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LDS Easter Books

A Family Easter Celebration

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Start a new Easter tradition or complement your celebration of this most sacred holiday with this beautifully illustrated book. A Family Easter Celebration tells the story of the Savior’s selfless Atonement and miraculous Resurrection through scripture passages and Christ-centered music. Ideal for family Easter programs or personal reflection, this inspiring keepsake will help you draw loved ones near to celebrate the hopeful spirit of Easter.

 

The Women of Easter

by Liz Curtis Higgs

Wreath of Snow_cvr.inddYou’re about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord’s burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty  unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection.

What a trio. What a Savior!

Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as each scene unfolds, preparing your heart for a richer, deeper Easter experience. Liz Curtis Higgs, a seasoned Bible teacher and award-winning novelist, combines her storytelling skills with a thorough verse-by-verse study of Scripture as together you explore the remarkable lives of The Women of Easter.

The Holy Week for Latter-Day Saint Families

by Wendee Wilcox Rosborough3

Has your family ever celebrated the triumphal entry of Christ on Palm Sunday? Or learned about Passover and its connection to the Last Supper? Whether you want to create brand-new traditions or add to old favorites, The Holy Week for Latter-Day Saint Families has something for everyone to more fully commemorate the last week of the Savior’s mortal life.

This day-by-day guide will help you and your family celebrate the week leading up to Easter. Each day you’ll find something for children of all ages:

  • Scriptures related to the events of that day
  • Inspirational messages for families
  • Music and video ideas
  • Fun and meaningful activities
  • Festive recipes
  • Beautiful fine art pieces

Families will be reminded of Jesus as they experience Palm Sunday, Cleansing Monday, Parable Tuesday, Betrayal Wednesday, Last Supper Thursday, Good Friday, Salvation Saturday, and Easter Sunday. The Holy Week will draw your family closer to Christ this Easter and help you celebrate the true meaning of this important holy day.

To This End Was I Born
by David J. Ridges

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All hope, life, and mankind hinges on one momentous week:

The last week of the Savior’s mortal life. With characteristic clarity and insight, best-selling author and renowned gospel teacher David Ridges walks us through Christ’s final days in mortality, reminding us that Easter is, above all, a celebration of GOD’S LOVE FOR US.

 

A Book of Mormon Easter

by Michelle Kendall5

Experience Easter through scriptures, lyrics, and artwork in A Book of Mormon Easter. This inspiring book can be used in your home and at church to tell the Easter story as it was witnessed by the Nephites in the Book of Mormon.

This book contains artfully designed excerpts from Easter-related hymns and Primary songs. You can find the full sheet music for each song in the LDS hymnbook and the LDS Children’s Songbook.

Celebrate the Resurrection and the Easter season throughout the year with A Book of Mormon Easter.

The Savior’s Final Week

by Andrew C. Skinner

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Andrew C. Skinner’s deeply instructive works Gethsemane, Golgotha, and The Garden Tomb are combined in this single volume to help us more fully comprehend the miraculous, transformative power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In his thoughtful and inspirational way, Brother Skinner offers profound insights into the culminating events of the mortal life of our Savior.

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LDS New Releases

Check out these LDS books released TODAY!

what you don’t know about the 100 most important events in church history

by Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and Mary Jane Woodger

1DID YOU KNOW…

  • Brigham Young made significant changes to the structure of the Church, most of which are still in place today?
  • Communist leader of East Germany invited the Church to build a temple in their country.
  • Serious consideration was given to building a temple ship that would visit seaports to make ordinances more readily available to Saints around the world?

These facts are just a few of those you’ll find in What You Don’t Know about the 100 Most Important Events in Church History, a fascinating look at nearly 200 years of the Restoration.

BYU Church history professors Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and Mary Jane Woodger have written engaging vignettes about our history, ranging from familiar events, such as the First Vision, the trek west, and the origin of Primary, to not-so-familiar events, such as the retrenchment movement, the political manifesto, and the beginnings of seminaries and institutes.

IN 100 SHORT CHAPTERS, YOU’LL…

  • Discover intriguing facts about the Church, you didn’t know before.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the role of living prophets in the unfolding restoration of the gospel and an ever-changing world.
  • Learn more about lesser-known and even surprising events in the history of the Latter-day Saints.

