“We need stories!” write Elder and Sister Zwick. “We need stories to give meaning to facts. …When we tell others of our experiences, we are inviting them onto the sacred ground of our memories and hearts.”
That is exactly what the authors do – invite the reader onto the sacred ground of their hearts and personal memories. In 19 short chapters they share uplifting stories with themes such as: “The Awakening,” “Faith, Not Fear,” “Sweet Boldness,” and “Negative Painting.”
The book concludes with a chapter that encourages readers to think about, write and share their own stories.
“In the end,” they write, “one of the most effective ways we teach each other is through principle-based stories that include our personal treasures from real-life experiences.”
Inspirational quotes from the scriptures, prophets, and other writers are highlighted in sidebars scattered throughout the pages. An index and end notes are included.
This is a compact, nicely formatted and well-written book small enough to carry with you, is also available as an eBook.
Elder W. Craig Zwick is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Sister Jan J. Zwick, served together in the Chile Santiago South Mission, where Elder Zwick was mission president. They are the parents of four children and grandparents of 15.
This book review was published 11 February 2013 in the Deseret News.