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What's new: 'The Peter Potential' invites readers to discover possibilities

By Scott Livingston

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 4:04 p.m. MDT

"The Peter Potential: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live" is by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman.

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"THE PETER POTENTIAL: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live," by David Butler and Emily Freeman, Ensign Peak, $15.99, 120 pages (nf)

Encouraging readers to reach their divine potential is the central premise of co-authors David Butler and Emily Freeman’s recent book, “The Peter Potential: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live.”

“The Peter Potential” is built around several key moments in the life of Peter the Apostle, specifically his responses to invitations or questions presented to him by the Savior. Beginning with the Lord’s encouragement to “thrust out a little” (see Luke 5:3), the authors use several seemingly simple invitations to develop the theme of how the Savior can help each person to reach his or her own infinite potential.

Part of the beauty and impact of the book is found in its simplicity. Easily read in an hour or less, “The Peter Potential” is intended to be savored rather than merely skimmed. Accompanied by beautiful photography and inspiring quotations from the scriptures and other sources, the benefit of the book will be realized for readers who take time to ponder the included invitations and then consider how to act upon them.

Through the frequent use of thought questions and simple invitations, the authors, who are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have forged a unique and valuable way into the scriptures and into a person's heart. Readers looking for encouragement to press forward in faith will find much to appreciate in “The Peter Potential.” It is a quiet and gracious book that has the potential to change hearts.

Scott Livingston occasionally opines about the uphill climb of becoming a writer at facebook.com/sleye1stories

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