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Increase in Learning - Spiritual Patterns for Obtaining Your Own Answers Hardcover – December 1, 2011
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About the Author
Elder David A. Bednar was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 2004. Prior to his call, he d served as an Area Seventy, regional representative, and stake president. He served a mission to southern Germany, then attended BYU, where he received a bachelor s degree and a master s degree. He received a PhD in organizational behavior from Purdue University and was a professor of business management at Texas Tech and the University of Arkansas. Elder Bednar served as the president of BYU Idaho from 1997 to 2004. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.
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In my opinion, chapter four should have been the first chapter because for me, it's really the foundation of the whole book and I loved it. So open it up, read the introduction and then START WITH CHAPTER FOUR which focuses on "doctrines, principles and applications". Bednar defines each of these and shows how they operate in the learning (or teaching) process. He says that most members focus way too much on applications and when you study that chapter you'll see why this is probably at the root of most people's problems in approaching the gospel.
I was also intrigued with the idea of "spiritually creating" each day through prayer and then physically creating your day only to return and report back to God in the evening on what happened.
Chapter two was my second favorite part of the book because Bednar takes a really great approach to "knowledge, understanding and intelligence" and explaining what they are and the differences between each.
Each chapter concluded with "related readings" which are mostly conference talks on various topics that apply to what is covered in the book. At first I was disappointed to find the book stuffed with many talks that I had already heard before, but in the context of the subjects covered in the book, they were appropriately placed.
I didn't watch any of the accompanying DVD until after the book was completed. There are parts of the book where you are supposed to watch a DVD segment but it wasn't practical for me.
Out of curiosity, I popped it in the DVD player just to see what was on it. It's basically Elder Bednar speaking to a room of young adults and answering their questions. The way in which he responds to each of them is actually pretty fascinating. I was really intrigued by the whole discussion and how powerful Bednar's approach can be to helping people find their own answers. I was actually very impressed.
Overall, I think you might hit some slow points like where 1 Nephi 11-14 are dropped right in the first chapter. Since I cheated a little and read chapter 4 first, going back and reading these chapters with that information was actually very instructive. I wonder if he is trying to teach us something. These placement of these chapters right at the beginning of a book might make you want to skip over them just like many probably skip over the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon. If you understand his "doctrine, principle, application" framework then it really empowers you to unlock your learning potential aided by the Spirit.
This is a different book, it really requires you to participate, think and act. Some might not be comfortable with that and I sure wasn't but I think it was good for me and the patterns taught have made a huge difference in how I learn and teach, so all in all I think this book is a win and worth purchasing. I suppose everyone will take something different from it, but Bednar is definitely a master teacher.
...and that's my quick and dirty review, hope it helps.
I highly recommend this book.