BOOKS and THINGS



10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission: For those preparing for a mission, are you ready to be part of the greatest generation of missionaries? “10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission” by Benjamin Hyrum White gives you the additional mental preparation and spiritual motivation necessary to answer this call. The 10 questions found in this book will help you look deep within yourself to determine if you have sufficiently raised the bar in preparing for full-time missionary service. Brother White is a seminary teacher, and recently received his master’s degree in religious education from BYU, where he wrote the history of “Preach My Gospel.” “10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission” by Benjamin Hyrum White is available now at Books and Things


Hebrew Roots of Mormonism: As a graduate of BYU and a doctor from William and Mary, David L. Thomas is a practicing attorney and student of early Christian history. “The Hebrew Roots of Mormonism” describes Christianity's original roots in Hebrew traditions and culture, then explains how Mormonism is the faithful inheritor of those traditions. Following the death of the original twelve Apostles, Christianity became fractured, but when a young boy knelt to pray in the spring of 1820, revelations restored Hebrew Christianity to the earth as Mormonism. “Hebrew Roots of Mormonism” by David L. Thomas is the result of a decade of research and study, and is available now at Books and Things


I Knew Their Hearts by Jeff Olsen: Read the amazing true story of a journey from beyond the veil to learn the silent language of the heart. After a tragic accident took the life of his wife and son, Jeff needed a miracle. This personal and poignant journey into the life after death shares the true story of Jeff's out-of-body experiences and his newly remembered ability to communicate at a deeper level with people on both sides of the veil. It's a moving read you won't want to miss! Read the forward by psychologist and medical doctor Raymond Moody, famous for his books about life after death and near-death experiences including “Life After Life.” “I Knew Their Hearts” by Jeff Olsen is available now at Books and Things


