Monday, March 16, 2015

Practicing for Heaven by Brad Wilcox and Wendee Wilcox Rosborough, Illustrated by Brian Call

Book Summary:

David hates practicing piano. He's frustrated by how hard it is and all the mistakes he makes. With his mom's help, he comes to understand how that's all part of the learning process. She also uses the moment to help David comprehend more about the Atonement: Christ has paid the price so that we can learn and improve. We aren't earning our way to heaven—we're practicing for it, and Christ is willing to help us every step of the way.
Practicing for Heaven also includes teachings tips for parents who wish to teach children of all ages about the Savior's Atonement and grace.

My Review:
This beautifully illustrated book is captivating and the story that unfolds is beautiful itself. Many mothers can relate to their children not wanting to practice an instrument, whether it is the piano or something else. The mother in this story takes an ordinary conversation about her son not wanting to practice and turns it into an illustration about the Atonement in a way that her son can understand it. She asks questions and guides him to understand more about it. I think all mothers would like to be able to explain gospel principles to their children through simple life lessons like practicing the piano. I love this book and look forward sharing it in an upcoming family home evening lesson.

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

About the Authors:

Brad Wilcox

BRAD WILCOX has lived in Ethiopia, Chile, and New Zealand; he and his family now make their home amid the Rocky Mountains. Brad taught sixth grade before obtaining his PhD in education from the University of Wyoming. His contributions as an author and teacher have been honored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and his work has appeared in Guideposts magazine and Reader's Digest. He once served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and has addressed thousands of youth and adults across the United State, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children.

Wendee Wilcox Rosborough

WENDEE WILCOX ROSBOROUGH graduated from BYU with a BS in Home and Family Living. She once served on the planning committee for BYU Women's Conference and has also spoken there with her father, Brad Wilcox. She lives with her husband and two boys in Provo, Utah, and loves to read, write, travel, and play the piano when her sons allow her a few spare moments.

Brian Call

BRIAN CALL studied illustration at Ricks College and BYU. His illustrations have graced the Ensign and Friend magazines, as well as the children's books Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories and Illustrated Bible Stories for Latter-day Saints. Brian currently teaches in the art department at BYU-Idaho. He lives in Ammon, Idaho, with his wife and six children. Brian's children play the piano beautifully, but he never could put down his paper and pencils long enough to practice.

Source:  Publisher for review

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