|Book on CD||Unabridged, 5 discs, approx. 5.5 hours|
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Deseret Book 2017|
Not sure what I was getting into when I started it but was surprised.
I don't study religion so the first part was hard to get through and wrap my head around. However the second part is beautifully written and provides superb insight into the plan of salvation. I believe everyone should read this.
I had never heard of the author and had never heard of the book so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is well researched and provides profound insights.
I’m admitting upfront that when I started this book I was somewhat overwhelmed. The “Setting the Stage” portion was full of names of figures in religious history and some of their contributions. I began to fear that I would have to keep everyone straight (and also that I would never be able to get through this book.)
I do wish that they could have introduced these personalities one at a time as the book progressed instead of lumping them all at the beginning with their mini-bios. However, that being said, DO NOT be discouraged by the overwhelming beginning. Because, this book has impacted my heart to the extent that I have not only read it but listened to it while driving, quoted it, pondered it, and allowed the truths inside to seep into my heart.
Seeing how the world’s understanding of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has changed through the years was fascinating. But, even more to the point, my understanding of the true nature of our Savior’s love for each of us has grown greatly. I’m not sure if the title of the book was meant to be a prophesy of the affect the words inside would have on my heart, but It has indeed been softened and healed a bit as I have come to a greater understanding of the depth of Christ’s love for me.
This book was quite different than I expected it to be from the title. It is a very scholarly approach to the scriptural Christ. Many different sources are evaluated and analyzed helping us to understand how the true Christ has been written about since his death. Also, how the religious belief structures have been affected through misunderstanding through the ages of religious leaders. The eastern and western cultures that mixed the philosophy of men with scripture put the world at a disadvantage. The restoration and the flow of truth through revelation bring forth much needed knowledge and power.. The historical judeo-christian values make sense given the loss of truth over time.
I didn’t expect this book to be so in-depth and full of well researched information. I so enjoyed the enlightening subject of Adam and Eve. In a very scholarly examination of how the recoded events have changed through the centuries until now, it is made so much clearer what the truth is. I am enjoying studying this book with all its facets and becoming much clearer on things I thought were set in stone. Definitely recommend for serious study.
If you like history, meaning of language and want to know the Savior on a deeper level this book is a great read. The Givens’ have done the homework for us when it comes to understanding where, when, why, and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is understood in ancient and modern religious cultures. The extensive thoughts and quotes from other religions and God-fearing people as well as church leaders helps us to see more clearly who Jesus Christ is and what he offers to us through his atonement. Take time to ponder the truths. Each section would be an amazing FHE discussion point!
This book was not what I was expecting, yet I’m so grateful I read it! In part one the authors delve into the history of Christianity, often quoting and referencing early writers and their views of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
I found it fascinating how over time views could be changed and misinterpreted. The authors showed the need for a restoration to give us a true perspective of the Loving and Living Christ. I highly recommend this book!
I started this book expecting something very different than what I found. I am so very glad I did! The beginning of the book traces Christian thought and belief since Christ died. There was a fascinating tracing of various doctrinal beliefs from the ancient church down to current times. I especially found it interesting how many of those “traditions” have worked their way into even LDS beliefs. The second part of the book shares the doctrine of Christ and the Atonement as it has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I was so struck by the light and hope and joy to be found in the true doctrine of Christ and was left so grateful for modern revelation. I completely recommend this book to anyone interested in a better understanding of revealed doctrine about Christ and His Atonement. Inspiring!
This book was amazing. It took many of the questions I’ve had and in the book they were laid out in a very understandable way. This book came into my life at the perfect time. It increased my testimony of the atonement and taught me principles and why it’s important to implement them. I feel this is a very inspiring book and who knows, it may be just what you need in your life when you read it. This book can help anyone. I loved it and would recommend it.
This book was not quite what I expected when I first started reading it. It was not a light read for me. Part one of the book is the history of Christianity in ancient times, starting in 100 AD, down to Joseph Smith. It explains the Gospel before the restoration. Part two tells of the Christ that we know today, with references from the ancient churches, modern day scriptures, and quotes from latter day apostles. This book could be used as a great study guide, as everything is very well researched and sourced. The authors shared a great knowledge of Christ that helps with our understanding of how he is a “player” in our lives today. I found the last chapter in this book, “the Saving Christ” to be especially enlightening.