Review: To My Friends by Jeffrey R. Holland

To My friendsTo My Friends
Messages of Counsel and Comfort
by Jeffrey R. Holland
Christian, LDS Nonfiction
Hardcover, 264 Pages
December 1st 2014 by Deseret Book


“If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can.” With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.

Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages “to my friends who love the Lord,” “to my friends who want to change,” “to my friends who face opposition,” and so forth. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland’s powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, “I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ.”


My Review

I absolutely loved this book! I know that it is a compilation of some previous talks and such, but I loved how it was all organized and I loved all the messages. I have always connected really well with Elder Holland and so these resonated with me again and again. I also loved that the beginning of each chapter presented a sentence or quote from the upcoming chapter that was especially poignant. There were a wide range of topics combined in this volume that I felt could easily be a resource for anyone searching for inspiration, as it was for me. Elder Holland's voice was wonderful while also being stern or teasing at times and I found my self laughing one second, feeling warmth the next, and sometimes a few tears. This is a book that I will definitely be keeping on our shelves and gifting as well.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Deseret Book for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

Behind the Cover

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About the Author

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in June 1994. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU and a master’s degree and PhD from Yale University. In 1980 he was appointed president of BYU, where he served until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.

1 comment

  1. Ms. Bergren is one of my favorite authors. I just finished Season of Wonder today, and have already started on Season of Fire. She's hooked me again. :)


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