Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew


What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to that power?

In Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew discusses each of those important questions, exploring a topic that she describes as being central to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "The most compelling, most life-changing message of all time," she writes, "is that Jesus Christ has already triumphed over sin, death, hell, temptation, and every kind of misery."

As we come to more fully understand the majestic doctrine of grace, our faith will increase. We will see how the Savior keeps His promise to make weak things strong. And we will believe the truth that "His Atonement makes available all of the power, peace, light, and strength that we need to deal with life's challenges."


Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.


Grace is a topic often misunderstood as well as under appreciated. In a beautifully bound book, Sheri Dew explains what grace is, what it is for, and how to access it.  Sometimes I think that humans just naturally make things more complicated than they need to be.  Sister Dew talks an important topic and explains the essentials of it for the lay reader.  Both those who understand LDS church doctrine and those who don't can appreciate the beauty in the words that the author shares with the reader.  A wonder book that can be read again and again and appreciated anew each time. This book is based around a talk that Sister Dew gave at BYU last year which can be found online, but I prefer reading it in a more permanent form.

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