 

changed through His grace

by Brad Wilcox

2“Have you been changed by grace?” In this insightful book, Brad Wilcox explores this life-altering question in depth. Christians throughout the centuries have used grace to describe God’s favor, good will, and love. However, grace is more than a description of God’s attributes. It is the help, power, and strength He offers as we choose to engage with Him in striving to attain those attributes. Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Rather, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments. Grace is not a priesthood ordinance, but essential ordinances invite greater and greater endowments of grace into our lives. Grace is a divine gift, but like any gift, it must be received.

In this book, Brother Wilcox uses real-life stories and personal experiences to demonstrate how we can choose to receive Christ’s grace more fully. In addition to using Paul’s teachings in the Bible, Brother Wilcox draws from the scriptures of the Restoration, the teachings of modern prophets, and sacred hymns to explain complex doctrines in simple and memorable ways. This allows us to understand how a covenant relationship with God and Christ can help us and those we love escape the bondage of addictions. He teaches how through the Holy Ghost–the messenger of grace–God can strengthen and save but also transform us.

This book is filled with hope. God’s help is not a prize for the righteous. It is the source of righteousness. His grace is not a reward for the worthy. It is the source of worthiness. It is not waiting for us once we change. It is the power we need throughout the entire perfecting process.

 

at the pulpit: 185 years of discourses by latter-day saint women

From the banks of the frozen Lake Erie in early May 1831, Lucy Mack Smith admonished 3her despondent fellow Saints. “Where is your faith in God?” she asked. “If I could make my voice to sound as loud as the trumpet of Michael the archangel I would declare the truth from land to land and from sea to sea.”

At the Pulpit contains fifty-four discourses given by Latter-day Saint women throughout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like Lucy Mack Smith, these women drew on inspiration and experience to declare their understanding of eternal truths. This book illustrates the history of women’s public preaching in the church, but its most important feature is the actual words of Mormon women. From the time of Emma Hale Smith’s earliest exhortations at meetings of the Nauvoo Relief Society, Latter-day Saint women have been charged to instruct their families and neighbors, their congregations and Relief Societies, and other organizations. The talks featured in this volume show Mormon women doing the spiritual and intellectual work inherent in a life of Christian faith–seeking to do good works, understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, and strengthen their own faith and the faith of those around them. These women endeavored to live what they believed and to help their listeners do so as well.

Written to the high scholarly standards of the Church Historian’s Press, this book provides a resource for contemporary Latter-day Saints as they study, speak, teach, and lead. Each discourse in this volume begins with an introduction that acquaints readers with the vibrant personalities of some of the women who have shaped the church. Introductions also provide glimpses into the circumstances and forces that shaped these women. Readers will encounter some familiar figures from church history and from the contemporary church–leaders like Eliza R. Snow and Linda K. Burton, current Relief Society general president. But they will also learn from women like Jane H. Neyman, whose stories are largely unknown to modern Latter-day Saints. Neyman applied to join the Nauvoo Relief Society in 1842, but her petition was rejected due to gossip about her daughters. Over twenty-five years later, she spoke in a Relief Society in Beaver, Utah, on charity, urging members to be forbearing and forgiving of one another.

The voices in these pages ring from Nauvoo’s red brick store to the National Auditorium in Mexico City to the Tabernacle on Temple Square and beyond. These discourses offer instruction on gospel principles while also revealing the particular concerns of individual women. At the Pulpit allows us to hear the historical and contemporary voices of Latter-day Saint women–voices that resound with experience, wisdom, and authority.

 

His Majesty and Mission

by Sheri Dew, Eric D. Huntsman, Daniel K. Judd, Camille Front Olson, Hank R. Smith, and Kevin J. Worthen

4Christianity rises or falls based on the reality of the Resurrection, and Christian religious leaders of all walks have commented on the importance of the Resurrection. “It is the living Christ of whom the Apostles testify. His Resurrection is the greatest single affirmation of His divinity and the power and reach of His atoning sacrifice,” says Elder Kevin J. Worthen, president of Brigham Young University. He continues, “Christ not only current leads His church; He is also active in our lives today–if we let Him. He knocks at the door and waits for us to invite Him into our lives, and when we do, we will find the truth of the apostolic witness that ‘His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.'”

