Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reviewed by Teri Graff, Staff Writer

Alma by H.B. Moore. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

H.B. Moore has done it again with 'Alma', the author of 'Abinadi'. He has brought these two prophets to life in a very readable, believable manner, leading me to actually study more about these men and the challenges they faced as they obeyed the very difficult as well as dangerous missions the Lord asked of them. I found the stories weaved throughout the book, 'Alma', almost breathtaking, allowing the reader to consider the reality these men faced of overwhelming odds as well as incredible blessings, as they put the welfare of those placed in their care above their own welfare, trusting in the Lord for their every need. 'Alma', one of the great prophets in the Book of Mormon, has always been one of my favorites to read about. But for the first time, I can also think of him in a more personal manner. He must have had soaring highs emotionally as well as the terrifying dangers to overcome, as he led those in his charge in defiance of King Noah. It is easy to fall in love with the characters of Helam, Alma’s brother, and the widow of Abinadi that Helam loves and finally wins. Along with the danger, the author weaves very real love stories in a tender sensitive manner, Helam and Raquel, Alma and Maia. I found the book difficult to put down and read it twice before I could put it back on the shelf.