Monday, October 1, 2012

A Prophet's Voice: Messages From Thomas S. Monson - Deseret Book Review




Throughout his nearly fifty years as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, President Thomas S. Monson has presented countless messages of wisdom, inspiration, and doctrinal insight. He is perhaps best known for his gift of weaving true accounts into his addresses, bringing gospel principles to life through the enlightening experiences of individuals he has met or heard of in his ministry. 

A Prophet's Voice brings together more than fifty of these classic addresses, including all the major general conference sermons President Monson has given since becoming the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filled with warmth and reflection, these messages demonstrate the worth of every soul and the power of personal examples in our lives.
President Monson finds lessons in all kinds of everyday experiences, and he is known and loved for sharing those lessons in a way that reaches the hearts of his listeners. This landmark collection of his greatest messages will be a treasured addition to any gospel library.


Contents are as follows:
    Section One
    The President's General Conference Messages
     
  1. Examples of Righteousness
  2. Looking Back and Moving Forward
  3. Abundantly Blessed
  4. To Learn, to Do, to Be
  5. Finding Joy in the Journey
  6. Be Your Best Self
  7. Be of Good Cheer
  8. School Thy Feelings, O My Brother
  9. What Have I Done for Someone Today?
  10. Preparation Brings Blessings
  11. He Is Risen!
  12. The Three Rs of Choice
  13. The Divine Gift of Gratitude
  14. Priesthood Power
  15. The Holy Temple—A Beacon to the World
  16. Dare to Stand Alone
  17. Stand in Holy Places
  18. Willing and Worthy to Serve
  19. The Race of Life

    Section Two
    Other Classic Messages

     
    The Blessings of Service
  1. Anonymous
  2. The Long Line of the Lonely
  3. To the Rescue
  4. Only a Teacher
  5. My Brother's Keeper
  6. A Sacred Gift
  7. Goal Beyond Victory
  8. Is There a Doctor in the House?
  9. Preparation Precedes Performance

  10. The Worth of Souls
  11. Labels
  12. Yellow Canaries with Gray on Their Wings
  13. An Apostolic Odyssey
  14. Anxiously Engaged
  15. They Will Come
  16. The Service That Counts
  17. Miracles—Then and Now
  18. A Land of Miracles

  19. The Hope of the Rising Generation
  20. Life's Greatest Questions
  21. The Faith of a Child
  22. Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light
  23. Decisions Determine Destiny
  24. A Little Child Shall Lead Them
  25. Primary Days

  26. The Power of Self-Mastery
  27. Finishers Wanted
  28. Meeting Your Goliath
  29. How Firm a Foundation
  30. True to the Faith
  31. Mercy—The Divine Gift
  32. Peace, Be Still
  33. Hidden Wedges

  34. The Path of a Disciple
  35. I Will Serve the Lord
  36. Happiness—The Universal Quest
  37. Threads in Your Tapestry
  38. Three Goals to Guide You
  39. Joseph Smith, the Prophet
  40. They Showed the Way
  41. Charity Never Faileth
  42. Be a Light to the World

I was thrilled with the opportunity to review this amazing book that is a large (I mean --HUGE) compilation of the talks of President Monson.  Torn between reading is as a novel or using it as a reference was a challenge.  I haven't finished it yet...it will probably take me months it is so much and requires pondering and study.  I found myself thumbing through it to find topics that were of interest to me and reading through those before moving on to another topic.  It is like having one-on-one talks with the Prophet!  Wow!

The book is divided into 2 major sections.  The first section is filled with major general conference addresses that President Monson has delivered since becoming the President of the Church.  The second section are additional addresses, grouped thematically, that have been given by the prophet through his 50 year ministry.

An impressive collection that is a MUST for any LDS families library.  I have no doubt that I will be referencing this often while teaching in my callings, for family home evening, and to enhance my own personal study of gospel principles and teachings of the Prophet.

A Prophet's Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson retails at DeseretBook.com for $27.99 or as a Deseret Bookshelf ebook for $18.40.


Disclaimer:  I received Messages from Thomas S. Monson free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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