Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche edited and compiled by Tracie A. Lamb (2004)

yftlgThis is a really wonderful book; it’s another LDS work. I didn’t know who F. Enzio Busche was, but it turns out he’s an Emeritus General Authority.

So if you didn’t know who Elder Busche was, please don’t let that stop you. This book is lovely. It’s like having an emeritus GA take you aside personally, put his arm around you and share all his deepest insights with you.

Elder Busche grew up in Nazi Germany. I learned how completely Hitler’s propaganda hoodwinked the German people. The propaganda was all about serving families, God, Germany, and the world. Hitler took the desires the German people had for good and twisted them. Elder Busche thinks that this meant once the Germans realized what they’d fallen for, they were so disillusioned with anything preaching the greater good, and the necessity of being good people, that they didn’t have the heart to believe in sincere messages of that sort anymore. Very sad.

Elder Busche tells us about his conversion to the LDS faith, and truly, I feel like he’s an excellent mentor in how to really, truly communicate with the heavens. This is a memoir. It reads like one. And yet, in a lot of ways, it’s a how-to manual for developing true faith, in the way having a faithful mentor sharing their most sacred faith-growing experiences would. I learned a lot.

I read this on the recommendation of a friend, and I’m glad I did. I think I will share it with my husband, too.

I also read it for the history/biography category for Amy’s Up and Coming Classics Challenge 2017. Is it a classic? The verdict: Oh my, yes. This book. I am keeping this book forever. It’s exceptionally well done. But here’s the thing: it’s already an obscure book. Elder Busche is an emeritus General Authority, so by now most LDS church members don’t know who he his. In 2104, I doubt this book will be known by many. So, no, sadly, not a classic, even if I think it’s worthy of fame.

Jenna

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