Friday, March 6, 2015

"To My Friends: Messages of Counsel and Comfort" by Jeffrey R. Holland

Book Description:  "If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.
Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ."

My thoughts: It's fun for me to read a book where I can hear the voice of the writer in my head.  That adds to the whole idea of sitting down in a room and having chat with Elder Holland.

Elder Holland is a speaker that I enjoy listening to.  I love to listen to him speak and then read his talks.   He has a talent of reaching my heart and mind.

This book has 21 chapters that range in topics.  He writes them to his friends who want to move forward, of other faiths,  who seek and share love, who would be clean, who feel alone.  There are a few of the chapter topics.

You can sit down and read this book at once, or take each chapter individually and savor it over a period of time.  This book has a beautiful presentation.  At the beginning of each chapter color graphics can be found.  They add a nice touch.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 23 June 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on 1 April 1989. A native of St. George, Utah, he has spent most of his professional life in Church education. He received his bachelor and master degrees from Brigham Young University and a master degree and Ph.D. from Yale University.

From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989, Elder Holland served as president of Brigham Young University. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.
Elder Holland is the author of several books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia. They were married in 1963 and are the parents of three children and the grandparents of 12 grandchildren.

1 comment:

  1. I love Elder Holland too. He came to BYUI for one of our Tuesday devotionals! It was so cool to hear him speak in person, he really is one of my favorite speakers. I always feel lifted up, with hope that things will be better after each of his talks. Thanks for your review :)


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