A strong testimony requires a solid foundation. This is especially true in our day, when we have so much access to information from so many sources, both reliable and spurious. With the numerous voices competing for our attention, how can we avoid being "carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14)?
In The Blueprint's of Christ's Church, Tad R. Callister provides a thoughtful, systematic explanation of foundational gospel principles, tying them to Jesus Christ and demonstrating how the "blueprint" of the original Church of Jesus Christ matches the structure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Seasoned Church members and new converts alike will benefit from this "refresher course." The carefully reasoned, scripture-based summaries of a variety of basic principles offer a great resource for parents, missionaries, and Church leaders and teachers.
After reading Tad R Callister previous books such as, the Great Apostasy and the Infinite Atonement, I chose to read his newest book, The Blueprint Of Christ's Church. I found this book to be a education experience as I read.This book taught me about the important factors that make up Christ’s church. The book is broken up spectacularly to help explain how Christ’s church works and how Christ set it up originally. This book is written for reading levels of a young adult to an elderly person. All types of ages can read this book, and find enjoyment. It doesn’t make the assumption that the reader already knows the doctrine and principles of Christ church. Callister breaks it down each doctrine and principle.
One thing I love about this book is that you don’t need to read the book chapters in order. The reader can find a topic to search it out and study the topic. The book is made to study, not just to read cover to cover. With it comes scripture support so the the reader can see, read, and study his the direct source of each doctrinal points. I found this book to be very entertaining because the author explaining explains the outline of doctrinal truths in using analogies, metaphors, and scriptures. I would recommend this book to people trying to gain an understanding of why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe they are Christ’s church restored to the earth. I would also recommend this book to individuals that who are searching for a deeper understanding of these key factors the doctrine of the LDS church. The Blueprint of Christ’s Church can give you one a sound understanding of what the LDS church believes.
I've been a member all of my life, but hearing the way he describes the basic aspects of our faith in such a manner, brought me great clarity. My mind really appreciates seeing the patterns he shows us. It's easy to read, albeit a bit dry at moments...just because a good portion of the information isn't "new" to me, but the way he organizes that information and ties it in with history is quite enlightening. There is definitely new material here, like the history behind the Nicene Creed (and if you don't know what that is, he explains that as well). It is quite convincing of the purity of our church structure and the Gospel as we teach it. Sometimes it's interesting to just step back and see the church as God intends it. As a great resource for talks, I am recommending it to my Bishopric since they speak so often!
In The Blueprint of Christ's Church, the reader is presented with an incredibly readable account of Christ's church, the apostasy, and the restoration of the gospel and Christ's church known today as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I've never read a clearer presentation of the foundational principles of the church and the main doctrines associated with it. The organization and design of the book are fabulous and help the reader find the parts they are most interested in reading (although I recommend you read the whole thing). There is a note from the author at the end of the book addressed specifically to readers who are not members of the LDS Church. A truly wonderful book that I heartily loved reading. The writing is so easy to follow and the quotes and scriptures used add to the reader's understanding of the points the author is trying to make.
I have really enjoyed this book. It's broken up into small sections that are digestable. I was able to search for those things that I wanted to learn more about and read those sections. I didn't have to read through a lot of material to find what I was looking for. This book will answer questions for both friends of other faiths and those who share my beliefs. I highly recommend this to anyone whether they are searching for answers or not.
I am enjoying this book so much. I really like how it is designed. And just like the title, everything is laid out in a way that Member and Investigator alike can really start to understand the way that Christ set up his church from the beginning. Most of the scriptures are taken from the bible so it is packed with answers to even the most difficult questions we might get from those researching our church. I can feel my brain absorbing bits and pieces of truths and doctrines that I have know and been taught before, but never retained.