Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Twelve Stones to Remember Him by Teresa Hirst

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Title: Twelve Stones to Remember Him

Subtitle: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis

Author: Teresa Hirst
Genre: LDS nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-59992-898-2
Publication Date: January 2014
Pages: 171
Price: $17.99
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
My Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:
The Lord commanded the children of Israel to mark their miraculous crossing of the Jordan River with a memorial of twelve stones. Modern prophets encourage us to remember God's hand, even as we come upon life s challenges. With the economic upheavals of the last several years, many Latter-day Saints have faced financial setbacks such as unemployment, reduced income, or the loss of a home.
This book contains true stories of individuals and families who've crossed financial crises with faith. From their journeys, you will learn to witness the power of God in your life. More fully trust in Him, even in uncertain times. Build spiritual memorials to cope with trials. Leave a legacy of love greater than money. 

My Review: *****--5 Stars
There are many things in a person's life that can cause his or her faith to be tested. I loved the way the author brought in real-life experiences, along with scriptures and talks, to help the reader understand that it is possible to have hope and faith during these hard times. She mostly talked about financial difficulties and followed the journeys of a few different families.

There was one quote that I loved: "Stone by stone, we build spiritual memorials that mark our personal foundation of faith over time and experience." She had talked about physical markers earlier in the book. Certain big events in a person's life or in history might have a memorial so that we can remember it--the site of a deadly accident or Valley Forge, for example. However, it is just as important to mark major spiritual experiences as well, especially those that help us grow and strengthen us. It seems that most of the physical memorials mark difficult and sad times and it should be that way with our spiritual memorials.

I enjoyed the way this information was presented. It was told in a way that was easy to personalize to each reader. There are some great examples to follow and steps to take to improve the lives of each person who reads this book.

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About the Author:
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Teresa Hirst was born in Big Spring, Texas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, with an imagination and creativity straight from the books she poured through in her childhood. She studied journalism at Brigham Young University and graduated in 1994 with a bachelor of arts in communications. Teresa has worked for a newspaper, in public relations, and as a freelance writer and editor. Today, she observes and tells insightful stories--both nonfiction and fiction--that characterize our emotional experience with life.
Teresa is the author of Twelve Stones to Remember Him: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis, a nonfiction book about twelve families who crossed the Great Recession with faith, released in January 2014 by Walnut Springs Press. Her writing specialties include nonfiction books, women's fiction, biography and interviews, blogging, news releases, and LDS people and topics. She plans to publish her first novel in 2014.
Teresa is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives in Minnesota with her husband and teenage children. She enjoys cooking, sentimental movies, Sunday afternoon walks, and great conversations. 

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