'Like the Lilies of the Field'
In his moving personal essay, ï¿½Like the Lilies of the Field,ï¿½ John Bennion explores
how his childhood with an alcoholic father challenged and damaged him. Interweaving
flashbacks, a recent Study Abroad trip to England, and an even more recent struggle
with depression, Bennion brings readers along his personal journey toward confidence
and redemption. He searches not for perfection but for those moments that are ï¿½close
enough for this life.ï¿½ His frank discussion will, at very least, captivate the mind
of the casual reader; more careful readers cannot help but be personally impacted and
changed as they follow Bennionï¿½s questï¿½as they, too, search to ï¿½remember that God loves
[them] with and through and despite [their] flaws.ï¿½ John Bennionï¿½s careful description
and intense honesty create a powerful exploration of pain, sin, love, and forgiveness.
The Association for Mormon Letters is proud to present John Bennion with its 2006 Award
for Personal Essay.