In this book, Elder David A. Bednar offers a compelling look at a pattern the Lord uses to bless His people: He works with us on an individual basis, one by one. Demonstrating that pattern as it occurs throughout the scriptures, in the lives of many Church leaders, and in his own ministry, Elder Bednar invites us to open our hearts to the Lord's love. He also teaches that by ministering as the Savior does, one by one, we can be more powerful instruments in His hands to accomplish His purposes.
From a "guided tour" through scriptural illustration to an array of touching personal accounts, this important new book offers hope and guidance for anyone who has ever wondered, "Do I matter to the Lord?"
|Book on CD||Unabridged, 4 discs, approx. 4.2 hours, read by David A. Bednar|
|Size||6 x 8|
|Published||Deseret Book 2017|
I couldn't believe how fast I read through this book, because I didn't just read it I got into marking and writing my thoughts in it and thinking about the questions at the end of the book. It was a book I plan to read again. Elder Bednar has a way of making you stop and think on the subject and scriptures and finding ways to apply them in your life. I always enjoy reading his books. It makes me a better person.
Prior to reading this book I thought I "Knew" that the Lord loves and cares for me. Now I "Know" more intimately that He does.
This was a wonderful book to read. I would recommend it.
Inspiring and uplifting.
Elder Bednar is the perfect narrator for his own book. Inspiring stories and examples. Love it!
This was an inspiring reminder to me of individualizing my efforts to those around me. Elder Bednar had many examples of current day experiences, and throughout the scriptures. At the end of each section were questions to help your self-check and reflections.
Every time I pick up this book I find myself up lifted. It has helped me look at others in a different light. Now I don't think I am in a certain place at a certain time by coincidence but that My Heavenly Father guides us to places he needs us to be to help reach out to others who need us one by one.
This is an inspiring and uplifting book. I loved the use of scriptures, and quotes from current and past leaders in the church about the topic of "One by One". In addition, Elder Bednar uses personal stories that pull you in and make you think about your own situations that have happened in your life. I loved how throughout the book you are remind of the love our Heavenly Father has for us. This book helped my to be mindful of the one that we serve, whether in our home, church, or out in the community. We need to focus on the one that we can impact with the help of the Savior. I loved the invitations at the end of each chapter has they helped me ponder more deeply on what I had read and how I can make a difference.
This book is an eloquent reminder of our individual worth to God and that we are indeed known. Filled with scriptural examples of Jesus' attention to the individual, current teachings of the church and attention concentrated on the individual, and experiences from Elder Bednar where he has testifies of his personal knowledge of the importance of the individual. At a time when the world would have us believe we are unimportant and that God doesn't know us, this book is a wonderful reminder that we matter. . . Each and every one of us. Thanks Elder Bednar, it was time well spent.
Content - 5/5
The content helped reinforce and sharpen the perspective that the Lord works with us on an individual basis. I felt prompted to listen to the book and got some answers to questions I had been seeking. I liked the points about thinking about teaching people instead of lessons. The book also emphasizes how the Lord works many different things in the universe toward helping the one. It is truly amazing to ponder how God might accomplish this, but for those who choose to see it as God's hand it is miraculous.
I personally liked the repetition that Elder Bednar uses to drill in the point that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. That is a message that we all need to remember and understand. I have been fortunate to have felt that God loves me personally from a young age, but I think that we all can use this reminder and many of us need to have it driven into our souls repeatedly - so I think the repetition great in this regard. I also appreciated the demonstrations of how different scriptural accounts of events and stories are about individuals. I imagine Elder Bednar has read and pondered the scriptures with this one question in mind seeking for an answer. I am grateful that he chose to share his insights in a book.
I did not receive an early copy of the book as most of the reviews up to this point seem to be since they were posted here before the release date of the book.
Audiobook Narration - Good overall - 4/5
The book was read by Elder Bednar which was nice. It was a quality recording except for some minor volume-level issues that might not be noticeable if you aren't listening on headphones. It was not to the point of annoying by any stretch. Also the app itself (Deseret Book's Bookshelf App) has some glitches that cause the book to stop and jump back a few minutes now and then. The glitches are mildly irritating especially when it happens while driving. If 5 stars is perfection it was not quite that, but I don't expect Elder Bednar to be everything that he is plus a brilliant narrator conscious of the technicalities of recording an audio book to boot. It was good narration.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio book and loved how personal of an approach Elder Bendar takes. It feels like it is just you and him in the room and he is teaching personally, like he is just talking to you and no one else. He shares several of his own stories and shows us of many examples throughout the scriptures where the Lord healed, taught and cared for the individual person. The Lord taught thousands and yet he always remembered, cared for and helped the one. He taught us the pattern that we should be doing. We need to teach, love, serve and help people individually. Even if we are teaching or caring for several people we need to see them as lots of "ones." This book also reminds us that we are important to the Lord and he knows us and loves us individually. It is good for anyone who is struggling to find the Lord's hand in their lives or those who wonder if the Lord even knows who they are. The book is set up like his other books with questions to ponder and places to write your own thoughts if you have the hard copy. If you listen to the audio Elder Bednar asks the same questions and you can just write them in a study journal. This is such a wonderful book! It is the best book I have read all year. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone! It is directed toward adults, but young adults could still get a lot out of it. Leaders and those preparing for a mission could benefit greatly from the teachings in this book. It is a book that you can read over and over again and learn something new each time. I highly recommend it!
