27 episodes

Come and learn from the best books to help you live your best life!

Latter-day Saint Book Nook is a cozy little podcast where we talk about books from a gospel perspective. So if you love books, and you love the gospel of Jesus Christ, tune in on Tuesdays to follow along!

Latter-day Saint Book Nook Liz Kazandzhy

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Come and learn from the best books to help you live your best life!

Latter-day Saint Book Nook is a cozy little podcast where we talk about books from a gospel perspective. So if you love books, and you love the gospel of Jesus Christ, tune in on Tuesdays to follow along!

    Taking a Break: Recap of Season 1

    Taking a Break: Recap of Season 1

    I'll be taking a break from this podcast for a while, but you can listen to this episode for a quick recap of season 1!

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/season-1-recap to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 I'll be taking a break from the podcast to write my next book and get back into copyediting work

    To be notified when the next season starts, subscribe on your podcast platform, ldsbooknook.com, or the Facebook page

    If you're just finding this podcast, feel free to go back and listen to the existing episodes because their lessons are timeless

    🔹 Favorite book review episodes


    Ep. 1 - The Little Prince: How to Love "The Least of These" (Even When That's Yourself)
    Ep. 18 - The Hiding Place: Miracles Haven't Ceased!
    Ep. 13 - Charlotte's Web: What a Spider Can Teach Us About the Savior

    🔹 Favorite Holy Ghost episodes


    Ep. 12 - *Encourages* You
    Ep. 14 - Conveys God's *Forgiveness*
    Ep. 16 - Expands Your *Gifts* and Talents

    🔹 How to contact me

    Use the contact form on ldsbooknook.com or email liz@ldsbooknook.com

    Let me know if you have book suggestions for the next season!


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    Ep. 25 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Testifies of *Jesus Christ*

    Ep. 25 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Testifies of *Jesus Christ*

    The Bible teaches that "no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." Learn how you can gain this testimony for yourself.

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-j to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z is a religious nonfiction book written by Liz Kazandzhy and published in June 2022

    🔹 Quote from J - Testifies of *Jesus Christ*

    Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world is a vital first step. But knowing that He is your Savior will make all the difference in your life. As you seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Spirit will help you feel His love, experience the healing power of His Atonement, and find comfort from the One who “[took] upon him [your] infirmities … that he may know … how to succor [you].”

    I share my testimony of the Savior in response to the Come Follow Me questions: "Consider writing your witness of Jesus Christ—what would you want to share? What experiences have helped you come to know and follow the Savior?"

    🔹 Takeaway

    Write down your testimony of Jesus Christ, then share it with someone if you feel prompted to

    If you'd like to strengthen your testimony, review the Church's Bible videos—an amazing resource with 104 videos

    🔹 Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z


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    Ep. 24 - God Will Help You: Scriptural Insights from a Christian Pastor

    Ep. 24 - God Will Help You: Scriptural Insights from a Christian Pastor

    The message of this book is clear—God will help you! Learn about the power and grace of Jesus Christ and why you can count on Him for help.

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/god-will-help-you to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 God Will Help You is an inspirational Christian book by pastor Max Lucado published in 2020

    🔹 About Max Lucado

    "Max Lucado is a pastor, speaker, and best-selling author. His message is for the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, and the discouraged: God loves you; let him."

    🔹 Count on Christ

    Before the Savior miraculously fed the five thousand, the disciples "counted the hungry people, the money in their bag, and the amount of bread and fish. They did not, however, count on Christ."

    "The next time you feel overwhelmed, remind yourself of the One who is standing next to you. You aren’t alone. You aren’t without help. What bewilders you does not bewilder him. Your uphill is downhill for him. ... Give him what you have, offer thanks, and watch him go to work."

    🔹 Keep your gaze on Jesus

    The author compares the story of Peter walking on water to him focusing on his doctor's diplomas after receiving a difficult diagnosis

    "God has hung his diplomas in the universe. Rainbows, sunsets, horizons, and star-sequined skies. He has recorded his accomplishments in Scripture. ... His résumé includes Red Sea openings. Lions’ mouths closings. Goliath topplings. Lazarus raisings. Storm stillings and strollings. His lesson is clear. He’s the commander of every storm."

    🔹 Acknowledge the Savior's humanity

    When we "keep the humanity out of the incarnation," Jesus Christ is "easier to handle that way. ... But don’t do it. Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world, for only if we let him in can he pull us out."

    The series "The Chosen" is a great example of portraying Christ as a real person, which helps us feel more connected to Him

    🔹 Be grateful for God's grace

    "Jesus has seen every backstreet, back-seat, backhanded moment of our lives. And he has resolved, 'My grace is enough. I can cleanse these people. I will wash away their betrayals.' For that reason we must make the Upper Room of Mercy our home address."

    The lyrics to "I Stand All Amazed" beautifully express gratitude for the Savior's sacrifice and grace

    🔹 Takeaway

    Think about the "storms" in your life right now. Then think about this: What has God accomplished—both in the scriptures and in your own life—that shows His power and love and ability to help you?


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    • 20 min
    Ep. 23 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: *Inspires* You to Do Good

    Ep. 23 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: *Inspires* You to Do Good

    By following the promptings of the Spirit, we can help others in exactly the way they need, right when they need it.

