Friday, March 6, 2015

Review of To My Friends by Jeffrey R. Holland

Product Description:

"If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.

Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ."

My Review:

This beautiful, hardbound book is a compilation of  some of Elder Holland's talks--some I'd heard or read before, and some I either had forgotten or never come across. This inspiring book is perfect to have around the house for a spare, quiet moment, especially if there is a problem or concern weighing on your mind. Although the talks may perhaps be available online, there is something peaceful about having the talks in hand to peruse at your own pace away from the buffetings and noise of the Internet. I enjoyed learning more about Elder Holland in a personal way, and at times, it did indeed feel like a comfortable chat--though in person, of course, would be even better! It would also make a great gift book.

About the Author:

JEFFREY R. HOLLAND was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 1994. A native of St. George, Utah, he received bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and a master's degree and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. In 1974 he became dean of Religious Education at BYU and two years later was named Church Commissioner of Education. In 1980 he was appointed president of BYU, where he served until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989. Elder Holland is the author of several books, including Broken Things to Mend and Christ and the New Covenant. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.

To My Friends is available in Hardcover and eBook