Choose Higher Ground

by Henry B. Eyring

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When a young Henry B. Eyring would complain that things were hard, his mother would advise him, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.” To choose the Lord’s way is to choose higher ground.

"The Lord is anxious to lead us to the safety of higher ground," writes President Eyring, "away from the path of physical and spiritual danger. His upward path will require us to climb." In this remarkable book, he explains some of the ways in which we will accomplish that upward journey, including starting from a strong foundation, learning to help others, and finding strength in adversity.

"Let us do whatever is required to qualify for the Holy Ghost as our companion," President Eyring urges, "and then let us go forward fearlessly so that we will be given the powers to do whatever the Lord calls us to do." Filled with a revered leader's clear insights and sound counsel, Choose Higher Ground helps readers gain access to the power promised by the Lord to all His faithful disciples in the latter days.

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Henry B. Eyring

Henry B. Eyring was called in 2008 as First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served as a General Authority since 1985, when he was called to serve in the Presiding Bishopric; he was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1995 and as Second Counselor in the First Presidency in 2007. President Eyring holds a bacherlor's degree from the University of Utah and master's and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He worked as an associate professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977. He also served as commissioner of Church Education. He and his wife, Kathleen Johnson Eyring, are the parents of six children and grandparents of twenty-eight.

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Gerald (Canton, GA)
By , Submitted on 2018-10-19

After reading, well listening to the Biography of President Eyring you can gain a better appreciation for these timeless talks given on various stages such as General Conference or @ BYU, BYU Idaho or Hawaii or other places he has shared his wisdom and knowledge. He definitely takes you to higher ground with his love and testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and of our Heavenly Father. It's a good listen if you are a PLUS member.

Whatever may be happening in your life right now, I know that you will be strengthened as you read the pages of Choose Higher Ground.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

General Conference Weekend is the perfect time to review Choose Higher Ground. This new book by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a book full of words of hope and promise.

Some of the main ideas discussed in this book are divided in these sections:

A Strong Foundation
Personal Growth Through Helping Others
Strength in Adversity
Power to Live a Consecrated Life
Help for the Last Days

The main feeling from these books, is one that we can receive power from on high to live each day drawing closer to the Lord. With the choices we make, we can either draw closer to The Savior or pull away.

"Stay close to the church if you want your faith in God to grow. And as it grows, so will your ability to claim the promise you were given that you can receive the gifts of the Spirit."(page 195)

Pres. Eyring has such a beautiful way with words. He knows how to directly get his message across to the reader, but doing so filled with love. You will be encouraged to do better each day in your life, and not procrastinate. Pres.Eyring said...

"The thought 'Someday I Will' can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity...Amulek warns that procrastinating your repentance and service can cause the Spirit of the Lord to withdraw from you." (page 3)

One of my favorite chapters in this book was entitled, "Walk in the Light". It is all about our journey here on Earth. Pres.Eyring wrote of how we will have many hard times in this life. This journey wasn't meant to be easy. I was lifted up by these words...

"I testify that by the Spirit of Christ and by the Holy Ghost, you may walk confidently in whatever difficulties will come. Because you are so valuable, some of your trials may be severe. You need never be discouraged or afraid. The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith. You must have faith to pray. You must have faith to ponder the word of God. You must have faith to do those things and go to those places which invite the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Ghost. " (page 33)

Whatever may be happening in your life right now, I know that you will be strengthened as you read the pages of Choose Higher Ground. Henry B. Eyring's words were influenced by the Spirit. Listen to his counsel, and I know that you will feel more happiness and peace in your life.

Anything by Elder Eyring is going to be good, but this was falsely represented!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was disappointed to get this book only to find that it is just a compilation of talks already given. I could get these for free!

I love Elder Eyring and his talks...and that is why I already had listened to, read and re-read many of the talks. The book overview gave a very different impression. Deseret Book should make it clear that this is a compilation of talks.

Moved me to a Higher Ground
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

With almost each Chapter I have felt that it was just for me and it was what I needed..or for another's need...I felt the power and understood the Atonement better, which has touched my soul and has helped me to make good choices as He said " You make choices every day and almost every hour that keep you walking in the light or moving away toward darkness"
My favourite chapter was The Power of Deliverance.
And there in Pres. Eyring says "The Savior not only understands and feels grief but also feels your personal grief that only YOU feel..." I just loved this book and feel privileged that it was offered to me as an ebook. L. Mac Donald. Australia

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is filled with hope and encouragement...
Yes, the path is uphill...but you are not alone in walking it.

