From Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables to Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, the characters of classic literature have stood the test of time. There are countless reasons to pick up a good book—but is it possible to find eternal truths in secular works? In Out of the Best Books, Latter-day Saint scholar S. Michael Wilcox demonstrates that when it comes to learning gospel principles, truth can shine forth in all good works—and literary classics are a prime example.
With underlying lessons on life, faith, and eternal characteristics, secular works can inspire as surely as religious volumes. It is through the experience of characters like Atticus Finch, Elinor Dashwood, and Ebenezer Scrooge that their authors' inspired words have the power to create life-changing lessons for readers. Learn to find inspiration, wisdom, and spiritual knowledge in the age-old classics. God is in every good thing—you just have to look.
|Audiobook Narrator||S. Michael Wilcox|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 8.5 hrs|
My husband and I listened to Michael read his book while following along with the text. We loved the experience. Michael presented beloved characters and plots in perceptive and memorable ways and gave us new insights that we could apply to our own lives. We were familiar with most of the books he reviewed but enjoyed learning about the others just as much. Michael is spot on in his thinking and analysis. The book was a joy to us and an incentive to read or reread the books mentioned with new vision. Thank you Michael Wilcox.
I had the privilege to work with Brother Wilcox at the University of Utah Institute when I was attending school there. He was an amazing teacher there and his book was a work of art. I enjoyed looking at these beloved stories from a different, gospel light. It was interesting to read some personal experiences he had with some of the books as well. Many observations gave me something to think about the next time I pull these stories out. On a personal note, for me, it was difficult to read those chapters that had so many quotes and citations within the text. I know that wouldn't bother some people, but it was a distraction for me. Dispite that, I would recommend this book to anyone.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the way the author takes well known and well loved books and relates the main characters to gospel principles. He does this is a way that is both easy to read and engaging.
S Michael Wilcox uses original illustrations from the books that he references. I thought that was a great way to keep the reader engaged. He also uses quotes from each of the works.
My favorite chapter was probably either the one about Anne of Green Gables, complete with plenty of Anne-isms, or the one on Little Women. These are some of my very favorite books ever. I loved reading what the author thought about them. And I was surprised to learn that he’s read these many times.
I hadn’t read all of the books that were referenced in this one. It looks like I have some extra reading to work on!
This book is perfect for any book lover you know! They’ll love it.