Books, like friends, serve a variety of purposes. Some we find amusing, while other are helpful. The best books, like best friends, inspire us to do better and to be of benefit to others. Occasionally we encounter one whose influence profoundly effects us; changing our opinion and the ways we perceive the world, or others, or ourselves. In my opinion "If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Hard" by Sheri Dew belongs among a select group of friends who empower me in my desire and efforts to improve and hopefully change for the better.
The book's premise that this life was not intended to be a cake walk and that "an opposition in all things" is an absolutely necessity to not only classify good and evil, but to bring about righteousness (2 Nephi 2:11), certainly is not new as most books dealing with adversity try to explain this concept. But what I find powerful and unique about this book is how it:
Affirms the absolute necessity of trials and heartaches as prerequisites to growth and superior blessings.
Illustrates how forgiveness is mandatory to rid ourselves of excess baggage. (Isn't it ironic how we think of forgiveness as a gift we give to someone else, when it actually has more to do with the quality of life that we chose for ourselves?)
Points out how uncharitable we are in our judgments.
Clarifies that charity is not just an emotion (something we feel) or action (something we do), but rather who the Savior is; and when we pray for charity we are not just asking to change our behavior, but rather our very nature and who we are.
Sounds the alarm for the destructive attacks on families due to violations of the law of chastity.
Empowers women through living the law of chastity. (I will never view the law of chastity the same because of the power of this book!)
Stresses that we can and should diligently seek after the gifts of the spirit that we, like Nephi, may be "highly favored of the Lord".
I find concept #4 above regarding the gift of charity to be transformational. No doubt this is an idea others understand well and I am just a slow learner. Even though I previously had read this book somehow I did not understand the impact of this concept. I personally have a tendency to concentrate on trying to change my behaviors and what I am doing in an effort to be a better person, or at least not the same slob I have always been.
I take great courage and comfort in knowing as Sheri Dew wrote that , "charity is a healing, transforming balm - bestowed by the Father, applied by the Holy Ghost, to true followers of the Son - that will change our very nature as it purifies us."
I would encourage anyone who may sense there is a varmint or two in their character that they would like to extinguish to consider befriending this book. It provides (like best friends do) real hope and substantive encouragement that "It is Possible to Change, Really Change."
This is another great book from Sheri Dew. She is definitely a talented writer who is inspired by the Spirit. She weaves her own personality and views into a book that is centered on doctrine and gospel principles. I was truly uplifted by this book. I was called to give a talk in sacrament around the time that I picked this book up to read. My talk was greatly enhanced by the insights I gained while reading this book. Well worth my time and money!
I love this book! Another must read to inspire women around the world!
This book brings sunshine to even the cloudiest day!
Sheri Dew has such great spiritual insight that her books are truly inspiring. This book is filled with such truths and charitable thoughts, that I found myself highlighting many many lines. A great gift to anyone you love.
Sheri Dew has always been and continues to be one of my favorite authors. I love reading or hearing her speak. She has a way of relating so well to people and making things easily understood. Very inspirational and motivating!
I bought this for a very dear friend of mine and it was greatly appreciated. Sister Dew is amazing and so uplifting.
This is an uplifting book. I have read it more than once, and would recommend it to anyone. We all have hard times after all!
I found parts of the charity and purity chapters on to be thought provoking and eye opening. A simple read for all ages. Targeted toward women.
There is so much in this inspiring book that it almost seems impossible that it should all fit into such a small binding. Sister Dew, in her delightfully articulate, yet relaxed voice moves steadily through layers of comfort, advice, admonition, celebration, and stunning personal, social, and spiritual realization. , Through it all, though, Sister Dew never comes across as esoteric or distant. She maintains a very open voice, making the entire book very personable and sincere. The details of her life and feelings of her heart that she shares make it clear that this is a woman who has truly lived these realizations. She has tried and failed, examined and learned, and we are the beneficiaries of her willingness to share her experience.
The CD is read by the author so you get to hear the book as she would want you to. The whole book builds you up all the way to the end and gives you the opportunity to expand your vision of yourself. Very enlightening.
I loved this book so much I am reading it for the second time. It has really helped me to reflect on my life and what's most important to me. I want every woman I know to read this.
Awesome book! Easy to read and relate to your own life. I have passed it on to members of my family who have also fell in love with Sheri Dew's awesome talent of relating personal life to the Lord and his will.
I first read 'God Wants a Powerful People' and then ordered this one. I felt like it would have been better to read this one first before 'graduating' to her latest book. It seemed like I had received the 'meat and potatoes' first and then went back for the 'milk'. , One of the things that really stands out in this book are her 2 wonderfully written chapters on charity. I agree with Stephanie that these are the most powerful and thought-provoking chapters in the book. This is a very quick and easy read and a great introduction to the insights and inspirational style of Sheri Dew.
I do a lot of driving and have jumped right into books on disk. I had listened mostly to fictional materials and then I was given If Life Were Easy and I was so excited about the lessons I was hearing and how they would and could work in my life. I keep the disks in my car and relisten to them so that I can remember those things I know I should have known myself. I also bought the book so that could study the materials.
. . . then for all your friends and family members. Among other things, this book contains the most in-depth discussion on charity that I've ever read. I keep re-reading the entire book, because it makes me want to be a better person. I agree with Jason; Sheri Dew's done it again.
I have received this book and I have already read the first chapter. Great book already. I also like the fact that is has a bookmark and paper cover. I wished all books were like that. I don't have to have a separate book mark and I don't have to fight with the cover. The topic and context are great.