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The Infinite Atonement by [Callister, Tad R.]
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No doctrine is more central to the message of the restored gospel or to our individual happiness than the infinite and eternal Atonement of Jesus Christ. In this clearly written and powerfully moving book, Tad Callister focuses on the infinite power, coverage, and depth of the Atonement, and how the most profound blessings of the gospel are eternally linked to it. The Savior experienced infinite suffering as he brought the Atonement to pass, but because of the Atonement we are capable of experiencing the blessings of the resurrection and exaltation, of repentance, of freedom, of peace of mind, and of the healing of the Savior's infinite love.

The Infinite Atonement is an outstanding book that can be read from cover to cover or used as a reference to study selected aspects of the Atonement. It is destined to become a classic.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (Dec 18 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031BVJ7I
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By A Customer on Jan. 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Callister gives us a thoughtful and lyrical view of the most important event in human history. The book is well-written and easy to understand. What I especially appreciate, however, is Mr. Callister's sensitive, obviously hard-won personal testimony of Jesus Christ. His conclusions come from years of perceptive living combined with a conscious effort to understand what it means to be redeemed. I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best efforts by any Latter-day Saint. Perhaps some of the doctrine is not familiar to people of different faiths. That does invalidate the thought and beautiful testimony of the writer.
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I picked up this book hoping for an explanation of how the Christian Atonement could work--why there was necessarily an eternal law of justice that needed to be satisfied in some way rather than being repealed or even ignored. I hoped for some hint of the physical mechanism by which such an Atonement could enable a physical resurrection. I did not find these answers. The author himself admits that we do not have them. "We know that in some way incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied the demands of justice." (p. 299).

I did find an exhaustive discussion of what we know about the Atonement from scriptural sources. The book begins with an effectively-written description of the relationship between the Fall and the Atonement, summarized in a table on page 50. It then turns to the far-reaching effects of the Atonement for Christ's followers, the rest of humanity, and the whole of the physical world.

Tad Callister's central messages are summarized in Chapter 8: "The Infinite Nature of the Atonement." Take a few minutes and read its three pages closely to help you decide if now is the time for you to read the rest of this book. In it, the author summarizes those aspects of the atonement he will describe at length in the following chapters. "The Atonement seems infinite...for at least the following eight reasons, as further discussed in chapters 9 to 23...

- First...it is infinite in the divineness of the one sacrificed...
- Second, it is infinite in power...
- Third, the Atonement is infinite in time...
- Fourth, it is infinite in coverage...
- Fifth, it is infinite in depth...
- Sixth, it is infinite in the degree of suffering endured by the Redeemer...
- Seventh, it is infinite in love...
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This is by far the best book I have ever read regarding the Atonement. Tad Callister's fluid writing style reminds me a lot of Elder Maxwell's. If you don't own a copy of this book, get one now. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. I hope to see some more books from this same author in the future.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3530a8) out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read on the subject Oct. 10 2005
By USAF Veteran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I rarely rate religious books this highly - mostly because I lose interest faster than I should. (I guess my loss of interest says more about me than the subject matter.) I took just under 6 months to read this book, ponder its meaning, and research scriptural and other sources to see if it is correct in its teachings. And after spending a lifetime as a follower and admirer of the carpenter from Nazareth who is the Son of God, I can only say that this book did more for my understanding of the doctrine of the Atonement than any other book short of scripture.

The writing is clear and concise. The author has obviously distilled the study of a lifetime into this volume because it carries quotes from so many disparate sources that would have taken years to accumulate. From his background as a lawyer, the author is uniquely qualified to discuss justice, mercy and other related concepts. His main sources are scriptures - that is the Bible and also scriptures unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). C.S. Lewis and Joseph Smith are also two common sources.

The 300 pages of this book contain chapters on why an atonement is needed, what is the nature of the atonement, what it means, and how it was accomplished. The atonement is the central doctrine of Christianity and is so comprehensive and overwhelming in its scope that a guide such as this one is extrememly useful.