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-i to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z is a religious nonfiction book written by Liz Kazandzhy and published in June 2022

    🔹 Quote from I - *Inspires* You to Do Good

    Because the Lord “knoweth all things,” and “all things are present before [His] eyes,” He knows exactly who needs help, what kind of help they need, and when they need it. And because “we are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth,” we have the unique blessing of providing that help by following the promptings of the Spirit.

    President Monson once said, "The sweetest experience I know in life is to feel a prompting and act upon it and later find out that it was the fulfillment of someone’s prayer or someone’s need. And I always want the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him."

    I share an experience of when a ministering sister served me in just the way I needed, even though I didn't even know I needed it at the time

    🔹 Takeaway

    Ponder these questions: "How does the Spirit usually speak to you? If He were to prompt you to reach out to someone else in service, what do you think that prompting would feel like to you?"

    Pray every morning that God will lead you to someone you can help

    🔹 Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z


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    Ep. 22 - The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me: Pure Doctrine for All Ages

    Ep. 22 - The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me: Pure Doctrine for All Ages

    This beautiful picture book teaches about Jesus Christ's Atonement in a powerful and simple way. Listen to be reminded of these vital truths!

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/the-atonement to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me is a Latter-day Saint picture book by Sierra Wilson published in 2018

    🔹 A great addition to any Latter-day Saint home

    Great for reading in church, for an FHE lesson, or as a baptismal gift

    Not just for kids—it teaches pure doctrine in a simple way that would benefit any reader of any age

    🔹 Jesus Christ is the source of the Atonement

    The book does a wonderful job of keeping the Atonement connected to Jesus Christ

    "Jesus gave His life for you and for me / So we can repent and be happy and free. / And because Jesus died for us and now lives again, / We'll live again too, with our family and friends."

    President Nelson taught, "It is doctrinally incomplete to speak of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice by shortcut phrases, such as ...  'applying the Atonement' or 'being strengthened by the Atonement' ... treating the EVENT as if IT had living existence and capabilities independent of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Under the Father’s great eternal plan, it is the Savior who suffered. It is the Savior who broke the bands of death. It is the Savior who paid the price for our sins and transgressions and blots them out on condition of our repentance."

    🔹 Jesus Christ can comfort you

    "When we feel scared, or lonely, or sad, / Jesus can help us feel peaceful and glad. / And what if I'm hurting down deep in my heart? / Jesus understands you and knows where to start."

    Similar to Alma 7:11-12—"He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind ... and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy ... that he may know ... how to succor his people according to their infirmities."

    🔹 Jesus Christ can help you become better

    "With Jesus's help, we can all do good deeds. / We can cheer up a friend or help someone in need. / Jesus knows how to help you become the best you. / He wants to guide you all your life through."

    Elder Bednar explained, "The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better."

    🔹 The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important doctrine

    "All other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to [the Atonement of Jesus Christ]" -Joseph Smith

    🔹 Takeaway

    Study the Atonement of Jesus Christ by reading the verses found in the Topical Guide under the entry, "Jesus Christ, Atonement through"


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    • 11 min
    Ep. 21 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Softens Your *Heart*

    Ep. 21 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Softens Your *Heart*

    When you're troubled by doubts, the Spirit can bless you with a humble heart, give you spiritual protection, and comfort you in your distress.

    Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-h to read this episode's transcript.

    Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host.

    OUTLINE

    🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z is a religious nonfiction book written by Liz Kazandzhy and published in June 2022

    🔹 Quote from H - Softens Your *Heart*

    Another time it’s important to seek out greater humility is when you come across gospel doctrines, principles, or practices that are confusing or even distressing to you. These topics can become a major stumbling block to your faith if you choose to harden your heart because of them. Instead, what you ought to do is actively strive to soften your heart—from the very moment you begin to feel doubts creeping in. Then you’ll be able to continue to seek understanding with the protective influence of the Spirit. You will probably not find all the answers you seek—at least in this lifetime—but the Holy Ghost can lead you to greater understanding and also help you “doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” And you, like Nephi, will be able to say, “I do not know the meaning of all things . . . [but] I know that [God] loveth his children.”

    When you feel distressed about a part of the gospel, draw nearer to God instead of distancing yourself from Him

    The Spirit will (1) help you discern the truth, and (2) give you peace and comfort as you wrestle with your doubts

    🔹 Takeaway

    Notice the next time you feel your heart hardening, and decide today what you will do to soften your heart and seek the Holy Ghost when that happens

    Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z


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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

wpaulpulsipher ,

One Episode was all it took. I want more!

As a self proclaimed independent gospel scholar and devourer of especially spiritual books, This is one that's worth following. :) Liz, I need to have you on the Stepping Into Freedom podcast.

Nicole122333 ,

Gospel perspective on books!

I love this idea of reading a book and finding the gospel principles or treasures buried within! Liz does an amazing job in each episode of being concise in reviewing a book while leaving a reader interested. In episode 9, she discussed a book about grief that I normally wouldn’t have gravitated toward, but I appreciated the perspective Liz had on how this book could apply in any mortal’s life. She adds to the list of books I want to read! I really appreciate the notes she has for each episode (in case you need a recap when sharing with a friend).The chapters from her book that she alternates with other book reviews are short and sweet, but also so uplifting and meaningful!

CNeilson30 ,

Love this podcast!

I love this podcast topic, idea, and host! As an avid reader, I love reading books. I love combining what we're reading with what we already know in the gospel. As I listened, my eyes were opened to see more of the Savior all around me.

I'm excited for Liz's book to come out and learn more from her about the Holy Ghost- a topic we all need to learn more about.

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