Righteous Warriors: Lessons from the War Chapters in the Book of Mormon
Excellent. I intend to use it in Sunday School and in my family. — Robert J. Matthews, former dean of Religious Education at BYU, former member of the Church's Scriptures Publication Committee.
I consider this book to be one of the finest treatments of the war chapters in the Book of Mormon now available. Youth and adults alike will find the discussion, commentary, and application provided by this work to be extremely useful. — Robert L. Millet, former dean of Religious Education at BYU, co-author, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon.
Why are there so many wars in the Book of Mormon? Could it be that a book written “for our day” would have to prepare us to survive in a time of “wars and rumors of war,” a time when Satan is at war with everything that is good?
In this talk on CD, John Bytheway shows that what we often call the “war chapters” in the Book of Mormon are rich in gospel wisdom and spiritual insight. The pattern is clear: When the children of Lehi are successful, it's because they make covenants first and swords later. They pray mightily for help from God; then they go to work and fortify their cities. They fail only when they allow themselves to be enticed, decoyed, and distracted from what they should have been doing.
Brother Bytheway shows that the stratagems of warfare are frighteningly similar to the stratagems Satan uses to ensnare God's children today. Spirited, lively, and insightful, this talk on CD illuminates a large section of the Book of Mormon that is sometimes overlooked.
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By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Absolutely wonderful! It really made the Book of Mormon come to life. There were so many insights on the war chapters. I can't believe that I overlooked so many messages during my many readings of this special book of scripture.
By Tanja L., Submitted on 2015-02-25
I used this a lot while teaching Seminary. I just love the book, the CD, and the DVD--have them all. I have used over and over while teaching and for my own edification. He makes the stories come alive.
By Joe, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I had seen this book but paid little attention to it until last year when I heard John Bytheway speak in person about the war chapters. He spoke in his usual excitement and comedic charm. The Spirit was there and I was amazed at how the war chapters opened up. Mormon abridged this so that it was in plain sight, and after reading this huge part of Alma for years, it finally all came together.
The next day I rushed to Deseret Book to pick up this book and it went more in-depth than he did while he was speaking. I recommend this to everyone! This year (2008) we are studying the BoM in Sunday school and I have taught this to the youth and watched as their eyes were opened and they received light and knowledge.
Thank you Bro. Bytheway!