Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Tour: 52 Life-Changing Questions from The Book of Mormon by Brad Wilcox and John Hilton, III

52 Life-Changing Questions from the Book of Mormon, by Brad Wilcox and John Hilton, III
2013, 240p, LDS Non-fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Ready for a change in your life? Turn to the Book of Mormon! Popular authors Brad Wilcox and John Hilton III help us recognize and ponder 52 powerful Book of Mormon questions which can help us with the challenges in life. Could a simple question change your perspective?

How is it that ye have forgotten?
Have ye inquired of the Lord?
Lord, how long?
Have ye spiritually been born of God?
Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?
Have miracles ceased?
Lord, how is it done?

One short chapter each week can inspire you in life-changing ways. Just imagine how much better your life could be one year from now!

The first line reads, "Has a question ever changed your life?" For me, the answer is yes. And lots of questions over the years have given me pause and some have shifted my perspective on certain issues. I learned that there are 543 questions in the Book of Mormon. They've taken 52 questions, one for each week of the year, and discuss it in context and then focus on how pondering and applying the question can impact our lives.

I enjoyed reading through the questions. Some I have pondered on: "Have ye inquired of the Lord?," "Have ye received his image in your countenances?" and "How long shall we suffer?" Others I've never even considered: "Is not Calno as Carchemish?" is one and I'm glad it's included because I'm not sure where I would have started with that one. The chapters are short and they give good stories and examples of how we can apply the questions in our own lives.

This is a great book for someone like me that hasn't thought to do this regularly on my own. As I was reading through it, I thought it would be a great self-development project for 2014. I have index cards so I figured I would write a different question on each one and jot my notes on the back of the index card during the week and see where I am at the end of the year. Then I read the Conclusion where they remind you that there's still 491 questions to go, which at one each week will take a little over nine more years to get through. And they didn't end there. There are 3,444 questions in the other standard works (another 66 years' worth) and the reminder that we receive new inspired questions in every general conference. So, my one year project has turned into a lifetime of pondering and asking questions from the scriptures. And you know what? I'm excited to get started--and I better buy a lot more index cards!

Click here for a sneak peek at one of the life-changing questions included in this book.

Brad Wilcox is an associate professor in the department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University, where he also works with programs such as Especially for Youth and Campus Education Week. As a young man, he served his mission in Chile, and he was later called back to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003 to 2006. He currently serves as a member of the Sunday School general board.

Brad is the author of the bestselling book The Continuous Atonement and the BYU devotional “His Grace Is Sufficient.” He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children and grandparents of three.

John Hilton III was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver, and got a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. Along the way he met his wife Lani and they have five children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Mexico and Miami. Currently, they live in Utah. John has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Ph.D from BYU, both in Education, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU. He has also written several books with Deseret Book. Besides being with his family, his favorite hobbies are learning Chinese and doing humanitarian work.

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Wendee W. Rosborough said...

My Dad is Brad Wilcox. I showed him your blog post and he was absolutely thrilled. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie Valderrama said...

Thanks, Wendee!! That's so cool that Brad Wilcox is your dad! He's always been one of my favorite speakers.

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