Friday, March 21, 2014

Try it Thursday & Review {Power to Become by David A. Bednar}

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"Try it Thursday & Review."

I've been so blessed lately to review such good books.

Today, I have a jewel I would like to share with all of you. The book I am referring to is...

Power to Become
by David A. Bednar


As followers of Christ, our desire is to become like Him. In fact, we have been commanded to do so. But how? In Power to Become, Elder David A. Bednar explores how the Savior makes possible His divine commission, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48). Chapters in this thought-provoking book highlight the importance of the Atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances, and the responsibility we have to obey willingly and endure valiantly. "As we increase in learning about the Savior and His gospel," Elder Bednar writes, "as we strive with ever greater consistency to act in His doctrine, ordinances, and covenants, then we are blessed with power through His Atonement to increasingly become like Him." Power to Become introduces vital tools we all can use to invite these eternally significant blessings into our lives.

About the Author:

ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2004. Prior to his call, he had served as an Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president, and bishop. He served a mission to southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received a PhD in organizational behavior from Purdue University and was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. Elder Bednar served as the president of BYU-Idaho from 1997 to 2004. His previously published books include the bestsellers Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.
Power to Become: A Discussion with Couples
In my opinion:
I have a special place in my heart for David A. Bednar. When I was at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho), Bednar was the President. I will always refer to BYU-Idaho as Ricks College. And, yes I am that old. I loved hearing Bednar speak at weekly devotionals, firesides and my graduation. He is such a devout and loving person and I look up to him in many ways.
So, when I was asked to review his newest book, Power to Become, I was super excited and knew that I would love and cherish his book forever. Power to Become is a book about "spiritual patterns for pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ." How can we press forward? What are ways we can have Christ in our lives? I definitely needed this book in my life. The Atonement of Christ is real and can be very effective in our lives. Whatever challenges that we face, we need Christ every step of the way and I know that to be true. I have a firm testimony that Jesus is our Savior and that he loves each one of us. I'm not sorry about all of the preaching I'm doing because it is how I feel and I'm happy to express it to my readers.
Throughout Power to Become, Bednar used scripture references, quotes from apostles and personal experiences. At the end of each chapter, he asked a few questions for the reader to consider. There was even space to write your own questions down. Also, there were a few pages where he invited the reader to learn, to act, and to become. I loved how Bednar gave us tools on HOW to bring blessings into our lives. We can learn how to press forward.
My favorite chapter was Power to Become and the Spiritual Gift of Personal Peace. He outlined three principles. They were Peace is centered in Christ, Faith and Hope in the Savior invite the spiritual gift of peace into our lives and The Peace Christ gives to us passeth all understanding. Bednar said, "Personal peace is centered in Christ. In a world that grows ever more tumultuous and troubled and unsettled, we can be blessed with peace of conscience and a clear sense of purpose and direction. The spiritual gifts of faith and hope in the Savior invite the companion gift of peace into our lives. The peace Christ gives to us is sweet and reassuring and passeth all understanding." I'm so grateful that we can find out own personal peace through the Savior as we strive to have faith and hope in our lives. I definitely recommend this book to all who want to learn how to press forward with a steadfastness in Christ.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free from Deseret Book in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  

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