The Infinite Atonement
"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.
By Kelly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!
By Gwen and Fredrick, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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. :)
By Eric, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Jason, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!
By Timothy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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
By Richard, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Jesse, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Rich, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Deanne, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Darren, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.