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Publisher's Summary

Latter-day Saints have a unique insight into the real meaning of the atonement of Jesus Christ, thanks to The Book of Mormon.

The key beginning place for understanding the Atonement is in Alma 34. Here, Amulek is teaching about sin and repentance, and the need for a great and last atoning sacrifice. Amulek then makes this alarming comment in verse 11: "Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another."

It's a startling comment that flies in the face of traditional Christian understanding about the atonement. If no man can shed his blood to atone for the sins of another, then what exactly did Jesus do? Did he not shed his blood for all of us? How do we reconcile these two conflicting ideas?

As a young missionary serving in England in 1930, W. Cleon Skousen had a lot of questions about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Every Easter, young Cleon would listen to the story of the suffering the Savior had to endure and wondered why all of that torture on a Roman cross was necessary.

Some years later he arrived in the mission field at age 17 with the same questions still stirring in his heart and mind. And then one evening, Elder Skousen found himself riding the train with his mission president, Elder John A. Widtsoe, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Skousen decided to ask this Apostle for help in understanding the Atonement.

From that encounter began a lifelong pursuit for knowledge that eventually resolved all conflicts and questions about the sacrifice of Jesus, and uncovered the true foundation stone for his atoning sacrifice.

The Atonement relates W. Cleon Skousen's search for understanding, and how a kind and patient Apostle of the Lord led him step by step into realms of discovery and insight that were almost lost to generations of Latter-day Saints.

W. Cleon Skousen includes all of the source materials for his delightful and moving presentation, and shares them happily for those with a desire to embark on the same sacred journey. It is a wonderful, beautiful, and very personal search for the true meaning of the Atonement, by W. Cleon Skousen.

©2012 C&J Investments (P)2013 C&J Investments

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Great booklet read poorly.

What did you love best about The Atonement?

The teachings in this booklet are amazing and the spirit testifies of their truthfulness.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tim McConnehey’s performances?

I don't know if it was the reader or the editor, but the performance seemed to me to be very poor. The reader read very quickly as if he couldn't wait to get to the end. It seemed there were no pauses at the end of paragraphs and new sections were begun almost before the last section ended. It almost seemed like it had to be read fast enough that it could all be recorded on one side of a 45 minute cassette tape.

Any additional comments?

Buy the booklet and read that instead of listening to this on audio. At the very least buy the booklet and read along while you listen. Then you will have time to study it and also have all of the references at hand as well.

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The Atonement in a Loving Way

What made the experience of listening to The Atonement the most enjoyable?

I learned more about the atonement that just Jesus died for us. I learned the atonement is about hope and love. I have listened to this several times as it is packed with good information.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was more of an information book so there are not really any characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire audiobook.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It really made me think more about the atonement. It helped me to get over a few hurdles that I had with the atonement.

Any additional comments?

Everyone wondering about the atonement should listen to this book.

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The Atonement!!!

Well done very insightful. Something that needs to be studied and reviewed. Probably starting with the teachings of Amulek in the Book of Mormon.

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Loved it so much that I read it twice!

A recommended read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, including it's narration. I was clear, concise and well represented. I found it enlightening in that it discussed elements of the Atonement, which were new to me, but with perfect clarity.

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Very instructive

Good narrator. He had Lord of new ideas regarding the atonement of Christ. I agree with 98% of what was taught.

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  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 06-27-17

Understanding the Atonement

I knew of W. Cleon Skousen but never read or study his work. I understand that this work is not one endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but it does use doctrines as its bases and relied upon testimony of an Apostle of Jesus Christ . It is a short listen but interesting and might answer a question or two if someone is struggling with the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

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Love it.

An excellent listen for anyone looking for further light and knowledge regarding the Savior's atonement.

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  • Heather
  • PLEASANT GROVE, UT, United States
  • 07-07-16

Fascinating thoughts!

I never looked at it this way before. It makes sense. Excellent talk with deep gospel meanings.

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Phenomenal writing!

Everything we experience points vividly to Jesus Christ and the atonement. These are the critical principles upon which every other blessing relies!

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Cause to Think

Would you listen to The Atonement again? Why?

Yes, so much information.

What other book might you compare The Atonement to and why?

There are many, each brings a different insight to the topic

What about Tim McConnehey’s performance did you like?

Timit did a great job!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Made me stop and think.

Any additional comments?

Not a book to listen to all at one time. Great book to gather insight from.