The sections in the book are:
A Strong Foundation
Personal Growth Through Helping Others
Strength in Adversity
Power to Live a Consecrated Life
Help for the Last Days

Wonderful stories to help you understand what is needed in this life for you to be happy, and encouragement to help you know you can do it!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have always loved Henry B. Eyring so I was thrilled to have the opportunity of reviewing one of his outstanding books. I've met Eyring a few times on my mission as well as at BYU. He is a pretty remarkable individual and I look up to him. In his book, Choose Higher Ground, Eyring talks about building a strong foundation. He also taught that using the word "someday" can be very dangerous. We shouldn't procrastinate and put off important and basic Gospel principles. Of course, I'm not perfect and I fall short of the whole "someday" word. However, Eyring helped me see the importance. His voice was definitely present in this book and I enjoyed the personal stories that not only uplifted me but helped me see the important principle(s) being taught. Eyring is extraordinary and I enjoyed reading his testimony over and over again. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It makes a great gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day as well!

This is a very powerful must read!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Here are a couple of the many quotes I love from this fantastic book... "Just the way you smile or the way you offer to help someone can build their faith." Another one I love... "You can have the utmost assurance that your power will be multiplied many times by the Lord. All He asks is that you give your best effort and your whole heart. Do it cheerfully and with the prayer of faith. Your efforts will be magnified in the lives of the people you serve." Choose Higher Ground is such an inspiring book. I didn't want to put it down when I started reading it. President Eyring really makes you think and realize how much the Savior is there to help us return to live with Him. I truly am thankful for the humbleness of President Eyring he is amazing! His words make me smile and feel so uplifted. This is a very powerful must read!!

Wonderful Book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this as a free ebook. It is a wonderful compilation of some of Pres. Eyring's talks and encourages us to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost when seeking guidance in our lives. By so doing, we will be able to stay on the right path and improve our lives and influence the lives of those around us.

Wonderful Book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this as a free ebook. I loved reading it and plan to read it again. It is a wonderful compilation of some of Pres. Eyring's talks reminding us that if we will listen to, and heed the promptings of the Holy Ghost, it will help us become closer to our Heavenly Father and live happier lives.

Empowering food for thought, rather, action!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Paragraph One gives you your first inkling that this book isn't going to beat around the bushes! "Choose you THIS day..." And yet, this book gives you so many great ideas that you feel capable to step up to the plate and get going. Definitely this book doesn't read with the ease of a novel & it isn't a book you can read all in one sitting. But it IS a book full of empowering ideas and several examples to help one internalize the concepts taught. I found myself highlighting & re-reading and note taking for instance on how to have the Spirit as a more constant companion without it always having to be linked to a trial :) I liked fresh concepts such as the idea that Lehi & Sariah were "successful" parents who had righteous posterity that followed in their footsteps for generations, definite food for thought. I loved tidbits such as this, "you will find that the best learners make the best company." I am still trying to implement even a fraction of Elder Eyring's suggestions and know that as I do it WILL lead me to Higher Ground. C. Saxton

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Elder Eyring is one of my favorits and this book is no exception. Wonderful and uplifting with a great education at the same time. So easy to read on a tablet with thi app. Definetly recommend!

Wonderful collection of President Eyring's talks
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Although I enjoyed President Eyring's new book, it seemed to be a collection of his thoughts from earlier books. I have two of his books, "To Draw Closer to God" and "Because He First Loved Us," plus those two books on CD. Perhaps because I have already read those books and listened to the CDs many times, much of this book seemed familiar,especially the personal stories. Still wonderful President Eyring insights though.

Truly Inspiring- choosing the higher ground
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wonderfully inspiring and edifying. It is a must read. I feel it is a message to ponder and consider and incorporate into one's life.

Thought-provoking, inspiring
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

President Eyring's writings and discourses are, for me, always thought provoking, inspiring, and deeply profound. This book is a collection of his more recent addresses. On one hand, I remembered most of them and so this book felt more like a review. On the other hand, it was powerful to read them all together, noting the themes that carried through several of the addresses and how the ideas from one talk were further expanded in others. It is definitely worth a thoughtful and careful read.

Excellent thoughts in collection of talks
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Disclosure = I received this as a free ebook and am grateful.

The Deseretbook app makes reading and syncing ebooks so easy and portable. This collection of addresses from Henry B. Eyring are very articulate and well-thought out.

Seeking the best life experience is a choice. Elder Eyring shares with such compassion. You will feel the Savior's love in each chapter.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I appreciated the reminder that "If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill." Accepting that a great life was not intended to be easy calms my soul to endure it well. The hard things in life create a space to appreciate and savor the joys of life. I recommend this book for anyone who needs to feel understood. Elder Eyring shows how the higher ground of making and keeping covenants is a choice worth making. Worth whatever it takes!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this as a free e-book! It was wonderful! The sweet and profound testimony of President Eyring is felt through out the whole book. As you read, it's as if he is right there talking to you. I LOVE that! From the very beginning this book is inspiring, it truly beckons one to Choose Higher Ground.

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