About the Book
From Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables to Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, the characters of classic literature have stood the test of time. There are countless reasons to pick up a good book—but is it possible to find eternal truths in secular works? In Out of the Best Books, Latter-day Saint scholar S. Michael Wilcox demonstrates that when it comes to learning gospel principles, truth can shine forth in all good works—and literary classics are a prime example.
With underlying lessons on life, faith, and eternal characteristics, secular works can inspire as surely as religious volumes. It is through the experiences of characters like Atticus Finch, Elinor Dashwood, and Ebenezer Scrooge that their authors' inspired words have the power to create life-changing lessons for readers. Learn to find inspiration, wisdom, and spiritual knowledge in the age-old classics. God is in every good thing—you just have to look.
About the Author
S. Michael Wilcox is an instructor at the institute of religion adjacent to the University of Utah. A frequent speaker at Brigham Young University Education Week, Michael also conducts tours of the Holy Land, Church history sites, Europe, China, and Central America. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brigham Young University, a master’s in media from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in educational philosophy. He is the author of House of Glory and When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered.
In his book Out of the Best Books J. Michael Wilcox discusses classic literature and principles from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that can be used in day to day living. The works of fiction discussed in Wilcox’s book as well as the principles readers can learn from them, teach eternal truths that touch on topics of lessons on life, faith, and eternal characteristics. In addition, this book teaches that readers can learn from the best of books. This is an excellent book that readers will thoroughly enjoy reading as they delve into the depth of the influence of classical literature and applied gospel principles.
Genre: non-fiction, LDS
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: October 1, 2018
Number of pages: 224
A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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