Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Living in the Eleventh Hour by Robert L. Millet

Just as the scriptures teach us that the Second Coming of the Lord will be "at midnight" (Matthew 25:6), so the signs of the times teach us that "midnight" is close at hand.

In Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet points our minds and hearts toward the future—to the glorious day that lies ahead. This encouraging work not only assists us a Latter-day Saints to recognize and better understand the signs of the times but also reminds us of our individual responsibilities as we prepare ourselves and the world for the much-anticipated return of Jesus Christ.

Filled with uplifting quotations from Church leaders, insightful scriptural texts, and engaging personal experiences, this timely book inspires us to live today as if He were coming tomorrow.

Brother Millet's faith-building message is clear: Steadfastly doing the small things that allow us to live each day with faith, rather than fear, builds our trust that the Savior's return to earth to rule and reign will be a glorious and welcome event.

My Review

I was a little apprehensive about this book as I've read some books on the Second Coming that focus on the horrible and terrifying events that will precede the glorious day. This book was nothing like that. The focus was on the positive things we can do to prepare and the ways we can protect and uplift ourselves, our families, and those around us. I loved how he taught about the parable of the ten virgins and explained that the wise virgins couldn't give their oil to the foolish virgins because they had acquired that oil drop by drop through righteous living. I'd heard that explanation before but he really brought it full circle back to our relationship with The Holy Ghost and how the little choices of prayer, scripture study, church attendance, service, etc. bring us closer to The Holy Ghost and our faith and knowledge are strengthened so we can make the righteous choices to stay on the right path, to stay safe, and to be ready to meet the Savior again.

This is an inspiring and uplifting book. It was also a fluid and easy read. I didn't feel overwhelmed or feel like I had to read passages over and over to understand them. It really hit me that the Gospel should be simple and straightforward and this book truly lives by that principle. I am very grateful for the insights and encouragement I discovered as I read and learned.

About the Author
Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.


  1. Thanks for the review! I too think the Gospel should be simple and straightforward, it makes it so easy to understand. I love that the book concentrates on the positive and not the horrors to come.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Vicki. I agree!


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