Deseret Book's top-selling books, CD's, movies and audio albums for the week of July 30-Aug. 3.

"Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith," Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce

Category: Books
Rank: 1

A collection of minutes from the original Nauvoo Relief Society, with personal essays from Dew and Pearce.

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"Forget Me Not," Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Category: Books
Rank: 2

The newest book from President Uchtdorf helps women remember they are not forgotten.

Inspired by the five petals of the tiny forget-me-not flower, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us of five things we will be wise to never forget:

To be patient with ourselves

To distinguish between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice

To be happy now
To focus on the “why” of the gospel

To know that the Lord loves each of us infinitely.

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"Let It Go," Chris Williams

Category: Books
Rank: 3

The true story of unforgettable tragedy and forgiveness.

On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, both faced a drastically different—and uncertain—future. But as Chris Williams sat in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.

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"Mormons: An Open Book," Anthony Sweat

Category: Books
Rank: 4

Written from the perspective of those who know and live the religion, the pages of Mormons: An Open Book invite you to come in, learn about, and better understand a growing body of faith in American and across the world: Mormonism.

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"Come to Zion: The Winds and the Waves," Dean Hughes

Category: Books
Rank: 5

The first in a new series from Dean Hughes:

Will Lewis is stuck. the class system in England in the 1840s seems destined to keep him in his place as a poor tenant farmer who cannot improve his lot and will never be able to marry the woman he loves. But the "new religion" that is sweeping through congregations of the United Brethren, Will's church, may hold the key to the better life he longs for. As he listens to the preaching of Wilford Woodruff, he almost dares to hope for the Zion the young Apostle describes.

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"Falling to Heaven," James Ferrell

Category: Books
Rank: 6

"Falling to Heaven" is an account of a gospel that's specifically designed to change our minds and transform our hearts. It is an account of the truths of Christ that really do set us free.

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"Jacob's Journal of Doom," Kenneth Pike and Isaac Stewart

Category: Books
Rank: 7

It's not easy being eleven. Just ask Jacob Young. He has big plans to create the best video game ever, but between church, Scouts, and his family, Jacob is having a tough time.

Things are rough at school, too. The Beast bullies Jacob at lunch, and Jenny Hayes calls him a baby in front of everyone.

It's a good thing Jacob still has his best friend, Eric, by his side. But would they still be friends if Jacob invited Eric to Scouts? Or even to church?

Jacob's Journal of Doom records the ups and downs of Jacob's life&the good, the bad, and the hilarious.

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Related: Book review: 'Jacob's Journal of Doom: Confessions of an Almost-Deacon' just right for LDS readers

"Life Rocks! How Firm is Your Foundation?" John Bytheway

Category: Books
Rank: 8

John Bytheway talks about the basic principles every person needs as a foundation:

Yes, life is a great adventure, but it's also a great challenge. And the weather forecast for the latter days is grim: hail, mighty winds, and shafts in the whirlwind.

Question: Where are you going to build your foundation? Answer: Life Rocks.

In these pages, you'll learn where to build your life so that, in tough times or easy times, rain or shine, you can stand up and shout, “Life Rocks!”

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"What's On the Other Side: What the Gospel Teaches Us About the Spirit World," Brent L. Top

Category: Books
Rank: 9

The Prophet Joseph Smith observed that death and the spirit world are subjects "we ought to study more than any other. . . . If we have claim on our Heavenly Father for anything, it is for knowledge on this important subject."

Brent Top, a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU, highlights the wealth of information the scriptures and latter-day prophets and apostles have provided to us about death and the spirit world—its location and conditions, the nature of departed spirits, and the work performed for and by those there. Removing much of the mystery and fear associated with dying, this book demonstrates that knowing what life will be like after death can help inspire us to live better lives here and now.

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"Increase in Learning," David A. Bednar

Category: Books
Rank: 10

An interactive book from Elder Bednar that will help readers answer life’s important questions.

Elder Bednar emphasizes concepts, patterns, and processes that invite each of us to act and learn fundamental truths for ourselves. Declaring that answers to our questions always are found in the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel, he provides a framework in this book for learning those doctrines and understanding with our hearts.

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"Begin," David Archuleta

Category: CDs
Rank: 1

Fans everywhere are anticipating the new release from vocal pop sensation David Archuleta. The new album, BEGIN, is packed with some of modern music's most moving songs.

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"Scripture Power," compilation

Category: CDs
Rank: 2

Contagiously fun and upbeat! Scripture Power brings your favorite children's songs to life in a way your kids will love! Dance along with your kids to these upbeat remixes of songs like "Scripture Power," "Nephi's Courage," and "Once There Was a Snowman." Perfect for listening on any day of the week, your kids will be begging you to listen to these fun songs with gospel messages again and again.

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"EFY 2012: Arise and Shine Forth"

Category: CDs
Rank: 3

These uplifting songs take a modern approach to both upbeat pop songs and slower, reverent tunes. The perfect gift for teens, missionaries, and even mom and dad.

