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Book review: '10 Scriptures to Get You Through High School'

Published: Saturday, Sept. 15 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

"10 SCRIPTURES TO GET YOU THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL," by Shad Martin, Cedar Fort, $9.99, 101 pages (nf)

Knowing where to turn in the scriptures to help yourself and others with trials, temptation and instruction can be a powerful tool. With a specific focus on surviving high school by using the scriptures, Mormon author Shad Martin gives readers 10 scriptures to get through one of the most challenging times in life.

Where would you turn in the scriptures if a teenager says that the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are too restrictive or what scripture comes to mind if a youth tells you that God must not care about him because of the trials he faces?

Based on 10 questions like these, this useful book offers 10 known and lesser-known scriptures that give insight into understanding answers to life's tough questions.

Using a standard formula for each chapter of the book, Martin first introduces a scripture reference, a temptation that young men and women face, what is specifically written in the scriptures from the reference and finally he gives a lengthy section on stories and practical applications from his own life.

For example, chapter six introduces readers to Alma 29:1-3 and explains that this scripture can help youths who do not like themselves and wish they were somebody else. The specific scripture reads, "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God. … But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me."

The personal example section contains insight into why we are unique and blessed with different talents and abilities. The chapter concludes with a personal story from Martin about his daughter not receiving a speaking part in a school play but how she did her best in the role assigned.

The advice, scriptures, gospel concepts and personal stories contained in the book are engaging, helpful and inspirational. The book is an easy read, being printed on just over 100 pages. Each chapter lists the references used. Martin's style is simple to read and understand. The personal stories felt real and teenagers should relate easily with the examples. This is a solid book that will inspire readers to want to know the scriptures and overcome temptation.

Ryan Morgenegg is a multimedia specialist for the Deseret News.

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