For Times of Trouble (Hardcover w/DVD)
Spiritual Solace from the Psalms
Our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy. And yet, we all have times of trouble. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland writes, "One of the unfailing facts of mortal life is the recurring presence of trouble...When these difficult days (and nights!) come—and they will—it will help us to remember that 'it must needs be,' that in the grand councils of heaven before the world was, we agreed to such a time of challenge and refinement. We were taught then that facing, resolving, and enduring troublesome times was the price we would pay for progress. And we were committed to progress eternally."
A large percentage of the psalms that appear in the Bible were written for such times of trouble. From petitions for relief to acknowledgments of God's power, these psalms provide comfort, perspective, and spiritual solace when we are going through our own trials.
In this tender book, Elder Holland explores dozens of scriptural passages from the psalms, offering personal ideas and insights and sharing his testimony that "no matter what the trouble and trial of the day may be, we start and finish with the eternal truth that God is for us." Elder Holland's reflections on the psalms provide a powerful witness of that comforting truth.
This book includes over two hours worth of powerful video segments of Elder Holland holding a Q&A session with ordinary church members about various questions and concerns they have.
- Available in three editions:
- Hardcover w/DVD with over 2 hours with Elder Holland
- Enhanced Bookshelf eBook with 17 digital video segments featuring Elder Holland
- Combo including Hardcover w/DVD and Enhanced Bookshelf eBook
- Size: 6 x 9
- Pages: 256
- Published: 11/2012
About the Author
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 1994. A native of St. George, Utah, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. In 1974 he became dean of Religious Education at BYU and two years later was named Church Commissioner of Education. In 1980 he was appointed president of BYU, where he served until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989. Elder Holland is the author of several books, including Broken Things to Mend and Christ and the New Covenant. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.
When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
Although it seems to confuse the order of these selections right at the outset, I have chosen to begin my discussion of individual passages with this one because I believe all confidence, all comfort, all strength, all safety starts here—“This I know; . . . God is for me.” That truth has to be seared into our hearts, written in bold letters across the tissue of our brains, and never forgotten. Like the blood of the Passover with which ancient Israelites were to mark the lintel and side posts of their doors, we ought to have some such figurative reminder constantly before our eyes and always in our hearts that God is for us. Whenever we go out and always when we come in, no matter what the trouble and trial of the day may be, we start and finish with the eternal truth that God is for us. He loves us. He is our Heavenly Father. He never sleeps nor slumbers in His watchcare over us. His work and His glory are to save us, to exalt us, to see us safely home with Him.
Everything He does is in support of that ultimate purpose, no matter what refinements or trials are required in the achievement of that objective. Acknowledging the dimensions of His majesty and all quantum physics of the universe, from the budding of a flower in spring to expanding realms of galaxies without number, God’s singular, solitary quest is to bless and exalt His children, to save (if they will let Him) every human soul.
So in our efforts to swim through our sea of troubles, we must master this thought; in the common parlance of our faith, we must get a testimony of it. God is for us. He is never against us. We and all others have the freedom, the eternal agency, to make choices, including stupid or cruel or evil ones. Because of this He can be against things we do and against things that others do to us. He will always be against sin, abuse, and error in whatever form they come and from whomever they may flow. But even then He has the divine ability to separate His opposition to the sin from His unyielding love for the sinner. We may not be very good at making that fine distinction, but He is perfect at it and has had a lot of practice.
In, through, and around all of the human, societal, and natural difficulties in our mortal world, God always loves us. He is always for us. In His divinity He cannot do or be otherwise. He would have no reason to be if it were otherwise. It is His nature to love His children. There are certain qualities and virtues that are inseparable from godhood. One of them—the principal one—is His unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging love for His children. We are trying to achieve those divine attributes, but He already has them. If He were to betray them or leave them or compromise them, He would “cease to be God.”21 But He is never going to cease being God and He is never going to compromise the virtues and characteristics of His godhood.
So we will find ourselves better prepared to carry on in the face of difficulty, to go forward with true faith, if we can hold to a few rock-solid principles that will undergird us on our way. The very first of those, the most fundamental of all, must be that God lives and does love us—that He is for us. And as the Apostle Paul would later ask, “If God be for us, who [or we might add, what] can be against us? . . . We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”22
This book is worth the price for the DVD alone...it is simply beautiful!
by Dennis - reviewed on March 24, 2013
Enjoyed the book...but "LOVED" the DVD. It is a full two hours filled with beautiful spiritual advise. I sat writing, and crying all the way through!!! Have already watched it twice...and I am sure will watch it many more times. The messages inspire you to trust the Lord, and carry on!
