The Way Back to Heaven

by S. Michael Wilcox

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Our earliest scripture tells the story of those who thought they could build a structure high enough to get to heaven, and of the consequences of that mistaken belief. In contrast, the prophet Jacob dreamed of a ladder sent down from heaven by God, with rungs—steps—that we could ascend to return to Him. In The Way Back to Heaven: The Parable of the Crystal Stairs, award-winning author S. Michael Wilcox helps us discern the "stairs of man" from the "stairs of God." Using the metaphor of a beautiful crystal stairway, he shows us the difference between a focus on "being and becoming" and "believing and doing" in our life's journey. While we may think we know the steps we'll need to take, the author suggests some unexpected—even counterintuitive—yet essential stairs each of us will encounter as we make our way back to our Father in Heaven.

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About the Author

S. Michael Wilcox

S. Michael Wilcox received his PhD from the University of Colorado and taught for many years at the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He has spoken to packed crowds at BYU Education Week and has hosted tours to the Holy Land to China to Church history sites. He has served in a variety of callings, including as bishop and counselor in a stake presidency. He has written many articles and books, including House of Glory, Sunset, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, and Finding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.

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Phenomenal Book
By , Submitted on 2018-08-08

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has positivley impacted how I think about the gospel and how I live my life.

By , Submitted on 2016-04-29

Okay, so you know I own every talk by Bro. S. Michael Wilcox that deseret book sells. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE his work. I even bought his audio talk collection for my sister. This book, though. It pulls too much from the imagination and must be very interesting and meaningful to Bro. Wilcox, but I wasn't drawn in or impressed. There were a few good points here and there, but nothing like his audio collection. I kept listening to this and asking myself if the problem was with me, but I went through 3/4 and kind of gave up. It was, well, just to visionary maybe? Or too imaginative and I'm not a huge fan of "sensational" stuff. If you are a huge fan please don't be offended. I hesitated writing a 2-star review for weeks now.

By , Submitted on 2015-07-19

The parable of the Crystal Stairs is the subtitle. What a sweet parable. I worked with the author back when I attended the University of Utah. He had a way with teaching gospel principles that reached out and grabbed you. This book is no different. It have me a lot to think about and I loved the personal touches he added to each step of the journey. This parable is a perfect way to describe how one is to return to live with our Father in Heaven. It's is beautifully written and I would recommend it to everyone.

By , Submitted on 2015-07-15

How blessed we are that S. Michael Wilcox shares his immense knowledge and unique understanding with us...

As this is a "parable of the crystal stairs," Brother Wilcox teaches that sometimes we carry baggage that makes us too heavy for the crystal stairs to hold us...guilt, anger, sadness, envy, etc.

He also gives us insights on things we need to work on so that we might reach each one of the higher stairs.

We don't need to be all perfect all right now...

As we climb stair upon stair we will reach the One who made the stairs...

The One who has climbed before us and now turns to beckon us to come to Him.

So many things to ponder!
This one will truly change your thinking and possible your way of doing/believing things.

A fascinating look at gospel principles through a parable.
By , Submitted on 2015-07-10

The thing I most like about reading gospel related books is the way they make me think. Being a lover of analogies and parables, I really liked the author's presentation of the way back to our Father in Heaven as a staircase. It was a good reminder that there's only one way back to God and that 'staircase' is provided through the Father's plan and the Savior's sacrifice. While many desire to return home building our own staircases based on man-made ideas or philosophies or plans isn't going to get us there. While man-made staircases may contain elements of truth, there is only one staircase that will get us to heaven and it's only by following the perfect example of the Stairbuilder that we can make it up that staircase and go 'home'. Wilcox includes a number of experiences that highlight the points that he is trying to make. I appreciated how vivid these stories are both personal and scriptural in highlighting the importance of loving the Savior. It's only through developing that love that complete submission and obedience will follow. If like me you enjoy looking at gospel principles through the lens of parables and analogies than I can highly recommend this book.

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