Saturday, January 25, 2014


I decided to write a couple of book reviews for three reasons:
1.  To keep a record of the books I have read in 2014
2.  So my posterity can know what books I've read and what I thought of them.
and 3.  So others (if interested) can know my opinions about different books.
bonus 4.  Because I like book reviews!

So far in January, I have read two books.

I first read:  An Increase in Learning - Spiritual Patterns for Obtaining Your Own Answers by David A. Bednar.
I loved learning about the difference between Knowledge, Understanding and Intelligence.  It literally opened my mind to a hundred verses in the scriptures in a new way and gave me insight and appreciation for all of my life experiences.  I loved that the book encourages you to look deeper for understanding and for ways to apply gospel principles to improve my own life.  My perspective on learning has changed entirely, and wonderfully.  The Holy Ghost is truly our teacher.

This is is no way an easy book to read.  It is a "search, ponder and pray" type of book.  But I definitely recommend it.  I can hardly wait to read this book again and study it more.  I DEFINITELY recommend this book!!!!!!

The second book I read:  Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America by Glenn Beck.
I really enjoyed the stories in this book.  (There are 12 stories.)  These stories tell about courage, honor, and love for our fellow human beings.  Each story is informative and well documented.

And all the stories can be put into one of three categories.  Glenn Beck tells us those categories are:  "The good guys win; the good guys win, but it takes a while; or the good guys lose because people put their trust into politicians instead of each other."  I loved the life-lessons you could learn from these TRUE stories.

After reading a few of the stories, I even re-told some of them to my YOUNG nieces and nephews who LOVED them and begged me to tell them more.  I felt like a hero telling them stories to inspire that were true.

I am not a huge fan of the quality of the writing...  But the stories are fascinating and educational.  I'm glad I read it, but I think I'll just TELL my daughters the stories instead of have them read it (unless they want too).

I hope these reviews are helpful to you, my posterity and friends....

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like I should take a cue from Sundy and read it. Beck's book - should I not buy it? But I'm not there to hear you tell the 12 stories... MOM