"TWELVE STONES TO REMEMBER HIM: Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis,” by Teresa Hirst, Walnut Springs Press, $17.99, 171 pages (nf)
In “Twelve Stones to Remember Him: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis,” author Teresa Hirst addresses a topic that is both a timely and sensitive issue for many: financial difficulty in a bad economy.
During a time when many unexpectedly find themselves without employment, the Old Testament story of Israel crossing the Jordan River and then creating a memorial of 12 stones to remember God’s hand in their lives inspired the author to write this book.
“I saw a parallel to our time, a time in which we were crossing the Great Recession,” Hirst writes in the book’s introduction. “Could a memorial of our own help?”
In additional to sharing her own experiences, Hirst shares insights and experiences from 12 other individuals she interviewed to discover how they answered the question: “How do we cope with faith in financial difficulty?” The answers are varied, but all are uplifting and faith promoting.
The book is divided into six sections titled: "What Mean These Stones?" “Memorials of Our Trust in God," "Memorials of Joy in His Blessings," "Memorials for Our Children," "Memorials of the Power of God in Our Lives" and "Building Our Own Spiritual Memorials." Each section offers of examples of experiences that focus on attributes that include faith, humility, obedience, endurance, thrift and industry.
Instead of telling the story of each of the families she interviewed completely in its own section, Hirst has chosen to use examples from each family’s experience topically. Occasionally, this makes it difficult to keep track of which family’s story is being referenced.
Overall, the book offers hope and assurance to those experiencing difficult economic times that they are not alone. In addition, it offers excellent ideas for preparing for those hard times.
Hirst, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. Her blog is at www.teresahirst.com.
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.