Author: John Bytheway
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
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With every passing day, the unforgettable imagery in Lehi’s dream becomes more real and more relevant. In our modern world, we can literally hear the taunts and see the pointing fingers of people like those in the great and spacious building. We find ourselves clinging with greater energy to the rod of iron as we work through the massive mists of darkness toward the tree of life. In Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious, John Bytheway looks at Lehi’s dream, and with his characteristic humor, comments from Church leaders, scholarly insights, and personal experiences, he expands our understanding of these precious verses of scripture.
I've enjoyed listening to John Bytheway speak for years, and have recently taken the opportunity to read some of his books. He's able to catch an audiences' attention (both in speaking and writing) using short bits of humor among serious topics. He shares relatable stories that help bring important messages into focus.
The story of Lehi's dream is very well known among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Bytheway's breakdown of the dream is a great way for people to apply it to their lives.
One point that stood out to me was that we can be on the path back to our Heavenly Father, but not holding the rod. Such an important visual to remind us that we have to do more than just walk on the path. When life is at its darkest, we need that rod to help us through, or we can easily fall off the path. Are we reading the scriptures, and in effect holding to the rod?
Lifestyles of the Great & Spacious is a great reminder for everyone of what we need to be doing to stay on the right path, and also a warning about how how easy it can be to fall off and go astray.
About the Author:
John Bytheway is a bestselling author, favorite speaker, and part-time instructor at Brigham Young University. His many titles include Heroes: Lessons from the Book of Mormon; Standards Night Live; Isaiah for Airheads; A Crash Course in Teenage Survival; Behind Every Good Man and his most recent book, Of Pigs, Pearls & Prodigals. He has also created numerous talks on CD, many of which are combined in The John Bytheway Collection, Vols. 1 and 2.
John served a mission to the Philippines and holds a master’s degree in Religious Education. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.