Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review ~ Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew

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Well, the incredible Sheri Dew has done it again ! I always enjoy her talks and books and this one is no exception ! I love how the book is full of personal stories and stories from general authorities and friends and family. It makes the whole book not only fun to read, but oh so meaningful and real. 

Have you heard of " wrestling with the truth " , or " wrestling for an answer " etc ? This is the theme of Sister Dew's book, 'Worth the Wrestle'. While in college she had some hard questions brought before her. She needed answers and this set her off on a life long journey of learning to wrestle for an answer. 
She talks about how President Hinckley was always asking questions ! Oh i sure love that man, and I love the idea of him sitting at the dinner table with new friends and asking all about their lives. Asking questions is a good thing ! It's one way you learn. That is where this book begins. Teaching us that questions are good ! 

She follows this up with the chapter entitled, ' Wrestling '.  It teaches us about Spiritual wrestling.... studying and seeking and doing everything in our power to learn and to sort it out. Basically ~ the WORK involved in getting answers. 

In the book she quotes President Spencer W. Kimball as saying ,

" Why, oh, why do people think they can fathom the most complex spiritual depths without the necessary..... work accompanied by compliance with the laws that govern it ? ........"

So Sister Dew teaches us to work for our answers. 

Next step ~ Receive Answers. In this chapter Sister Dew enchants us with more great personal stories and stories of friends and family who all had questions they needed answered. I just love this about Sister Dew. She just seems like such a great normal gal ! 

One of my favorite stories in this book is in this chapter. She talks about an experience she had as a youth with many other young women her age and how President Harold B. Lee spoke to them about seeking out spiritual experiences every day ! He told them that they may not actually have a spiritual experience each day, but not to ever stop seeking to have them ! Isn't that an awesome thing ? Why am I not doing that ? :) 

Another thing that is important when receiving answers, is to open your heart. I love how Sister Dew uses many different Scripture accounts to show how very important it is to open your heart to the Prophets and Apostles and to the Scriptures and our Father in Heaven so that we can receive answers. That is where true conversion takes place. 

When the heart is not open, she tells us, then there are limits to the influence the Spirit can have on us. This rings true for me right now, as we wait for General Conference which is coming up in just a couple of days. I will definitely by opening my heart to receive answers from the Prophets and Apostles. 

I love how Sister Dew focuses on the fact that when we have the Prophets and Apostles, we have everything. We have a way to stay connected with our Father in Heaven and we know what to do to return to Him one day. 

The rest of the book follows along with chapters on : Walking By Faith, Cherishing Keys, Standing as a Witness, and she closes the book with asking the question, What is Worth Wrestling For ? That is an amazing question and like we have already learned ~ Questions are good ! Think about the things that are important to you and why you should be doing all you can to wrestle and receive answers. You will become so much closer to the Savior as you study and learn and receive answers. This book is a great read. I enjoyed it so much and I enjoyed the stories and also the important teachings that are done in a way that only Sister Dew.... can do ! :) I just love her ! 

You can purchase this book at : DESERET BOOK

A big thank you to Deseret Book for letting me review this book and for sending me a copy of it ! I'm super excited ! 



julie said...

I love Sheri Dew, too, and this looks like such a great book! As a plus, I also love James Christensen's artwork. Is there more throughout the book? And are you still planning on doing a giveaway? :)

Jaelle Kaylor said...

Yes ! There is cute sketch drawings throughout the book ! I received my print copy of the book in the mail Friday so I'll be getting the giveaway up Monday ! There's also a giveaway going on now on the post for #PRINCEOFPEACE ! Thanks for stopping by !