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Out of the Best Books
Author Bruce B. Clark Author Robert K. Thomas
Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1967

Out of the Best Books

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These Brigham Young University colleagues contribute another volume of a series that impressively integrates religious ideals with the themes of world literature, an educative venture which President David O. McKay has most effectively pioneered in his long career of writing and speaking. This volume concentrates on the meaning of happiness, honesty, forbearance, faith, and love, for the lesson work of the Relief Society, in itself a demonstration of the breadth of the LDS program of personal development. The method of presentation is vital, stressing the individual encounter and experience with the literature and gospel themes thus presented. The anthology is selected with relevance and imagination; i.e., the inclusion of Edward L. Hart's artful and touching "To Utah." Concise background notes maintain an excellence in terms of context and the inducement of provocative insight: i.e., the suggestion that the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is hardly the paragon of virtue that much discussion assumes him to be. Not the least of the beneficiaries of this series might be those who suppose that either the University or the Church of these authors stands for a restrictive religionism.

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