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The Believing Heart: Nourishing The Seed Of Faith By Bruce C. Hafen,

  • Title: The Believing Heart: Nourishing The Seed Of Faith
  • Author: Bruce C. Hafen
  • ISBN: 9780875794198
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For two decades Bruce Hafen has taught religion, law, and the liberal arts at BYU and Ricks College This experience with believing young people has allowed him to explore, as he puts it, his own questions about life in an atmosphere of faith The author s personal study has centered around three religious issues that hold the greatest meaning for him faith, the AtonemenFor two decades Bruce Hafen has taught religion, law, and the liberal arts at BYU and Ricks College This experience with believing young people has allowed him to explore, as he puts it, his own questions about life in an atmosphere of faith The author s personal study has centered around three religious issues that hold the greatest meaning for him faith, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and relationships with people and the connection among the three faith prepares us to receive the Atonement the Atonement purifies and strengthens us and the Atonement then helps us build our relationships with the Lord and with others The author felt he might one day publish a series of books centering on these themes Subsequently, he released his first book, The Believing Heart, in 1986 By the time The Broken Heart was published three years later, the first printing of The Believing Heart had expired The author was then invited to publish a revised and enlarged edition of that volume to act as a companion to The Broken Heart This second edition of The Believing Heart, which incorporates two new chapters as well as a substantial revision of the original four, is the result of that process In these six thought provoking essays, the author discusses the power available to all who truly believe in Jesus Christ He outlines the pattern all who hope to increase their spiritual power must follow, including the difficulties they can expect to encounter life s trials, the hazards of agency, the pull of the world, and so forth How can we bridge the gap between the ideal and the real Is it possible for ordinary mortals to have encounters with angels How does one actually nourish the seed of faith and make it come alive By answering these and other pertinent questions, Bruce Hafen provides insight into the process of increasing personal faith and shows how powerfully the seed of faith is connected to the doctrine of the Atonement As he explains, The tree of life waits for us, as it did for Adam and Eve, Lehi and Sariah, at the end of the inviting, but sometimes treacherous and lonely, path of faith We take our first steps and many later ones along this path through our freely chosen desire to have a believing heart for even all this can ye do if ye will.
    The Believing Heart Nourishing The Seed Of Faith For two decades Bruce Hafen has taught religion law and the liberal arts at BYU and Ricks College This experience with believing young people has allowed him to explore as he puts it his own quest

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    1. So this is part of a trilogy, however this first book is not much than a collection of talks and essays given in the 70 s and 80 s.It was just what I needed I was in a place where I needed to feel warm arms around me and this was just it It got me remotivated and confident to continue facing my life instead of asking why which isn t always bad in and of itself, but in my case was no longer productive In the second book now and devouring Looking forward to the third one as well

    2. The Believing Heart is a beautiful treatise on developing greater faith I found so much truth in it, and recognized my own challenges in so many of Hafen s examples I especially loved in the final chapter when he compared the trajectories of some of our lives to the early saints journey to find Zion In Kirtland they were given an outpouring of heavenly manifestations Then, in Nauvoo when they were mature in the gospel, it felt like only struggle Where were the angels at the temple then My own j [...]

    3. Elder Hafen uses words beautifully and his insights are deep This book is the beginning of a set of four exploring different states of the heart believing, broken, belonging, covenant and this one is the smallest of the four I hope I have a believing heart I do believe the idea that people tend to see what they want to see, especially when the evidence is ambiguous That s not just Elder Hafen who says that but scholars in the philosophy of knowledge I choose to believe in God, in Christ and the [...]

    4. This is actually the first book in Elder Hafen s series about hearts It sets the stage for his discussion about three important principles faith, the Atonement, and relationships He explains that 1 faith prepares us to receive the Atonement 2 the Atonement purifies, mellows, and strengthens us and 3 the Atonement then helps us build our relationships with the Lord and with others p ix I think the discussion of faith, humility, hearts, the Atonement, and relationships is key to our purpose here o [...]

    5. A women s conference suggestion This is probably one of the best church books I ve ever read It s about building faith, and what that really means It took me forever to read it because I kept stopping, pondering, wondering and asking One of the chapters is about free agency One of the sentences he said has been on my mind for weeks I can t stop thinking about it and what it means about me and my style of parenting He said, voluntary action and freedom of inquiry are essential to the development [...]

    6. I am re reading this book I remember it to be fantistic and I am looking forward to gaining insight since my knowledge and needs have changed in the past 8 years It is the first of a trilogy by the Hafen s Definitely worth reading.5 16 09 I just finisehd re reading and I m bumping it up to 5 stars I think everyone should read it It is a very honest, open discussion of some of the challenges of having faith Left me feeling enlightened, inspired to be better, and with the desire to have a open h [...]

    7. This book is short, but has some incredible insight pertaining to faith, and how to become Christlike in our daily pursuits I recommend it for anyone, but especially those who seek to understand what faith is, and why it is so important in our discipleship of Jesus Christ.I will say, there are some parts that feel like he is being a little redundant, but other than that, it is a great book.

    8. This book dealt with faith and its application to the Atonement I felt like it repeated a lot of ideas from The Broken Heart, but it also brought a new perspective of needing to have faith in the power of the Atonement.

    9. This book was just OK for me There are some really wonderful insights and I truly treasured the first few chapters The two chapters in the middle kind of confused me I absolutely loved The Broken Heart by the same author I think I was expecting the same kind of experience as that book.

    10. I really liked this book It s a series of essays by Elder Hafen, and the first book in a trilogy The essays were easy to read, but they still got to the heart of the matter and really made you think I look forward to reading of these.

    11. Each chapter is an essay of sorts answering a question on faith They don t necessary connect together, but each is great on its own I love Hafen s literary voice He s easy to read and follow while still being very insightful.

    12. These five essays are reassuring and thought provoking for the LDS reader and perhaps for others Highly recommended Hafen s insights are profound and profoundly human.

    13. I read both Believing Heart and Broken heart at the conclusion of my mission I thought they were very good.

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