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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Sacrament by John Bytheway {Deseret Book Review}

By the way....have you heard of John?  
John Bytheway that is!

Author and speaker John Bytheway is one the best speakers ever.  I'm not exaggerating.  He has come out with several books that have always spoken directly to my heart.  Right before my hubby and I got married 12 (gasp!) years ago someone gifted us with a copy of John Bytheway's book titled "What We Wished We'd Known When We Were Newlyweds" and I have been totally hooked ever since.   I have read, or listened to, as many as I could get my hands on including "How to be Totally Miserable" and the complete John Bytheway audio collection.  I was pretty excited to see that he came out with a children's book that focuses on the sacrament...not only that but, wait for it, it rhymes!  (We love love love rhyming books at our house - it really helps you remember what you read when it rhymes!)  Thanks to Deseret Book I got an opportunity to review this book by John Bytheway called The Sacrament.  Illustrations by Nathan Pinnock really make this book memorable with life-like pictures!
 
It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.  (from the dust jacket).
 
Let me tell you all the ways I have already utilized this book:
1.  I read it.
2.  I read it to my Relief Society class when teaching about The Sacrament last month.
3.  I read it to my Sunday School class when teaching about the Atonement 2 weeks ago.
4.  I used it last Monday to teach Family Home Evening.
5.  My mother-in-law read.
6.  My kids re-read it.

This book is adorable and it tells about the Sacrament in a kid-friendly way.  One of the best features of the book is the last 2 pages where John Bytheway points out all the symbols you see in the chapel during the sacrament and discusses how we can use each of the symbols to help us remember the Savior and understand the atonement.  This book would make an excellent baptism gift!

The Sacrament by John Bytheway currently retails in hardback on DeseretBook.com for $17.49.  Or as a bookshelf eBook for $5.99.

I received this book free of charge from Deseret Book in exchange for an honest review.  This book is fabulous!  Thank you Deseret Book!


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