Book Review: Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious by John Bytheway

lifestylesTitle: Lifestyles of the Great & Spacious: Finding Your Path in Lehi’s Dream
Author: John Bytheway
Series: None
Publisher: Deseret Book
Released: April 8, 2013

Book Summary:

With every passing day, the unforgettable imagery in Lehi’s dream becomes more real and more relevant. In our modern world, we can literally hear the taunts and see the pointing fingers of people like those in the great and spacious building. We find ourselves clinging with greater energy to the rod of iron as we work through the massive mists of darkness toward the tree of life. In Lifestyles of the Great and Spacious, John Bytheway looks at Lehi’s dream, and with his characteristic humor, comments from Church leaders, scholarly insights, and personal experiences, he expands our understanding of these precious verses of scripture.


Inspired kathys reviews

This is a great little book for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of Lehi’s Dream & learn how to apply to their life.

While reading it I missed John Bytheway’s characteristic humor which is found in most of his books.  This one had a much more serious, thoughtful feel to it than others I have read by him.  Thankfully it wasn’t completely missing and there were still glimpse of his humor occasionally through the book such as this:

As a bishop, I once announced that we moved the records of all the perfect people out of the ward, so it was just us imperfect folks who comprised the congregation.

I can’t say I learned a whole lot new from reading this but there were some great reminders of things I already knew and need to focus more on in my daily life.

Anyone wishing to undertake a deeper study of the account found in 1 Nephi chapter 8 could surely benefit from this book.

4 stars


Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: Clean

Source: Review Copy

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  1. I have this book and have just begun to read it. Excellent review. Thank you