Christ and the New Covenant by Jeffrey R. Holland contains Elder Holland’s insights into the imperative role of Jesus Christ in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by reviewing Christ’s role throughout The Book of Mormon. Some chapters had a “devotional talk” feel (and in fact were expansions of Elder’s Holland’s previously given addresses) and other chapters felt more like his personal notes and understandings of the scriptures. In both cases, I enjoyed reading Elder Holland’s testimony of Christ and of The Book of Mormon, and his writing style was easy to read and absorb, as it normally is.
Elder Holland includes many extensive quotes from The Book of Mormon, and while he makes it clear that is not a substitute for personal scripture study, it was a nice book to read with my husband each evening (over the past six months).
Because it is written for a strictly Mormon audience, it probably holds little interest to those who are not Mormon. In fact, if you are not a believer of Mormonism, Christ and the New Covenant is probably not the place to start, only because Elder Holland’s purpose seems to be to inspire, more than to teach.
I debated whether or not I’d review this book for Rebecca Reads, since it is certainly out of my ordinarily scheduled reading. I finally decided to review it simply because it was a book that I would highly recommend to any LDS reader interested in a book of this nature. I enjoyed reading it, and I don’t want to forget that. (I’m now coveting the newly published illustrated edition, but my hardcover edition is quite pretty too.)
Do you review everything you read? Why or why not?
I honestly can’t remember if I have omitted any books from my reviews since I began blogging last May. For future reference, though, I probably will omit reviews if I didn’t like a book, if I don’t have anything to say about it, and/or I know there is very little interest.