Wednesday, July 24, 2013

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious by John Bytheway

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ABOUT THE BOOK

With every passing day, the unforgettable imagery in Lehi’s dream becomes more real and more relevant. In our modern world, we can literally hear the taunts and see the pointing fingers of people like those in the great and spacious building. We find ourselves clinging with greater energy to the rod of iron as we work through the massive mists of darkness toward the tree of life. In Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious, John Bytheway looks at Lehi’s dream, and with his characteristic humor, comments from Church leaders, scholarly insights, and personal experiences, he expands our understanding of these precious verses of scripture.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Bytheway is a bestselling author, favorite speaker, and part-time instructor at Brigham Young University. His many titles include Heroes: Lessons from the Book of Mormon; Standards Night Live; Isaiah for Airheads; A Crash Course in Teenage Survival; Behind Every Good Man and his most recent book, Of Pigs, Pearls & Prodigals. He has also created numerous talks on CD, many of which are combined in The John Bytheway Collection, Vols. 1 and 2.

John served a mission to the Philippines and holds a master’s degree in Religious Education. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

REVIEW

One of the things I love about John Bytheway's books is that they are written in a very easy to understand manner. It's not hard to see that he is a talented teacher.  In the case of this book, he explains a short section of scripture from The Book of Mormon, one of the books of scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS church).  This particular section of scripture is a dream/vision received by the Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi.  This dream is a powerful metaphor for mortal life. In the book the author quotes the scriptures related to the dream and then shares his thoughts and observations about it.  I appreciated that he goes through verse by verse, allowing the reader to think about each aspect of the vision and it's importance to the whole.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, especially to those who have read The Book of Mormon but even to those who have not.

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