The Savior's Symbols: Seven Affirmations from the Life of the Master: Mark Amacher examines the context and significance of the symbols the Lord used in his teachings. Amacher, a retired businessman from General Electric, now serves with his wife as a Church Service Missionary and a Temple worker in North Carolina. In his book, Amacher outlines each teaching opportunity, describes the characters, and helps you understand to whom these symbolic messages were directed. This insightful book invites you ponder anew the life, ministry, and sacred mission of Jesus Christ. “The Savior's Symbols: Seven Affirmations from the Life of the Master” by Mark Amacher, with preface by Ardeth Kapp, is available now at Books and Things.
The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness: When you're used to instant Internet answers, it can take practice and patience to recognize the multiple meanings in sacred temple ordinances. “The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness” by Wendy Ulrich, is perfect for new and longtime temple worshipers alike. Ulrich is a practicing psychologist committed to building the emotional and spiritual resilience of LDS women and their loved ones. Two decades in the making, this priceless volume is guaranteed to help you use the temple experience and its rich symbolism to find healing and hope that will let you see yourself more truthfully, then seek God more trustingly. “The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness” by Wendy Ulrich is available now at Books and Things.
Visions of Glory: Speaking of the last days, in Joel Chapter 2, versed 28, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” From John Pontius, read “Visions of Glory,” a true account of a common man’s near-death experiences. He tells of his impressions about the miracles of the millennium, the return of the Ten Tribes, the building of the New Jerusalem and temple, and many other astonishing events long prophesied in scripture but never before described in such vivid detail. Released in November, now in its 8th printing with 5-star reviews, “Visions of Glory,” is available now at Books and Things.
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand: From Carla Kelly, read “Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand.” After her husband's death, Roxanna Drew is left with more beauty than fortune. Now, desperate to escape the perils of her past life, she must learn to trust the dashing Lord Winn---a broken man with a past of his own. This award-winning romance by bestselling author Carla Kelly is tenderly written and sure to find a place in your heart. Carla Kelly was a winner of the 2010 Whitney Award. “Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand” by Carla Kelly is on sale now for a limited time - for only 7-99 at Books and Things.
My Loving Vigil Keeping: From Carla Kelly, read “My Loving Vigil Keeping.” Della's giving up all the comforts of bustling Salt Lake City to teach school in a rural coal mining camp. Little does she know, she may soon be giving up her heart as well. But when tragedy strikes in the Scofield Mine, Della's life is changed forever. Based on true events, this thrilling new romance from award-winning and bestselling author Carla Kelly is a must-read! Carla Kelly was a winner of the 2010 Whitney Award. “My Loving Vigil Keeping” by Carla Kelly is on sale now for a limited time - for only 7-99 at Books and Things.
The Saratov Approach, the true story of two LDS missionaries serving in Russia in 1998. While en route to teach a friend, they were abducted, beaten, and held in a remote location for several days for a ransom from the LDS Church. With their family, friends, and the world praying for their safe return, these missionaries were tested physically, emotionally, and most of all spiritually. The movie was praised by The Salt Lake Tribune, The Deseret News, and Meridian Magazine. The Mormon Movie Guy gave it an A-; saying: "The Saratov Approach isn't just great Mormon cinema, it's great cinema, period. See “The Saratov Approach,” available on DVD and BluRay at Books and Things.
"Memories of Me”, by Laura Hedgecock. We all have stories to share with our children and grandchildren. Whether it’s a proud moment, memories of grandparents, or a lesson you’ve learned, write it down while it’s still fresh. “Memories of Me” is a Complete Guide to telling and sharing the stories of your life. Inside you'll find simple, down-to-earth instructions to get you started, worksheets with in-depth brainstorming exercises, plenty of examples to spark your creativity, and writing advice to make your memories shine. Preserve your stories and share them with the important people in your life using the tips and advice found in this comprehensive guide. “Memories of Me” by Laura Hedgecock is available at Books and Thinks. Go on-line to Sounds of Sunday dot com and click on “Books and Things”.
“Guilt Free”, by Karen John. “Men are that they might have joy, not guilt trips.” According to Elder Russell M. Nelson, guilt is a debilitating, forceful emotion with power to slow or stop our progression. We all feel guilt at some level, and sometimes getting past that guilt seems harder than we are able. Sister John is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked at “LDS Family Services.” She explains that guilt is Lucifer's tool; Remorse is Heavenly Father’s tool. So how do we spot and avoid toxic guilt? “Guilt Free” provides the tools to eliminate shame, and to reach out to God for healing, confident that we matter to Him. “Guilt Free” by Karen John is available at Books and Things.
“Divine Providence” by Fred E. Woods. Dr. Woods has been a BYU professor in the department of Church History & Doctrine since 1998, highly accredited for his work on maritime stories of Latter-day Saints gathering to Zion. On a night in 1855, the crash of a ship striking coral awoke a group of Australian saints. The bow of the Julia Ann flew into the air, and the waves and rocks quickly tore it apart. The survivors reached a desert island, but with almost no food or water. Only the power of God could save them from death. “Divine Providence, the Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann” by Fred E. Woods is available at Books and Things with DVD included.
"Gluten-Free Made Easy" by Christi Silbaugh: If someone in your family is trying to avoid gluten, read "Gluten-Free Made Easy. Learn dozens of tips and tricks to avoid gluten. Then try over 150 tasty, simple recipes, such as Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Margherita Pizza, Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. These experts know the difficulties of living gluten-free. Now they’ve compiled everything you need to know about gluten freedom in a one-stop, informative cookbook. Going against the grain has never been easier, or more delicious! “Gluten-Free Made Easy” by Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck is available at Books and Things.
"Mentally Tough Teens": Get your head in the game! Read “Mentally Tough Teens - Developing a Winning Mindset” by Justin Su’a. Become a champion in sports, school, and relationships using these tips from the trainer of Olympians, professional athletes, contestants in “Dancing with the Stars,” and military personnel around the world. Justin Su’a is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Utah. His how-to guide of mental toughness trains teens to enhance their motivation, build their confidence, and bounce back from any adversity. “Mentally Tough Teens - Developing a Winning Mindset” by Justin Su’a is available at Books and Things.
"9000 Miles of Fatherhood" by Kirk Millson: Follow a workaholic and his emotionally estranged 13-year-old son on a four-month long journey to Panama’s Darien Gap in this true, no-frills travelogue. In spite of robbers, corrupt law enforcement, and their sub-par Spanish, or perhaps because of them, Kirk Millson and his son Peter undergo astonishing transformations. This hilarious yet hair-raising memoir follows a timid boy’s rise from D-student to straight-A academic juggernaut and his father’s rediscovery of a purpose far greater than the job he left behind. “9000 Miles of Fatherhood” is available at Books and Things.
“Unlocking the Power of the Priesthood” by bestselling author David J. Ridges: Worthiness to hold and to use the priesthood is not a suit faithful men wear on Sundays and hang in the closet the rest of the week. This booklet shares powerful examples of priesthood power in action and addresses some of these questions: • What if your faith isn’t “up to par” when called upon to give a blessing? • What can you do to spiritually prepare before administering blessings? • What if clear inspiration does not come when giving a blessing? Gain preparation and confidence so that you are prepared to administer to the sick and give blessings of counsel and comfort at any moment. “Unlocking the Power of the Priesthood” is available at Books and Things.
"Up in Smoke" by Matt Pelton: "If the mention of St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, or smoked bacon gets your mouth watering, then “Up in Smoke” is for you! - perfect for any barbecue enthusiast. Learn the different types of smokers, the various smoking methods, and the proper processes and temperatures for perfect flavor, plus competition-quality recipes for pork, chicken, beef, and more. Try the -Cajun-Style Smoked Fish -Tri-Tip Roast -Teriyaki Jerky -Maple-Cured Bacon. World-champion chef Matt Pelton, author of Cast Iron Chef and Cast Iron Gourmet, learned to smoke meats the hard way, so now you don’t have to! With Up in Smoke, your fiery feasts will be the envy of every backyard in the neighborhood. “Up in Smoke is available at Books and Things.

"Beyond Mile Marker 80". As a follow-up to his previous great book, “I Knew Their Hearts”, Jeff Olsen has released “Beyond Mile Marker 80,” the true account of Jeff’s struggle to accept his new life as an amputee and single dad a year after losing his wife and youngest son in a horrific car accident. Follow his journey through grief, guilt, and powerful spiritual experiences as he attempts to reconcile the love he feels for a new woman with the challenges of rebuilding a bereaved family. You'll be forced into foreign territory right along with Jeff as he learns to truly choose joy in even the most painful situations. “Beyond Mile Marker 80” by Jeff Olsen is available at Books and Things.