Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Consider the Blessings {Deseret Book Review}

 If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.
Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?

 I love, love, love our dear prophet, President Thomas S. Monson so I was really excited for an opportunity to review this book full of wisdom and personal experience.   It is our prophets 50th year as an apostle of the Lord and this book shares 50 TrUe Stories of President Monson's life.  At first glance I was disappointed that there were not any pictures of our prophet throughout the pages, but as I got more into the book I realized that the photos were lovely and really gave the book a feeling of "this could happen to anybody" and you don't have to be a prophet of God in order to have such testimony building experiences.   Each story is short, only a couple of pages but full of gospel truth.  President Monson's faith is amazing and his example is worthy of emulation.   Some stories made me chuckle while some stories brought tears to my eyes.  But, each story is unique, beautiful and simple.

This book is a great size for gifting.  Square!  8x8" with 160 pages.  It retails at DeseretBook.com for $20.69 in hardback with dustcover or as a ebook for Deseret Bookshelf for $12.99.

Seriously, I think you might want to 
add this book to your Christmas Wish List. 

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my very own.  Thank you SO much Deseret Book!

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