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Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche Hardcover – April, 2004
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The war left Enzio in a state of melancholy and full of questions: Who is man? Is there a God? What is the purpose of life? What happens after death?
To find the answers to his questions, Enzio made a commitment to go to the ends of the earth in search of the Living God. In time, he found what he was yearning for.
Today, he has literally traveled the world over as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has spoken in forty-one countries of the world, including eighteen that were part of the Eastern Bloc. He has visited and spoken in seventeen Islamic cities, forty-four states of the United States, seven provinces of Canada, and eighty cities in his homeland of Germany. On more than four thousand different occasions, he has stood as a witness of truth, always bearing testimony of a loving Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.
In both his spiritual search for truth and his later travels as a respresentative of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder F. Enzio Busche has beheld many extraordinary events. "Yearning for the Living God" is a collection of Elder Busche's reflections on those events and an account of the life-changing awakening that can come to all who search for truth is this world.
About the Author
Tracie A. Lamb comes from the small rural town of Manila, Utah. She graduated from Weber State College and served in the Germany Munich Mission while Elder F. Enzio Busche was mission president there. She received a Master's degree from Arizona State University and then taught English in Seoul, Korea, for three years. She teaches English as a second language and lives with her husband and two daughters in Auburn, Washington.
Top Customer Reviews
The story starts with his growing up in Hitler's Germany. Even as a young boy he begins to have spiritual experiences that leave him yearning for something more. The author describes well the post-war disillusionment in Germany and the counter-development of cynicism and distrust of any noble-sounding idea or endeavor after being so misled by the Nazi's. His war experiences including his being drafted at war's end at the age of 14 are poignant.
Eventually he encounters Mormon missionaries and joins the Mormon church when there is little Mormon presence in Germany and little respect. His personal spiritual growth parallels the growth of the Mormon church in Germany. Then he is called as a General Authority of the church and serves in a variety of callings from Mission President to Temple President.
The latter portions of the book are a collection of experiences from his later life and are not as conprehensive as the earlier parts of the book. I would have liked more of these later experiences and a more complete time-line of the authors more recent life events.
Overall, the book is filled with many inspiring and informative experiences and I would recommend it highly to anyone.
The first ten chapters of the book give the narrative of his conversion and early membership in the Church. As a young father, I found chapter nine ("Raising a Family") particularly insightful in showing how love, respect, and being prepared for inspiration can help us lead our children in good directions. Several of the later chapters are dedicated to recounting spiritual experiences that others shared with Elder Busche, and many of these reminded me that I often aim too low in my spiritual expectations. An example of this is in chapter fourteen, in which a woman visiting Salt Lake City from Eastern Europe tells Elder Busche, "Can you imagine? I have found people in Salt Lake City who have never seen an angel."
Almost every chapter of this book, especially once I reached the beginning of Elder Busche's spiritual life in chapter four, left me pondering how I could reorient my life towards God and draw closer to Him.
Another excellent spiritual memoir by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, edited by Edwin Firmage.