Book review: ‘The Temple Experience’ encourages soul-searching
"THE TEMPLE EXPERIENCE: Passage to Healing and Holiness," by Wendy Ulrich, Cedar Fort, $26.99, 272 pages (nf)
Author Wendy Ulrich asks probing questions that relate to temple ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her book, “The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness.”
Although Ulrich answers many of those questions herself, she lets other queries remain unanswered to encourage personal contemplation.
She doesn't focus on the doctrine, but rather shares many personal experiences and thoughts from her own life and those she has helped in her professional occupation as a psychologist.
Ulrich delves into basic principles as love, charity, faith and prayer. Obviously a deep thinker, she encourages readers to probe their own behaviors and beliefs to see if they correlate with the doctrines taught and covenants made in the temple. Throughout "The Temple Experience," Ulrich believes in depth, rather than breadth, in every topic she approaches.
How the sins of past generations can affect individuals now and how mental healing can be found in the temple is one subject Ulrich focuses on. Later, in the appendix, she acknowledges the temple can be a difficult place for some, including those who may have been abused, and then gives ideas for how their feelings of trepidation can turn to peace when they habitually visit the house of the Lord.
While “The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness” doesn't delve into deeper doctrines of the temple, it is geared toward those who enjoy questioning their own motives and undergoing soul-searching.
While Ulrich focuses on subjects taught in Mormon temples and it geared for those who have made temple covenants, her book can be easily read by those who have never entered temple doors. With clean language and uplifting thoughts, because of the depth topics are explored, this book is geared towards adults.
Ulrich is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth. She has a doctorate degree and an MBA. She and her husband are the parents of three children and reside in Alpine, Utah. She is a member of the LDS Church and is a frequent speaker at Time Out For Women.
Elizabeth Reid has bachelor degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. She blogs at gelatoandchocolate.blogspot.com.
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