Friday, October 25, 2013

Fantastic Friday Review {Written On Our Hearts by Emily Freeman}

This week on
"Fantastic Friday Review,"
I have another treasure to share with my readers.
 
I am truly grateful today because I had the opportunity of reading another wonderful book called,
Written On Our Hearts
by Emily Freeman.
 

About:
 
If you have ever found the Old Testament intimidating, you're not alone. The less-familiar history, themes, and language, coupled with the length of the book, make it a difficult read for many. But author Emily Freeman loves the Old Testament, and as she shares some of the wonderful things she has learned in her study of this book of scripture, you will find yourself coming to love it too. Written on Our Hearts is not a commentary or an intensive doctrinal study. Instead, Emily writes about the stories of the Old Testament, stories of trusting and overcoming and enduring and believing. Within these stories are all kinds of applications for the challenges we face today. "There will come a moment in your life," the author says, "when you or someone you love will struggle with a challenge so great you will wonder how you will make it through. In that moment you will long to better understand the Savior's role as the Deliverer, and to do that you must go to the book of scripture that describes that role the best—the Old Testament." Discover the delivering power of the Lord yourself in the pages of this book—and experience the scriptures in a new, more personal way!
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About the Author:
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Ten Virgins; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and The Promise of Enough. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of vanilla ice cream, raspberries, and chocolate chips. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.

In my opinion:

Wow! That was a fantastic and inspiring book about the Old Testament. I was surprised I liked it so much. I wanted Emily Freeman to come to my ward and teach Gospel Doctrine. Currently, my husband teaches but I wouldn't mind if Emily took a turn once in awhile. What I liked about Emily's style of writing was the way she applied the Old Testament stories and lessons to her own life experiences. We can do the same as we study the scriptures.

Although we haven't sacrificed our own son as Abraham did, we can trust in the Lord. Emily's experience of relying on the Lord to provide good companions for her son on his mission was a great example. The Lord will help us as we do what is right and keep the commandments.

I also liked when Emily said, "When I read the scriptures, I have several goals. I want to find something every day that will apply to my life, change me in some way, lift my heart, or strengthen my belief. But more than anything, I just want to come to know the Lord a little better than I know Him now. So every day as I read the verses I look for Him there." What are our goals? What do we want out of the scriptures when we read?

Another part of her book that spoke to me was when she said, "Perhaps it is heaven's help that I must turn to in these moments." Where do we turn to when we realize our heart is not in the right place? Do we pray right then and there that "He might open my eye to see?" We definitely need God to help us through our trials and everyday living experiences. Do we also take a moment to look up? Emily had a chapter on putting our "lists" down and look up. What do we see? Do we find peace? Do we take the time to stop what we are doing and look up? Well, we should.

There were many more examples and experiences that Emily relayed in her book. I definitely recommend this book. Now, I want to read the scripture references along with her stories. Emily was a profound writer and I appreciated the time she took to write scriptural reflections.

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