Wednesday, August 14, 2013

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Face to Face by S. Michael Wilcox



“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” (Exodus 33:11).
Is it possible to talk with God as Moses did—face to face? This is not only what we long for, but what God also ardently desires. For Moses that may have meant an actual physical encounter, but for most of us it is an expression that suggests friendship, open communication, honesty, and the conversations of familiarity. But how is that done? And how can we learn how God speaks to us individually? Bestselling author S. Michael Wilcox explores the scriptural expressions and concepts of “pouring out,” “wrestling,” being “filled with desire,” and “knocking” at the door Jesus promised would open to us— particularly in those times when we deeply need heaven to hear us and to confirm to our souls that more than our words are being received.
See here for an excerpt.
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 and 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, andFinding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.
What an amazing book! God is our loving Heavenly Father and more than anything wants to have a personal relationship with each of His children.  In this book, the author discusses how such a relationship can be developed.  He starts with the story of Enos in The Book of Mormon who prayed all day seeking forgiveness from and a connection to God.  The verse that the author quotes says, "...did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens."  The rest of the book focuses on reaching out to our Father in Heaven in the following ways: pouring out, wrestling, believing, acting, desire, and knocking.  Using both personal stories and scriptural accounts, the reader is provided with inspiring words that provide encouragement and hope to those who are seeking a closer relationship with God.  I sincerely enjoyed this book and can recommend it highly.

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