The Continuous Conversion: God Isn't Just Proving Us, He's

The Continuous Conversion: God Isn't Just Proving Us, He's Improving Us I met with the author, Brad Wilcox, this morning and we exchanged copies of our new books he wrote an endorsement for mine He is truly one of the most incredible people I ve ever known This book is the companion to The Continuous Atonement Can t wait to read it I hold him in the highest regard A person of inestimable integrity and genuine caring. I absolutely loved The Continuous Atonement so I thought I would give this a try I was not dissappointed This book is justinspiriational stories, analogies, quotes and wisdom that I have come to expect from Br Wilcox I love his writing style He s very easy to understand He s not writing to impress, he genuinely wants to bring people to christ The things that he included in chapters 7 and 8 about the temple really stood out to me and sent me on a quest to learnFortunately, he c I absolutely loved The Continuous Atonement so I thought I would give this a try I was not dissappointed This book is justinspiriational stories, analogies, quotes and wisdom that I have come to expect from Br Wilcox I love his writing style He s very easy to understand He s not writing to impress, he genuinely wants to bring people to christ The things that he included in chapters 7 and 8 about the temple really stood out to me and sent me on a quest to learnFortunately, he cited his sources so it was easy for me to find some good books I highly recommend this book two thumbs way up This is one of those books that needs to be read and then re read over and over again.Packed with so much information and guidance it will help someone seeking to truly convert to the gospel of Jesus Christnot only to the gospel, but convert to Jesus Christ.I love all the examples and stories within these pages.I also love the way Brother Wilcox teaches and the little phrases he uses for example Heaven is not a prize for the perfect, but the future home of all who are willing to be perfecte This is one of those books that needs to be read and then re read over and over again.Packed with so much information and guidance it will help someone seeking to truly convert to the gospel of Jesus Christnot only to the gospel, but convert to Jesus Christ.I love all the examples and stories within these pages.I also love the way Brother Wilcox teaches and the little phrases he uses for example Heaven is not a prize for the perfect, but the future home of all who are willing to be perfected We send missionaries to the Missionary Training Center, God has sent us to the Exaltation Training Center True conversion is not instantaneous, it is continuous Some Latter day Saints go through all the right motions without feeling any of the emotions They settle for rule following instead of religion, for obedience and sacrifice instead of consecration, for testimony instead of conversion, and for cultural Mormonism instead of the soul transforming fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ It is time for a little zeal with our knowledge My very favorite section is where Brother Wilcox writes about I m afraid that when all the lessons on simplifying, prioritizing, and balancing are over I am left with only one option juggling And as we juggle all we have been asked to do, if we go about doing God s work, and continue on the path to conversion, He will let us know which balls to keep in the air and which balls to let drop to the ground The journey of conversion can seem daunting unless we remember that we are not alone Wow This book is amazing I honestly thought this book would have a lot of the same ideas that were in Brad Wilcox s famous talk His Grace is Sufficient which is also amazing but it definitely stands alone It has so many wonderful insights and doctrine It took me about double the amount of time it would normally take to read this length of book because I was marking my scriptures, writing down quotes, and having great discussions with my husband Overall Brother Wilcox coveys that convers Wow This book is amazing I honestly thought this book would have a lot of the same ideas that were in Brad Wilcox s famous talk His Grace is Sufficient which is also amazing but it definitely stands alone It has so many wonderful insights and doctrine It took me about double the amount of time it would normally take to read this length of book because I was marking my scriptures, writing down quotes, and having great discussions with my husband Overall Brother Wilcox coveys that conversion is a process we will be going through our entire lives but we do not have to do it alone Christ is not our goal He is the One that helps us get to our eternal goal I love the insights that this book gave me A lot to think about and learn This life is about continually learning and growing One step at a time. Where I am currently on my spiritual journey, this book has been the most insightful, helpful, and agreeable of Wilcox s writings This really validated a lot of things I have thought and felt for a long time and helped contextualize them in a larger framework of belief and worship I can admit that some of this may not work for others, but for me this was a really great book. Inborn in every man is a strong instinctto find God and to worship Him, President Benson I loved it Didn t hear me the first time I LOVED THIS BOOK I used capslock so you know I am serious Brad Wilcox is a spiritual wizard okay he s not a wizard.but he is like the Hogwarts of spiritual I always learn so much from his books He lays out concepts so simply that they become simply