Deseret Book's top-selling products for Aug. 20-25, including new books from Shannon Hale and Emily Freeman.

"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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Related: ‘The Beginning of Better Days’ looks at Nauvoo Relief Society minutes

"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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"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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Related: Father relies on faith to forgive intoxicated teen driver

"Forget Me Not," Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Category: Books
Rank: 4

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

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

Category: Books
Rank: 5

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’

"The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Wholeness," Wendy Ulrich

Category: Books
Rank: 6

When you're used to instant Internet answers, it can take practice and patience to recognize the multiple meanings in sacred temple ordinances. Perfect for new and longtime temple worshipers alike, this priceless volume is guaranteed to help you use the temple experience and its rich symbolism to find healing and hope that will let you see yourself more truthfully, then seek God more trustingly.

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"Mormons: An Open Book," Anthony Sweat

Category: Books
Rank: 7

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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"Princess Academy: Palace of Stone," Shannon Hale

Category: Books
Rank: 8

Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

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Related: Shannon Hale's 'secret' project yields 'Palace of Stone'

"Becoming His: A Daily Journey Toward Discipleship," Emily Freeman

Category: Books
Rank: 9

In this unique book, author Emily Freeman outlines a pattern of discipleship divided into twelve areas of focus, each containing invitations for personal growth, inspired counsel from prophets and apostles, and suggested scriptures to help us focus our efforts. As we follow this pattern, we come to understand that the process of discipleship has the power to transform and define us.

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

Category: CDs
Rank: 2

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

"Scripture Power," compilation

Category: CDs
Rank: 3

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: 4

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: 5

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

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

Boys of Bonneville

Category: CDs
Rank: 2

Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt is about an America that has all but disappeared, when lucrative business deals were cemented by a handshake and state-of-the- art automobiles were designed on the backs of envelopes. It tells the true story of an unsung hero and self-made man, David Abbott Jenkins, who, with almost super- human stamina and boyish charm, set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed record on his beloved Bonneville Salt Flats. More than a century later, many of “Ab’s” records re- main unbroken and the legacy lives on in his custom car. The story comes full circle when Ab’s son Marv, restores the 12-cylinder, 4800-pound “Mormon Meteor” to its glory days for a ceremonial lap on the salt.

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Related: 'Boys of Bonneville' on DVD released

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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Saints and Soldiers (Blu-ray)

Category: DVDs
Rank: 4

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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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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"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

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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"Five Temptation Killers," Hank Smith

Category: Audio
Rank: 3

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"What Would a Holy Woman Do?" Wendy Watson Nelson

Category: Audio
Rank: 4

Bestselling author Wendy Watson Nelson offered a three-day experiment to several friends. For three days each woman chose one of her normal daily activities and asked herself "How would a holy woman do this?" And then each woman followed through on the answer. Their experiences are both eye-opening and encouraging as we begin to understand how gifts of the Spirit can help us become the women that the Lord needs us to be. This powerful message will inspire listeners to take their own three-day challenge and discover what the Lord is willing to teach each of us about becoming more holy.

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

"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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