As a part of the Desert Book Tour, I am reviewing the book Power To Become, by David A. Bednar.
As followers of Christ, our desire is to become like Him. In fact, we have been commanded to do so. But how?
In Power to Become, Elder David A. Bednar explores how the Savior makes possible His divine commission, “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Nephi 12:48).
Chapters in this thought-provoking book highlight the importance of the Atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances, and the responsibility we have to obey willingly and endure valiantly.
“As we increase in learning about the Savior and His gospel,” Elder Bednar writes, “as we strive with ever greater consistency to act in His doctrine, ordinances, and covenants, then we are blessed with power through His Atonement to increasingly become like Him.” Power to Become introduces vital tools we all can use to invite these eternally significant blessings into our lives.
This is one of the best “spiritual” based books that I have read. I love the listings of Related Readings along with the and area for personal reflection and action, at the end of each chapter. There is even an option to scan codes throughout the book, in order to “explore the concepts further with a group discussion”. The range of topics makes this book great for men and women alike and would make an excellent “program” for couples to work together.
We are encouraged to take notes in the margins of the books (enough room so that two people can easily take part)… one using the pages on the left, and the other the pages on the right. I appreciate the size of the print and the fact that the pages are bright white which makes for easier reading for Older Eyes.
Elder Bednar has as easy to read style of writing which I find comforting. I truly felt uplifted while reading and reflecting. Power to Become will be a repeat read for me, on a regular basis.
About the Author
ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2004. Prior to his call, he had served as an Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president, and bishop. He served a mission to southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received a PhD in organizational behavior from Purdue University and was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. Elder Bednar served as the president of BYU-Idaho from 1997 to 2004. His previously published books include the bestsellers Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book at no charge for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.