"Some things simply matter more than others," writes Robert L. Millet in his foreword to this landmark book. "Even some doctrines, though interesting and fun to discuss, must take a backseat to more fundamental and foundational doctrines. It is just so with the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is the central act of human history, the pivotal point in all time, the doctrine of doctrines."
With The Infinite Atonement, Brother Tad R. Callister offers us what may be the most comprehensive, yet understandable, treatment of the Atonement in our day. He thoughtfully probes the infinite scope of this "great and last sacrifice," describing its power and breadth and explaining how it redeems us all.
Using the scriptures and the words of the prophets, Brother Callister explores the Savior's divinity and the depth of his love for mankind. He explains the blessings that flow from the Atonement, providing insight into the resurrection, repentance, and the gifts of peace, motivation, freedom, grace, and exaltation. He explains the relationship of justice and mercy and the importance of ordinances. Through discussing the effects of the fall of Adam and our individual sins, he reminds us in a powerful way of the incalculable debt of gratitude we owe Christ for his unparalleled offering.
"An attempt to master this doctrine requires an immersion of all our senses, all our feelings, and all our intellect," Brother Callister writes, "Given the opportunity, the Atonement will invade each of the human passions and faculties....The Atonement is not a doctrine that lends itself to some singular approach, like a universal formula. It must be felt, not just 'figured;; internalized, not just analyzed....The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most supernal, mind-expanding, passionate doctrine this world or universe will ever know."
With clarity, testimony, and understanding, The Infinite Atonement teaches us rich and wonderful truths about this "doctrine of doctrines." and elevates our spirits as we contemplate the perfect love of Him who gave all that we might receive all.
Unabridged audio book
|Audiobook Narrator||Nathan Wright|
|Runtime||11 hours 37 minutes|
Content - 5/5. I would go higher if possible
This book brings scripture and prophetic utterances concerning the Atonement together in a way that I had not before considered nor experienced. At the time I was reading this book I wanted to be like Christ more than I have ever before felt. The topics are appropriate in length and coverage. I listened to the audio book and I found myself being excited when a chapter on a particular topic was longer than others. The depth, breadth, and individual relevance of the Atonement are some of the key points that made my mind race. The book certainly created more questions in my mind, but it also answers the questions relevant to my life, my family, my friends and sphere of influence concerning what the Atonement was for and why it matters. Highly recommend this book.
Narration - 5/5.
I had no issues with the narration. I like to listen on 1.25 or 1.5 speed and had no issues doing that. The narration did not distract from the message, in fact I think it helped it. Nathan Wright did a great job here. The book was so good I didn't mind some of the bugs in the Deseret Bookshelf App.
i have never had a book impact me as this book has! it has changed my life, it is the most important book outside the scriptures there is. i am reading it for the second time, and i intend to reread it for the rest of my life. i don't just read a book, i study a book and this book must be studied. we can't just have a simple understanding of the atonement it is much too big too important, it is the very reason Christ came to this earth. we can't know enough about the atonement, we can't be grateful enough. i am 74 years old, and just learned how the atonement is the most important event in all history of all history. i feel like i just woke up and come to realize what the gospel really is. don't go through life as i did blind to what this gospel is really, before you can understand the gospel you have to understand the atonement, that is how we really come to love Jesus Christ.
One of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I learned so much about the Savior from this book. I owe him everything. Thank you Elder Callister.
I am on Chapter 16 of my individual reading and I can't put it down, I just can't. It makes you cry and feel joy and so many other feelings... it's truly incredible. I'm a speed reader, but this book must be read slow and steady. I've found myself drying the tears of the pages. I foresee reading this book time and time again. My husband is a new member of the church and we're on Chapter 1 together. I know it will make for the most incredible, in depth conversations between us regarding the Atonement. A very special work. I just can't seem to find it in Spanish. I've found it in Italian and Portuguese, but not Spanish. My mother has been trying to get her hands on it and so have I!
This book is so deep! It explains the atonement in so many ways and on so many levels that I had never known! I have the hard copy of the book but I also listened to the audio book. If I had to choose between the two I would get the hard copy of the book. There is just so much that you have to read this book over and over again to absorb it all. The audio book was very very well done, but there is something about being able to hold the book in your hands and take notes in a journal and visualize it better. This is a book you could read over and over again! It is a great resource for talks and questions you may have. It is a book that will always stay on my bookshelf! I recommend it for young adults and adults!
I loved this book. It is a deep doctrinal dissertation on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I read it slowly over a few months, just taking it a chapter at a time and highlighting and pondering. It had great questions and queries and was very satisfying and inspiring. I was moved to tears at times as I thought about the words written, and my love for my Savior has grown as I've pondered everything the author wrote about in this great work. I highly recommend this one. I will read over it again and skim my highlighted portions for inspiration in the future.
This work is eye opening in the level of depth that has been taken to dive into a subject that we all face throughout life. The very care taken to breakdown a topic that is the heart of our personal work for salvation and for teaching others how to approach the preparation for the life long journey of challenge with the natural man for salvation, this is a must own for your bookshelf.
An excellent treatise on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Probably the best book other than the scriptures I have read that explains and discusses the meaning, blessings, and application of the Atonement. I would highly recommend it for new and lifelong members of the Church, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about this central doctrine of the Gospel and central act of history.
