These are my current non-fiction religious and self help books, primarily from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
With the new hymnbook and children’s songbook for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the horizon, it is an excellent time to look back at where church music has been and to see where we might be going. “The Song of the Saints” examines the history of the hymnbooks and children’s songbooks of the church, both the official and non-official versions. It examines what has changed over the years, in church music and why, and includes new interview content from Michael Moody, who was the chairman of the 1985 hymnbook committee and other hymnbook committee members, including Bonnie Goodliffe and Darwin Wolford. These interviews yielded material about the hymnbook creation process that has never been published. The song of the righteous is a prayer unto the Lord, and throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the members of church have saved these treasured expressions of faith in the pages of their hymnbooks. Come and see how the Latter-day Saints have built God’s kingdom through music.
The scriptures tell us that we must labor while it is still called today, because the night of darkness is coming in which no labor can be performed. In this volume, I explore ways that you can best use the limited time you have to build God’s kingdom and to refine yourself into the kind of person you want to be. I also examine what the scriptures and modern revelation have to tell us about using the precious time that we have.
Bullying isn’t anything new. The War in Heaven was really a conflict between a bully and the anti-bully. Bullies always abuse their power, talents, and abilities to gain an advantage over others. They have been around since before we all came to earth and have been present throughout history.
Many books have been written about how to combat bullying. “In the Quiet Heart”, however, takes a closer look at the bullies present in scriptural accounts and examines how those involved reacted in each situation. Nephi’s older brothers were clear examples of bullies, but instead of resorting to violence and revenge, Nephi frankly forgave his brothers and continually tried to redirect them to righteous living. We can learn from Nephi’s attitude how to react to difficult people, even those in our own families.
Some who started out as bullies, such as Saul and Alma the Younger, changed their lives and become a significant force for good. In the ultimate example about how to deal with bullies, Jesus Christ showed that there are many ways for righteous people to handle bullies. From each of these accounts, we can draw strength and generate ideas to apply to our lives.
The calling of choir director is a sacred stewardship, and those who accept this assignment are tasked with the responsibility of setting a tone of reverence and rejoicing in Church meetings. In The Song of the Righteous, seasoned choir director and Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Michael D. Young shares his insights into how to prepare, both spiritually and technically, to fulfill this important calling. Instruction ranges from how to hold a baton to choosing and arranging music to bolstering choir attendance. With an extensive appendix that explains musical terms, suggests warm-up exercises, and provides links to music purchasing options, this book is a must read for choir directors at any experience level.