Believing Christ: The Parable of the Bicycle and Other Good News
Author Stephen Robinson illustrates the power of the Savior as he uses analogies and parables,
such as his own bicycle story, and scriptures and personal experiences in this moving,
best-selling book. “Mortals have finite liabilities,” he explains, “and Jesus has
unlimited assets.” By merging the two, exaltation can come. As long as we progress in
some degree, the Lord will be pleased and will bless us. We must not only believe in Christ
but also believe him — believe that he has the power to exalt us, that he can do what he claims.
People will better understand the doctrines of mercy, justification, and salvation by grace after
reading this book.
By James, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Great message. No doubt some reviewers can find flaws in the style or analogies. But, for me it has long been an anchor to my understanding of what is realty important in the gospel. Too easy to get bogged down in the daily rigor of the church. This book brings me back to what matters.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this story years ago and thought it was a nice story but desperately struggled with the concept of what is my part that I have to bring to the table. How many pennies do I have to earn before Christ will make up the difference. I kept asking myself if I had done enough. It wasn't until I read Brad Wilcox's byu talk on the atonement (there is a book also) that I had that "aha" moment to clear up my confusion about Christ's atonement. Although this is a nice book about Christ with lots of truth, the overarching parable of the bicycle isn't a great example of the atonement and I wouldn't recommend it.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I do NOT know if I would still be a member without this BOOK!!! It's short and quick and a fantastic read. In my brother's mission, they could only read the scriptures, ensign and this book, and they do that for a reason! It's excellent. I'd buy tons for my friends!!! I don't know what that other reviewer's problem is, this isn't false doctrine. This is a must read for all members who grew up with "traditional" views of justice and mercy.
By Karma, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Although I have known of the atonement my whole life, I have never understood it until this book. Very relatable and inspirational.
By Laurie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was given this book as a gift years ago when it first came out. I was very disappointed in the false doctrine discussed by the author on some very key principles, such as faith.
I was even more disappointed that it became popular and used in Gospel Doctrine classes in my area.
By Laura , Submitted on 2015-02-25
Brigham Young University is the oldest existing institution within the LDS Church Educational System; today it has branched out to BYU–Idaho and BYU–Hawaii. The majority of the students who attend the Brigham Young Universities come to school with a basic understanding in the peripherals of the gospel; Robinson emphasizes and breaks down the vitals of the restored gospel in such a way that is simple for your non religious scholars to understand. Robinson is a professor of Religion at BYU and has written numerous books on the subject. His methods of development which stood out were the use of narration as well as exposition. Exposition comes from his use of explaining and analyzing the principles of the gospel and the atonement with clarification on what they truly are. The narration is used as he refers back to the events documented in scripture as well as stories from present day experiences that he has seen from his students and experienced himself. This book narrows down key point after key point of the gospel and demonstrates how it all ties into each other. It teaches the difference between believing in Christ and what it means to actually “believe” Him, having faith in what He can do for us now and not only in what has already been done.
An accurate index is provided with given information and scriptural resources giving perfect locations on certain topics to the book. Footnotes clarify and extend points made in the body of the text which is helpful to the readers considering the audience this book is written for. In conclusion, his final chapter of the book, a great sum up of what Robinson is trying to teach us through the whole novel is presented. It is very simple yet professional, ending with a direct quote given by the Lord from the Doctrine & Covenants, an appropriate ending that ties in the very purpose of the novel.
By Kyler, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is probably the best book I've ever read. Absolutely amazing. I've never really fully understood the atonement until I read this book. This has helped me decide that I DO want to go on a mission. Buy this book. It will be the best $20 you ever spent. I promise.
By Jennifer, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Reccommended by my bishop, this book helped me step up to coming back into full membership again. It's simplicity is decieving - it has a powerful and easy to understand message of hope and Christ's love. As long as you're heading in the right direction and your heart is in the right place, the atonement takes care of the rest. Definintely, read this book.
By Cherilyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book shows that life is a series of stepping stones by which Christ and Heavenly Father lead us closer to Heaven. No one reaches perfection in this life, but Christ helps us get started. Brother Robinson shows that each moment is worth it and that we can and must truly trust His teachings.
By Gary Boatright, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was encouraged by many people to read this book. Having heard so many good things about it, I bought it and began to read it. I only made it about half way through it before I became bored with it. I have since tried to re-read it, but with no success. I believe there are other books out there, similar in content, which are written better.