Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To My Friends by Jeffrey R. Holland, Book Review

Today I'm thrilled to share my review of a new book by Jeffrey R. Holland,
To My Friends Holland is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is an excellent teacher and speaker. I love his words of direction and comfort.

This book is filled with wonderful insight from many talks that Holland has given over the years. There are in-depth studies into the life of Christ and His Atonement and how we can find comfort in the knowledge of the gospel.
One of the things I like about Jeffrey R. Holland is that he doesn't beat around the bush, he says what needs to be said, but does so in such a way that it touches your heart and moves you to action. I love how adept he is at explaining the scriptures. I found new insight in the parable of the vineyard that I had never considered before. I'm still thinking about how the Savior wants to save us all, even at the last minute, He is willing to take us into His arms if we will come unto Him.
This is an excellent book with beautiful illustrated verses and inspirational sayings leading up to each new chapter. It's a great book to add to your daily devotional and also an excellent gift.
If you'd like another recommendation, one of my favorite books by Holland is For Times of Trouble, Solace from the Psalms.

Here is more about this book:
Deseret Book link:
by Jeffrey R. Holland “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 so forth. 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.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in June 1994. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU and a master’s degree and PhD from Yale University. In 1980 he was appointed president of BYU, where he served until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.


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