Category: Book Review

The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Grit

Have you ever considered what grit really is? Our mind’s eye sees the “mastery” of others and often mistake what seems to come naturally as an innate ability, talent, or genius. The truth is there is a lot of hard work and grit behind achieving anything worthwhile. Dr. Angela Duckworth, the leading grit expert, has a long list of accolades …

||Review|| The Boys in the Boat

In 1936 nine young men from Washington State went to the Olympics in Berlin. Their story is recorded in the New York Times bestseller “Boys in the Boat.” Daniel Brown carefully crafts their story from journal entries, newspaper clippings, historical documents, and stories told to their family about the unforgettable experience. The narrative reads like a novel rather than the non-fiction …

||Book Review|| Certain Women

I remember hearing Linda K. Burton deliver her talk about Certain Women in April of 2017. Not to be confused as a reference to a specific woman, her message rang true to women who were certain in what they knew to be true. What a fun discovery to find her talk as a beautiful hardback book. Full of bright colors …

||Book Review|| The Book of Forgiving

Years ago I was on a road trip with a friend. Long hours in the car allowed for some deep conversation. Her husband had wronged her and she had been struggling with all it entailed.  The question we spent hours discussing was: How do I forgive? Being familiar with forgiveness from the vantage point of needing it every day I …

||Book Review|| The Gospel at 30,000 Feet

I’ve always loved analogies and the way they teach a principle.  Personally, I’m partial to bicycle analogies, but who couldn’t help but love the way Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf draws on his real-life experiences from flying and connects them with life in a way we can all relate.  So when Deseret Book provided a chance to review his recently released …

||Book Review|| Among the Lesser Gods

I’ve had the book,  Among the Lesser Gods, on my nightstand for about four months. It was not for the lack of time or desire, but it was the selected read for my book group’s September meeting.  I reluctantly allowed it to wait in my growing stack of books, but the wait was oh so worth it! “Tragedy and blessing. …

||Book Review|| This Life I live

Labeled as a love story, I felt that this was so much more. It is a story of choices, faith, growth, resilience, and love. It’s about a man and a woman that faced many of the same challenges we see in our own lives, and how they chose to learn from them. I found it inspiring and well worth my …

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