"THE CONTRITE SPIRIT: How the Temple Helps Us Apply Christ's Atonement," by Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, Deseret Book, $25.99, 270 pages (nf)
Bruce C. Hafen and his wife Marie K. Hafen met in 1963 in a BYU religion class called "Your Religious Problems."
The couple said they solved their "main religious problem" by eventually getting married. Those original conversations also led them to collaborate on a book several decades later titled "The Contrite Spirit: How the Temple Helps Us Apply Christ's Atonement."
"We continue talking about the gospel and the scriptures as the primary perspective and motivation for nearly every aspect of our lives," the co-authors wrote in the book's preface.
In "The Contrite Spirit," the Hafens make connections between Christ's Atonement and temple ordinances. The book can also be traced back to a volume Elder Hafen wrote 26 years ago, titled "The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life's Experiences."
"That book tried in an introductory way to explore how the Atonement of Jesus Christ applies to the many human experiences that cause us to be, or to feel, separated from God," the couple wrote in the preface.
"The Contrite Spirit" is divided into two parts. The first, "He Prepared the Way for Us," offers a road map for clarifying some doctrinal perspectives on the Savior's Atonement and on the temple.
The second part discusses the individual journey of engaging Christ's Atonement by illustrating some of the ways in which the teachings of the temple ordinances and blessings of the Atonement can work together to help a person grow to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
Elder Hafen served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1996 until he received emeritus status in 2010. He also served as president of BYU-Idaho and has authored several books.
Sister Hafen has also authored several books and served as a general Relief Society curriculum writer, on the Young Women general board and on the Deseret News board of directors.
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