Accordingly, this volume celebrates the living Christ and the miracle of the Resurrection. The essays published in this volume represent the papers presented at the annual Brigham Young University Easter Conferences in 2016 and 2017. In this volume, readers will find the personal witnesses and testimonies of faithful disciples who have devoted their lives to understanding the Savior’s majesty and mission. May their careful, heartfelt, and inspired words take root in your heart and bring you to a deeper, more personal conviction of the central role Jesus Christ and his Resurrection have in the eternal welfare of all God’s children.

 

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Talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference

In an increasingly polarized world, what will bridge the gulf that divides us? How can such
a “small and simple thing” as care for others transform us into better people than we have been? One in Charity, with featured talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference, supplies those answers and more.

            Elder Dale G. and Sister Ruth L. Renlund

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Barbara Morgan Gardner

Kathleen Hughes

Kristen M. OaksCamille Fronk Olson

Virginia H. Pearce

Sandra Rogers

Kevin J. Worthen

Brad Wilcox

 

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Christmas Picks

Below are the Christmas picks from the managers in our LDS and General Books departments.

The Mismatched Nativity

by Merrilee Boyack

mismatchedJoshua has a problem. His family has just moved across the country to a new home. It’s nearly Christmas, he’s lonely and homesick, and he wonders if he’ll ever make any new friends.

A caring Primary teacher notices, though. Soon Josh and the rest of his Primary class are caught up in the Christmas spirit. They learn what the story of the Nativity has to do with all of us, especially those of us who feel lonely or homesick at Christmas.

The Mismatched Nativity also includes suggestions for parents to help make the story of Christ’s birth an exciting and fun part of their family’s Christmas celebration.

My First Story of the First Christmas

 by Deanna Draper Buckboard

My First Story of the First Christmas brings the story of Christ’s birth to life with colorful pictures and simple, read-aloud text perfect for toddlers! This little board book teaches children the true meaning of the holiday with stories from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It is sure to become a family Christmas treasure.

The Christmas List

by Ed J. Pinegar

listMr. G’s legacy lives on. In this heartwarming Christmas story, Mr. G’s teenage grandson, Jacob, discovers a coded entry in his late grandfather’s journal that will transform the family’s Christmas–and their entire lives. When Jacob deciphers a list entitles “10 Ways to Capture the Christmas Spirit,” he gathers Mr. G’s closest family and friends, encouraging them to participate in a ten-day experiment that will focus on one step every day until Christmas. As they strive to follow Mr. G’s list by being more grateful, forgiving, and helpful to the poor and needy, the group discovers how living more like the Savior can influence them daily. But can they overcome their personal challenges and embrace the true spirit of Christmas?

The Prince of Peacepeace

by Russell M. Nelson

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6

This First Christmas Night

 by Laura Godwin

firstSee this small gray donkey,
this long dusty road,
this promising star.

See this man, Joseph,
this woman, Mary.
Feel the frost on
this clear Bethlehem
 night.

Here is the Nativity Story brought to life for family time or bedtime. Readers o all ages will embrace this luminous celebration of the miracle of Christmas.

An Otis Christmas

by Loren Longotis

“The illustrations wonderfully enhance the story, from the joy of the animals prancing around the Christmas tree to Otis’ expressive response to the events around him.”
-Booklist, starred review

“Once again, brave little tractor Otis saves the day in his latest heroic adventure. Reserved gouache and pencil illustrations capture the frosty setting while touches of color emit a warm glow.” -The Horn Book

My Christmas Star

star by Roger Priddy

“A sleepy girl got out of bed.
She wished on a star.
Here’s what she said….”

This shiny, glittering gift
book is perfect for your
child’s stocking this Christmas.

A Baxter Family Christmas

 by Karen Kingsbury

baxterAs Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture–he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin’s heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest? And how will the woman’s presence affect his granddaughter–the one who feels the loss of her mother most keenly?

Kendra Bryant, John’s surprising guest, has been given a second chance at life, but at great cost to the Baxter family. Maybe meeting them will instill some much-needed peace into her life. And maybe Christmas Eve dinner will even help heal Kendra’s failing marriage.

Meanwhile, Maddie West’s job at the local theater has her working alongside an amazing guy. But Maddie knows she has to keep him at a distance or risk exposing a secret she’s hidden for years. In a moment of faith, she sends up a desperate prayer for help. What happens next leaves Maddie–and the entire Baxter family–shocked at God’s perfect grace and timing.