profound This book is about how we, as humans, need to be constantly progressing but at our o Inborn in every man is a strong instinctto find God and to worship Him, President Benson I loved it Didn t hear me the first time I LOVED THIS BOOK I used capslock so you know I am serious Brad Wilcox is a spiritual wizard okay he s not a wizard.but he is like the Hogwarts of spiritual I always learn so much from his books He lays out concepts so simply that they become simply profound This book is about how we, as humans, need to be constantly progressing but at our own speed and at God s speed What s that old saying Life is a race that you eventually discover you are only competing with yourself I think that s how it goes Brad Wilcox says in life, We are not earning a treasure in heaven, but learning to treasure heavenly things 23 Mainly God accepts us how we come unto Him and He makes or molds us into the best possible versions of ourselves And that is a beautiful thing A God who asks nothing of us is making nothing of us, and that is not the case In this symphony that is my life, God is not content to be a member of the audience or stage crew He is not even content to be the conductor He wants to be the composer 17 I think that any book that encourages you to be better in life is definitely worth the read Here s one of my many favorite quotes True faith is not just knowing God can, but knowing why sometimes He doesn t True faith is not just believing that things can work out perfectly, but trusting when sometimes they don t True faith is not just receiving your answer, but accepting His 39 I can still hear Brad Wilcox s voice in my head It took me some time to complete this, tho I wouldn t say that s the fault of the author I m glad I stuck with it As I read the last chapter last night, the clown of God, I double checked to make sure that wasn t a typo for crown It wasn t And it was a wonderful chapter to conclude with Brad believes that life is comparable to juggling, as opposed to finding balance I thought this was an interesting comparison, but I could totally relate So I can still hear Brad Wilcox s voice in my head It took me some time to complete this, tho I wouldn t say that s the fault of the author I m glad I stuck with it As I read the last chapter last night, the clown of God, I double checked to make sure that wasn t a typo for crown It wasn t And it was a wonderful chapter to conclude with Brad believes that life is comparable to juggling, as opposed to finding balance I thought this was an interesting comparison, but I could totally relate Somedays one thing is a priority, and the next another is, and so on and so forth Day by day There s a lot of give and take but the crucial part is being in tune enough with the spirit to know what takes priority each day This is a current struggle, which is probably why it resonated so well with me Great insight and great spiritual prompts in here I ll put it on my to buy list so I can re read and mark it up The Continuous Conversion is a sequel, of sorts, to The Continuous Atonement, though they need not be read in order There is little new here, but that is not why I read these books there is nothing fundamentally new in the gospel, either, but like most people, I need frequent reminders, refocusing, redirection, and a broadening of my vision and understanding Reading books and articles by thoughtful people helps me in that way.Wilcox points out that we should never think there are just two o The Continuous Conversion is a sequel, of sorts, to The Continuous Atonement, though they need not be read in order There is little new here, but that is not why I read these books there is nothing fundamentally new in the gospel, either, but like most people, I need frequent reminders, refocusing, redirection, and a broadening of my vision and understanding Reading books and articles by thoughtful people helps me in that way.Wilcox points out that we should never think there are just two options when faced with God s expectations for our growth and development Too often, we feel that we must either be perfect, or give up, and of course that is false He rightfully points out that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going Malcolm Gladwell, discussing the now well known idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become expert at any skill, also pointed out that one seeking to develop that way better be willing to be imperfect a lot, because 10,000 hours is a long time to be imperfect Perhaps we are sometimes too hard on ourselves, and need to see our own eternal potential, just as God does.In a descriptive turn of phrase, Wilcox points out that some of our detractors claim that we believe we are earning our way into heaven Not so, he says Rather, we are not earning heaven, we are learning heaven That is one reason we feel it is so important to obey the commandmentsnot to be good enough to get in, but to learn to fit in.When we seek answers to prayer, we must remember that when God delays, it is not necessarily a denial As S Michael Wilcox has said, our God is a God of the fourth watch Being impatient as I am with my own progress and development, I need to remember that God tests our faith, but with a purpose, not capriciously He wants us to pray, fast, study, ponder, work, and learn, and in so doing He not only tests our faith, He educates it I am beginning to realize that, in a broader sense than I normally think of it, education is a central purpose of this mortal existence.I remember my mission experience fondly, but like every missionary I had some challenges Cold showers, antagonistic