Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alma the Younger by H. B. Moore

A book review by Keith N Fisher

When Heather Moore announced the release of her new book. I jumped at the chance to do a review. Alma the Younger from the Book of Mormon is one of my personal heroes and I couldn’t wait to see how Heather painted his picture.

How would you fictionalize the account of this ancient prophet? Let me just say, I was pleased. In the preface, the author made some very good points about the man and what he was doing with the Son’s of King Mosiah. She said, I was struck with the idea that Alma the Younger was no rebellious teenager, playing pranks, or skipping Sabbath meetings to go fishing or hunting . . . we might ask why the Lord saw fit to send an angel to intervene in Alma the Younger’s behalf? Yes, his father and many others had been praying and fasting for him . . . but there are many parents who pray for their errant children . . .

She goes on to speculate that Alma the Younger’s actions must have had the potential to destroy an entire nation.

The scriptural references are Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26-27 and Alma 36. The story leaves the reader with the sense that Christ’s atonement is real and is meant for everyone. The only criticism I would have is in the depiction of the time Alma was racked with torment because of his sins. I felt there was more to be said. Instead, I was left feeling Alma received a slap on the wrist for his sins.

Just as we can’t comprehend the anguish Jesus went through for us, I believe Alma went through so much more than was shown.

Other than that, I felt my hero was represented perfectly. Alma the Younger is a wonderful story, and I recommend it to everyone. You can get your copy at the usual places on the Internet or in stores. Published by Covenant Communications, this book is a good read.


Heather B. Moore said...

Keith, thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I can't wait to read it - Heather's books always fascinate me.