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Book Review of Rise Today by Jason F. Wright
Have you ever felt sad, depressed, lonely, or down? Do you know anyone else who has? This short, sweet book is written for you. It’s an inspirational book meant for those who need hope in their lives. If it’s true that everyone is fighting their own battles, then this is kind of written for everyone.
Almost everyone gets the doldrums at some level, whether from heartache, despair, or simply feeling that life isn’t what they had planned. Author Jason F. Wright invites readers to rise above life’s challenges with a message of hope, offering specific counsel and advice he’s learned through personally striving to live a Christ-centered life and through worshipping with many different congregations across the United States.
My Book Review:
I love the messages in this book because they speak of hope and healing through Christ. He speaks of the resurrection of Christ and how we are able to rise from our current circumstances because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. I love the hope in this! Just knowing our Savior has risen and is always there for us can bring peace to our souls.
Wright gives more specific advice by highlighting a few things that bring him joy and hope. He speaks of the power of prayer and listening; the importance of reading God’s word; the peace that comes through listening to sacred music; the bond that can come when worshipping with others; and how service can draw you closer to God.
I relate to this because these practices have helped me in my life as well. The past six years have been a struggle for my family (this post relays some of what has occurred). When no one—no doctors or therapists or psychologists knew what to do to help my son, and when my daughter was severely struggling, the only person I could turn to was God. Miracles did not happen immediately, but they did happen. Prayer allows us to speak directly to God, to pour out our hearts and receive inspiration and love from Him.
Reading the scriptures brings power to my life. Learning from the prophets and apostles of old helps me stay grounded. It helps me feel God’s love, know of His plan, and find answers to my questions.
When I’m down, I love turning on inspiring music. Listening to hymns or to Christian music lightens my mood, calms me down, and speaks peace to my soul.
During Covid when we were not allowed to worship together in church, I realized how much I missed it. I missed seeing my friends. I missed singing together about the Savior and feeling the power of united praises to God. It was good to worship on my own and with my family, but I sure did miss the bond that comes from worshipping together.
I have seen the power of service change lives. There is something about forgetting about yourself for just a moment (or long moments) that allows you to recalibrate. To ground yourself. You’re able to better see your blessings and forget about your worries. When you put someone else’s needs first and yours second, for some reason it helps you pull yourself out of darkness. Mosiah 2:17 reads “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
This book is not long, but it is packed with messages of hope, love, and healing. If you are struggling, this book would be a great place to start your journey of healing. I think this book would also make a great gift for a friend or family member you know is sad, depressed, or in need of hope. The world could definitely use a little more hope right about now, don’t you think?
I just want to add that the author, Jason F. Wright, practices what he preaches. I follow him on Instagram, and he is such a great example of serving and loving others. He collects gift cards and hands them out to people in need. He shares the stories of the people he meets, and it’s so inspiring. He makes me want to do better and be better.
If you are struggling, read this book. But also, please reach out for help. My other website, Weakness to Strength, has many resources for learning about and improving mental health. Or reach out to a friend, family member, or professional that can help you. If you recognize someone else is suffering, please reach out to them and share your love with them. Let them know you are there. Together we can lift spirits, give comfort, and share hope.
Content Rating: G
- Profanity: None
- Intimacy: None
- Violence: None
Age Recommendation: Everyone
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.