Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Great Book and A Giveaway

Some time ago, I wrote about Gerald Lund's book, Divine Signatures.

Recently I saw another book by Brother Lund advertised on Deseret Book's website--Look Up, My Soul:  The Divine Promise of Hope.  I did a little reading and knew I had to get it.  I downloaded it to Allan's iPad and began reading.  He shares wonderful stories throughout the book--stories from his life as well as inspiring stories from the lives of others.  He also shares some amazing quotes.  I love this one about hope from President Uchtdorf:  "Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to us.  It is confidence that if we live according to God's laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future."

And this quote from Elder Holland:  "I wish to...fortify you, if I am able, against doubt--especially self-doubt--and discouragement and despair...

"I wish at the outset to make a distinction F. Scott Fitzgerald once made, that "trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement--discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is from a stiff joint" (The Crack-Up, 1945).  Troubles we all have, but the "germ" of discouragement, to use Fitzgerald's word, is not in the trouble, it is in us...

"It's frequently a small germ, hardly worth going to the Health Center for, but it will work and it will grow and it will spread. In fact it can become almost a habit, a way of living and thinking, and there the greatest damage is done.  Then it takes an increasingly severe toll on our spirit, for it erodes the deepest religious commitments we can make--those of faith, hope, and chairty."  (BYU Devotional, in 1980 Devotional Speeches of the Year)

Those are just a couple.  This is a book that I have loved reading.  I think given everything that is going on in the world today, it can help us deal with whatever may come our way.

And because I LOVE this book so much, I want an opportunity to give one of you a copy of this book.  I know YOU WILL LOVE IT, TOO.

And because General Conference is next weekend, I am tying this giveaway into Conference.  In order to be eligible to win a copy of this book, comment about a talk you remember from last October's Conference.  To be entered a second time, post something on your blog about General Conference.

And I'd like to encourage you to join Stephanie at Diapers and Divinity for her General Conference Bookclub.  She always does a really fun trivia contest.  I have to confess I always start out with the Book Club and then things get in the way.  I really want to stick with it this Conference.  UPDATE:  Oops.  Apparently Stephanie is taking a sabbatical and has turned over the contest to Becca at My Soul Delighteth.

I will draw the winner Saturday, March 31st, at 9:00 a.m. Central time, before General Conference starts and will announce the winner that day.

Be sure and let me know if you blog about it, so I can make sure to enter you a second time into the drawing.

Good luck.


Lana said...

Ok, well this is easy breezy because I have been relistening to all the talks in preparation for the next conference. The only hard part is picking the one quote I liked best :) So from Pres. Uchtdorf's talk
Forgot not to choose the best part:
"How can we tell the difference for our own situation? We can ask ourselves, “Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?” There are so many good things to do, but we can’t do all of them. Our Heavenly Father is most pleased when we sacrifice something good for something far greater with an eternal perspective. Sometimes, that may even mean nurturing small but beautiful forget-me-not flowers instead of a large garden of exotic blooms."

Heffalump said...

In RS today talked about Carl B. Cook's talk "It Is Better To Look Up" from the Saturday afternoon session. It is a great talk about refocusing our thoughts towards Christ and looking to God when we are discouraged or struggling.
I remember that I was impressed by that talk back in October, and it was nice to have a lesson about it today.

Connie said...

I saw this book and was so impressed by it and drawn to it that I bought it for Candice. I know it will help her in the coming days, weeks, months,etc. I'd love a copy for myself. This past week I have read the talk by Elder Cook, "it is better to look up". I can't wait to hear conference! I'll have to visit the blog you mentioned.
Thanks for everything.

Natalie said...

Just like Lana, my favorite was Pres. Uchtdorf talk. In fact, our R. S. loved the talk so much that we had used a take off (Forget Not Your Sisters) as our theme this year.
There are so many good talks each time, though, so it's hard to pick just one.

Melissa said...

My first thought was Elder Uchdorf's talk too! I made a bookmark with a forget me not on it. Whenever I use it I try to remember all the things I'm not supposed to forget ;)

Garden of Egan said...

It sounds like a great book.
I will have to look into it.

I'm partial to any talk by Elder Holland. He seems to say exactly what I need to hear when I hear it.

Deena said...

Love Her Mother by Sister Dalton

Valerie said...

We just reviewed President Uchtdorf's Priesthood Session talk about the welfare program in Relief Society lesson. Such a powerful talk about that wonderful program and how EVERYONE needs to be helping. We shouldn't sit back and wait for "experts" or other people to step in. We can make a difference!

Stephanie said...

Thanks Yvonne! No worries about the link. I'll do redirecting from my site, too.

Corine said...

that book sounds absolutely WONDERFUL! I'm going to have to leave a comment and hope to win it (:o :).

I LOVE General Conference talks - all of them. But I did especially love Uchtdorf's talk, and even wrote a blog about the last "forget me not" that he wrote about. You can read about it here if you want to:

PS. Your blog is wonderful. I had fun browsing through it. Thanks for sharing!

Corine :D

Cherie said...

I love Lund!! I had not seen this book yet.