The Enoch Letters

The Enoch Letters Neal A. Maxwell
  • Title: The Enoch Letters
  • Author: Neal A. Maxwell
  • ISBN: 9781590386477
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Enoch Letters Neal A. Maxwell The Enoch Letters In the tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis comes this fascinating work of historical fiction from the mind of Elder Neal A Maxwell Readers of the scriptures have long marveled at the accou
    In the tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis comes this fascinating work of historical fiction from the mind of Elder Neal A Maxwell Readers of the scriptures have long marveled at the account of the city of Enoch and its translation What was their society like Suppose ancient records had been kept and were made available to us today What lessons might theIn the tradition of The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis comes this fascinating work of historical fiction from the mind of Elder Neal A Maxwell Readers of the scriptures have long marveled at the account of the city of Enoch and its translation What was their society like Suppose ancient records had been kept and were made available to us today What lessons might they contain Elder Neal A Maxwell tells the story of Enoch s ministry and the glory of his Christ centered society through the eyes of a man called Mahijah, who urges his friend Omner to move to Zion before it s too late Mahijah s imaginary letters provide a vivid portrayal of life in the city of Enoch, whose inhabitants the Lord called Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness Moses 7 18 Previously published under the title Of One Heart.
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    About Neal A. Maxwell


    1. Neal A Maxwell was well known as an Apostle, author, administrator, and educator A graduate of the University of Utah, he was the Commissioner of Education for the Church Educational System for six years He also held a variety of administrative and teaching positions at the University of Utah, including that of executive vice president.In 1974 Elder Maxwell was called as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve From 1976 to 1981 he served as member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and in 1981 was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Maxwell has written numerous books on Latter day Saint themes, including If Thou Endure It Well Lord, Increase Our Faith That Ye May Believe and Not My Will, But Thine He and his wife, Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, had four children.Elder Maxwell died July 21, 2004.


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    1. Another audiobook and quick listen as I was driving kids to school and running errands I love Neal A Maxwell s words Such a great speaker Very gentle and loving I grew up listening to him speak a couple times a year and always loved his messages For those of you who have read an enjoyed The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis, this is written in a very similar fashion To be honest, I tried reading the Screwtape Letters I just couldn t do it I don t think it was about the book itself, I think it was I [...]

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    2. This wasn t a bad book, but I think my expectations were too high I ve always been a fan of Neal, and his style naturally comes through Unfortunately, the content is generally scriptural phrases and Correlation type ideas There were a few choice passages and insights, but it was mostly cliche.I was hoping for a Mormon Screwtape Letters, but I think part of the genius of that book was that the perspective was opposite almost all other religious writing Neal flips that perspective one time a citi [...]

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    3. This was a cute little read I wanted to absorb in conjunction with my Sunday reading and leisure The story felt like a beautiful blend of C.S Lewis and Eli Wiesel Though it is short and rudimentary in its principles, the story has a way of evoking new thoughts and deep insights As many great stories do, this was able to conclude in a succinct and fulfilling way that wasn t overly predictable or annoyingly cliche.

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    4. Amazing Elder Maxwell writes a fictional account in the form of letters describing the City of Enoch and how the people become purified over time Although it is fictional, I think it has amazing insight on what is required to move towards perfection This is one of my all time favorites.

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    5. The thing I enjoyed about this book is that it made me think about what it would really take to be a Zion people It made me realize how far that I have to go, but I feel like it gave me some direction and it was motivating rather than discouraging.

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    6. Great book quick read I loved Elder Maxwell s creativity

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    7. I read this a couple years ago for a book club and enjoyed reading it It was not what I expected it to be but a good book to read by an apostle of God.

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    8. absolutely loved this I plan on rereading it soon.

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    9. This is a thought provoking book by Elder Neal A Maxwell He teaches about Enoch and the city of Zion that was taken up to heaven through fictional letters from someone who lived in the city to a friend outside It s remarkable to think of a truly Christ centered society that existed in a perilous world There is much that we can learn from these people and how they lived The principles they lived by should be our focus today, too The principles taught are not fictional They are real and enduring a [...]

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    10. I really enjoyed the Enoch Letters Elder Maxwell weaves scripture, doctrine, and truth together into the story of a man experiencing Enoch s preaching and building of a city I recognized a lot of the references, but I enjoyed how they were put together into a semi fictionalized story to provide new insights Short but sweet.

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    11. Really cool, fascinating book A Screwtape Letters esque perspective of what it would have been like to experience Enoch s preaching, concert and become a part of his city as you prepare to become part of heaven A really, really fun, short read.

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    12. This book is poignant when read immediately following or concurrently with The Screwtape Letters.

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    13. This was pretty interesting There wasn t anything new doctrinally, but there were a couple of things that made me think about what it may have been like to live in the City of Enoch.

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    14. Reading challenge 2018 A book I could read in a day I really enjoyed this book It was very easy to get into and was a quick read It was a pick me up for my soul as I read about ways to come closer to God as I associate with my fellow men I liked the format of writing letters back and forth as Mahijah tries to convince his friend Omner of a higher way of living The end of the book is filled with hope that we can progress toward God.

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    15. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S Lewis gave us a devil s view of how humans operate, and thus gave us invaluable light to better evaluate our own desires and choices In The Enoch Letters, Neal A Maxwell, the late Mormon apostle, gives us a convert s view of how Enoch made Zion Enoch was a prophet mentioned in Genesis 5 21 25 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters And all the day [...]

