Thursday, March 13, 2014

Power to Become by Elder David A. Bednar {Deseret Book review}

As followers of Christ, our desire is to become like Him. In fact, we have been commanded to do so. But how? 
In Power to Become, Elder David A. Bednar explores how the Savior makes possible His divine commission, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48).Chapters in this thought-provoking book highlight the importance of the Atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances, and the responsibility we have to obey willingly and endure valiantly. 
"As we increase in learning about the Savior and His gospel," Elder Bednar writes, "as we strive with ever greater consistency to act in His doctrine, ordinances, and covenants, then we are blessed with power through His Atonement to increasingly become like Him." Power to Become introduces vital tools we all can use to invite these eternally significant blessings into our lives.
This amazing book, Power to Become, by Elder David A. Bednar is the 3rd in his series about setting spiritual patterns of living.  The first 2 books, Act in Doctrine and Increase in Learning focuses on learning truth for ourselves as we seek answers in the scriptures and by studying gospel principles.  He then helps us act upon the truths that we have discovered as we come closer to understanding Christ and the examples He has set for us.  Both books were great and came with DVDs that show Q&A and group discussion with Elder Bednar.

I'm super excited that he has come out with a third book in this series to help us along as we continue learning more about following Christ.  In Power to Become Elder Bednar references the scripture in Doctrine & Covenants 11:28-30 where the Savior says "that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons of God..."  Elder Bednar has a strong desire to help his readers answer complex gospel questions for themselves and through this book he guides us along sharing insights on everything from the atonement to priesthood power to obedience.

So insightful!  Full of spiritual learning.
Also, here are a couple of things that I really, really like about this book:

Note Taking:
Extra-wide margins allow for note taking directly in the book.  There are pages to write your thoughts and feelings, to research, study, etc.  Ok, seriously, I cringe at the idea of writing in such a lovely book...but...that sure is a nice feature!

Related Readings:
There are a lot of options at the end of each chapter to encourage further study.

Check out the QR code!  It takes you to Deseret Book's website called Seek.

On Seek you can view videos of group discussions that take the concepts learned in each chapter a little deeper.  How cool is that?

This book is another great read to add to your gospel study!  I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

Power to Become currently retails at in hardcover w/DVD for $23.99 and as a Bookshelf eBook for $12.99.

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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