Baxter Family Christmas will become an instant holiday classic, a love story reminding readers of God’s redemption in all things, even great loss.

ideals Christmas

idealsAn annual celebration of Christmas traditions and meaning, now in its 72nd year.

Christmas Ideals continues its legacy of holiday cheer and warmth with a festive new edition for 2016. This classic collection of all things Christmas includes poetry, essays, quotations, and recipes, as well as three Bible excerpts from the story of the first Christmas. Each carefully chosen selection is accompanied by beautiful, full-color artwork or photography, adding to the reasons loyal readers have sought out each year’s edition since 1944. Perfect for sharing with loved ones and friends, this beautiful book will spread Christmas joy once more this year.

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Columbus Day

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

“A Man Among the Gentiles” -1 Nephi 13:12

columbusThe story of Christopher Columbus has become so enshrouded in myth over the centuries, and so distorted by political correctness in recent decades, that the facts of his life remain largely a mystery to all but a handful of scholars.

And yet, author Clark B. Hinckley reminds us, the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi suggests that Columbus stands out as “a man among the Gentiles.” In fact, Lehi and Nephi describe only two specific individuals in their prophecy of the latter-day restoration of the gospel: Christopher Columbus and Joseph Smith.

Columbus himself wrote that he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to undertake his great voyage of discovery, a claim some historians struggle to accept. But this candid and revealing book at the life of Christopher Columbus shows us a man with a great dream.

Through research into original Spanish texts and accounts written in Colombus’s own hand, the author retraces the journeys of this dedicated explorer to uncover what may be the most remarkable aspect of Columbus’s life: the degree to which he understood his prophetic mission and his place in history.

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LDS New Releases!

Let God Love You

816bmFllCILby Wendy Ulrich
“We learn about relationships from our experiences with family members, friends, and others. And we often bring what we’ve experienced–whether good or bad–into our perceptions of our Heavenly Father. As we go through ups and downs in that most important of relationships, we may feel more distant from Him than we’d like–but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let God Love You will help you see God more accurately, trust Him more completely, and become strengthened in His love.”

 

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by Treven G. Hatch

“This insightful book highlights overlooked but significant facts about the re-emergence of the gospel, shedding new light on well-known events and the divinely prepared culture of the time. From appearances of ancient individuals to visions seen by Joseph Smith and other early Saints, there is more to the Restoration than we know.”

 

Preaching Through the Veil

29879by Sherrie Anthony

“God sends angels to teach, protect, warn, and comfort each of us in our individual circumstances. Do we see them reaching through the veil? Do we comprehend their influence and power in our lives?

With tender stories and profound insights, this inspired book highlights the different types of angels, the roles they play in mortality, and how we can grow closer to our family members on the other side. Recognize with spiritual eyes the angels at work in your life!”

 

I Can Forgive with God

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“Are unresolved feelings of anger, resentment, and guilt keeping you from living your best life? It’s time to let go of the pain and make the life-changing decision to forgive. A stirring new work from best-selling author Ganel-Lyn Condie, I Can Forgive with God features the personal accounts of an incredible group of women who have harnessed the power of forgiveness after enduring the furnace of affliction. From divorce and death to addiction and abuse, these sisters’ experiences are linked by one common truth: the power of absolution is available to all through hard work and faithful reliance on our loving Heavenly Father.

The women spotlighted in these stories have come face-to-face with devastating tragedies and trials, ultimately learning to forgive those who have hurt them–including themselves. With the help of this book, you too can find strength in the Lord–the giver of grace–to see your mistakes and others’ through the lens of forgiveness.”

 

The Beautiful Balance

91dD8LcatoLby Michelle Wilson
“Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control–what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands.

Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we’re not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Micelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control–ourselves–and what God controls–all the rest.”

 

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LDS Staff Picks

Some of us that work here at the Book Table  would like to tell you all about our favorite books here in our LDS department. Come in today to see our entire display of LDS Staff Picks!

Surviving Hitler: The Unlikely True Story of an SS Soldier and a Jewish Woman

Gustav Palm kept his secret for more than forty years. He’d been a young man when Hitler invaded his native Norway. After being forced to guard a Nazi prison camp, however, Gustav took his only option for escape: he volunteered for the Waffen-SS to fight at the front.

