About the book: These devotional reflections from the heart of Truman Madsen can help bring you face to face with yourself as you prepare to meet Christ at the sacrament table each week. Each page explores a separate idea pertaining to the sacrament and gives insights into the events surrounding the Last Supper, the Atonement, and the Crucifixion.
There is a feast awaiting the honest guest who accepts the Lord's invitation to bring to the altar a "broken heart and a contrite spirit." Alma promises it will "begin to be delicious" (Alma 32:28) and that "ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled" (Alma 32:42). Brother Madsen helps us to access these blessings.
Find new meaning in the sacrament and new resolve as you reflect upon and participate in this sacred ordinance.
My review: This is a great book! I loved it starting with a quote I found in the introduction by the author's wife Ann Madsen. She says, "When we had been married about three weeks, I remember bewailing the fact to my wise husband, Truman, that I took the same small sins to the sacrament week after week. I was trying hard, then harder, to improve but made no progress. It changed my life forever when he said, "Honey, It's not just about gritting your teeth and trying harder. You can never do it alone. You come to the sacrament to ask the Lord to help you, to lend you his strength, to add it to your own. He can make weak things strong! You're not supposed to do it alone."
What wise council! I know that I too have felt this way, but this quote touched me. It reminded me that it really is "by grace we are saved, after all we can do." We don't have to try harder, we just have to reach out for him and he will be there.
This book is full of touching thoughts like this one about the sacrament. I loved the way that it's set up, each individual thought isn't any longer than a page or so, and the book is divided into helpful sections to help you find just what you're looking for. As I was reading it, I thought of tons of uses for it. It would be the perfect companion for Family Home Evening lessons, Sunday lessons, just as a little thought for a meeting, scripture time, or just for a little boost of the Spirit in your life. Make sure to check this one out, it's perfect for this time of year when we remember the Savior just a little more in our lives.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Truman G. Madsen received graduate degrees in philosophy and the philosophy of religion from the University of Utah and Harvard. He served as the director of the Judeo-Christian Studies Center at BYU and as director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is widely recognized as an expert on the life and teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brother Madsen, who passed away in the summer of 2009, was a prolific author who is also known for his memorable audio and video presentations on a variety of gospel subjects.
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