Mortality tests us all, feeling at times like a scorching crucible built to try our faith and fortitude. When disappointment overwhelms us and our adversity seems unfathomable we must decide: will we be defeated by life's unavoidable tribulations, or will we allow them to make us stronger? Bestselling author Toni Sorenson weaves scripture and prophetic counsel into a movinMortality tests us all, feeling at times like a scorching crucible built to try our faith and fortitude. When disappointment overwhelms us and our adversity seems unfathomable we must decide: will we be defeated by life's unavoidable tribulations, or will we allow them to make us stronger? Bestselling author Toni Sorenson weaves scripture and prophetic counsel into a moving narrative, recounting nine valuable lessons she has learned through her own trials. Her words of wisdom and hope serve as a stirring reminder that as we hold tightly to our faith in Jesus Christ, our jagged edges can be made smooth and our impurities made pure. Amidst the storms of life - when the heat of the refiner's fire seems too much to bear - we can take comfort in the realization that refined is not a word of warning, but a remarkable word of hope....
|Title||:||Refined By Christ|
|Number of Pages||:||123 Pages|
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Refined By Christ Reviews
"At our spiritual best we are a brew of splendid flaws and unspeakable potential...You have fingerprints and toe prints that are uniquely yours. You are a spiritual snowflake. No one is exactly like you. The One who created and assembled you made you absolutely unique. You have been given gifts that are yours alone."-pg.13 & 28"In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner's fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong."-James E. Faust4.5 stars! Sometimes I think that the stars and planets align and send you the book that you just need at that precise moment in your life. For me, this was the book! Lately I have been feeling a little overwhelmed in certain aspects of my life. I find myself looking around and not seeing very clearly an end in sight to my different trials. Toni Sorenson has written this book about how we have come to this earth, not to have an easy life, but to go through fire and come out on the other side refined. She breaks down the process in which actual metal is refined and then equates it to the spiritual refinement process that we all must go through. She writes, "How interesting our life stories would be if we told them scar by scar." We'd all better understand that we all struggle and need each other. And we can take comfort in the fact that the Refiner is always with us. Remember-"Our refinement isn't all about the falling; it's about the rising."
Here is one of the quotes I liked from the book. True disciples of Christ reach to touch the edge of his garment for healing and strength when life batters us about or, worse, when it all stands still and we don't seem to make any progress at all. Usually it is only after the waiting period is over that we can look back and see that the Lord used disappointment to open a different door than the one on which we were pounding. (page 69)
This book has a very interesting way of explaing about the life and Ministry of Christ and our part in the atonement process. It talk about very proactive things we can do to help us receive every blessing and understanding of this miraculous act of Charity which has been done for us. We can be refined by what Christ did for us if WE let it.
I really liked the comparison of actual refining to our lives. She teaches you about what we need to do or change while building you up at the same time.
Addressed to those of the LDS Faith, this book has application to all Christians who are looking to Christ for hope and strength through trials.Author uses the obvious analogy of metallurgy (process of "taking ugly ore and transforming it into something pure and precious," in author's words) to discuss how the atonement of Jesus Christ can refine us as we go through adversity and challenges. Quick, uplifting read with good anecdotes throughout.One of my favorite passages: "Stop being the Chief Everything Officer--don't say yes by default. It's a hard lesson to learn but in order to be wickedly successful, you have to understand that by saying no to some things you will have the time and energy to say yes to the right things. If you're feeling overwhelmed and pulled in every direction, you won't be able to lead yourself, much less anyone else."We are under covenant to be a service-oriented people. That does not mean we are obligated to give our energy to every person or situation that demands it. Keep the end goal in mind. Don't ever leave yourself off the list of your own priorities."
I am listening to this Novel, have been listening for about a week as I have time. I really have enjoyed the analogies of refining fire and gold- and refining our lives through trials, using the atonement as a strengthening point and realizing our divine heritage. I love how the author explains that all of our experiences are not wasted. Whether it was a failed marriage, or a divorce, an extended family problem, anything that years of our lives has been spent on, or anything and everything that we love and care about and have tried our best in- is never wasted. It helps us become more empathetic and christ-like. I really believe that. Our tribulations also teach us that Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father. He is the most merciful and loving Savior. I love this book.
There were certain parts of the book that were difficult to get through. It felt as if the wording was clunky and unpolished. That being said, there were some good lessons I learned and I was glad I read it.
'You can either let fire burn you, or refine you.'
Had more typos than a published book should have, but really an amazing book.