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The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton M. Christensen

I really didn’t want to read The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton M. Christensen because I am just really not into doing missionary work. They asked everyone in our ward to read it a few months ago and I put it off and put it off. I finally read it because the Relief Society is planning to start a book club and this is the first book chosen. After all that resisting, I’m glad I read it. It gives good tips for sharing the Gospel with absolutely no expectation of baptism – just sharing to share, because we love it. The book covers sharing with friends, sharing on-line, and more. Lots of great stories (some that led to baptism, some that didn’t – but all are successes – because just sharing is a success) are included. My only problem with the book is how the author laid it out like an academic paper with the telling what you are going to tell them, telling them, telling them what you told them pattern. I found the intro and sum up both to be rather irritating and felt they most definitely could have been dispensed with. It’s a quick read and I do agree with my ward leaders… it’s a must read for all members!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 30
Pages Read in 2015: 8274
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Let it Go by Chris Williams

A 17 year old boy made some very bad choices one Friday night in February 2007. He got drunk and then drove his SUV resulting in a high speed crash with the Williams family. The mother, Michelle and her unborn baby, as well as two of the four children, Anna and Ben, were killed instantly. Another boy, Sam, was critically injured. In a moment, Chris Williams’s world changed completely with the loss of half of his family. And, yet, he chose to immediately forgive the young man who caused the accident.

Let It Go by Chris Williams is part memoir, part motivational, and part religious. He truly learned, painfully, how to apply the power of the atonement not just for repentance, but for forgiveness. The book is well written and relatively short so it reads fast. Reading it really makes you want to be a better person and learn from the lessons the author shares.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 100
Pages Read in 2014: 18,897
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Of Pigs, Pearls, and Prodigals by John Bytheway

I read Of Pigs, Pearls, and Prodigals: A Fresh Look At the Parable of Jesus by John Bytheway while studying my scriptures for the last several weeks. I went through one chapter (which is one parable) each day and now my scriptures have lots and lots of notes and quotes related to those parables. I appreciated the insights very much, as well as the conversational tone of the book (with occasional typical John Bytheway humor mixed in).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 13
Pages Read in 2014: 3016
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Balancing It All by Candance Cameron Bure

Most people my age remember Candace Cameron Bure as DJ Tanner on Full House. Those a bit younger may remember her as Summer van Horne on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It. I was born almost exactly two years after her and got married almost exactly two years after she did. My oldest and her second child were born within days of each other. I grew up “with” her, watching her every week on TGIF. Now, I follow her on Twitter and Facebook and read her blog. I read her first book, Reshaping It All and found it to be very useful so I looked forward to the release of her new book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.

Balancing It All is part memoir, part self-help/motivation, and part Bible study. Most chapters are laid out starting with a Bible verse (she uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible) that relates to the topic for that chapter. Topics include marriage, parenting, friends, service, education, and more. Most chapters give a story from her life that relates to the topic. Then she ties it all together with ideas that have worked in her life for maintaining balance when you are being pulled in a hundred different directions and feel like it’s all going to crash down on you.

There is nothing new, no earth shattering ideas in Balancing It All. What there is is a lot of support and motivation and a few reminders to do things we know we should (like pray!) but often forget. Candace Cameron Bure is extremely honest in this book. She is not perfect, her family is not perfect (it sounds like her daughter is a little harder to handle like my daughter and just knowing that is comforting to me). Sure, she’s had life experiences that are unlike most people, but she still has a lot of the same struggles as everyone else. In short, she’s human and she doesn’t try to portray herself as anything but human. She is very clear that what works for her won’t necessarily work for someone else. We are all at different points in our lives, but I suspect that every woman can take at least one thing away from Balancing It All, apply it in her life, and end up happier and more balanced for it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Book Number: 2
Pages Read: 464
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