Monday, October 21, 2013

Consider the Blessings by Thomas S. Monson, LDS Blog Tour & Book Review

About the book:

If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.
Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his call as an Apostle, Consider the Blessings presents fifty of the true accounts President Thomas S. Monson has shared over the years. With beautiful photographs and heart-touching content, this is a book to treasure with the whole family.
About the Author:
President Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He had previously served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency of the Church, after having been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October1963. Five years after his call to the Twelve, he was given a special assignment for the work of the Church in Europe, requiring many visits with members behind the Iron Curtain. He was instrumental in the construction of the Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. He also served as chairman of the Scriptures Publication Committee and supervised the process that resulted in the new editions of the scriptures. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service. President Monson and his wife, Frances, are the parents of three children, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of eight.
My Review:
I have always loved listening to President Monson; his voice is soothing and he is a great storyteller.  In Consider the Blessings, there are fifty true accounts that President Monson has shared over the years.  Some I remember (which is nice to recall hearing them) and some are new to me.  Each one is different and each one leaves me feeling uplifted and renewed in my faith in the gospel.  You can read this book one story at a time or read them all at once; either way you will feel of the Spirit and feel the strength of testimony through these stories President Monson shares.  A must-have for those who enjoy personal accounts of faith in our day; this book is great to read by yourself and to share with your family.
You can pick up your own copy of Consider the Blessings via Deseret Book.
Happy Reading!!!
I received a copy of this book for free.  This is my honest review.

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