Many today carry a secret: We do not love what we
have been commanded to love. We do not love what is
holy. Although we might reverence things that are
deemed holy — the temple, for example, and the
scriptures, and the Sabbath — we do not love them. Not
really. Not with our whole souls.
The Holy Secret is the story of a man who learns how to
love what matters. As he does, he learns another secret:
Love for holiness transforms life itself. His realization of
what he had been missing may lead you to some
discoveries of your own!
This book changed how I read the scriptures and transformed my understanding of and appreciation for the temple. I think I have begun to understand how the Lord can really make us holy, which was a concept I've never understood at all before. I loved the story as well--it pulled me in and helped me to see myself in a whole new light. Very similar to his earlier book, The Peacegiver, in its impact.
I really liked this book because it takes the 3 basic "duties" of church members: attending church, attending the temple, and studying the scriptures--and asks us to look at our attitude towards these things. Are we immmersing ourselves in the scriptures? Do we ask questions and really wonder & ponder them? Do we look forward to church and temple attendance? Are we being fed? Are we going hungry and thirsty? Are we giving our all? The way Farrell writes causes the reader to put him/herself in the place of the characters and ask, am I like that? How can I be better? His book really gave me insights that I hadn't gained even on a mission or in religion classes, so thank you, Brother Farrell!
This book was very thought provoking..yes. However, it didn't have the same capturing spirit to it that the Peacegiver did. I am struggling finishing it. It would be an amazing doctrinal book in the style of a Maxwell or Talmage but the book is mostly dialog of scripture (verse by verse) and it looses interest. Re-read Peacegiver.
I can relate to this book. I love the way it makes me think.
I didn't care for this book. It moved so slowly that I could hardly force myself to pick it up again. After reading the other reviews though, I will give it another try. Perhaps I'm missing the point.
This book gave a lot of great insight and it was a very easy read!
I loved this book and I had to pass it on to friend. She now wants to get her own copy and a copy for one of her daughters. I loved the Peacegiver and I also loved The Holy Secret.
Thanks for such an inspiring book.
This book was truly amazing to me. I was looking for a pick me up one day while browsing through the Deseret Book and this book just kind of called out to me. While reading it I couldnt put it down because it was just what I needed to hear. I needed to put more effort into my family life, my attitude at church and my scripture study. This book taught me how I could get the most out of being a member of this church. It really changed my life and taught me a lot.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Peacekeeper and was very anxious to read another book from this author. A little bit harder to get into but once I got going in it I couldn't put it down! Thank you for giving me a new insight on how to better personalize the scriptures.
I enjoyed reading The Holy Secret. I often paused to think about the scriptures in ways I had never considered. A must read.
I purchased the CD of The Secret. I have not tired of listening to it yet, it is soothing to the soul. A wonderful book on CD, well worth owning.
What a great follow up to the Peacegiver!
I couldn't wait to get this book and I was not disappointed. I now have a deeper "love" and appreciation for the scriptures, sacrament, and temple worship and have found myself applying the scripture study portion in my study significantly. Keep them coming Mr. Farrell!
This is a wonderful book with a sincerely deep concept.
I absolutely loved this book! I have read it more than once and have loaned it to several people. I now have a greater understanding of the Atonement and how it applies to me and those around me as a result of this book.
I couldn't have come across this book at a better time. A great wake-up call when life-long church membership seems to become routine or dull!
Similer in style to The Peacgiver and for the most part very good and enlightening, but the author delves into speculation about the gospel and presents it in a way that could be easily passed off and accepted by the reader, and the concerns raised by that is why I only rate the book at 2out of 5
The meat of this book is even more impressive than The Peacegiver, which I also loved. I've listened to each of the cd's at least 6 times each, and look forward to also getting the book and underlining and making further study of many of the principles mentioned during my personal scripture study.
This book was well worth the read/listen. I also thought it was a special touch to have the book read by the author. I have already given this book away to several friends.
This is one of the most insightful books I have read, in the most simple of ways. Can't say I agree with everything in it, but it makes you think and consider your level of spirituality. I'd say this one is a must.
Every year, I chose one of the books that I have read to share with friends and family as a Christmas present. This is definitely the book of the year for me! Written in the easy-to-read style of "Tuesdays with Morrie" this book is insightful and helpful, I really want others to benefit from it too!
This book demonstrates some important principles within the context of a fictional conversation between two people. It really encourages the reader to evaluate his/her responses to several key areas of our lives: scriptures, prayer, temple, etc. In that respect, this book is 5-star. My only reservation is that I'm not sure I agree fully with some of the insights about the scriptures ("goodly") and sacrament (the specific meaning of each of the prayers). The point is clear: we need to think about these things. However, it almost "connects the dots" a little too much, rather than leaving it up to us. Nonetheless, I definitely recommend this book.