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    16. This a four star book that I think will become a five star book after another reading It s like The Screwtape Letters in that it s packed with so much food for thought that one reading is insufficient to get it all Except this one is even better because it was written by an apostle of Jesus Christ Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this book A man who is too busy to notice a neighbor also has no time to smell the flowers Smallness of soul keeps us from contemplating both bird and brother, [...]

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    17. Every year for Christmas my parents in law send all of their children a book to read The Enoch Letters was the book for last Christmas It s a product of Neal A Maxwell s thoughts imaginary communications from a man within the City of Enoch to his friend who does not live in the city and who has not accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ or the prophet Enoch There are some interesting and thought provoking passages about what it would be like to live in a society where everyone works for the common [...]

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    18. I read this several years ago, when it was titled OF ONE HEART, and it was good to read it again It s a series of letters from one of the people who becomes a follower of the Enoch of the Old Testament, writing to his friend who lives outside the City of Enoch, urging him to come join Enoch s people and telling him about life in the City.Neal A Maxwell based the letters on what we LDS believe about the nature of life in the City of Enoch, and the book has a lot to say about how people can live t [...]

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    19. Reading Elder Maxwell s biography has made me want to read some of his works, although I ve been a bit nervous to try one thinking it might be way over my head This book was fantastic though and not at all over my head The fact that it was a historical fiction of sorts made it a little easier to read I think However, it being fiction didn t make it any less powerful It was thought provoking and had so much insight, not only on the City of Enoch or Zion but on the entire gospel and plan of salvat [...]

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    20. This is a good book, although it was difficult for me to read because it is all letters This style is not typical of the author I didn t like the ending, but I enjoyed it because it was an easy read and it is really short Another reason why I didn t like this book is because the author has to make many assumptions about the City of Enoch because we have very little information on it Although I do feel like the author is an authority on the subject, I still have a hard time with historical fictio [...]

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    21. I started this because I was waiting for someone to arrive and it was the only thing available as a distraction It is okay I was intrigued by the premise of the story uncovered letters from a man who joined the city of Enoch, the same city that eventually achieved Zion and was taken up to live with God The letters, of course, are not real The man who is writing the letters is based on a name mentioned in the Pearl of Great Price I think my biggest problem with this book is it took too long to ge [...]

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    22. Such a enticing read to learn of the great City of Enoch which was translated to heaven through the obedience, sacrifice and purity of it s people In our own pursuit of Heaven this book marks many of the Godly attributes that we can master to feel his love for not only us, but for others It is through the letters of two friends on opposite sides of a boundary city wall being the City of Enoch One friend struggles to convince the other away from the prophet Enoch and his city While the friend fr [...]

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    23. Following the same format as C S Lewis used in The Screwtape Letters that being a collection of fictional letters featuring only one side of the correspondence this book gives a clear and doctrinal view of what it takes to create a society so righteous that God would remove it from the earth Although there is no new doctrine presented, in fact you ll recognize where the bulk of his concepts and prhases oiginated if not be able to quote chaper and verse of the source , the juxtaposition of some o [...]

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    24. I miss Elder Maxwell, though I was hesitant to read this book Yes, I liked the ending, but I can t help thinking that this book felt like an extended General Conference talk Lots of great stuff to take notes on, but I miss a good story teller like Orson Scott Card who allows you to find the Principles yourself Instead, the narrator was doing that for you I would have liked to see detail on how extra money is put to work The sense was that it was given to the poor, but I know the church doesn t [...]

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    25. I really liked this book The whole thing was an obvious allusion to C.S Lewis s The Screwtape Letters and can easily be seen as that book s foil Just as The Screwtape Letters edify you on the ways of the cunning devils, this book tries to elevate you to the planes of angels It maps out what each individual must do in order to find happiness in this life and confidence in the next I thought it was a well executed story that grabs the attention of the reader fast and leaves them satisfied at its e [...]

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    26. I loved this book It is a short faster read, although it took me awhile because it partly took the place of my scripture study, so I spent a lot of time on each chapter letter I really loved how simple the messages were first to love the lord thy god, and second to love thy neighbor as thyself it made me think a lot about love and friendship and simple acts of charity i was also able to relate a lot of the messages to parenthood, probably because those are the kinds of things that are on my mind [...]

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    27. Neal A Maxwell never disappoints A few favorite quotes How oft the ignorance of men causes them to spend themselves in sulking instead of seeking The divisions among the men but mirror the divisions within each man Only when the war within each man has first ended can there be real peace Perhaps the worst curse that finally falls upon those who are hard of heart and who fight against God is the curse of being consigned to be with each other Evil always seeks company, for it cannot be by itself a [...]

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    28. Favorite ideas quotes Rules are useful, as you say, but these must merely mark where the borders of conscience end Repentance takes care of the past, faith the future, and the Holy Ghost helps us with today Things are not imposed upon us We do things out of devotion, not docility Even something as small as a man s thumb, when held very near the eye, can blind him to the very large sunBlindness is brought upon the man by himself When we draw other things too close, placing them first, we obscure [...]

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    29. James again Great read so far I have actually started and stopped this book over and over again because in the forward Elder Maxwell request you study the book of Moses first before you read his book He ask this so you can learn about the city of Zion This book is kinda of a twist like Screwtape letters but instead letters our being written from Enoch in the city of Zion to a younger man trying to increase his discipleship The parts that I have read so far are great it is very deep and makes yo [...]

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