Practicing for Heaven: The Parable of the Piano Lessons (Hardcover) *
Author: Brad Wilcox
David hates practicing piano. He's frustrated by how hard it is and all the mistakes he makes. With his mom's help, he comes to understand how that's all part of the learning process. She also uses the moment to help David comprehend more about the Atonement: Christ has paid the price so that we can learn and improve. We aren't earning our way to heaven—we're practicing for it, and Christ is willing to help us every step of the way.
Practicing for Heaven also includes teachings tips for parents who wish to teach children of all ages about the Savior's Atonement and grace.
Pages - 32
Posted by John O'Donnell on 20th Oct 2015
I am both excited and astounded at the clarity and focus offered by the writers of this outstanding document. Being a piano player myself, taught by my loving mother in the comfort of our small home in Boston Massachusetts, I resonated to the emotional connection that it offered to me. My connection with my mom was so very important, but I am sure that through my childhood and early adult years, there were things that I am not proud of, and know caused hurt to her. But this writing brought me closer to my mother………………and to God. There were years that I was estranged to both, the very two who loved me most.
I am wow’ d by the impact of this reading, and the simplify of the story that says many things that simply sing out to me. I thank the writers for assisting me in my recollections of a most marvelous journey and allow me a moment to rekindle my connection to my mom who passed so may years ago, and to God who never lost His faith in me. I love them both, I love the moment of reflection this book has offered me, and I love the writers who wrote their words carefully and directly to me!
Posted by Karly A on 20th Oct 2015
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! I have LOVED the "piano analogy" ever since Brother Wilcox shared it in his BYU devotional. It makes so much SENSE. It is the best way I have found to understand the Atonement, but I can never share it with people. I understand it, but it never comes out right. This is an answer to prayers because now I can read it to my nieces and nephews and share it with friends who don't have time to read the entire "Continuous Atonement" (even though they should!) And I love the illustrations. Thank you!
Thoughtful and humbling!
Posted by Victoria on 20th Oct 2015
I am grateful I read this amazing, yet simply profound book. It touched my heart, and I do not have children at all. I was reminded to be easy on myself, to know that why should I hold myself accountable for something that my children didn't do in my life. Why should I have them hurt, and most of all why should I stop being a mom, or a parent, or a sibling, or a friend because of the bad things that I USED to do. Should I give up because it is hard, or do I keep going. Well, yes, keep going because the Atonement of our Elder Brother, even the Savior Jesus Christ is real. It is for me, and I can move forward knowing that because I accessed repentance and did the repentance process. He really doesn't look at that anymore. So, why should I? I will not because I am loved. As, I know, I feel remorse for my PAST actions and sins, feel the peace, comfort, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, and the ability to forgive others and myself and keep trying and pushing through my trials because my Elder Brother did it before me, it's because the Atonement makes a HUGE difference in our lives. GREAT book and a GREAT read!