Remembrance central theme of May LDS nonfiction releases

Remembrance central theme of May LDS nonfiction releases

May RadiantMembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covenant to always remember Jesus Christ. This month’s LDS nonfiction releases are well-suited to help readers do just that.

Enslaved-to-Saved_978-1-4621-1604-1“Enslaved to Saved:
The Metaphor of Christ as Our Master”

by W. Reid Litchfield
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Who is your master: sin or the Savior? This well-researched book explores the cultural and political background of slavery during the time of Christ and what it implies for our modern-day commitment to the Lord. Thought-provoking and insightful, this book will strengthen your relationship with and faith in the Savior.

“Doubt Your Doubts: Seeking Answers to Difficult Gospel Questions”Doubt-Your-Doubts_9781462115921
by Chad P. Conrad
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Why don’t women hold the priesthood? How should we deal with homosexuality? What about evolution? Even your toughest gospel questions can become testimony-builders with this timely and informative book. Unafraid to address hot-button issues, this is an eye-opening read that will strengthen your faith, help you confront controversial topics, and find answers you can apply to your everyday life.

Remember-Web_9781462114658“Remember: Sacred Truths We Must Never Forget”
by Alonzo L. Gaskill
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Life has a way of making us forget the timeless truths of eternity, especially when we get caught up in the tasks of today. Join popular author, speaker, and scholar Alonzo Gaskill in this enlightening examination of the most oft-forgotten doctrines that lead to eternal life. Inspiring and informative, this is a must-read book for all.

Shelli Simmons

Shelli Simmons, is the author ofAcross the Sea, Across the Plains : The Epic Account of the Willie andMartin Handcart Companies from Europe to Zion.Shelli Simmons was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated with honors from a local business college. Following the marriage to her high school sweetheart, she worked in the businessindustry until the death of her 2½ month old son from sudden infant death syndrome. Shelli spent the next eighteen years at home raising three beautiful children, serving in church callings, and assisting her husband with his business ventures. During her service as a Stake Young Women’s president, Shelli had the opportunity to organize two stake youth pioneer handcart treks, which began a twelve year journey in research and intensive study of the lives of the members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.Shelli loves the outdoors, waterskiing, camping, running and photography; but most of all she loves flying with her son, cheering for her daughters drill team and her sons football teams. She also absolutely loves and adores all of the youth she has had the privilege of serving over the years.



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Books Published with Cedar Fort: Across the Sea, Across the Plains : The Epic Account of the Willie andMartin Handcart Companies from Europe to Zion.


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Susan Dean Elzey

Susan Dean Elzey Author, The Miracle of the Christmas Star, Christmas books, ChristianAuthor:Susan Dean Elzey

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Books Published with Cedar Fort:“A Chance for Sarah” and “Miracle of the Christmas Star

Bio:Susan Dean Elzey grew up as an Army brat, living all over the world, but found her home in Danville, Virginia, when she was 15. Soon after, she fell in love with poetry and writing. She raised seven children, her oldest daughter handicapped with cerebral palsy, which influences every moment of her life.

Returning to school after 17 years as a stay-at-home mom, she earned a degree in English and journalism and then a master’s degree in literature. Along the way, she published three novels.

In a blended family, Susan and her husband, David, have nine children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren. She works as a freelance writer and reporter and adjunct English professor in beautiful southern Virginia.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since her 18th birthday, Susan has served in many capacities in the Church throughout the years, sent four sons on a mission, and seen six children graduate from Brigham Young University.

Susan has previously published “You’re a Rock, Sister Lewis” with Hatrack River Publications; “True Rings the Heart” with Deseret Book; and “A Chance for Sarah” with Cedar Fort. Her latest novel is “Miracle of the Christmas Star” with Cedar Fort.

Relentless Coming Soon

The Story of Dax Crum as told by his father Richard Crum
Coming to print February 8, 2011

Relentless by Richard Crum, Dax Crum's father
Relentless by Richard Crum, Dax Crum's father

The story of Dax Crum is one of dreams, perseverance and hard work. Dax’s father, Richard Crum, gives a look at Dax’s early struggles at home and at school, his early examples of a competitive spirit, creativity, and determination that allow him to conquer his physical, emotional, and social challenges. You also get insight into the hopes and worries that Richard deals with as he raises his one-handed son in a two-handed world. At the end of the book, Richard gives a list of what he terms “Success Factors,” 6 Factors that can allow anyone to succeed, not just at their goals, but at life in general. He also gives a list of some of Dax’s favorite motivational quotes.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it doesn’t show Dax winning every game or being his teams’ A, #1 player. It shows how hard he had to work to even just dribble a basketball, let alone become a starter on a Division I college basketball team. Sometimes there were disappointments, quite often there were nay-sayers and disbelievers, but stronger than them were Dax’s teammates, friends, family, and own personal determination to prove that even a “one-handed boy” could play basketball, and play it well.

I also like how Richard dedicates the book to those people who have already been inspired by Dax: “the man in Texas who…lost his hand in a farm accident,” “the mother in Wisconsin who drove her one-handed son to Illinois to watch Dax play and meet him in person,” “the many young people who have struggled to be part of a group or team,” “all those people who watched Dax play and never knew he was one-handed until somebody pointed it out,” to give a few examples.

To sum up, this is a great pep talk/motivational book. Great for inspiring you, or your aspiring athlete, to work hard and not give up, even when the goal seems impossible.

For a longish article about Dax see the ESPN article “Crum follows dream, changes minds, inspires the country.”

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UPDATE: Check out this video about Dax: