Monday, April 6, 2015

“Sacramental Reflections” by Truman G. Madsen {Written by Tiffany}

Wow! I have an amazing book to share with all of you.

It is called,

“Sacramental Reflections” by Truman G. Madsen




About:

These devotional reflections from the heart of Truman Madsen can help bring you face to face with yourself as you prepare to meet Christ at the sacrament table each week. Each page explores a separate idea pertaining to the sacrament and gives insights into the events surrounding the Last Supper, the Atonement, and the Crucifixion.
There is a feast awaiting the honest guest who accepts the Lord's invitation to bring to the altar a "broken heart and a contrite spirit." Alma promises it will "begin to be delicious" (Alma 32:28) and that "ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled" (Alma 32:42). Brother Madsen helps us to access these blessings.
Find new meaning in the sacrament and new resolve as you reflect upon and participate in this sacred ordinance.

About the author:

TRUMAN G. MADSEN received graduate degrees in philosophy and the philosophy of religion from the University of Utah and Harvard. He served as the director of the Judeo-Christian Studies Center at BYU and as director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is widely recognized as an expert on the life and teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brother Madsen, who passed away in the summer of 2009, was a prolific author who is also known for his memorable audio and video presentations on a variety of gospel subjects.

In my opinion:
 As I read the devotional reflections by Truman Madsen, I began to more appreciate the significance of the Sacrament. Each page explores a different idea pertaining to the sacrament and gives wonderful insights into the events surrounding the Last Supper, the Atonement, and the Crucifixion. I liked how there are separate sections, such as “Fasting” and “What We Bring.” The foreword in the beginning of the book really touched me. Ann Madsen, wife of Truman, wrote about she had been trying so hard to improve week after week, but as she took her small sins to the sacrament, she didn't feel like she made any progress. Her husband of only three weeks at the time told her, “Honey, it’s not just about gritting your teeth and trying harder. You can never do it alone. You come to the sacrament to ask the Lord to help you, to lend you his strength, to add it to your own. He can make weak things strong! You’re not supposed to do it alone!” This inspiring book gives great insights into the Lord’s ability to strengthen and help us. The reflections about the sacrament was one of Truman’s last projects before he passed away in 2009. His insights are profound and truly teach us how to better feast at the Lord’s table. I am grateful I had the chance to read and review this book, and recommend it to anyone who desires to also find new meaning as you reflect upon and participate in the sacred ordinance of the sacrament. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free 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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