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"Calling America," Alex Boyé

Category: CDs
Rank: 4

Famed vocalist Alex Boye delivers a potent collection of patriotic favorites including "America the Beautiful," "Amazing Grace," and "Shenandoah."

Recorded in Alex's unique style that has made him famous around the world, these songs will bring tears to your eyes and pride to your heart.

Also includes "Calling America," a stirring original track written by Alex after making the decision to become an American citizen.

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"Glory: Music of Rejoicing," Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Category: CDs
Rank: 5

Brass cadences and dramatic melodies fill the new release by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, "Glory! Music of Rejoicing," which song by song declares a message of exuberant praise and celebration. The music of many well-known artists, including John Williams, John Rutter and Gioachino Rossini, add to accomplish the title and concurrent mission of the CD, to rejoice.

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17 Miracles

Category: DVDs
Rank: 1

Though the basic story of the 1856 ill-fated Martin and Willie handcart companies is fairly well-known, a more personal perspective of the events and a more specific focus on miracles are what Christensen says separates his new movie "17 Miracles" apart from others.

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Forever Strong

Category: DVDs
Rank: 2

A troubled young rugby player is given the choice between jail or playing for a rival team coached by a man known for building not only championship teams, but championship boys. Based on a true story, Forever Strong offers stand up and cheer sports drama combined with the consequences of a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field.

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Mormon Messages

Category: DVDs
Rank: 3

Learn from the examples of others as you put the gospel in context with these real-life applications of eternal principles.

This tremendously popular online series is now available on DVD, giving you handy access to video tidbits that will enhance any setting, from family night to missionary moments to personal study.

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Unitards

Category: DVDs
Rank: 4

Lewis Grady just won the student-body elections at Skyline High School and Vice Principal Spooner has big plans for the goof-off high school senior.

Charged with the difficult challenge of bringing school spirit back to Skyline, Lewis teams up with his two odd-ball friends to change the school forever. And they have the perfect way to do it: a guys-only dance team called the Unitards.

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Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy

Category: DVDs
Rank: 5

Elizabeth Bennett is determined to ignore the frenzied dating scene in her college town. But when she meets Jack Wickham, a charming womanizer, and Darcy, a wealthy businessman, her resolve is put to the test.

This is a must-see modern retelling of everyone's favorite Jane Austen novel!

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"5 Scriptures that Will Motivate You to Action," John Bytheway

Category: Audio
Rank: 1

Stop hitting your spiritual snooze button!

Some people say that scripture reading puts them to sleep; others say it wakes them up. The scriptures are not passive. They tell us to get up, get going, and get to it. In his conversational way, John Bytheway, introduces to to five scriptures that can help us when we need a little motivation.

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"What's On the Other Side: What the Gospel Teaches Us About the Spirit World," Brent L. Top

Category: Audio
Rank: 2

The Prophet Joseph Smith observed that death and the spirit world are subjects "we ought to study more than any other. . . . If we have claim on our Heavenly Father for anything, it is for knowledge on this important subject."

Brent Top, a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU, highlights the wealth of information the scriptures and latter-day prophets and apostles have provided to us about death and the spirit world—its location and conditions, the nature of departed spirits, and the work performed for and by those there. Removing much of the mystery and fear associated with dying, this book demonstrates that knowing what life will be like after death can help inspire us to live better lives here and now.

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"For All Eternity," John L. Lund

Category: Audio
Rank: 3

Popular speaker, author, and marriage counselor, Dr. John L. Lund shares his wealth of knowledge, insight, and humor on the all-important topic of improving communication and strengthening marriage relationships. In this four-talk set you will laugh as you and your spouse see yourselves in Dr. Lund's descriptions of the differences between men and women and how we communicate.

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"Truman G. Madsen Collection"

Category: Audio
Rank: 4

For decades, Latter-day Saints were enlightened, instructed, and inspired by the messages and testimony of Truman G. Madsen. His talks planted the seeds of testimony in the hearts of thousands of Latter-day Saints, and deepened the testimonies of countless listeners. Now, for the first time, seven of his classic talks, most of which have been unavailable for many years, are gathered in one convenient CD collection. Your love of the gospel and for the Savior will be nurtured as you listen to the following talks from this beloved scholar and teacher.

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"Learning (Not Earning) Heave," Brad Wilcox

Category: Audio
Rank: 5

"Do you really believe you can earn your way to heaven?" Brad Wilcox answers, "Absolutely not! We are not paying our way into heaven. We are preparing for it."

Through simple yet powerful analogies and moving personal experiences, Brother Wilcox reminds us that the miracle of the Atonement is that not only can we be cleansed and consoled, but we can be transformed. Christ chose to become like us so that, through His grace, we can choose to become like Him. It's a lofty goal and a long and difficult process. When we get discouraged, it is easy to feel like giving up. But we can find renewed motivation when we feel God's love and power. Keep trying. Keep practicing. It will be worth it—not because we are earning a treasure in heaven, but because we are learning to treasure heavenly things.

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