If you enjoyed Eric D. Huntsman’s other book, For God So Loved the World, you’ll want to read the companion book, Good Tidings of Great Joy. This time, Huntsman walks readers through the meaning surrounding the birth of the Savior. A must-have this Christmas.
Product description: Christmas, President Thomas S. Monson has written, “is a glorious time of the year, simple in origin, deep in meaning, beautiful in tradition and custom, rich in memories, and charitable in spirit.” Even still, it is easy to lose sight of the connections between the holiday we celebrate and its origins in the birth of the Savior of the world.
Author Eric D. Huntsman, in a companion volume to God So Loved the World, has provided yet another insightful look into the origin, meaning, and celebration of an aspect of the Savior’s life. Beautiful illustrations, fine artwork, and photographs accompany the latest scholarship about the birth of Jesus Christ. Sidebar articles illuminate various aspects of our Christmas celebration, from the music that delights us to the symbols that have accumulated through the centuries to become familiar and welcome reminders of the season.
Throughout the book are suggestions for celebrating the Advent of Jesus Christ through the traditional four aspects of Advent: Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy. President Uchtdorf has remembered the Advent of his youth thus: “Advent was a time of anticipation and hope, and it brought a special feeling into our humble home as we prepared for something holy and beautiful. Each Sunday we lit one additional candle; by the fourth Sunday our expectations for the coming joyous events had reached their peak.” The author also suggests an added “focus” of Advent for Latter-day Saints: Salvation, with scriptural support from the Book of Mormon. By celebrating the advent of our Lord and Savior, we can find in the old forms of Christmas the message that the Lord intended us to find: Salvation comes from and through the life of the Babe of Bethlehem, Jesus Christ.
I’m with Aubrey–Jabberwocky (by Daniel Coleman) was amazing. His style of writing fit the poem like a glove. A “novel” idea. I’ve read the poem many times and never really read life into it until I read life into it until I read this book. He’s coming out with a book on the Mad Hatter next and we have a pre-order list up front.
The one this week is God So Loved the World, by Eric D. Huntsman. This book is an absolute must for appreciation of the Savior’s final week. Eric Huntsman is coming out with a similar book with a format on the Savior’s birth. It will be a really good one.
Just Shy of Paradise, by Carole Thayne Warburton, was enjoyable for me not only because of the local points of interest, but also the history of Cache Valley it alluded to.
Double Deceit, by Stephanie Humphreys, was a surprise to me. It was a totally bizarre plot, but I was hooked. Really a fun read.
Ralph and I are reading the Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World, and are again completely taken in by the format of the Stewarts’ straight history intermingled with a dialogue in the time, making it a hard book to catalogue (history vs. historical fiction), but a fascinating book to read.
Mary Ann is our amazing LDS Department Manager. She will go out of her way to help a customer, and she has a passion for what she does. Her note in the April email about the Best Buy she picked for this month was so nice that we had to share it with you all here:
Each month at The Book Table we pick one book from each department to be our Best Buy. I wanted to take a moment and tell you about my choice:
. God So Loved the World by Eric D. Huntsman is an amazing book centering on the final week of the Savior’s life. Dr. Huntsman’s knowledge of ancient Near Eastern culture is blended perfectly with scripture, paintings, maps, photographs, hymns and tradition to make this an incredible addition to a family discussion of the meaning of Easter. I’m excited to give this to my children this year. God So Loved the World will be 40% off the list price–in my opinion it is a must buy book.
While you are in the store, check out Jeffrey R. Holland’s new book Created for Greater Things as well. With the pithy quotes of Brother Holland combined with stunning photographs, it will make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other day.
These two books definitely top my list of recommendations for this month. Come in and visit us and see for yourself.
Have a wonderful Spring!