"I believe that in the work of the Lord there is no such thing as a coincidence. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." Elder Bednar
Elder Bednar shares experiences, both personal and from the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that illustrate the inspired pattern of service, ministering, and tender mercies that come, 'one by one'. The clarity from countless scriptures and examples has helped me develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this important principle and is helping me to be a better husband, father and servant.
Elder Bednar always has a way to make doctrine so approachable. You cannot read this book and not feel the love that God has for each one of us. It also puts the business in life and church into perspective and that we should always be focused on "the one" as that is the pattern established in both life and scripture. Listening to him on the audiobook read his words made it even more personal and powerful.
It's a quick read/listen. I got through most of it in one Sunday afternoon. Note-I listened to the audiobook on PLUS.
I like the idea of this book and the fact that it's read by Elder Bednar is a plus. There is a nice spirit about it and it's definitely worth listening to. However, it gets a little repetitive at times. You can only hear the words "One by one" so many times before it starts to lose its meaning. Other than that, I'd highly recommend this book, especially if you're struggling with feeling unimportant.
I was given the opportunity to read Elder Bednar's book, One by One, in ebook format. This book is a reminder that throughout our lives others have hearkened to the call to teach us "one by one" through various means and that we are to look and act upon those opportunities to seek out and teach others "one by one." Our Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, has shown us the way through his ministry and it is His example that we strive to follow. This book serves as a blueprint and is full of examples on how to reach out to others as our Savior did. I can hear Elder Bednar's voice as I read the text. I enjoyed the stories and examples he gave, both in the scriptures as well from his own personal experiences. It is yet another testimony that we are truly known and watched over by our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It is only 133 pages as an ebook, but I found it best to read it slowly to really digest and ponder on the insights presented.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I would not however mark it as one of most favorite texts. The examples provided were thought provoking however at the same time, almost self-glorifying. Granted, the author is an apostle and closer to the Lord than I could ever hope to be, but as I read each story Elder Bednar presented it was obvious how each would end.. I found the references or examples directly from the quoted scripture for me were more powerful and strengthen the idea of "One by One' of the book. I don't really think I would recommend this test to others unless they just really like to read books from Elder Bednar. I did appreciate the chapter topics "Examples of Jesus Christ", "the Book or Mormon", "the Work of the Ministry", and "the Tender Mercies of the Lord", all directed to the topic of One by One. I could see where and how I would apply the concept of "One by One' in my life after reading this text however, there just seemed to be a lot of fluff or filler to help stretch it out to 145 or so pages. I appreciate the opportunity to pre-read the text and submit my review.
This is a beautiful and inspiring book. If ever there was any wonder about how the Lord knows, loves, and takes care of us on an individual basis, this book dispels all doubt. Highly recommend!
This was a truly uplifting and instructional book. I personally loved how Elder Bednar quoted so many current and past brethren who taught on this subject, using these words as listed by the title. Along with several choice quotes, various scriptures, hymns, and many, many personal experiences were shared by Elder Bednar teaching the importance and value of 'the one'. Indeed, the worth of souls (a soul) is great in the eyes of God. The manner in which he taught throughout the book using his personal experiences allowed the spirit to open my heart and memory of experiences that I too have had, of either being ministered to personally on a 'one by one' approach, or how I was blessed to follow the promptings of the spirit and be involved in caring for the needs of others on a 'one by one' basis. As a church we certainly do not believe in coincidences. Then, to top it all off, he finishes the book not providing a closing summary or ending, but stating that this is not the end of the book, as ministering in the Lord's way, 'one by one', must continue, not only in his own life but in our own lives as we write our own stories of ministering in the the Lord's way, 'one by one'. I so appreciate the opportunity to have read this book and will strive to go forward with better application of seeking the spirit, and responding to the spirit, to experience the joy of ministering 'one by one', to all who may be in need around me. Thank you Elder Bednar.
Elder David V. Hansen MD
Europe East Area Medical Advisor
A wonderful study guide that's helps us understand that the worth of a soul is great in the sight of the Lord. Elder Bednar clearly shows us that Christ's ministry here ano earth both in Jerusalem and in the America's is filled with examples of how he showed love one by one. We all are valuable, we are all unique and we are each redeemed individually. This book will strengthen your self worth and give you valuable perspective.
I thought I understood how Christ served others, how important I am to Heavenly Father, and that I should do my callings well. But this book opened my eyes and ears to see and hear what I really should be focusing on in life. I loved the scriptural accounts of how Christ served others 'one by one'. It helped me to see His great pattern of service. Then the book takes you through how the church reaches everyone. How councils should focus on the needs of each member of the ward, and how our calling is truly important-- even if to 'one' other person. As I was reading this book, I was visiting in a home and the Spirit testified to me that this dear sister was a 'one'. I knew we needed to act on that feeling and serve and love more deeply. The book doesn't really end; because Elder Bednar filled the last chapter with accounts of Tender Mercies and invites you to continue to watch for them in your own life. This book really changed my life for the better. It was a tender mercy in itself to me.