The Continuous Conversion
by Brad Wilcox
I started writing The Continuous Atonement when I was serving as the bishop of a young single adult ward…. I realized that there was an aspect of the Atonement they didn't get. They knew about how the Atonement could cleanse and console us, but they didn't grasp how it can transform us and how Christ offers us His enabling power however long that transformation process takes--even continuously. This book picks up that same theme and answers the question, "How?" "How do I apply the Atonement and feel it's transforming power on a continuous basis?" True conversion is not a onetime event, but a process that takes time. Most people accept that in theory, but we still beat ourselves up when we fall short. My message is "Be patient. You are doing better than you realize. Hang in there!" We are not paying our way into heaven. We're practicing for it!
"I can't do this Mormon thing," a friend told Brad Wilcox. "I've tried, and the expectations are just way too high." And she's not alone in her thinking. Many people, as they feel themselves falling short of perfection, are tempted to quit trying.
But are there only two options? Think of it this way: When a person is learning to play the piano, are the only two options performing at Carnegie Hall or quitting? Similarly, in mortality, are the only two choices being perfect or giving up?
"No," writes Brad Wilcox. "Growth and development take time. Learning takes practice. Discipleship is a journey, and true conversion is a continuous process."
In this hope-filled book, Brad shares his keen understanding and testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ as it relates to our own conversion. Conversion occurs, he says, "when we stop trying to earn heaven and start trying to learn it. . . As we take each little step to show faith, repent, make and live covenants, seek the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, we are not paying our way into heaven. We are practicing for it."
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By Wendee, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A beautiful companion to the Continuous Atonement! I loved the idea of the bread and water on the two covers. Very symbolic. Every page of this new book provided great insight. It helped me understand grace, the Atonement, and the Gospel in new ways.
Each chapter was meaningful because they dealt with real issues and things we encounter daily in our lives. The stories and examples shared were relatable and moving.
As always Brad Wilcox's books are hopeful and inspiring. He has a way of motivating me to try harder rather than feeling guilty about not doing enough. I loved the understanding that came from his simple analogies and honest approach. He has a gift for sharing his knowledge in a way that makes sense and doesn't get boring.
By Jess, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This was a wonderful follow-up to Brad Wilcox's Book the Continuous Atonement (The most accessible explanation of Christ's Atonement ever in my opinion- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!). The first several chapters are slight repeats of His previous book, combined with his amazing address "His Grace is Sufficient".
However, The final chapters were astounding new insights into ways that we can truly become converted! He gives amazing insights that have (to my knowledge) remained unelaborated by gospel writers focusing toward the average LDS reader.Temple insights, connections between ritual and doctrine, callings and conversion all make this book a great read.
There are many, like myself, that struggle turning their devotion into deeds without feeling like we don't measure up. Like Brother Wilcox observes, the gospel message often falls on "discouraged" ears. This book will lend perspective that helps us find power in the truly powerful aspects of our worship-- the Atonement, covenants and temple worship. Enjoy!
By Emily, Submitted on 2015-02-25
One thing I love about Brad Wilcox's style is that he teaches solid gospel principles in such well-crafted phrases. His gift for analogy shines through again in this book, with relatable examples and many, many quotable statements that have found their way into my journal as reminders. I came away determined to be stronger in my commitments and longing to demonstrate my true conversion to my Father in Heaven.