Monday, August 1, 2016

LDS BOOK REVIEW: A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


When eleven-year-old Eva is sent to stay with her great-aunt Rose for the summer, she can think of a thousand reasons why she does not want to be there. But as the summer progresses, she discovers that Great-Aunt Rose had learned some things about life that have made her the happiest person Eva has ever known.

The story of Eva's discovery is contained in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's insightful parable originally delivered at the October 2015 general women's session of general conference. With charming full-color illustrations by fine artist Salvador Alvarez (the creator of Joy in the Journey, the pioneer-girl painting referred to by President Uchtdorf), this modern-day parable will teach and uplift women of all ages and life situations.


While this talk can be found for free on the website, Deseret Book has done a beautiful job turning the story into a beautiful gift book.  The inclusion of the painting that is mentioned in the story is a particularly nice touch.  The rest of the illustrations in the book are by the same artist as the painting (see cover) and are beautifully done.  The illustrations and decorations make this a truly gorgeous book.  But of course the story told within is what makes the book so powerful.  This is a book that I will read over and over again as I remind myself of the multiple meanings contained in President Uchtdorf's beautiful parable.

Eva is sent to visit her Great-Aunt Rose while her mother recovers from surgery.  Eva is not excited to go and worries a great deal about her mother.  Once things with her mother settle down a bit, Eva starts to notice things about her Great-Aunt Rose that puzzle her a bit.  Gospel principles are shared between Eva and Rose once Eva works up the nerve to ask her the questions that have puzzled her.

This is a wonderful gift book for those who enjoy a more permanent reminder of the wonderful things this parable has to share.

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