December LDS nonfiction: Three releases that are perfect for holiday giving

December LDS nonfiction: Three releases that are perfect for holiday giving

December RadiantOur December LDS nonfiction releases will be available in book stores and from online retailers on Dec. 9, just in time for the Christmas season. Each of these titles is also available for pre-order from online retailers.

Book-of-Mormon-Miracle_9781462114696The Book of Mormon Miracle:
25 Reasons to Believe

by Randal A. Wright

When it comes to the origin of the Book of Mormon, there are two possibilities: either Joseph Smith translated it or he wrote it—and either way would have taken a miracle. “The Book of Mormon Miracle” presents 25 compelling reasons why the miraculous translation was the only possibility and why that matters. Cement the Book of Mormon as the keystone of your testimony with this uplifting and informative volume.

500 Little-Known Facts about Joseph Smith500-Little-Known-Facts-About-Joseph-Smith_9781462115242
by Wayne Lewis, Jana Cox, and Lee Nelson

Can you name the 117 angels that appeared to Joseph Smith? You’ll be able to after reading this book! With interesting facts, inspiring stories, and even his patriarchal blessing, “500 Little-Known Facts about Joseph Smith” is a perfect book to have on hand for your family, for teaching lessons and giving talks, or for personal study.

Missionary-Questions-of-the-Soul-9781462115327Missionary Questions of the Soul: Answers from The Book of Mormon
by David A. Christensen

Is there a God? How can I find happiness in this life? How do I know if I’m feeling the Spirit? “Missionary Questions of the Soul” provides keys to answer these and other similar questions—questions you may ask yourself as you prepare to serve a mission or that investigators may ask you in the field. With this resource, the earnest seeker will discover their own answers and build testimonies.

 

Shersta Chabot’s ‘Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds’ earns Mom’s Choice Award

Shersta Chabot’s ‘Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds’ earns Mom’s Choice Award

Stars,-Stockings-&-Shepherds_2x3The Mom’s Choice Awards® has recognized Shersta Chabot’s “Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds” as among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services.

Parents, educators, librarians, and retailers look for the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality materials for children and families.

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 10.57.48 AMAn esteemed panel of judges that determine winners of this award includes education, media, and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists, and others.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics that ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements, including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

“Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols” is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

For more information, visit the author’s website or the Mom’s Choice site.

Fiction Fest: Last free excerpt from Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Fiction Fest: Last free excerpt from Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Because of Love 2x3 WEBHalloween’s just a few days away, so that means Christmas will be here before we know it! Shauna V. Brown’s “Because of Love” has been on the market since Oct. 14, and is a great read to put you in the holiday spirit. Don’t be a Grinch, go buy a copy!

Here’s a little slice of the novella to help you get excited about the book.

You’re welcome.

EXCERPT:

“You need more ribbons?” Byron asked, a bit surprised.

“More ribbons?” I echoed his words. “I think we have every color that we need.”

“We need matching ribbons, so we can use them on our shoes. We could lace them up pretty,” Sadie said demonstrating with a pale blue ribbon atop one of her boots. ”It could make such a difference.”

Josephine giggled, “It looks silly Sadie.”

“Father, we need– “

“Stop right there, Sadie Brown!” said Byron, interrupting. He then shot her a small smile. “I do like your creativity. But your definition of need, and my definition of need might be very different. When my feet were bleeding as we crossed the plains, I needed shoes desperately. I remember the day old Brother Packer died on the trail. They removed his boots when they buried him. I watched them take the boots off his feet. I asked the captain if I might have them. The captain informed me that Sister Wilcox needed them more than a young, healthy boy. I remember I cried for a long time.”

The girls stood silent. Then Byron added, “Right now I think you believe your need is to look good. Trust me, Sadie, you can be as clever as you like, adding ribbons or lace, but until your shoes wear out or you find some way to buy your own, I will have no more discussion about shoes. New fancy shoes are not in the Brown budget.”

Almost instantly, Sadie excitedly said, “Father, you just said that if we find some way to earn money for them, then we can get new shoes!”

It was apparent that Sadie’s mind was a blizzard of merging thoughts. “I could grow pumpkins and sunflowers in the far field, Father. I could get Jenna Smart to teach me how to weave straw hats and sell them. What do you think?”

“Me, too!” joined in Ida, catching the vision. “Maybe I can iron shirts or mend clothing or tend children. I’m old enough.”     “What do you think I could do, Father?” asked Josephine, stepping closer and bouncing up and down before his face. “I want to work for my shoes too!”

Fiction Fest: A free preview of Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Fiction Fest: A free preview of Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Because of Love 2x3 WEBThe second winner in our 2014 Christmas Fiction Writing contest was Shauna V. Brown’s “Because of Love,” which releases on Oct. 14.

