For anyone who has ever found it difficult to understand the teachings of the prophet Isaiah comes a powerful learning opportunity by Ann Madsen, beloved LDS scholar and educator. In Opening Isaiah - a DVD presentation filmed in the Holy Land - Ann teaches about Isaiah's profound prophecies in an easy-to-understand way and instills in viewers an appreciation for the writings of this beloved prophet and seer.
How does one pay enough homage to such a great example of outstanding video making? Yes, this DVD bears the Madsen hallmark of delightful excellence. Sister Madsen's voice throughout is authoritative yet mild. The production values--well, you just have to see them.
But it is Sister Madsen's inspired narrative that makes this a stunning Must Have for me. She really does "open" the book. She gives priceless keys that make Isaiah a treasure.
This valuable DVD presentation helps you make the meaningful connections yourself in Isaiah, and that's what I most loved about it.
It's not telling you verse by verse how and what to understand, but like a true teacher, Madsen invites you into Isaiah's world so you are equipped to grasp it on your own terms when you read. We need more like this, equipping us to learn instead of trying to inform us with learning.
I love Truman Madsen's “guided tour” style DVDs. Also, I love the book of Isaiah. It was an easy decision to try the new Ann Madsen DVD.
I am glad I bought it. I especially like the scene where she gives a tour of a full size version of Solomon’s temple, as it was in the days of Isaiah. After a minute, I realized that the temple was animated. The animation is as good as found in major motion pictures. Ann’s presentation is loaded with her special insight. I highly recommend it. In fact, I intend to give a few as Christmas gifts.