4 out of 4 stars
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Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero by Beau Herbert is a nonfiction novel that seeks to convince young people that following the example of Christ’s flawless character is all they need in order to live a productive life. The author goes on to justify why there’s no better role model besides Jesus, citing evidence from among other sources, The Book of Mormon.
In his younger years, the author confesses to being a fan of a particular singer for whom his fanaticism led him to pin multiple posters of on his bedroom wall and even tried unsuccessfully to mimic the singer’s dance moves. I was taken aback when he revealed that this had a devastating effect on him. This experience, coupled with advice given to him by his grandfather drove him to the conclusion that there’s a perfect hero for young people to follow, instead of spending all their energy idolizing worldly heroes who’re often riddled with flaws.
Being an ordained member of the Aaronic priesthood, it didn’t come as a surprise to me when the author quoted several verses from The Book of Mormon. I found this a welcome gesture because the Latter-day Saint movement is something I know very little about. Out of pure curiosity, I sought to dig a little deeper to read for myself the context behind these verses and I was pleased that it led me to places i never imagined I would venture into.
The author uses a simple writing style to expound on the numerous teachings of the Latter-day Saints spread throughout the book. I flipped through the pages smoothly and at no point was I left uncomprehensive of the material I consumed. At 131 pages long, this is a relatively short book. The author goes straight to the point and doesn’t bore the reader with irrelevant information. It's also commendable that the tone of the work is firm but friendly, instead of the accusatory or often condemning tone synonymous with works based on religious content.
The concept of sin, it’s origin, it’s consequences, plus the plan of salvation are thoroughly explained. The Jesus story is tactfully dissected to give readers a comprehensive analysis of why He made the choices He did and why His eventual death was necessary. The author also goes a step further to outline lessons that the youth should pick up from the happenstances of Jesus’ life.
If you’re clueless about the Latter-day Saints, you’ll find some insightful information in this book. You might, however, find yourself gasping at some of the teachings this group professes, i.e. their peculiar account of the creation story. This one had me pausing to reflect on what I learned both in church and in school. Besides that, I only encountered two typos which didn’t detract from this eye-opening read. I, therefore, give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars and I recommend it to anyone in need of a role model and anyone who desires thought-provoking read.
Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero
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