About the book:

For Christmas, all Phoebe Brown wants is to give her daughters new shoes to replace their heavy leather boots. But because they have very little money, her husband refuses to pay for them. Inspired by true events, this Christmas story shows how the power of love can change even the most begrudging heart.

Because of Love” will be available in bookstores and from online retailers once it’s released.

EXCERPT:

Hanging his hat and jacket on the welcome post by the door, Byron greeted us with his traditional, “Well, how was the day for my four sweet beauties?”

The girls quickly surrounded him for their daily dose of hugs and kisses. Without hesitation Ida informed him, “Oh Father, you should have seen how mean the children were to Josephine. They were making fun of her again. We were on the way home from school this time. You’ve got to do something!”

“They made her cry,” added Sadie.“ They danced around her and made up a song.”

“They what?” he asked, sounding surprised.

“A stupid song,” said Josephine with a grouse look.

“A song about you?”

“They made up a song about her bony legs and those big boots,” informed Ida.

“Josephine was so upset that she couldn’t even walk. She sat down in Gardener’s Field and wouldn’t move, so Ida and I ran home and got mother. When we got back to her, she was sobbing and curled up in a ball. She was covering up her legs and those darn boots!” said Sadie. “Mother, Ida and I chased them away. You should have seen their faces when they saw Mother. They all took to running even though she yelled for them to stay put.”

Byron met my eyes. It was easy to see he was upset. He stooped down, picked Josephine up, and held her close. Once again Josephine began to cry, and he comforted her quietly as he thought.

Almost duplicating my earlier intensity, Ida ventured a comment, “ Father, Josephine needs to have shoes that are her size, not big, ugly boots. No other girls wear boots like ours! They’re heavy and big, and we should look like girls and feel pretty. Metal toes and thick leather–”

“Ida! Stop this at once. You don’t hear your mother complaining, do you?” Byron interrupted, while looking at me intensely.

I looked at him and my cheeks heated. “As much as I would like you to know of my appreciation for the boots I must admit that I did complain today. When I saw those children making fun of Josephine, all I could do was get upset, and not just with the children.” Byron looked even more concerned. “I know I should be grateful for these Hibbard boots, but they don’t make me feel much like a woman. I know you–”

“Your mother and I will discuss it – later,” he said. He must have sensed my displeasure, and his eyes turned sad. We all knew the topic was no longer to be addressed in his presence.

October LDS nonfiction releases include titles on Christmas, the First Vision, temples, good men, and origami

October LDS nonfiction releases include titles on Christmas, the First Vision, temples, good men, and origami

October Radiant releasesIf you’re looking for role models of good men, how to fold Mormon-themed origami, a synchronized account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, insight into the temple, or Christmas-themed titles, you’ve come to the right place!

Each of this month’s titles release on Oct. 14 and will be available in bookstores and from online retailers.

What-Good-Men-DoWhat Good Men Do” by David S. Baxter

From slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce to Olympic gold medalist Eric Liddell, great men throughout history have left an example for us to look to. Elder David S. Baxter takes a closer look at the characteristics and attributes of good men so that you can apply them too. He acknowledges that there are no perfect men, but the works and attributes of good men have profound effects. There is no end to the good that a man can do!

Temples: Sacred Symbolism, Eternal BlessingsTemples_2x3_web
by David J. Ridges

Modern temples aren’t just pretty white buildings—they are Heavenly Father’s classrooms. When we enter His holy house, the Lord teaches us through symbols so we can understand and retain more of the sacred instruction provided there. In this book, David J. Ridges not only helps us find these symbols within temple walls, but he brings to light profound symbolism as found in ancient Israel’s tabernacle worship and elsewhere in scripture. As you understand the symbols explained in this book, your experience will be redefined with deeper meaning.

Stars,-Stockings-&-Shepherds_2x3Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds:
Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols
by Shersta Chabot

Do you know the symbolism behind evergreens, sheep, or the color red? This adorably illustrated picture book teaches the meanings behind 24 Christmastime objects and is the perfect gift for any children, parents, or grandparents on your list. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Candy-Canes-and-Christmastime_2x3
Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World
by Linda Hoffman Kimball

If the holiday rush has you feeling like you’ve been run over by a reindeer, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous stories and ideas that help families refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track.

More-Mormon-Origami_2x3More Mormon Origami” by Todd Huisken

Make more than President Uchtdorf’s airplanes out of the sacrament programs; now, your kids can fold the gold plates, a pioneer dress, or the Salt Lake Tabernacle! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

The First Vision: A Harmonization of First-Vision_2x3_web
Ten Accounts from the Sacred Grove
by Matthew B. Christensen

Besides the account of the First Vision as told in Joseph Smith—History, Joseph Smith himself wrote or dictated at least three other accounts of the event. Matthew Christensen compiles Joseph’s accounts with those from his contemporaries into one narrative. Gain fresh insight into this most important of events with this beautifully designed and illustrated keepsake.