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Book review: 'You've Got This!' shares stories of finding strength in God through trials

"YOU'VE GOT THIS: How to Look Up When Life Has You Down," by Al Carraway, Chad Hymas, Whitney Wilcox Laycock, Dallas Lloyd, Hank Smith, Tamu Smith, Zandra Vranes, Elise Hahl, Cedar Fort, $10.99, 128 pages (nf)

During the hard parts of life, it can be easy to become discouraged. In "You've Got This! How to Look Up When Life Has You Down," various writers share eight essays on how to draw strength to get through challenges.

The authors are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have either at one time lived or now live in Utah, but their backgrounds are as diverse as the topics of the articles.

Hank Smith, who teaches religion at Brigham Young University, uses the Bible story of Joseph and his brothers to show how trials can be used to shape who people become.

Whitney Wilcox Laycock and her father, Brad Wilcox, who have spent many years in other countries, share about where home is and how to overcome the challenges involved in moving.

Dallas Lloyd, a returned LDS mission, who plays football at Stanford University, uses a football training session as an analogy for enduring the difficulties of being the only member of the LDS Church on his team.

Zandra Vranes, who is a co-author with Tamu Smith of the website, discusses the biblical story of Joseph's family with a modern perspective to show the value of scriptures for every type of person.

Tamu Smith shows how a lie she told as a child helped teacher her the value of the repentance process and how leaning on the Lord can bring strength during difficult times.

Chad Hymas, who became a quadriplegic at the age of 27 and is a world-class, record-setting wheelchair athlete, shares his story and how others can overcome their hardships.

Al Caraway, an author and blogger at, uses the story of the difficulties she faced after becoming a member of the LDS Church to illustrate the power of the simple things in the gospel.

Elise Hahl compiled these stories and is a freelance writer and editor. Hahl lives in Pennsylvania and served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil.

Jennifer Autry has called many states home and is an American military wife with two beautiful girls. She is an aspiring author. Her email is, and she blogs at