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
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.
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.
I am currently working as a elementary school librarian which I love. I enjoy sharing books on my blogs of which I have two (Geo Librarian and LDS and Lovin' it). I also review for School Library Journal.