Apr 01

Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew

Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew

Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew

What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to that power?

In Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew discusses each of those important questions, exploring a topic that she describes as being central to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. “The most compelling, most life-changing message of all time,” she writes, “is that Jesus Christ has already triumphed over sin, death, hell, temptation, and every kind of misery.”

As we come to more fully understand the majestic doctrine of grace, our faith will increase. We will see how the Savior keeps His promise to make weak things strong. And we will believe the truth that “His Atonement makes available all of the power, peace, light, and strength that we need to deal with life’s challenges.”

My Review:

I love listening to Sheri Dew’s talks. I enjoy her insight and depth of gospel knowledge. I think she’s an excellent role model for women, as she reminds us that our first responsibility is for our own salvation, then that of our family.  So I was looking forward to reading her thoughts regarding the principle of grace.

As I began reading, however, the book felt eerily familiar. At first, I thought that perhaps Dew had simply reused a couple of jokes that she had shared previously. But then I recognized one story after another, and I realized that I had read this discourse before.

After a quick internet search, I discovered that this address was originally given at BYU’s Women’s Conference in May 2014. It was later published in BYU Magazine, which is where I had first read it.

The information in this book is excellent. However, once again, I see a disturbing pattern from Deseret Book. Like To My Friends by Jeffrey R. Holland and A Refuge from the Storm by Boyd K. Packer, this book recycles old (and often free) material while making it sound like it’s original.

I really wish Deseret Book would stop misleading its customers.  Such borderline unethical marketing tactics do not reflect well on the Church.

About the Author:

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.

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