Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: His Holy House by Robert A. Boyd

  His Holy House
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His Holy House
Robert A. Boyd
Hardcover, 140 pages, 10.5" x 12"
May 2014 by Deseret Book
Gain a new appreciation for the beauty and grandeur of the Lord's sacred temples with this stunning collection of photographs by Robert A. Boyd. His Holy House features full-color photos of nearly sixty Latter-day Saint temples located throughout the United States and Canada. Each image has been crafted with a professional artistic eye, reflecting the fine quality and exquisite detail with which the temples were built.

The detail shots of ornate windows, beautiful stonework, and carved wooden doors remind us to appreciate every inch of the Lord's house. Other images display the temples highlighted dramatically against gorgeous landscapes or show the changing beauty of the seasons contrasted with the unchanging beauty of the temples. Also scattered throughout the book are inspirational scriptures that speak of the blessings available to us through our temple worship.

Robert A. Boyd's photography does exactly what good art should do: please the eye, uplift the heart, and inspire the soul. His work is remarkable. —James C. Christensen
My Review

I really loved this book! The pictures online just don't do it justice. When it came in the mail I was overwhelmed by how fabulous and beautiful the pictures are! Just. Gorgeous! Here are some pictures from Deseret Book:
TOP LEFT: Washington D.C. Temple  BOTTOM LEFT: Manhattan New York Temple  ABOVE: San Diego California Temple
LEFT: Salt Lake Temple  TOP RIGHT: Lubbock Texas Temple  BOTTOM RIGHT: Denver Colorado Temple

LEFT: Atlanta Georgia Temple  TOP RIGHT: Manti Utah Temple  BOTTOM RIGHT: Newport Beach California Temple
The photographs are just amazing! Can you tell yet that I loved looking through this book??? Lol! The way he caught the sky and the different temples with the different lighting and settings was all just so beautiful! They have some gorgeous pictures of my temple and one of the new temple close to me. I wish they had more of the new temple, but I'm sure that it wasn't completed when the book went to print.

I thought about picking a favorite photograph, but I don't know that I can, quite honestly. I loved the scripture references throughout the book as well. I also appreciated that it included an index at the back so that I could find specific temples.

I would definitely recommend His Holy House to grace your home if you're a member of the church or enjoy beautiful inspirational architecture. It would also make a fabulous gift!

Source: From the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
About the Author

For almost ten years Robert A. Boyd has been creating images of temples around the world in a unique fine-art style. A professional photographer for nearly twenty years, Robert once traveled the world photographing for clients. One day his mother-in-law expressed her longing for some beautiful pictures of the temple. She suggested that in his travels he should use his talents to photograph the temples in an artistic style. As soon as he turned his viewfinder towards this objective, it seemed as if new, beautiful scenes were now there, ready for him, every time he went to photograph.

The temple has long played a significant role in the life of Robert and his wife Eleah. Particularly, the passing of their first child, and the subsequent adoption and sealing of 3 additional children, have driven home the importance of the temple to the Boyd family. The blessings we receive in the temple have been a great source of peace and joy to them, and that has served to endear a great love of the temple in their hearts.

Today Robert is fortunate to work full time both creating temple art, and also overseeing the fine art printing process for his own art work, and that of other artists. He feels very blessed to be a part of something that is so meaningful to so many, and he hopes to share his feelings of the beauty of the temple as he strives to illuminate his photographic art with peace, light and balance. He lives in Utah with his wife and their five beautiful children.

Shadow Mountain Records is being extremely generous and giving away one hardcover copy of His Holy House. It is US ONLY due to shipping costs.
Ends May 31st.

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  1. Colleen Schindler5/18/14, 7:51 AM

    My favorite flower is the dahlia. I think they are most beautiful. ;)

  2. So so beautiful! :) Really amazing photos! Stunning!

  3. I love daisies and lilies.

  4. They really are just gorgeous pictures!

  5. We've been there since we're only about 6 hours away. It's such a gorgeous temple!

  6. They are really beautiful. I think of them as a more classical, elegant flower.

  7. Lol! That is fabulous! I really love the Sterling and the Fire & Ice roses.

  8. Daisies are just happy. :)

  9. Heidi Robbins5/20/14, 11:46 AM

    That's awesome! I grew up and live there, and that's the temple I was married in. If you come down to SD we should get together!

  10. Carol Savoy-Fox5/21/14, 5:07 PM

    Oh I absolutely love the Lavernder roses . I would plant some, but with my luck they'd come back next year as red! That's what happened to my orange rose Bush. Needless to say, within five minutes after seeing a red rose on that bush, I had that sucker dug up and in the dumpster. Yeah I hate red roses.

  11. Lol! I guess you really don't like red roses. :)

  12. They remind me of death. Lol, When I die my family can put any flower on my grave, even dandelions, but not red roses :-)


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