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Best of 2016: 12 Books to Add to Your Reading List

Kick off the new year with some great reads, including these top books from 2016. Below you'll find books by LDS authors that will strengthen your faith and wise counsel from our apostles and leaders.

We're With You: Counsel and Encouragement from Your Brethren

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

What do today’s Prophets, Seers, and Revelators say about facing life’s challenges, recognizing the Spirit, and finding happiness? These are just a few of the important topics featured in this book. Every member of the current First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is represented in lesson-sized excerpts that deal with issues important and unique to our day.
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QB: My Life Behind the Spiral

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

Steve Young produced some of the most memorable moments in NFL history, but Young's most impressive victories were personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching. QB is a remarkably revealing memoir of an athletically gifted Mormon boy with a 4.0 GPA, a photographic memory, and a severe case of childhood separation anxiety.
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The Infinite Atonement

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

With The Infinite Atonement, Brother Tad R. Callister offers us what may be the most comprehensive, yet understandable, treatment of the Atonement in our day. He thoughtfully probes the infinite scope of this "great and last sacrifice," describing its power and breadth and explaining how it redeems us all.
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The Orphan Keeper

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

This unbelievable tale is based on a true story. Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.
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The Book of Mormon for Young Readers

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

Finally! The scriptures are presented in a format designed just for young readers. The Book of Mormon for Young Readers presents key scripture stories in a creative and engaging format designed to make it easy for children to understand and love the scriptures! Young readers (ages 7-12) can enjoy the scriptures on their own and establish a habit of personal scripture study, which will strengthen their faith and their resolve to live the gospel.
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The Washington Hypothesis

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

The Washington Hypothesis explores the intriguing evidence that Washington and the other Founding Fathers knew the Lord had a greater purpose for America. It takes us on a fascinating historical journey through the miracles of the Revolutionary War to the foundational documents of this great nation to the symbolism evident in every corner of the nation's capital. Exploring how Washington's beliefs framed his every action, author Timothy Ballard draws compelling conclusions about the divinity of that great leader's calling. As we see the evidence of the Lord's hand in Washington's life, we may discover a much grander design at work in the founding of our nation—and thus a greater desire to strive to preserve those promised blessings.
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A Future As Bright As Your Faith: Counsel and Inspiration for Each Day of the Year

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

President Thomas S. Monson has reminded Church members that we can have hope and happiness in whatever circumstances we face. As he says, "Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us." This dynamic collection of thoughts for each day of the year from President Monson is certain to motivate and inspire us in our pursuit to be of good cheer.
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The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

This comprehensive volume brings the most unique, most compelling, and most insightful comments on the Book of Mormon together into one place to help you get more out of your personal scripture study. As we ask inspired questions and seek a deeper understanding of the scriptures, we invite personal revelation to help us in our challenging and ever-changing journey of life.
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Joseph Smith's Seer Stones

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy. People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn't been aware of the stone's existence.

This book discusses the origins of Joseph Smith's seer stones and explores how Joseph used them throughout his life in a way that goes beyond translating the Book of Mormon. It also traces the provenance of his stones once they left his possession. The authors examine how the Book of Mormon itself provides a storyline about the history of seer stones and how this helped Joseph Smith learn about his own prophetic gifts.
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A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

Before the Internet, historical and doctrinal questions not addressed in LDS Church curriculum were mostly found in the scholarly articles of academic journals. This is no longer the case. These topics are now widely debated and discussed online and in other forums. And when members of the LDS Church come across information that is unfamiliar, they may feel surprise, fear, betrayal, or even anger. Laura Harris Hales has assembled a group of respected LDS scholars to offer help. Together these authors have spent an average of 25 years researching these topics. Their depth of knowledge and faith enables them to share reliable details, perspective, and context to both LDS doctrine and Church history. Each chapter is engaging and thought-provoking, providing an invaluable resource for both the merely curious and the seriously concerned.
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Understanding Temple Symbols Through Scripture, History, and Art

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

Whether you have just begun attending the temple or are well seasoned in temple worship, Understanding Temple Symbols offers intriguing new insights about the House of the Lord, making connections between the temple and the scriptures for all who seek further light and knowledge.
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On the Path Home

12 Top LDS Books of 2016

In this classic collection of quotations from President Eyring, eternal truths are presented a line or two at a time, giving us opportunity to ponder, to learn, and to grow. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations and typography, these gems of thought will spark meaningful discussion, offer a quick uplift, or inspire readers who just want to take a quiet moment to draw closer to the Lord.
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