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Sheri Dew is known throughout the Church for her straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is style. Her personable and engaging approach has made her a favorite among Latter-day Saints across the world. In this collection, she shares some of the “simple, stunning, sobering truths” that have become her trademark:
“When we come to understand not only who we are but who we have always been — and therefore who we may become — the choice between following Christ or embracing the world is really no choice at all.”
“The only way to be happy is to live the gospel. It is not possible to sin enough to be happy.”
“We are here to influence the world rather than to be influenced by the world. If we could unleash the full influence of covenant-keeping women, the kingdom of God would change overnight.”
Paired with inspirational images in a beautifully designed gift book, her unflinchingly honest insights bring clarity to some of the most important issues we face today.
- Pages: 160
- Published: January 2009
- Size: 5½" x 5½"
About the Author
Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.
Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.
It is actually easier to motivate someone to do something difficult than something easy. That’s because the status quo is uninspiring. Our spirits crave to progress, and if we aren’t moving forward, we’re not happy.
We may not be the first generation of sisters to be influenced by the world, but we need to be the last. We’ve just got to be the last. It is high time for us to arise and have the influence God intended us to have. It is high time for us to lead the women of the world. It is high time for us to model the distinctiveness and happiness that set true followers of Jesus Christ apart.
Those who think of life as a personal ministry tend to be less lonely, less likely to feel that life has spun out of control, more inclined to have a gentle heart, more filled with purpose.
Holiness means walking away from the philosophies of man. It means looking to prophets for spiritual counsel, not celebrities or experts, who may be appealing but who all come packing personal motives and an arsenal of half-truths. It is deadly to take counsel from anyone whose primary motive is to build his or her own kingdom.
There are some who make living the gospel seem like a sentence to life on the rock pile. It’s not living the gospel that’s hard. It’s life that’s hard. It’s picking up the pieces when covenants have been compromised or values violated that’s hard. The gospel is the Good News that provides us the tools to cope with the mistakes, the heartaches, the disappointments we can expect to experience here.
The doctrine of the Atonement is a
doctrine of healing. The Savior heals us from the effects of sin, when we repent. He heals our weaknesses and mistakes. He heals broken promises, broken lives, broken hearts. When we demonstrate the faith to seek after Him, and try our best to follow Him, He will heal us.
Being steadfast and immovable on the Lord’s side of the line is the only strategy that works long-term against Lucifer. If the adversary can’t get us to succumb to blatant evil, he tries to wear us down, weaken our resolve, and dim our memory of who we are. He promotes the Sin Now, Pay Later Plan. He feeds our vanity with promises of popularity and power. He tells us that life is supposed to be easy and that if we experience undeserved pain the gospel must not be true. He always promises shortcuts, though there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. But he cannot duplicate joy or peace. That is why there is such safety on the Lord’s side of the line, where the power of the priesthood and the Holy Ghost protect us.
The Holy Ghost is always the Teacher anytime, anywhere pure truth is taught. That is His privilege; that is His stewardship.
A half-hearted effort to keep the Sabbath Day holy or to be morally clean is really no effort at all. Eight percent of your increase isn’t tithing, it’s a donation. The Lord didn’t declare, “Thou shalt not steal—unless you’re in a real bind.” He said, “Thou shalt not,” clearly delineating the lines we are not to cross—lines that represent breaches in integrity or morality or virtue so serious that they drive the Spirit away and lead ultimately to the destruction of our souls.
Living as Latter-day Saints is not easy. But it is easier than the alternative. The cost of discipleship, as high as it may be, is less than the price of sin—less costly than having the Holy Ghost withdraw or losing self-respect or jeopardizing eternal life.
The gift of the Holy Ghost is a gift of power. The Holy Ghost inspires and heals, guides and warns, enhances our natural capacities, inspires charity and humility, makes us smarter than we are, strengthens us during trials, testifies of the Father and the Son, and shows us
“all things” that we should do. He helps us do more and become more than we could ever do or become on our own.
The most powerful, favorite quotes
by Customer - reviewed on April 09, 2009
Sometimes, I just can't think of what to say so it will be powerful or say what I mean with "umph". I look at this book and it immediately makes sense. I can choose just about any quote in this new book and say what I want better. The deeper meanings I intend to put across are in this book. Great for times of pondering the real impact of many gospel issues.
Just what I need
by Customer - reviewed on January 23, 2009
I love how Sheri has a way of saying things. She speaks the truth so directly and boldly, and yet you feel so much like a good friend. I can't wait to get this book for my daughters and close friends!
A Jewel of a Book
by Debra - reviewed on April 02, 2009
Whether you're familiar with Sheri Dew as an author or not, this book is sure to please. For those who are familiar with her, "Saying It Like It Is" distills some of her very best thoughts into one book. For those not familiar with her writings, this book serves as a wonderful introduction. Sheri Dew's newest book is filled with so many powerful passages to read and savor, that it's hard to pick a favorite. Here's just one of many: "Women of God who know who they are have influence that has no limit and no end (p. 123)." Sheri Dew is a woman and an author who reliably turns out engaging and inspiring books. What surprised and delighted me about this book is the number of lovely photos she's included from her private collection (including photos of her nieces and nephews, her siblings, LDS sisters around the world, and places that have special meaning for her). As good as Sheri Dew writes, the photos in this book infuse her writing with a life and energy that fairly radiates off the pages. I was so moved by reading each inspiration (the book features one quote and one photo per page) that I plan to read this book together with my husband sometime soon. I think we'll have a great time discussing the gospel principles Sister Dew illuminates so beautifully. When I read anything by Sheri Dew, I am inspired to live the gospel more fully and to do everything I can to have the Spirit with me, so that I too can say it like it is whenever inspired to do so. This book is a jewel that would make a great gift for anyone on any occasion. -- Debra Woods, author of "It's Okay to Take a Nap and Other Reassuring Truths for Mothers Everywhere" and "Mothering with Spiritual Power: Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family."