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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875796133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875796130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who previously served as executive vice president at the University of Utah and as Commissioner of Education for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve in 1974 and called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1981. A beloved speaker and author, he wrote more than twenty-five books, including The Enoch Letters; Moving in His Majesty and Power; The Promise of Discipleship; and Not My Will, but Thine. Elder Maxwell passed away in 2004. He and his wife, Colleen, have four children and twenty-four grandchildren. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Neal A. Maxwell, a sufferer of cancer and a man devoted to God, struggles with issues that eventually impact all of us: why do good people suffer? Why does God sometimes appear to take away hope from those who pursue an active discipleship?
Continuing a religious dialogue begun by C. S. Lewis, Rabbi Kuchnar, and others , Maxwell argues that pain and suffering only make sense when viewed within an eternal context: suffering, loss, and pain, rather than fermenting bitterness, can indeed deepen our empathy for others, allow us a greater approach to humility, and a provide a path to strengthen discipleship. In the words of C.S.Lewis, God sometimes wishes to create a mansion from our little cottage rather than the modest remodeling that we initially anticipated.
If you, or a loved one have experienced a loss, this book is a must- it offers a message of love, comfort, and engouragement. It will deepen your understanding of your relationship to the eternal and will help you better understand your own struggles and hardships. This is one of the most impressive books I have ever read since it springs from the deep well of the author's experience and speaks to a core issue at the heart of all our lives. Neal A. Maxwell is a gift to our world, and whatever your religious or non-religious background, I think you will fine his book thought-provoking and ultimately comforting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Troy Beals on June 17, 2000
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This book attempts to answer some of the deepest questions dealing with the issue of adversity, and why bad things happen to good people. If you feel you are suffering in your life and you don't know why, or you wonder why there is evil and wrong in the world then this book is for you. Elder Maxwell's soothing and comforting tone and style give comfort as you read. A must read for everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The late author Neal A. Maxwell was a high-level leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("Mormons") for many years. Titled after guidance given to the Church's founder Joseph Smith during a difficult episode of his life, this book offers perspective on the role of suffering in our lives. Written within the LDS religious tradition, it is most accessible and useful to those who understand and believe in this perspective. Those seeking an introductory presentation of LDS belief might prefer the official LDS Church guide Gospel Principles.

Maxwell warns that understanding the role of suffering is a "hard doctrine" that requires insight into both ourselves and the nature of God. Understanding suffering as part of our mortal experience does not only require faith in God's love of us, but also in his omniscience--particularly his knowledge of how much hardship each of us individually can bear. He begins with a discussion of suffering, and proceeds through the book to explain the related purposes of chastening from others, growing, serving others, praying, and following inspired leadership.

Only some suffering do we bring upon ourselves through unwise choices in life. Maxwell identifies three other varieties that are not of our choosing. First is the suffering common to all humankind. All of us suffer the pains and inconveniences of mortal life, including ultimately death. Second, followers of Jesus Christ will suffer criticism and sometimes even stronger consequences because of the unpopularity of their religious belief.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lee on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Neal Maxwell is a man who "walks the talk." In this book, he treats through LDS scripture the concept of suffering, and its value. Subsequent to the publication of this book, Maxwell had an "opportunity" to survive a terrible battle with cancer. During this battle, Maxwell lived out those principles he elucidated in this great little tome.
Neal Maxwell is my favorite living LDS author. I read him still although I'm no longer LDS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Paxman on July 26, 2010
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Elder Maxwell immediately dives into some deep spiritual doctrines concerning the omniscience of God which will invoke indepth thought from any reader. This is a must read for everyone as we all embark on this journey called life with it's ups, downs, and challenges stretching each of us to our limits. No matter what you may face, Maxwell offers counsel, and comfort through a loving and omnipotent Father in Heaven. Absolutely marvelous work
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N Lim on May 22, 2013
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This is a book with wonderful insights on developing the traits to become a more god-like person. Maxwell was a wonderful scholar who loved CS Lewis, and his metaphors are similarly fashioned. Really a must-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJRH on May 1, 2009
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Why do we experience difficulties in our life? Neal A. Maxwell offers counsel and relief for those asking, "Why me?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 16, 2008
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The late author Neal A. Maxwell was a high-level leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("Mormons") for many years. Titled after guidance given to the Church's founder Joseph Smith during a difficult episode of his life, this book offers perspective on the role of suffering in our lives. Written within the LDS religious tradition, it is most accessible and useful to those who understand and believe in this perspective. Those seeking an introductory presentation of LDS belief might prefer the official LDS Church guide Gospel Principles.

Maxwell warns that understanding the role of suffering is a "hard doctrine" that requires insight into both ourselves and the nature of God. Understanding suffering as part of our mortal experience does not only require faith in God's love of us, but also in his omniscience--particularly his knowledge of how much hardship each of us individually can bear. He begins with a discussion of suffering, and proceeds through the book to explain the related purposes of chastening from others, growing, serving others, praying, and following inspired leadership.

Only some suffering do we bring upon ourselves through unwise choices in life. Maxwell identifies three other varieties that are not of our choosing. First is the suffering common to all humankind. All of us suffer the pains and inconveniences of mortal life, including ultimately death. Second, followers of Jesus Christ will suffer criticism and sometimes even stronger consequences because of the unpopularity of their religious belief.
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