Monday, February 2, 2015

Inspiration on CD ~ "Embark" by John Bytheway

Product Description: In this motivating talk related to the 2015 youth theme, John Bytheway explains what it means to truly embark — to get fully on board in the service of God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. Using scriptures, powerful stories, and his characteristic humor, John explains that with the Savior's help, we can remain on board and eventually stand blameless before God at the last day.

My thoughts: I loved listening to this religious/motivational CD.  

I sat down on a Sunday afternoon to listen to this CD. It was recorded while John Bytheway was addressing a group of teens.  First thing that happened, my 15 year old son promptly came in and turned it off.  It seems that I had it on too loud and was interrupting his activities. Hmmm....  As a mother of teenagers, I am always on the lookout for help to inspire my children to do better.  I find that in the process I hear a message that I need.  I am inspired to make changes in my life.  I find that there is somethings that I can do better.

Here are are a few quotes that I had to write down.  If I don't have them perfectly, it's because I was writing while listening. :)

"A big heart trumps big biceps.  The Lord looks on the heart."

"If you really want to do something - no one can stop you.  If you really don't want to do something - no one can help you."

"To be 'Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal'".  SMILE

John Bytheway also mentioned our personal prayers.  How many times do we ask the Lord to help the sick, the needy, the sad?  We are asking him to do something that we should be actively searching for.  Often he needs US to be the means to help out others.  Instead I should be praying to find someone that I can help.  I know that this is a lesson that I have heard many times.  It is something that I know.  But hearing it again, sometimes in a different manner or wording brings home the point that I should be finding ways to help out other people.  I think it is pretty profound.

I found this CD to be of great value.  My plan for my son who turned it off.... we will be taking a trip sometime in the near future that will take approximately 5 hours to get there.  I look forward to listening to it on our way.  It is full of humor while teaching a great message.  I know that my son will enjoy it!

I received a copy of this CD from Deseret Book for review purposes.

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About John Bytheway:  JOHN BYTHEWAY served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master’s degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children’s picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.


  1. I love John Bytheway! I have heard great things about this CD. I will have to get this one. Wonderful review, and thanks for sharing the quotes. :)

  2. Not usually something I myself would look into, but I'm glad it was enlightening for you :)


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