Hope for Times of Trial
by Stephanie - reviewed on February 14, 2013
This is a hard world we live in and I think we all face troubling times. While many of our circumstances are different we all crave help and support from our Heavenly Father. In this new book, For Time of Trouble: Spiritual Solace From the Psalms, by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland he shares with us how to find peace through the scriptures, specifically the Psalms. Historically the Psalms have been classified as prayers and pleadings with God for His help in times of trouble and protection in times of distress. The Psalms are filled with passages that offer courage, compassion, strength and hope. Over 75 Psalms are broken down, verse by verse, concept by concept. Elder Holland shares his insight and wisdom into each Psalm offering encouragement to the reader and hope for the weary. His reflections on the psalms provide a testimony that God loves us and we can seek Him and find Him in the Psalms. With lovely pictures scattered through out the book you can read this as a devotional, read it like a novel, or read it in times of trouble. In the preface Elder Holland says, "the entries are primarily meditations, they are my thoughts alone...the book is more devotional in nature than comprehensive in its commentary." As such, it wasn't written with heavy doctrine or outside references and I really liked it that way. There is time enough for heavy doctrine but Elder Holland has written this book like he was sharing his testimony of the Psalms with a dear friend. I could feel his love for us on every page. One of the best parts of this book is that it includes a DVD with 2 hours of Q & A from a live audience where Elder Holland, in his quiet way, addresses the challenging issues of our day. I LOVED IT!
There should be a copy in every home.
by Erin - reviewed on December 31, 2012
I've read a lot of really great books the past year, but I think the combination of this book and DVD far surpass all the others. In his signature way, Elder Holland weaves the daily struggles and pains that we are currently facing in a beautiful tapestry combined with the peaceful poetry of the scriptural psalms. There is a depth and love focusing on the eternal gift of the Savior's Atonement, that pushes you to search the deepest parts of your testimony and your soul and ask the question, "Do I 'really' believe in Jesus Christ?" and "Is this gospel really true?" and "Does he really know me and know my pain." I strongly recommend this book combination to every reader. And don't skip the DVD. I've already watched it 3 times.
Very Inspiring & Plainly Written
by Kathy - reviewed on July 25, 2013
Scripture is quoted and then Elder Holland gives no-nonsense, plainly written counsel based on the scripture. I've been using it as a workbook - reading the entire chapter of Psalms as well as additional scriptures listed in the footnotes of the book as well as the Scriptures, and then writing down any impressions I receive. And the DVD that comes with the book us a great bonus. I highly recommend this book for whatever stage of the road to eternity you are on.
by Shauna - reviewed on December 02, 2012
"When difficult days (and nights!) come-- and they will-- it will help us to remember that 'it must needs be,' that in the grand councils of heaven before the world was, we agreed to such a time of challenge and refinement. We were taught then that facing, resolving, and enduring troublesome times was the price we would pay for progression." So starts this new book from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland where he helps us find spiritual solace from the Psalms. Each chapter is only a page or two long so it is easy to read and then ponder. Elder Holland gives excellent commentaries to make these Psalms even more meaningful! Beautiful artwork is woven throughout the book! Some of my favorite Psalms in the book: Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.~ Psalms 27: 14 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.~ Psalms 30:5 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice.~ Psalm 55: 16-17 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of they doings.~ Psalm 77:12 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children; Praise ye the Lord.~ Psalm 113:9 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can man do unto me?~ Psalm 118:6 And of course, there is a whole chapter on The 23rd Psalm... The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Superb Resource for Peace
by Jess - reviewed on March 07, 2013
Have you ever wished that you could jump into the study journal of Elder Holland? This is book is for you! For the discouraged and the broken-hearted, For times of Trouble (FTOT) offers a breadth of consoling messages expressed with the clarity and power that only an Apostle of the Lord could convey. I read this book cover to cover, jotting notes, making comparisons and seeing the Savior in every syllable. Truly there are messages and helps,both written and unwritten in this wonderful edition from Elder Holland. Please note that I have yet to mention the DVD. This resource is a marvelous breath of fresh air. Often I've wished for the chance to sit at the feet of the Apostles and just learn, and glean, and feast on their wisdom and insight. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Like others have said, the DVD is worth the price alone but you would be remiss not to enjoy both the book and video! Enjoy!
Comforting beyond words....
by Stephanie - reviewed on November 07, 2013
I just wish I could buy everyone I love a copy of this book and even more the dvd. It's so comforting, and beautiful, I cried through most of it, as did the audience and often Elder and Sister Holland. It's so tender.
by Customer - reviewed on December 02, 2012
There is such a sense of love you can feel from Elder Holland as well as the love he knows the Saviour has for each of us individually. So grateful for his sensitivity to compose this book/dvd/e-book for these hard times and recognize how individual our struggles are yet convey's the intimate love the Lord feel for every one of our needs.
by Scott - reviewed on January 17, 2013
I haven't even made it to the book yet, the DVD is so good - I've watched it multiple times and learn something new each time. I can't wait to start reading. Elder Holland truly is called of God and teaches some very simple yet true points that can help anyone no matter what they are challenged with. I highly recommend picking this one up!
Such a great resource for everyone
by Barbara - reviewed on March 05, 2013
I feel so blessed to have wonderful books and other sources of media to enrich our lives. The gospel is uplifting in these times of trouble and what better timing for Elder Holland to address some of our concerns! The dvd left me crying as I watched Elder and Sister Holland speak so graciously to their guests (and me). This was so amazing that I want to share it with everyone.