Thursday, February 14, 2013

For Times of Trouble {Deseret Book Review}

Our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy. And yet, we all have times of trouble. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland writes, "One of the unfailing facts of mortal life is the recurring presence of trouble...When these difficult days (and nights!) come—and they will—it will help us to remember that 'it must needs be,' that in the grand councils of heaven before the world was, we agreed to such a time of challenge and refinement. We were taught then that facing, resolving, and enduring troublesome times was the price we would pay for progress. And we were committed to progress eternally."

In this tender book, Elder Holland explores dozens of scriptural passages from the psalms, offering personal ideas and insights and sharing his testimony that “no matter what the trouble and trial of the day may be, we start and finish with the eternal truth that God is for us.” Elder Holland's reflections on the psalms provide a powerful witness of that comforting truth.

This is a hard world we live in and I think we all face troubling times.  While many of our circumstances are different we all crave help and support from our Heavenly Father.  In this new book, For Time of Trouble: Spiritual Solace From the Psalms, by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland he shares with us how to find peace through the scriptures, specifically the Psalms.  Historically the Psalms have been classified as prayers and pleadings with God for His help in times of trouble and protection in times of distress.  The Psalms are filled with passages that offer courage, compassion, strength and hope.  

Over 75 Psalms are broken down, verse by verse, concept by concept.  Elder Holland shares his insight and wisdom into each Psalm offering encouragement to the reader and hope for the weary.  His reflections on the psalms provide a testimony that God loves us and we can seek Him and find Him in the Psalms. 

With lovely pictures scattered through out the book you can read this as a devotional, read it like a novel, or read it in times of trouble.  In the preface Elder Holland says, "the entries are primarily meditations,  they are my thoughts alone...the book is more devotional in nature than comprehensive in its commentary."  As such, it wasn't written with heavy doctrine or outside references and I really liked it that way.  There is time enough for heavy doctrine but Elder Holland has written this book like he was sharing his testimony of the Psalms with a dear friend.  I could feel his love for us on every page.
 One of the best parts of this book is that it includes a DVD with 2 hours of Q & A from a live audience where Elder Holland, in his quiet way, addresses the challenging issues of our day.  
Enjoy an excerpt!

Interested in owning your own copy?

For Times of Trouble retails at Deseret Book as hardcover for $24.29

As a BookShelf e-book for only $13.99 (Don't forget you can get your bookshelf e-book reader FREE for your iPad/iPhone or Android Devices!) 

You can also order the Book & ebook combo for 29.28.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I didn't have to write a positive review, but I did because I loved it!  I think you will too!  A HUGE Thank You to Deseret Book!

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