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Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Consider the Blessings by Thomas S. Monson


Consider the Blessings by Thomas S. Monson

Book Description:

If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.

Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his call as an Apostle, Consider the Blessings presents fifty of the true accounts President Thomas S. Monson has shared over the years. With beautiful photographs and heart-touching content, this is a book to treasure with the whole family.

Review:

President Thomas S. Monson has lived such a full life and has had so many remarkable experiences. I love listening to him share these experiences, so I was excited to read this collection.

Consider the Blessings is a beautiful book, and not just visually. Each story has a great life lesson. Some of the stories were familiar to me, but many were new. The accompanying pictures were an excellent addition to each story, and I loved how no matter if you read one story or ten in a sitting, you came away uplifted.

I think this book would be an excellent resource for Family Home Evening. Sometimes it's hard to come up with a lesson that my kids have the attention span for, but many of these stories are brief and relatable.

As I read, I pictured the way President Monson would tell the story. He is such a great story teller, and knowing that the stories are true experiences makes me want to be a better person, and reach out to those around me. It's the little things in life that make a difference. We should be ever mindful of those in need, and always follow promptings.

About the Author:

President Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He had previously served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency of the Church, after having been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October 1963. Five years after his call to the Twelve, he was given a special assignment for the work of the Church in Europe, requiring many visits with members behind the Iron Curtain. He was instrumental in the construction of the Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. He also served as chairman of the Scriptures Publication Committee and supervised the process that resulted in the new editions of the scriptures. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service. President Monson and his wife, Frances, are the parents of three children, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of eight.

Title: Consider the Blessings
Author: Thomas S. Monson
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Published: 2013
ISBN: 1609077164
FTC FYI: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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