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What's new: 'Becoming the Beloved Disciple' is an insightful meditation on the Savior, his message of discipleship

"BECOMING THE BELOVED DISCIPLE: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John," by Eric D. Huntsman, Cedar Fort, $19.99, 176 pages (nf)

"Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John" by Eric Huntsman is an exceptional meditation on the fourth Gospel from which all Christians, especially Latter-day Saints, can learn.

Eric D. Huntsman is the author of "Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John."
Eric D. Huntsman is the author of "Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John."
Kylea Knecht, Brigham Young University

Although Huntsman suggests that many people, in his experience, list John as their favorite Gospel, in some areas of academic writing it is seen as a work of faith rather than a historical narrative. In his book, Huntsman reclaims the place of John’s Gospel in helping the reader understand more about the importance and nature of discipleship in its pages and in the 21st century.

Most compellingly, Huntsman identifies key figures from the Gospel, including the beloved disciple, who are anonymous in the narrative. Using this as an authorial tool, readers are invited to place themselves in the place of the people without name. In so doing, these figures become an every-person motif from which all can learn.

Huntsman draws not only on Latter-day Saint sources but a plethora of other writings on the Gospel of John. He does not shy away from the debates that can be found in the wider Christian world, and further reading is suggested on these topics.

"Becoming the Beloved Disciple" is both a scholarly and a devotional book, reflecting the author himself. His love and testimony of the Savior shine through, it is a thoughtful faith that finds expression on every page.

Most importantly, however, the book invites readers on their journey of discipleship to both understand and act. It will be valuable to anyone's study of the New Testament.