and fed the five thousand hungry followers. Whether read as gospel or metaphor, the miracles present compelling answers to our enduring questions about the value of life an the power of love and faithSusand Easton Black and artist Liz Lemon Swindle once again combine talents and a shared vision of Christ as a man who , in his mortal life, reached down and lifted up those who struggled. This inspirational gift book is sure to be cherished for the beauty of the art and the simple truth of the message.

When Ye Shall Receive These Things: Daily Reflections on the Book of Mormon


Lloyd D. Newell - 2003
    A daily devotional book featuring a passage from the Book of Mormon and a short commentary on the passage for each day of the year.

Breakthrough Prayer: The Secret of Receiving What You Need from God


Jim Cymbala - 2003
    'Breakthrough Prayer' explains the principles and lays out a vision that can revolutionize our lives, enabling us to receive all that God has for us.

Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities


David Instone-Brewer - 2003
    Yet when we turn to Scripture for guidance, we often hear conflicting messages about its teachings. David Instone-Brewer shows how, when properly understood, the New Testament provides faithful, realistic and wise guidance of crucial importance and practical help for the church today.

War Child: Growing Up in Adolf Hitler's Germany


Annelee Woodstrom - 2003
    These kind people in America wanted to hear about Adolf Hitler, the man who was despised everywhere in the world. During her adolescene, constant propaganda and strictly enforced censorship influenced her thinking. As a young adult, the bombings and all the consequential suffering caused by World War II affected Annelee deeply. How could Annelee tell them that as a child, during 1935, she wanted nothing more than to be a member of Adolf Hitler's Jung Maidens' organization?

The Priesthood of the Plebs: A Theology of Baptism


Peter J. Leithart - 2003
    Leithart argues that the coming of the New Creation in Jesus Christ has profound and revolutionary implications for social order, implications symbolized and effected in the ritual of baptism. In Christ and Christian baptism, the ancient distinctions between priest and non-priest, between patrician and plebian, are dissolved, giving rise to a new humanity in which there is no Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. Yet, beginning in the medieval period, the church has blunted the revolutionary force of baptism, and reintroduced antique distinctions whose destruction was announced by the gospel. Leithart calls the church to renew her commitment to the gospel that offers "priesthood to the plebs."

Behold the Messiah


Robert J. Matthews - 2003
    Especially is this the case with those who approach it in a captious spirit, determined to find fault, to attack and ridicule rather than to fairly investigate. They cannot analyze it, cannot even grasp it, and are incapable of forming any just or proper conclusion in relation to it.To those who understand the subject, even in part, it presents the most beautiful and most attractive phases. It is truly "a marvelous work and a wonder." Nothing in the whole wide realm of thought, in the universal domain of reason, science, poetry and philosophy, compares with it in sublimity and loveliness.

Preaching from the Soul: Insistent Observations on the Sacred Art


J. Ellsworth Kalas - 2003
    Right? Wrong, says Ellsworth Kalas. We have all encountered preachers who seem to know all the fine points of exegesis and inflection, yet whose sermons leave us surprisingly unmoved, aware that we were in the presence of good speaking, but not great preaching.The difference, Kalas reminds us, lies in that hard-to-describe, yet essential quality known as soul. Soul is the collection of those perspectives and convictions that matter most to the preacher. Soul preaching means offering one's particular ideas, attitudes, and convictions fully to the congregation. When one preaches with soul, one engages the biblical text with the core of one's values and beliefs. Soul preaching is, in other words, simply giving the whole self to the task of proclamation. While the concept may sound simple, the reality is anything but.In the clear, insightful style for which he is known, Kalas takes readers on a path of discovery, introducing them to the unique gifts that they can bring to preaching, and the best way to engage those gifts in preparing and delivering the sermon.

Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church


Scott Hahn - 2003
    Scott Hahn has released a collection of essays on the study and interpretation of Scripture from a Catholic perspective. Aptly titled Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church, Dr. Hahn takes a penetrating look into the depths of Scripture, showing the reader how to uncover its many layers of meaning and inspiration. Scripture Matters serves both as an instructional guide to reading the Bible and as a delightful meditation on the grandeur of God's Word. Dr. Hahn effectively illustrates his discussion with the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Josemaria Escriva, Cardinal Ratzinger, and other exemplary scholars of Scripture who truly speak "from the heart of the Church."

The Proclamation on the Family


David J. Ridges - 2003
    But we, too, live in a day where many revelations are being given by Him, including "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." This marvelous document is a treasury of the revealed word of the Lord on a great many current issues which face our world. Discover what the Lord has said on topics such as: Premortal existence Gender as a part of our eternal identity the importance of marriage and having children Ingredients of a righteous home The equality of fathers and mothers The causes of calamities in the last days Plus two dozen other timely topics The book helps members become more aware of the rather astonishing number of issues spoken of by the Lord through His servants in such a brief inspired document. The format used is intentionally simple. For each of the main chapters, a copy of the Proclamation is given with the specific issue addressed by the Lord bolded in order for the reader to see "at-a-glance" what was said on that particular topic.

Jonathan Edwards Reader


John Edwin Smith - 2003
    Prepared by editors of the distinguished series The Works of Jonathan Edwards, this authoritative anthology includes selected treatises, sermons, and autobiographical material by early America's greatest theologian and philosopher.

C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison


Steve Miller - 2003
    Spurgeon's passion for raising up future spiritual leaders marked his ministry. Drawing on the strategies of this tremendous man of God, Steve Miller presents C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership for leaders interested in understanding the role of faith and conviction in forming a philosophy of spiritual leadership. Miller highlights the qualities Spurgeon viewed as indispensable to servant-hearted leadership. Here is a comprehensive guide for the church, providing help in developing leaders for today and tomorrow.