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All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience Paperback – March 27, 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
While others may get some encouragement from this book, be aware that it is directed towards Mormons.
I was going through a rough patch and my friend leant me this book. I found comfort in reading this book. Not that it made the situation any better but it gave me some thoughts and provided a method of looking at my situation differently.
I will probably pass this book on to others and reread this book at various times in my future.
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Elder Maxwell's book stirs the soul in a way that can only be done by one who writes with the Spirit and a divine command of the language. Read morePublished 9 months ago by VictorB
Elder Maxwell has a way of eliciting thoughts and emotions that are the engine in ones desire to become a better person. As the saying goes, some have it and some don't. Read morePublished 24 months ago by d Gustafson
Neal Maxwell is very thorough in citing the blessings which come from the Lord as we follow the Church leaders. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Melissa D. in Arizona
This book is one of the best LDS books ever published. It tackles the hard questions, such as, God's omniscience and human agency. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by PYH
I am a definite fan of Neal A. Maxwell. He has always been one of my favorite speakers and writers. This book does not disappoint. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by M. Uhrey
This has been one of my favorite books. I bought it for my son-in-law and he really likes it too.Published on February 19, 2014 by ***