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09 July 2009

Book Give-Away

Or, it could be called, "He Told Me So." Because Andy told me that the holiday weekend was a rotten time to be giving things away: folks are doing things on holidays, rather than playing with their blogs. So, as there were no entries, I'm offering the book again.

Up For Grabs:

One copy of A Glorious Standard: For All Mankind, by Christopher S. Bentley, with an inscription by the author.

A little about the book: It is a compilation of quotes and commentary about the Constitution and government, made by prophets such as Isaiah, Jacob, and Moroni, as well as modern prophets and apostles such as Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor, Ezra Taft Benson, and many more. These quotes have been compiled by the author from a variety of sources ranging from many General Conference reports and Journals of Discourses, as well as church magazines, messages of the First Presidency, and the History of the Church, among others. Bentley has gathered them up and organized them along the lines of four different themes:

1. "First, the Lord Himself has stated unequivocally that He is the Constitution's Author. Indeed, almost all of the latter-day prophets have declared that the Constitution is a document created through the inspiration of the Spirit." (Page 1)

2. [A]lmost every prophet in this dispensation has emphasized the vital importance of defending, upholding and adhering to the Constitution." (Page 2)

3. [S]everal prophets have warned that we have apostatized in various ways from the Constitution... (Page 2)

4. [T]he Constitution's role goes beyond providing a free nation in which the gospel and true Church could be restored to the earth once again. ... The principles of that great charter will eventually spread over the whole world, and all who are living [during the Millennium] will abide by them. (Page 2)

These four themes become the basis of the four sections of the book, with an amazing variety of quotes from Joseph Smith's time to Gordon B. Hinckley, who was President of the Church at the time the book was published, as well as quotes from the scriptures referencing things that ancient prophets said.

This book is a major factor in my own awakening to the vital importance of the Constitution, and I highly recommend it!

Check back for a sampling of the quotes in the book, as I'll post a few between now and when the giveaway is done.

How to Enter:

Post about the give-away on your blog, then leave a link in the comments section, so I can visit you.


All posts must be up, and comments left, by 11:55pm on Saturday 18 July 2009.


Jeannetta said...

I wasn't going to enter, I figured that other's might need it more, since I have a collection of political books that I am working through.
However, I really want this book! :D Since no one entered, I'm entering officially :)
My blog post is forthcoming...

D'ann said...

My hubby is more politically minded than i am; my day ends up being full of kids-stuff rather than expanding my social and economic awareness. However, i would like to change that, and this sounds like an interesting start. That,... and it's our anniversary coming up - this would make an awesome gift for my hubby!
Here's my post: http://stinsonfam.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-give-away.html

Ritsumei said...

I'm so glad that you guys have entered! I agree, D'ann, that it's very easy to be caught up in "kid stuff," but it's probably also a great time to learn about politics some more: soon it'll be time to teach them too.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

My post about the giveaway is here: American History Reads

I really want a copy of this book!

Natalie Darling said...

Pick me! Pick me! http://acknowledginghishand.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-giveaway.html

Meg said...

Hi! I'm Meg and I followed Cocoa's link here. You have a great blog with fabulous resources.

I posted about your give-away here on my blog:

You're welcome to visit. :)

Ritsumei said...

Welcome, welcome! I'm glad you like it here!

Amber said...

I'd love this book!!!!!!! I've been reading a lot on this subject lately, and would love this type of book to add to my studies! Thanks!

Amber said...

I forgot to leave my blog

mormonhermitmom said...

This book looks right up my alley. Sign me up


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