Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Club: "The Infinite Atonement," by Tad R. Callister

I am only 27 pages in, but this one HAS to be our next book!  Listen to a few things from just a few pages in:

"Satan has been successful in diverting much of the Christian world's attention from the one doctrine that can save us, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to the ancillary doctrines that have meaning only because they draw their sustenance from this redeeming event.  Like a skilled magician, Satan's every move is to divert our attention and dilute our focus from the primary object at hand, namely Christ's atoning sacrifice, in hopes we will turn exclusively to doctrines of secondary and far lesser import."

WOW!  He summarizes his intent for this book by quoting Elder Bruce R. McConkie:

"'The atonement of Christ is the most basic and fundamental doctrine of the gospel, and it is the least understood of all our revealed truths. Many of us have a superficial knowledge and rely upon the Lord and his goodness to see us through the trials and perils of life.  But if we are to have faith like that of Enoch and Elijah, we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.

'May I invite you to join with me in gaining a sound and sure knowledge of the Atonement.

"Every attempt to reflect upon the Atonement, to study it, to embrace it, to express appreciation for it, however small or feeble it may be, will kindle the fires of faith and work its miracle towards a more Christlike life.  It is an inescapable consequence of so doing.  We become like those things we habitually love and admire.  And thus, as we study Christ's life and live his teachings, we become more like him."

I hope you are in love already...if not you are at least curious enough to give it a try. :)  Realistically I think we will do best to push meeting after the summer (August), but if there is enough interest, we can jump right in and meet the end of June.  I will get back with a date when we have one.

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