For a subject that can be challenging to tackle at the best of times, The Infinite Atonement is a refreshingly sequential analysis of the more salient aspects of the Atonement. When I talk about the Atonement with people, I usually don't know where to begin. This piece is easy to digest and, for want of a better term, starts at the beginning and stops at the end. The analysis is not only comprehensive, but heartfelt and the author's love for the Saviour is evident. This read will inspire you to build your foundation upon the rock. It inspires, reflection and godly sorrow by its tender analysis without harsh words. I felt prompted by the sincerity of the author's approach. Highly recommended read for anyone searching for a straight-forward yet comprehensive and deep account of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It will explode your testimony.
I, like so many church members had a simple working knowledge of the atonement. I knew that Jesus had died so that we are able to repent of our sins and live again with our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for this fine book that explains in such great detail how much more there is to the atonement than that simple detail. Since reading this book, I have felt much more inspired to participate in religious discussions and even share my faith with others. It is true that with a deeper understanding of the atonement comes a desire to share the gift with others. I would recommend this book to anyone from the young deacon just beginning religious studies to the most knowledgeable and faithful. This book will teach you or make you think of aspects of the atonement you had never contemplated.
A must have! Here is why. Brother Callister is so thorough that as you really harken to his words, you are filled with hope and a how to apply the Atonement. The book is so all-encompassing that the messages bring such great joy and leave you with a deep desire to be faithful in all things and be a little better each day!
The Infinite Atonement and Jesus the Christ are my two favorite books next to the scriptures. I was awestruck with the depth of the Atonement as explained by Elder Callister. I tell everyone what an Excellent book it is. I think I will go read it again. :)
One of the best books I have ever read!! I love how Elder Callister helps bring so many different dimensions to The Atonement that I have never thought of before. Best quote of the book so far, "One of the ironies of life is that we acquire love as we GIVE it away." I love it.
In our gospel doctrine class I recommended 4 books that I believe everyone in the church should read after they have read all of the books in the scriptures. The first was Jesus The Christ by Elder James. E. Talmage. The Infinite Atonement by Tad Callister is second on that list. Amazing book. I had to read each chapter one at a time and put it down for a few days to ponder over it. I felt the spirit each time I read and found the doctrine to be clear and accurate. If you are interested the other two books I highly recommend are The History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith-another great read with the perspective only a mother and woman could give and Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses by Richard L. Anderson. Enjoy!
When I was on my mission I was really interested on learning as much as I could about the Atonement, and so my mom sent this book to me. Not only did I learn as much as I wanted to, but it helped me put my life a little more in harmony with the gospel, and took away my desire to sin. I have so much more appreciation for my Saviour and what He's done for me. I am much much closer to Him than I was before
This book is absolutely wonderful. It is easy to read, but still took me a long time because it is so deep and I was writing down so many thoughts and new understandings. I suggest this book to anyone who wants to strengthen their testimony of Jesus Christ and His atonement for us.
There are occasionally those books in life that change permanently the minds and hearts of those who read them. Such is the case with Tad R. Callister’s great work, The Infinite Atonement.
Callister’s literary work is both motivational and faith empowering to the Christian reader, as well as insightful and thought provoking to the professed atheist. Anyone who reads it will gain a better knowledge of the important role Jesus the Christ plays, in both the Christian world and our modern day, as one of the great religious leaders of all-time.
This literary work teaches of the fundamental doctrine of all dominant Christian belief, the atonement. According to Robert L. Millet in his foreword to the book, “Some things just matter more than others…. The atonement is the central act of human history, the pivotal point in all time, the doctrine of doctrines.” Callister begins by explaining this concept and further by showing, and reinforcing through scriptural text, that the atonement of that carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, is far reaching and infinite in its ability to save both those who were born before and after the meridian of time.
The book is loaded with profound insights into the soul of what the atonement is. In the Author’s own words, “An attempt to master this doctrine requires an immersion of all our senses, all our feelings, and all our intellect.” I must agree that it will challenge the understanding of most and require some soul-searching moments of the reader’s day in order to grasp how it is that one man could perform such a heroic act that would, and does, affect all mankind.
This is the most thorough treatment of the atonement that I have ever read. After reading and highlighting passages over the first 1/3 of the book, I realized I needed to read it again with my scriptures open and adding commentary into the margins for future reference. It will definitely be a book that I re-read several times in the future.
Wow!I can honestly say I have never read a more amazing book on the Atonement in my 36 years of being a Christian! I am a newly baptized member of the LDS Church and still have so many questions about LDS doctrine and this book has answered a lot of them. Tad R Callister explains things so simply, but with such depth and beauty.I am so excited about this book I tell every Christian I know about it, regardless of their denominational affiliation, as I believe every Christian could only benefit from the truly inspired insights, on the Atonement, contained in this book.
There are LDS classics and it would not surprise me if this book becomes one. It has an excellent chapter on the gifts of the Spirit and the exalting and perfecting power of the Atonement. The gifts are essential for our development. If you understand that relationship, it maps out a journey more thrilling than any other earthly adventure could offer. This is a must read book.