In the Hands of the Potter

by Camille Fronk Olson

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In the hands of an experienced potter, an ordinary, unworked lump of clay can become a glorious, flawless work of art, unique from any other vessel formed at the potter's wheel.

Similarly, each of us — though once a somewhat ordinary and unworked soul — can become a glorious and chosen vessel, shaped by the hands of the Master Potter through our experiences, trials, obedience, and repentance.

Isaiah exclaimed, “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8). In the Hands of the Potter examines Isaiah's metaphor and explains the process through which we, like lumps of clay, are cleansed, shaped — and sometimes reshaped — before being formed into vessels of honor that bear the imprint of the One who has shaped us.

Additionally, author Camille Fronk ties the metaphor of the potter and the clay to the account of the woman at the well, who partook of the Savior's living water and thus became a new and honorable vessel of the Lord. Her story is a perfect illustration of the magnificent power manifest in the Potter, who so lovingly offers to prepare and shape each individual lump of clay.

At once thoughtful and revealing, In the Hands of the Potter will help readers discover that each life has a unique purpose, that God is in control, and that He will direct our paths.

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Camille Fronk Olson

Camille Fronk Olson, professor of ancient scripture, serves as chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. She earned an MA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and a PhD in the sociology of the Middle East from BYU. Formerly dean of students at LDS Business College, she has served on the Young Women General Board and on the Church's Teacher Development Curriculum Committee. She is a popular speaker and writer whose published books include Women of the Old Testament; In the Hands of the Potter; Mary, Martha and Me; and Too Much to Carry Alone. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Provo, Utah.

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