A list of Deseret Book's top-selling products for Aug. 13-18.

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

Category: Books
Rank: 2

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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"Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen," Richard Paul Evans

Category: Books
Rank: 3

Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan have escaped from the Elgen Academy in Pasadena and are headed back to Idaho to plan their next move. But what's waiting for them there will change everything.

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Related: Cruel villain takes center stage in Evans’ ‘Michael Vey 2’

"Let It Go," Chris Williams

Category: Books
Rank: 4

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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Related: Father relies on faith to forgive intoxicated teen driver

"Forget Me Not," Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Category: Books
Rank: 5

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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Related: What's new: 'Forget Me Not' by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Mormons: An Open Book," Anthony Sweat

Category: Books
Rank: 6

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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"Increase in Learning," David A. Bednar

Category: Books
Rank: 7

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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Related: Elder Bednar's invitation to 'Increase in Learning'

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

Category: Books
Rank: 8

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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"Coming to Know Christ," Robert L. Millet

Category: Books
Rank: 9

Brother Millet's heartwarming reflections on what it means to worship Christ and to trust in Him and in His grace renew in us a desire to stay focused on our Savior through all the ups and downs of daily life. Insights into how much Christ loves us and how He can lift us up to where He is strengthen our commitments to Him.

Throughout, Brother Millet conveys his deep witness of the essential truth that eternal life consists of knowing God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

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Related: Robert Millet's latest book is 'Coming to Know Christ'

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

Category: Books
Rank: 10

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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"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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"Glory: Music of Rejoicing," Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Category: CDs
Rank: 3

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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Related: 'Glory!' new CD from Mormon Tabernacle Choir

"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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Related: Alex Boyé's 'Calling America' — a declaration of patriotism

"EFY 2012: Arise and Shine Forth"

Category: CDs
Rank: 5

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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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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Related: New movie '17 Miracles' highlights handcart miracles

Nephi and the Brass Plates and The Tree of Life

Category: DVDs
Rank: 2

Living Scriptures and Excel Entertainment are proud to present the twenty-five-year-anniversary edition of two of the most beloved Living Scripture videos of all time. Nephi and the Brass Plates and The Tree of Life have been digitally remastered to bring you the timeless animated stories and characters children and families have come to know. The scriptures come to life on these DVDs. With stunningly vivid colors and state-of-the-art technological enhancements, these two ageless classics will be enjoyed by families for years to come.

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Saints and Soldiers

Category: DVDs
Rank: 3

The small band of soldiers come across a stranded British intelligence officer with valuable information to be delivered to the Allied forces, further upping the stakes of their already dangerous situation.

With few weapons, no food and strained camaraderie, this tiny band must take on the unforgiving winter to fight their way back to Allied occupied territory.

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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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Related: Utah-produced movie 'Unitards' is a tribute to 'great kids'

Redemption

Category: DVDs
Rank: 5

A true story of conflict and compassion, Redemption follows the saga of Henry Heath, a lawman on the western frontier in 1862. After the grieving sheriff buries his only child, he learns that Jean Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant, has been robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Torn between duty, outrage, and guilt about his own past, Heath becomes Baptiste’s only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island where Baptiste has been exiled.

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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: 1

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

Category: Audio
Rank: 2

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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"Code Word," Traci Hunter Abramson

Category: Audio
Rank: 3

The media portrayed the military operation as a complete success, but Navy SEAL Jay Wellman wouldn't describe it that way. He was there. As he tries to come to terms with his role that fateful night, he notices something different about his teammates and wonders if there may be more to their beliefs than he first thought.

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"Five Temptation Killers," Hank Smith

Category: Audio
Rank: 4

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"Learning (Not Earning) Heaven," Brad Wilcox

Category: Audio
Rank: 5

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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