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Book review: 'Gethsemane, Golgotha and the Garden Tomb' celebrates Christ's Atonement

"GETHSEMANE, GOLGOTHA AND THE GARDEN TOMB," by Ed J. Pinegar, Cedar Fort, $21.99, 209 pages (nf)

“Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb” by Ed J. Pinegar celebrates the Atonement of Jesus Christ and offers ideas for implementing it in daily life.

The book’s premise, as stated in the introduction, is to express gratitude for the totality of Christ’s Atonement — his suffering and sacrifice in Gethsemane and Golgotha, and his resurrection.

Using examples from his experience as a father, mission president, temple president and priesthood leader along with scripture references and teachings of prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pinegar offers insights as to how the Atonement can bless lives.

For example, in Chapter 3, “The Great Intercessory Prayer,” Pinegar offers personal insights, verse by verse, on Christ’s intercessory prayer found in John 17, emphasizing the importance of becoming one; and in Chapter 5, “The Atonement,” he discusses how symbolism is used to teach the doctrine of the Atonement. In Chapter 2, “The Anointed One,” Pinegar provides commentary on each verse of Isaiah 53.

Other chapter titles include: “Gethsemane,” “Applying All Aspects of the Atonement to Our Lives,” “Golgotha,” “The Burial and Resurrection,” and “The Day of Pentecost.”

The author concludes by suggesting the key to actively experiencing the enabling power of the Atonement in daily life is to find ways to always remember the Savior.

The book is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style and it is obvious the author has tender feelings for and a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and his Atonement, born of his experiences and study.

Anyone seeking to better understand the power of Christ’s Atonement, its connection with temple ordinances and how it can influence and heal individuals would find this book valuable. Reading it would be a great way to enhance the Easter celebration.

Pinegar has written or co-authored more than 40 books, including “A Mighty Change” and “The Christmas Code.” He currently serves as a sealer in the Provo temple. He and his wife, Patricia, have eight children.

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at