Monday, March 17, 2014

Power to Become by David A. Bednar, Book Review

Book Description: 
In Power to Become, Elder David A. Bednar explores how the Savior makes possible His divine commission, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48).
Chapters in this thought-provoking book highlight the importance of the Atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances, and the responsibility we have to obey willingly and endure valiantly.
"As we increase in learning about the Savior and His gospel," Elder Bednar writes, "as we strive with ever greater consistency to act in His doctrine, ordinances, and covenants, then we are blessed with power through His Atonement to increasingly become like Him." Power to Become introduces vital tools we all can use to invite these eternally significant blessings into our lives.

About the Author: ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2004. Prior to his call, he had served as an Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president, and bishop. He served a mission to southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received a PhD in organizational behavior from Purdue University and was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. Elder Bednar served as the president of BYU-Idaho from 1997 to 2004. His previously published books include the bestsellers Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.

My Review:

I was amazed at how quickly I became engrossed in Elder Bednar's newest book, Power to Become!  ( I have to be fair and let you know that I have not read the previous two books, however, I didn't feel at a disadvantage for reading this one.)  I loved each scripture, quote and example shared by Elder Bednar!  I felt while reading the book that I could use these concepts to become empowered to change myself for the better.  I could have easily highlighted the entire book because there were so many things that resonated with me!  (Thankfully there are extra wide margins for notes and sections at the end of each chapter for reflection where you can write in your own thoughts!) I can become who my Savior wants me to be!  What really stuck with me is that at the end of my life it isn't going to be about the sum total of what good and bad choices I have made, but about who I have become as a person. 

For anyone searching for ways to develop spiritual patterns in their life, Power to Become gives you tools to help you develop those patterns and become the person you want to be.  One of them is that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.  When we do the small and simple things like reading our scriptures we are filling our lamps with oil.  There was one thing that Elder Bednar said that I want to type up and hang where I can see it every day.  It reads, "Every aspect of our lives is influenced by a correct understanding of who we are and of our responsibility to be loyal to the royal within us.  This fundamental truth is central to enduring valiantly to the end and becoming all that the Father and the Son yearn for us to become."  Wow, if we truly understand who we are as children of God, then it will help us endure and become all that Heavenly Father and the Savior want us to become.  How amazing!  There are so many wonderful treasures of knowledge just waiting for you to discover within the pages of Power to Become!  I recommend this jewel of a book to everyone!

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Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy of Power to Become via Deseret Book.

Source:  Publisher for review

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