Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Consider the Blessings by Thomas S. Monson

I am so pleased to have this book in my home! It is PERFECT in every way. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Thomas S. Monson's fifty years as an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than reading fifty of his best-loved stories.

My Review:
First of all, from a design standpoint, the book is gorgeous! Each page is carefully and thoughtfully crafted. The photography couldn't be better--it is colorful and poignant. I love the font for each section title. The hardcover book, itself, is just the right size to be left out on a living room table, and with each section being only two to three pages, it's just right for filling up five or fifty minutes of spare time that couldn't be better spent.

More than the design, this book contains 144 pages of stories from our prophet's life--fifty short snippets of his words, his actions, his character, his testimony. Some of President Monson's stories I had not remembered hearing before, and others were old favorites, but each was uplifting and strengthening. Many times, a word or phrase brought tears to my eyes as the Spirit of the Lord testified to me the beauty and hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Before I received the book, I joked with my kids, "How could I give the prophet's book anything but five stars?" After I actually had the book in my hands and started reading, I found five stars is just not enough. In all honesty, it is the best book I've read all year. And let me tell you a secret--if you promise not to tell my family--I've found myself looking at my Christmas list, deciding who else I might want to share this book with.

The book description from Deseret Book:
If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.

Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his call as an Apostle, Consider the Blessings presents fifty of the true accounts President Thomas S. Monson has shared over the years. With beautiful photographs and heart-touching content, this is a book to treasure with the whole family.