Thursday, October 9, 2014

How Do I Know If I Know by John Bytheway {Written by Tiffany}

Here is another fabulous book that you will want to read.

It is called,
How do I know if I know 
by John Bytheway


About:
It's spiritual gut-check time! The mission age has been lowered, and now more than ever, young people are asking themselves important questions:
  • How do I know if I really have a testimony?
  • Am I ready to serve a mission?
  • What does the Spirit feel like?
John Bytheway suggests that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many evidences we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter.
As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!

About the Author:

JOHN BYTHEWAY served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master’s degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children’s picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.
In my opinion:

My kids and I enjoy listening to John Bytheway because he is humorous, tells interesting stories, and teaches the gospel in a fun way. I was very excited to read his newest book, “How Do I Know If I Know.” This book answers questions such as “How do I know if I really have a testimony” or “What does the Spirit feel like.”  I like the part of the book when Bytheway describes how a testimony is like a light with a dimmer switch that makes possible an almost infinite number of settings between total light and total darkness. Just as there are levels of light, there are levels of testimony as well. I learned that our dimmer switch draws energy from four different sources or areas.  He challenges the readers to identify these sources in your life, which will help our testimonies to grow brighter. He explains this by suggesting that we “F.E..E.L” the truthfulness of the gospel and everyone is enlightened in different ways; through Feelings, Experiences, Evidences, and/or Logic .

Personally, I related most to wire #1: Feelings. I have learned that my testimony grows through feelings of peace, joy, and calmness when I hear a conference talk, read scriptures or am making good decisions. On the other hand, I have a friend who relates more to logic or reason when it comes to gaining a testimony. John Bythway explains each of these sources in a simple, yet interesting way. At the end of each chapter, the author adds “more light on the subject” with talks and conference addresses, which I appreciated as a great addition. I loved this book and was intrigued by the wonderful stories.  Reading this motivated me to increase my personal testimony and teach my kids about knowing if they know.  I highly recommend reading this book!
 



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