Divine Signatures: The Confirming Hand of God
As Latter-day Saints, we know God exists, but sometimes we may wonder, “Heavenly Father, are you really there for me?”
When trials seem beyond our ability to bear, some people lose their spiritual bearings, while others are made even stronger. How can we strengthen our faith and deepen our testimony to the point that we can endure whatever life holds in store for us and emerge stronger than before?
In this unique book, Gerald N. Lund shows how having a correct idea of God's character, perfections, and attributes is essential to our ability to strengthen our faith and develop our testimony.
He also reminds us of how much God loves His children and that He “delights” to bless us, especially when we are striving to do His will. As and example, Elder Lund introduces the idea of a divine signature: “Sometimes blessings come in such an unusual manner and with such precise timing that they accomplish something in addition to blessing us. They so clearly confirm the reality of God's existence that they buoy us up in times of trials.”
Throughout the book, Elder Lund relates story after story — some from Church history, some from his own life, and some from acquaintances — that illustrate the inspiring and life-changing insights he shares.
This book is a powerful blend of personal reflection and deep doctrine that will help us identify the tender mercies and “divine signatures” that abound in our own lives and which will lead us closer to God.
- The Relationship of Faith to Our Knowledge of God
- Tender Mercies and Divine Signatures
Turning Points - A Nudge from Heaven
- Defining Experiences
Answers to Prayers - Miracles Big and Small
- The Paradox of Life
A Strengthening Hand in Times of Extremity
- Hardened Hearts or Softened Hearts?
A Softened Heart Brings Strength to Endure
- Faith, Testimony, and Our Perception of God
Confirmation Following Obedience
- "Our Father Who Art in Heaven"
Divine Signatures That Fortify Faith
- The God We Worship
Preparing the Way
- "I ... Delight to Honor"
Signatures of Appreciation
- "Come unto Me, All Ye That ... Are Heavy Laden"
The Touch of the Master's Hand
- "My Yoke Is Easy, and My Burden Is Light"
Blessings That Come without Asking
- "He Doth Immediately Bless You"
Deliverance from Danger
- What Can I Do to Have More Faith and a Stronger Testimony?
"I Will Go and Do" - Learning by Faith
Blessings Prepared Long Years in Advance Epilogue
A Note from the Author
By Rachel, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book made me more aware of the need to look for and notice the times the Lord blesses/guides/instructs me. I think sometimes we experience miracles, but don't realize it at the time. I included some of these stories in letters to my missionary - he loved them!
By Aubrey, Submitted on 2015-02-25
each of the stories of God's confirming hand is fun, uplifting, and is designed to bring one closer to God. I really enjoyed this book.
By Katie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Elder Gerald N. Lund’s new book, Divine Signatures: The Confirming Hand of God, is a book of inspiration, reflection and realization for one’s own life. Divine Signatures is like a guide book to realize how the Lord’s hand is in our lives through countless examples and instructions from prophets. The majority of the book is stories and examples of how the Lord had His hand in people’s lives. Some of the stories are personal experiences from Elder Lund’s life, others are firsthand accounts from people he’s met, and some are stories from the past. The rest of the book gives instruction on how the reader can strengthen their faith and deepen their testimony; preparing them to withstand trials that may come their way. Each story brings a spirit and awareness for the reader.
For my own life, this book helped me realize how the Lord has shown His hand in my own life. I became more aware of His hand and help deepen my gratitude for my Savior and the love given for me. Elder Lund’s layout is easy to understand and the stories are able to grasp the reader’s attention. I was never bored as I read this book. I wish he expanded more on the steps to strengthen our testimonies and how to obtain a correct knowledge of God’s attributes. This information was intriguing and caused a desire to learn more but he presented the information well enough. One will just need to seek it out further.
I would recommend this book to anyone. If one ever wondered if God ever loved them or was not involved in their lives, this book, I felt, proved otherwise. After reading Divine Signatures, I have developed a better awareness of my life and the blessings I receive on a daily basis. It has also has helped me to turn the Lord during times of trials and to see the “divine signatures” He has placed during those times. In the book, Elder Lund quotes President James E. Faust, “None of us knows the wisdom of the Lord. We do not know in advance exactly how He would get us from where we are to where we need to be…. We encounter many bumps, bends, and forks in the road of life that leads to the eternities.” This I can testify to be true. This book is a marvelous tool to testify of this truth. Read this book!
By Jenifer, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Divine Signatures is a marvelous book--truly a gem! It is really interesting reading this book because it is an easy read. The Author has a real talent with flow. It reads as easily as a fiction title (and that is a high compliment for a doctrinal title!) Because of all the true experiences included in it, it is joyful, heartwarming, touching and is easy to recommend. I know the average customer is female and they will really enjoy this book. I find that I can hardly put it down and want to “sneak” opportunities to read it. Truthfully, the top reason I like it, is because YOU FEEL THE SPIRIT AS YOU READ. That is easy to do via a “real voice” but often difficult to achieve in the “written word.” So, it is interesting to say that I FEEL the spirit easily as I read this book. The Lord must have been close to Elder Lund as he wrote. This message is the Lord’s message and He also wants us to feel His love for us and understand that we are not alone no matter how hard the moment. I can see applications for those who are discouraged, need faith, need hope, are going through trials, want to build faith, learn doctrine, struggling with their testimony, etc. I know I will purchase one for each of my married children.
- Nada, customer from Utah
By Liahona, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is just what I needed to help me recall all of those special occasions when I have received "divine signatures" from God too. Just what my soul needed! An easy read and very uplifting.
By Roy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Of the many,many church books I've read over the last 40yrs., I've NEVER written a book review. There are many excellent books that have inspired us and we've even recommended some to our friends. I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my wife. Before I did one of my great wrapping jobs, I started to scan thru the book. Without going into detail some of the "feelings"(Spirit)that came over me as I read some of the stories, let's just say, I was constrained to read the book cover to cover. After reading the book yourself, you'll come to understand WHY I did the scan before giving it to wife. This will sound dramatic and I hope not sacrilegious, but I feel this strong about the teachings so well illustrated in this work by Bro. Lund, that I'm going to state it anyway. Next to the Book of Mormon, I've never read such a [life impacting] book in my life. To say you will see for yourself, how involved Heavenly Father and His Son really are in the affairs of people's lives, would be an understatement. More importantly, you will "feel" Their love and guidance in yours.
By RoseMary, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is wonderful, it will give you inspiration and insight that will help you each day as you continue to do the Lords work. It is so moving how many times the Lords Divine Signature is all around us.
By Shanna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I enjoyed this book due to the many personal stories which were included, as well as the overall theme of coming to know the character of our Father in Heaven better. In my opinion this is a terrific read for people at any level of gospel understanding from new convert to life-long member.
By JACQUELINE, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book will inspire you and you will discover the hand of the Lord I. Your own life. I really recommend it.
By Lucinda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I truly love this book. Through this book, Elder Lund has taught me to see the hand of God in my life daily. I recommend this book to everyone.