The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs,” by S. Michael Wilcox

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The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs
by S. Michael Wilcox 


Our earliest scripture tells the story of those who thought they could build a structure high enough to get to heaven, and of the consequences of that mistaken belief. In contrast, the prophet Jacob dreamed of a ladder sent down from heaven by God, with rungs—steps—that we could ascend to return to Him. In The Way Back to Heaven: The Parable of the Crystal Stairs, award-winning author S. Michael Wilcox helps us discern the "stairs of man" from the "stairs of God." Using the metaphor of a beautiful crystal stairway, he shows us the difference between a focus on "being and becoming" and "believing and doing" in our life's journey. While we may think we know the steps we'll need to take, the author suggests some unexpected—even counterintuitive—yet essential stairs each of us will encounter as we make our way back to our Father in Heaven.

About the author:

S. Michael Wilcox received his PhD from the University of Colorado and taught for many years at the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He has spoken to packed crowds at BYU Education Week and has hosted tours to the Holy Land and to Church history sites. He has served in a variety of callings, including as bishop and counselor in a stake presidency. He has written many articles and books, including House of Glory, Sunset, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, and Finding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.

In my opinion:

I am reviewing “The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs,” by S. Michael Wilcox. Since I personally love parables, I naturally liked the author’s presentation of the way back to our Heavenly Father compared to a staircase. The “staircase” is provided through our Father’s plan of happiness and the Savior’s atonement and sacrifice. I enjoyed the example of the Stair builder, that we can make it up that staircase and go back into the presence of our Heavenly Father. Wilcox included several experiences (personal and spiritual) to highlight his points. I appreciated his personal stories. This book enabled me to think of gospel principles and was easy to relate to through the parables. I recommend this book.  
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