The Continuous Conversion
Author: Brad Wilcox
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published: March 1st, 2013
Hardcover: 232 pages
FTC FYI: Received a review copy
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Inside Book Jacket
“I can’t do this Mormon thing,” a friend told Brad Wilcox. “I’ve tried, and the expectations are too high.” And she’s not alone in her thinking. Many people, as the feel themselves falling short of perfection, are tempted to quit trying.”
But are there only two options? Think of it this way: When a person is learning to play the piano, are the only two options performing at the Carnegie Hall or quitting? Similarly, in mortality, are the only two choices being perfect or giving up?
“No,” writes Brad Wilcox. “Growth and development take time. Learning take practice. Discipleship is a journey, and true conversion is a continuous process.”
In this hope-filled book, Brad shares his keen understanding and testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ as it relates to our own conversion. Conversion occurs, he says, “when we stop trying to earn heaven and start trying to learn it….As we take each little step to show faith, repent, make and live covenants, seek the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, we are not paying our way into heaven. We are practicing for it.”
God isn’t just proving us, He’s improving us.
I am so blessed to receive these amazing books that I get to tell you about. The premise behind this book is beautiful. As I go through my life, I find that it is all I can do to get through the day, sometimes. My daughter said something to me just this last Sunday.
Mom, Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I love going to church, and I love being with my family because we are there together, and we get to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus and how to be better.
How blessed are we to have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior in our lives. Reading this book will give you the reminder that perfection is not required of you, just strive to do your best. The heading for Chapter 3 says it well.
A Mighty Change is Slow. True conversion is not instantaneous. It is continuous. It includes making daily choices to reject the path that leads to becoming a natural man and to choose instead the path that leads to becoming a saint. (page 53)
If you are looking for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, this book is it.
About the Author
Brad Wilcox is an associated professor in the department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University, where he also works with programs such as Especially for Youth and Campus Education Week. As a young man, he severed his mission in Chile, and he was later called back to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003 to 2006. He currently serves as a member of the Sunday School general board.
Brad is the author of the bestselling book The Continuous Atonement and the BYU devotional “His Grace is Sufficient.” He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children and grandparents of three.
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