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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BLOG TOUR: For All the Saints by Kristen Smith Dayley

FOR ALL THE SAINTS: LESSONS LEARNED IN BUILDING THE KINGDOM
by Kristen Smith Dayley
CFI, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1064-3
LDS Nonfiction
Complimentary copy provided for review by publisher.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

For All the Saints provides an uplifting account of the ways in which the Lord builds his kingdom through ordinary men and women. Set in Boston, Massachusetts and its surrounding areas, the book draws upon the experiences of hundreds of members, ranging from prominent Church leaders to brand new converts. Their collective insights teach powerful lessons about commitment, faith, sacrifice, and leadership that are applicable to us all, no matter our corner of the vineyard.
Drawing upon accounts both humorous and profound, these Saints remind us of the impact one person can have when partnered with the Lord. They also instill a sense of gratitude for the contributions of those who precede us and demonstrate that the Lord’s promises are sure, as we each play a role in a work much larger than our own vantage point might suggest.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Willing to work. Fervent in faith. Led by the Lord.

The members of the Church of Jesus Christ are not perfect. But that doesn’t stop us from striving for perfection. And when it’s the Lord’s work we’re engaged in, He’s happy to help.

This inspirational collection of stories and experiences from the lives of real church members shows how the gospel connects us with others and magnifies our daily efforts into greatness. Grouped by topic, these accounts illustrate the great and marvelous things the Lord can do through faithful, dedicated Latter-day Saints. Discover the everyday, ordinary heroes who accomplish extraordinary works in the service of the Lord.

No matter what your calling or where you serve, you are not alone. Filled with true-to-life moments that will benefit every member and every organization, this is an uplifting and motivating read you’ll want to share with your fellow saints.

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REVIEW

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I was predisposed to enjoy this book.  I enjoy studying the history of the church, despite the tremendous heartaches and trials that have occurred (and continue to occur) throughout that history.  I enjoy reading such stories because of the faith and courage of those who have dedicated themselves to building the Lord's kingdom. This book provides a glimpse into the hearts and minds of those who have labored to do so throughout the New England states since the Church was founded in 1830.

The efforts and struggles of the early saints have lead to a flourishing church presence as well as the building of the Boston Temple, where saints meet to receive sacred ordinances. (See here for more information.) I also found it interesting to realize that while a lot of things have changed over the years, the opposition to the church has not waned and continues to this day. But despite the opposition and sometime lack of interest, the church has grown through the direction of the Lord and the efforts of those like Clair Robison, who helped establish the first Relief Society (the women's organization that is part of the LDS faith, see here for more information) and served as it's president for 27 years. I highly recommend this book as both a learning experience and an inspiring example of what is possible when faith in God is present. I feel blessed to have my own ancestors involved in these efforts.


 
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