Choosing Glory (Paperback)
Choosing Glory considers the doctrine of celestial, terrestrial and telestial realms, suggesting that here on earth we deal with all three kinds of individuals, behaviors, institutions, and ways of life. Dr. Anderson applies a three realm perspective to daily choices, dating, marriage, parenting, stress and progression. She offers concrete tools to help us find safety from telestial elements that threaten our peace and reminds us that we were meant for more than a good terrestrial life. This book invites us to recognize that every day we are in fact choosing glory.
About the Author
Lili DeHoyos Anderson is the mother of 8 children. She graduated from BYU in sociology just before the birth of her first child. She was a stay at home mom and then after raising her children decided to go back to school for her Doctorate in Marriage, Family and Human Development. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is a counselor.
Very Well Done
by Customer - reviewed on October 10, 2009
I've heard Dr. Anderson speak and am so glad that she has written a book that sets forth the principles and models she has shared time and time again that so easily translate into real life help. In her characteristic fashion (which is enjoyable, humorous, and applicable) she has set forth gospel principles in a way that offer hope, clarity, and that can quickly be applied to life's situations.
Wow! Is there a 10 star option?
by Julie - reviewed on October 08, 2009
This is an incredible work! So practical and applicable. Wow! It gave voice to many principles in the gosple that I knew were true, but didn't know how to articulate them. It builds and enriches anyone's perspective on the gospel regardless of background. I have loaned my copy to several friends and all found it insightful. Some of my friends are adult converts (of many years) and they particularly enjoyed the explanations and perspective it gave them. Also it helps see beyond some of the elements of Mormon culture and how the gospel really is for everyone regardless of background. For me it has also helped me discover areas that I want to be better at and the tools to recognize priorities of what to work on within my life. Dr. Anderson does a fabulous job of mixing examples from life and her experience as a clinical therapist that illustrate perfectly gospel principles. It is an enjoyable read because you are constantly recognizing how so many principles truly do apply to our lives. This book will touch your life and give you a deeper appreciation for this experience we are all going through and the ability to truly choose Glory!
Eye-opener; solid, practical.
by Stan - reviewed on October 07, 2009
I've already purchased additional copies of this book, aside from lending my own copy to family members. Anderson's work is practical, balanced, full of good humor and poignant, real life experiences both from her life as a wife and mother, and as a professional educator and clinical psychologist. She makes no bones about the fact that people are responsible for their own lives, and yet she offers real hope in her portrayal of gospel principles. She assures us that we *can* choose glory, and that it's not the impossible goal that so many Latter-Day Saints seem to think it is. This book reads easy, teaches well, and connects powerfully with the reader. I'm very glad I bought it, and I've already recommended it to those I know.
by Kevin - reviewed on October 08, 2009
Choosing Glory introduced a perspective on the gospel I had not considered until reading the book. It added to and enriched my current understanding, rather than challenging and changing my current gospel knowledge. In summary, I feel Dr. Anderson has added additional “light” to guide me on my journey back to God’s presence. Kevin Theriot Ph.D.
Insightful and applicable to daily life
by Customer - reviewed on October 08, 2009
This book gave me lots of ideas for improving my relationships and improving myself. It is full of great stories and quotes and scriptures that teach me how to become the person I want to be. I will definitely be recommending this book to friends and sharing excerpts from it with people I care about!
I can't lend it out fast enough
by Kristy - reviewed on November 11, 2009
This book really rang true with me and has changed my perspective on how I look at this life, the choices I make on a daily basis and how those choices will impact my future. I started the book one morning and just couldn't put it down. It is a very 'friendly' read for such a very deep subject. I not only read it quickly but also had time to explore the footnotes. I loved that Lili not only gives real life stories from her own family, from friends and from her professional career that I can really relate to, but also backs those stories up with actual scriptures and current General Conference talks. I cannot lend this book out fast enough. I lend it to life long members who are very strong in the Gospel and back that up with their actions as well as part member families who may be struggling with their partner, children and life in general. (So far, eight people in two months) I lend it to eighty year readers and twenty year readers. I now have three copies and all are out to friends and family (I need to get one copy back and re-read it!) Everyone agrees that there is something, in this book, that has helped their perspective for both mortal and eternal life and helps them redefine their priorities on a daily basis. Read it and see if I'm right!
A great resource for daily living
by ingrid - reviewed on December 02, 2009
This book is so wonderful and easy to read. It really has helped me to understand what we are working towards. Everyone that I share it with loves it!
by Joan E. - reviewed on December 06, 2009
This book does not contain fluff. It offers a down to earth guide of how to deal with real world, real family, real personal challenges while walking the road toward the celestial. If you're a parent fighting to hold the line with your children in this confusing world, you'll especially appreciate its affirmation and support of your goals. Real stories and how-to scenarios from Dr. Anderson's clinical practice and life experiences add credibility and interest. When I've read excerpts to friends, they invariably want to know where to get the book. Highly recommended.
by Denna - reviewed on April 08, 2010
This book flows very nicely. It is easy to read but causes one to stop and reevaluate life and every day choices. I appreciated the use of Dr. Anderson's personal experiences. The book is a great reminder of who we need to be, not just what we need to do, if we want to end up in celestial glory.