Book Reviews

The Old Testament: understand it, love it!

DESERET NEWS MARCH 23, 2014

Rosemarie Howard — Val Greenwood’s new edition of “How Often I Would Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints,” is an easy-to-read guide through 229 Old Testament stories. “HOW OFTEN I WOULD HAVE GATHERED YOU: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints,” 2nd edition, by Val D. Greenwood, Edenwood Press, $19.95, 378 pages (nf) “How Often I Would Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints,” by...

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MERIDIAN MAGAZINE JANUARY 2014

Janet Peterson— For the year 2014, the Gospel Doctrine course of study is The Old Testament—perhaps the least noticed and read of the four standard works. Its length and difficulty are sometimes daunting. This coming year gives each of us Church members, whether we attend Gospel Doctrine class or are fulfilling other callings during the Sunday School hour, a wonderful opportunity to delve into, study, discuss, and become better students of the Old Testament. By so doing we can strengthen our testimonies of God the Father; Jesus...

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ASSOCIATION FOR MORMON LETTERS (AML) December 2013

Reviewed by Tabb Clements– …. In looking over the various study aids to assist students during this year’s study of the Old Testament, I can use one hand to count the new items available and even then I would NOT need to use all the fingers on that one hand!  “How Often Would I Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources For Latter-day Saints–Enhanced 2nd Edition” is a welcomed addition to this list!   Author Val D. Greenwood has taken his 2007 edition and has made several changes....

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DESERT SAINTS MAGAZINE

Val Greenwood’s How Often Would I Have Gathered You captures the essence of these wonderful Old Testament messages. His easy style brings the Old Testament to life without embellishing the stories and without fictionalizing the message. . . [The] stories are clear, cogent, and true to their sources.   The Old Testament: understand it, love it!

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DESERET NEWS

Dennis Lythgoe — The author has carefully gathered stories from the Old Testament that share the familiar theme of the title—then he has summarized those stories so that they can be quickly called to mind.   The Old Testament: understand it, love it!

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BYU MAGAZINE, “BOOK NOOK”, SUMMER 2010

Richard Cracroft — In How Often Would I Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints (Edenwood Press; 380 pp.; $29.95), Val D. Greenwood (BS ’62) tells familiar Bible stories masterfully in a simple, straightforward style free of fictionalizing and embellishment and consistent with the Latter-day Saint perspective. Basing the stories on the King James Version, but with modernized language, he arranges them in chronological sequence, beginning with the Grand Council in Heaven (drawn from the...

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MERIDIAN MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 10, 2009

Janet Peterson — Come January 3, 2010, the first Sunday of the new year, gospel doctrine classes worldwide will rotate the yearly course of study from the Doctrine and Covenants to the Old Testament. Perhaps this change will be accompanied by a few moans and groans. After all, the Old Testament is rather lengthy–and is often difficult to read and understand. Perhaps it may not be your favorite of the standard works. As a prelude to the mission of the Savior and another testament of His divinity, the Old Testament is indeed a great canon...

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ASSOCIATION FOR MORMON LETTERS (AML) MARCH 2007

Jeffrey Needle — A recent “B.C.” cartoon strip made its way across the internet recently. A worm is spitting out a dust ball and his friend, a pre-historic bird of some sort says, “Yuck! A dust ball! How disgusting.” The worm responds, “How can you treat a fellow creature with such disdain?” The bird answers, “I read the Old Testament, buddy.” Indeed, it seems to some readers that the Old Testament is filled with all kinds of loathsome things — murder, incest, prostitution. Reading through this sacred testament can be something of a...

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