Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reflections: Faith Precedes the Miracle

Adam C. Zern offers some thoughts on Spencer W. Kimball's Faith Precedes the Miracle:

"In the Latter-day Saint culture, Spencer W. Kimball's The Miracle of Forgiveness is legendary.  Spencer W. Kimball, the 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for his bold and forward speaking and writing style.  The Miracle of Forgiveness has no shortage of 'straight talk,' and Faith Precedes the Miracle is no different.  Less well-known and less read among Latter-day Saints than Kimball's other book, Faith Precedes the Miracle is a good addition to any Latter-day Saint's library, albeit it's not as memorable as other spiritual works.

Like most books of its kind, Faith Precedes the Miracle is marred by the presentation and organization of the book.  In fact, using the term 'book' may be a little generous to describe what it is. Rather than being a book it's a collection of his many speeches on various topics bound together between two covers.  I never really care for that kind of a setup simply because the chapters seem so disconnected from one another.  I prefer to read a book specifically designed to be so, which I believe lends importance and purpose to the message conveyed.  Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage is a good example of what I'm referring to.

Having said that, there is plenty to love in Faith Precedes the Miracle.  It's a great reference book since President Kimball covers so many topics in this one book.  His remarks on family life are, in my opinion, especially poignant and even controversial compared to today's societal standards.  His unapologetic conviction is refreshing and honorable.

There is much to love, yes, but it's not really all that necessary to buy this book since most of his remarks can be found through other means.  I had already listened to many of President Kimball's talks and, therefore, I was 're-leaning' large portions of the book.  Faith Precedes the Miracle is great as a reference but not as a stand-alone book."

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