Faith and a Life Jacket: 7 Truths for your Eternal Mission
by Ben Bernards
Synopsis: Don’t just be prepared-be prepared well. Ben Bernards, popular youth speaker, presents this adventurous book of seven guiding rules and lessons to help train a new generation of missionaries. These invaluable lessons, from God’s measure of success to unexpected difficulties in the field, will apply to any missionary’s call, readying them for the great and challenging experiences of the Lord’s work. (bn.com)
“Sure, some of these new problems could have been explained away as random coincidence or stress, but quite a few of them were clearly moments of unusual darkness, contention and strife. Some greater, unseen power seemed to be determined to hinder their spiritual growth.” (Ch 2: Evil is Real, but God is More Powerful)
This is a great book for future missionaries, current missionaries, past missionaries, and everyone trying to make it through life. Everyone can use Faith and everyone needs a Life Jacket to make it through Life. I loved the book. I loved the voice in the book. Ben tells the stories in a way that makes you want to keep reading. It feels more like an EFY talk than a “How-To” book (and I love EFY talks).
From being chased home by Evil, to having the rain stop just for their concert only to have it start right back up after, Ben tells stories that teach lessons vital to life. Lessons that we get to vicariously learn through his book.
I think this book a great tool for everyone. The book is geared towards missionaries but can be read to children, and used in talks, and lessons. Read the seven points as FHE lessons using the stories he tells. I know that my boys will LOVE hearing about living in jungle huts and playing in a Christian Rock band.
It’s also a real way to teach young children about persevering through difficult times. He mentions in the book that despite the mission being difficult and, at times, scary, he never thought of going home. It wasn’t an option he gave himself. He persevered through difficult things. This is a great way to teach children that they CAN do hard things. And Life will give them hard things.
“On rare occasions His handiwork is revealed in bold vibrant colors, with broad brushstrokes and sharp, heavy lines, clearly bearing His divine signature. Other times, perhaps most frequently, His tender mercies will be sketched in our lifebooks with only the faintest of outlines, nearly invisible watermarks, and the gentlest of embossinsg that can be felt only by the most sensitive of fingers. Perhaps He does so to allow us to choose to see it, or perhaps He stays mostly hidden as a way of allowing us to grow our faith in that which we don’t fully see.” (CH 3: Miracles Happen, and They’re Unlocked by Patient Obedience)
About the Author:
Ben Bernards grew up in a big Mormon family in a small farming town in the heart of Utah County where he and his 8 brothers and sisters were raised on a steady diet of Nintendo, Transformers, Dungeons&Dragons, and Star Wars. He geeks out on all that plus everything marching band, Marvel, and Tolkien (his autographed edition of Lord of the Rings is pretty much the coolest.)
He loves teaching youth the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whether it be in Seminary, Sunday School, at youth conferences or EFY. He served a mission on the Fiji Islands where he survived cyclones, rampaging natives, and swarms of giant bats while living in a hut in the jungle. (He still hasn’t convinced his wife to go back and visit.) Ben is the author of a new book about missionary prep for the millennial generation, which will be available in LDS bookstores this fall.
He currently works as a project manager for a certain fruity computer company in Northern California where he loves to run trails with his wife, expand his board game collection, and make plans for building his own hobbit hole in the backyard.
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