Thursday, February 27, 2014

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Living in the Eleventh Hour by Robert L. Millet


Just as the scriptures teach us that the Second Coming of the Lord will be "at midnight" (Matthew 25:6), so the signs of the times teach us that "midnight" is close at hand.

In Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet points our minds and hearts toward the future—to the glorious day that lies ahead. This encouraging work not only assists us a Latter-day Saints to recognize and better understand the signs of the times but also reminds us of our individual responsibilities as we prepare ourselves and the world for the much-anticipated return of Jesus Christ.

Filled with uplifting quotations from Church leaders, insightful scriptural texts, and engaging personal experiences, this timely book inspires us to live today as if He were coming tomorrow.

Brother Millet's faith-building message is clear: Steadfastly doing the small things that allow us to live each day with faith, rather than fear, builds our trust that the Savior's return to earth to rule and reign will be a glorious and welcome event.


Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.


One of the things that I have always loved about Robert Millet's books is how readable they are, how well he explains complex doctrines for the lay reader. In this book, he takes on a complex and rarely understood topic: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  I found it interesting that he starts the book by discussing his own attitude toward the topic, how as a child he was terrified of The Second Coming, but as he's grown and experienced life, he's learned to look forward to it.  I also really appreciate how he uses scriptures to make his points about preparing for a day in the near future that only God Himself knows for sure. I love how he focuses on the greatest need is for us to be SPIRITUALLY prepared, to repent and access the blessings of the Atonement in our lives. A truly inspiring look at a challenging and sometimes scary topic that relates to all of us. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Heidi! I hadn't heard of this book before, but it definitely sounds like a good one. I love what you said about the importance of being spiritually prepared. That resonates with me that that should be "key". I admit I still feel nervous about the Second Coming, or to be more clear, the events that will proceed it! I'll read this book and see if it helps! Thanks for sharing it.


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