BYU-Idaho Top Books of 2013

Looking for a new book to read over the Christmas break? Well, being that it’s the end of the year and semester here, we thought a few of us would share our favorite reads we’ve had:
Title: Abraham Divided: An LDS Perspective on the Middle East
Author: Dr. Daniel C Peterson
This is a book written by a professor of Islamic Studies at Brigham Young University, Dr. Daniel C. Peterson. He explains the peoples, cultures, languages, religions, history, and politics of the ever-changing geographical “Middle East”. He highlights what would be interesting and relevant to the LDS community, and explains the history and presence of the Church there in ancient and modern times. It’s SUCH a good book, I am glad I have it! (Erik)
Title:Bowl of Souls (Series)
Author: Trevor Cooley
It is a four part installment on the story of Justan, Son of Faldon the Fierce, in his fight against the evil Ewzad Vriil. All of Justan’s life, he has dreamed of entering the Battle Academy to train to be a skilled and fearsome warrior just like his famed father, who sits on the Academy Council. However, he has to make some difficult choices that change his future after he finds out that he has a powerful well of magic inside him that needs to be controlled. In the age long war between the Prophet and the Dark Prophet, Justan has the ability to change the tide of the war and the future of Dremaldria. (Alex)
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
It’s about a utopian society and a people who felt it better to all live in “sameness”, basically eradicating all emotional depth from society, feeling no pain, sorrow, or even pure happiness. Along the story you follow a boy named Jonas who is chosen to be the person who “stores” all the past memories of emotion and pre-“sameness”ness and he discovers a life full of emotion and even true happiness. By the end I feel it awakens you to the rich possibilities of life. (Andrea)
Title: The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies
Author: David Thomson
Loved reading this book this year as I’ve recently gotten into older films as they’ve been restored. Love it because it’s not the boring history of films, but more of an explanation of their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. Any film fanatic will love this book! (Karen)
Title: No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War
Author: Hiroo Onoda
Accepting his last recon assignment to the Philippines, Lt. Hiroo Onoda soon became involved in what would be the longest and loneliest battle of WWII. For thirty years, Hiroo failed to recognize that WWII had ended with Japan’s defeat. Holding up in the mountains , Onoda skillfully outmaneuvered his pursuers and adapted to the elements in order to continue fighting for the cause he had given his life to. (Michael)

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