Agnes Erdos grew up in privilege and prosperity as a child in Hungary. She and her parents were practicing Roman Catholics, but they were ethnic Jews, and after the Nazis invaded her country, Agnes and her parents were sent to the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Miraculously, both Agnes and Gustav survived. And after the war, they found each other.

Told in their own words, Surviving Hitler is the story of two indomitable spirits who built on their life-altering experiences to overcome the past, help each other heal, and embrace a common faith in God that led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Standing for Something

In this national bestseller, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, has created a classic look at the values that can change our world–and  how to stand up for them. Drawing on anecdotes from his much-admired life of faith and service, as well as examples from American culture today, he examines ten virtues that have always illuminated the path to a better world: love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness and mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism, and faith. He then shows how the two guardians of virtue–marriage and family–can keep us on that path, even in difficult times. Standing for Something is an inspiring blueprint for what we all can do–as individuals, as a nation, and as a world community–to rediscover the values and virtues that have historically made us strong and that will lead us to a brighter future.

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It Is Better to Look Up

We all love to be taught with stories. The Savior shared many in his ministry, and His prophets and other Church leaders have often emulated that great example. Gospel lessons come alive when they are presented in this way.

It Is Better to Look Up gathers more than fifty of the most personal experiences shared in general conference over the years and pairs them with stunning photographic images. The result is an irresistible volume filled with remarkable true accounts of God’s hand in our lives.

You’ll love browsing through such gems as “In Harm’s Way,” by President Thomas S. Monson; “Man Down!” by President Henry B. Eyring; “Lift Where You Stand,” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; “You Stupid Cow!” by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold; “Wordly Promises,” by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson; and dozens more. These short pieces are perfect for a quick moment of inspiration in a class, a home evening, or personal devotional time. Each one is presented with a scripture to complement the gospel message.

Featuring stories from ever member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, plus many additional leaders past and present, this beautifully illustrated book will soon become a family favorite and a precious keepsake.

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Karen’s Picks: LDS department

This month, our LDS and Children’s book specialist, Karen, recommended some fun titles in the LDS department. Check them out below!

Called to Serve: Celebrating Missionary Work around the World by Mike Winder

The decision to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is among the most significant choices a young person can make in his or her lifetime. As they prepare to labor throughout the world, future elders and sisters often share one burning question: What should I expect in the day-to-day of mission life? Called to Serve, a spirited and humorous journey through various facets of the mission experience, addresses this question with beautiful pictures, fun facts, and thought provoking questions. From adventures in ethnic cuisine to the gift of service, this book illustrates some of the most defining and inspiring aspects of the mission experience. It is sure to delight the multitude of young men and women who will one day be called to serve.

Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons: Finding the Lord’s Lessons is Everyday Life by Zandra Vranes & Tamu Smith

You have read the title, and now you’re scratching your head, wondering if this book is for real, right? It is. Yes, the authors are bona fide Mormons. And hilarious, too! They call themselves Sistas in Zion. Did we mention they have got enough faith to move mountains? Well, they have not moved any mountains just yet, but that is not stopping them from keeping right on praying and believing and knowing that the gospel of Jesus Christ is worth it. Their unique perspective on their own diary entries will have you laughing one minute and exclaiming Amen! the next. They talk about personal experiences and lessons they have learned about relationships, sisterhood, standing up for what you believe, embracing diversity, and dealing with adversity what being a Christian is all about. The Sistas humorous and poignant outlook on life will strengthen your faith and remind you of the joy to be found in living a Christ-centered life. You will soon realize that the authors are not mad-mad they are crazy-mad, funny, and inspiring!

Do Not Attempt in Heels: Mission Stories and Advice from Sisters Who’ve Been There compiled by Elise Babbel Hahl & Jennifer Rockwood Knight

Do-NOT-Attempt-in-Heels_2x3This new compilation of stories from sister missionaries covers everything from deciding whether a mission is right for you, to adapting to post-mission life. Experience a real look into the sacrifices sisters make, and learn about homesickness, companionship struggles, divine miracles, and the elation of helping save souls in the kingdom of God through the humor and faith of these dedicated sisters.

Take courage as you read about others who have gone and learn how you will change and grow in the Spirit with the many opportunities the mission field will present to you when you choose to serve.

You may knock on doors in Paris, France, or Paris, Missouri. But wherever you serve, do not attempt in heels!