people, occasionally apathetic members, strange food, illness yes, related difficulties with companions, and so forth My daughter is serving a mission now in a place where it rains just about every day, she washes her own clothes in a cement trough with cold water, and undoubtedly faces many of the same challenges I did with people Under such circumstances, it is good to keep in mind the following thoughtful exchange When asked by a missionary Why does it have to be so hard, Elder Jeffrey R Holland responded thusly We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever, easy for Him It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary I m glad that my moments hiking Calvary were relatively few and shortthinking about it makes my heart swell with gratitude for the Atonement.So, if we are to endure on our journey toward perfection, we must remember the importance of trying againand again, and again As C.S Lewis said in Mere Christianity, You must ask for God s help Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given Never mind After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again This, then, is a model for our eternal progressionpart and parcel of never giving up, is understanding that we honor God, and show our love for Him, when we try again Sometimes true courage is, as President Thomas S Monson is fond of quoting, the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow We must also remember that a life of service and accomplishment should not be put off because we think we are not accomplished enough As Wilcox wrote, Life in the Church means experiencing leaders or teachers who are not always wise, mature, or deftCallings are not prizes or awards They are part of God s plan for our growth and development And our weaknesses and imperfections and inadequacies are also unworthy excuses for avoiding service or declining callings Wilcox again When Moroni came to Joseph Smith, he didn t say, Congratulations You prayed so hard, worked so diligently, and lived so well, you earned a visitation On the contrary, at that very moment Joseph actually felt condemned for his weakness and imperfections and was praying for forgiveness of all his sins and follies Moroni came to inform Joseph that, despite his weaknesses, God had a work for him to do This was a good read, one that made me think and ponder on the things of eternity and helped me attain a measure of increased understanding I wrote this book because I know too many people who are giving up One discouraged friend said, I can t do this Mormon thing I ve tried, and the expectations are just way too high I know returned missionaries who spent their entire missions teaching about the Atonement, but now they have made some mistakes and feel like the Atonement won t work for them I know people who have gone to the temple to be sealed and then never returned I know others who are feeling burned out in their callings Too many Latter day Saints feel like they will never measure up I wanted to write something that will provide hope and motivation next time we or those we love are tempted to toss in the towel I wanted to write something that would remind people why we do what we do and that it s worth it not because of all we are earning, but because of all we are learning Instead of just going through the motions, I wanted people to read this book and once again feel the emotions of discipleship That s what they are missing Whether the challenge is getting out of the temple endowment or dealing with callings or juggling the many aspects of our lives and feeling like we are dropping too many balls, I wanted to provide a shot in the armI started writing The Continuous Atonement when I was serving as the bishop of a young single adult ward I realized that there was an aspect of the Atonement they didn t get They knew about how the Atonement could cleanse and console us, but they didn t grasp how it can transform us and how Christ offers us His enabling power however long that transformation process takes even continuously This book picks up that same theme and answers the question, How How do I apply the Atonement and feel it s transforming power on a continuous basis True conversion is not a onetime event, but a process that takes time Most people accept that in theory, but we still beat ourselves up when we fall short My message is Be patient You are doing better than you realize Hang in there We are not paying our way into heaven We re practicing for it Brad Wilcox I can t do this Mormon thing, a friend told Brad Wilcox I ve tried, and the expectations are just way too high And she s not alone in her thinking Many people, as they feel themselves falling short of perfection, are tempted to quit tryingBut are there only two options Think of it this way When a person is learning to play the piano, are the only two options performing at Carnegie Hall or quitting Similarly, in mortality, are the only two choices being perfect or giving up No, writes Brad Wilcox Growth and development take time Learning takes practice Discipleship is a journey, and true conversion is a continuous process In this hope filled book, Brad shares his keen understanding and testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ as it relates to our own conversion Conversion occurs, he says, when we stop trying to earn heaven and start trying to learn it As we take each little step to show faith, repent, make and live covenants, seek the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, we are not paying our way into heaven We are practicing for it


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