And besides the high intellectual content of this work, I found myself pondering over and over again the particularized question, "Considering what a failure I am, how is it possible that a Savior could care enough for me to suffer and die for me?"

I recommend this book highly to anyone.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3530fc) out of 5 stars Sensitive and Thoughtful Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Callister gives us a thoughtful and lyrical view of the most important event in human history. The book is well-written and easy to understand. What I especially appreciate, however, is Mr. Callister's sensitive, obviously hard-won personal testimony of Jesus Christ. His conclusions come from years of perceptive living combined with a conscious effort to understand what it means to be redeemed. I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best efforts by any Latter-day Saint. Perhaps some of the doctrine is not familiar to people of different faiths. That does invalidate the thought and beautiful testimony of the writer.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3532d0) out of 5 stars The Effects of Jesus Christ's Atonement June 7 2009
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I picked up this book hoping for an explanation of how the Christian Atonement could work--why there was necessarily an eternal law of justice that needed to be satisfied in some way rather than being repealed or even ignored. I hoped for some hint of the physical mechanism by which such an Atonement could enable a physical resurrection. I did not find these answers. The author himself admits that we do not have them. "We know that in some way incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied the demands of justice." (p. 299).

I did find an exhaustive discussion of what we know about the Atonement from scriptural sources. The book begins with an effectively-written description of the relationship between the Fall and the Atonement, summarized in a table on page 50. It then turns to the far-reaching effects of the Atonement for Christ's followers, the rest of humanity, and the whole of the physical world.

Tad Callister's central messages are summarized in Chapter 8: "The Infinite Nature of the Atonement." Take a few minutes and read its three pages closely to help you decide if now is the time for you to read the rest of this book. In it, the author summarizes those aspects of the atonement he will describe at length in the following chapters. "The Atonement seems infinite...for at least the following eight reasons, as further discussed in chapters 9 to 23...

- First...it is infinite in the divineness of the one sacrificed...
- Second, it is infinite in power...
- Third, the Atonement is infinite in time...
- Fourth, it is infinite in coverage...
- Fifth, it is infinite in depth...
- Sixth, it is infinite in the degree of suffering endured by the Redeemer...
- Seventh, it is infinite in love...
- Eightth, it is infinite in the blessings it bestows." (p. 59-60)

I personally recommend Chapter 18: "The Blessing of Peace of Mind," which describes the effects of repentance on the mind and troubled conscience of those who have been tormented by guilt. This chapter describes how the Atonement not only cleanses by brings consolation that we have put evil deeds and habits behind us. Later chapters explore additional effects of the Atonement, such as its power to motivate us in continuously correcting ourselves in this life and the promise and potential of exaltation in the next life.

This thorough and thoughtful explication of the atonement and its effects support's the author's assertion that "[t]he atonement is the central act of human history, the pivotal point in all time, the doctrine of doctrines." (p. ix). Satisfied readers will be well-prepared to read James Talmage's Jesus the Christ with a greater appreciation of the events of his life and their significance.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3531d4) out of 5 stars A STORY FOR ALL SEASONS Oct. 4 2003
By Kin Hylton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was written to be an expression of the author's love. It clearly presents the topic of the atonement in a thorough manner. If you desire to comprehend the topic, purchasing it is an essential step in the right direction. There may be doctrinal issues that will perplex those not of the same faith as the author, but every college student will recognize that this has never stopped them from studying other men's ideas. The atonement is expressed as the answer to the demands of justice, insomuch as it draws power from the principle of mercy and agency; and, I think it explains the words of Socrates spoken in Crito, "that not life, but a good life, is to be chiefly valued."
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e353918) out of 5 stars Magnificent Nov. 6 2000
By Edward Stilling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best book I have ever read regarding the Atonement. Tad Callister's fluid writing style reminds me a lot of Elder Maxwell's. If you don't own a copy of this book, get one now. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. I hope to see some more books from this same author in the future.