Well worth reading.
George Pace was a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University, my alma mater. I took two classes from him during my undergraduate studies. His classes were always packed; he was one of the most popular professors in the Religious Department, and for good reason. He taught with power, conviction, concern, and a wonderful sense of humor.
I did not know it at the time, but when I first met him Professor Pace labored under a bit of cloud. This book--Our Search to Know the Lord--first published in the early 1980's had been publicly (and to some minds unfairly) criticized by one of the most influential voices in Mormonism at the time--Bruce R. McConkie, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. McConkie took issue with, among other things, Pace's assertion that "because the Savior is our mediator, we always pray to the Father in the name of Christ, and the Father answers our prayers through his Son" (page 30)--an assertion for which, ironically, Pace pointed to some of McConkie's own writings for support. McConkie called this "plain sectarian nonsense," saying, "Our prayers are addressed to the Father, and to him only. They do not go through Christ, or the Blessed Virgin, or St. Genevieve or along the beads of a rosary. We are entitled to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
The effect of McConkie's comments on Pace's career were unfortunate. The publisher cancelled additional printings of Pace's book and it sank into obscurity for a time. Thankfully, Pace persevered. He kept teaching, and did so with distinction. In 1998, the same publisher who pulled Our Search to Know the Lord republished the book and it has since enjoyed a renewed following.
Though I agree with McConkie's particular criticisms of Pace's book (though not the way he aired his criticisms), those matters ought not to overshadow the book in the main. Pace answers convincingly many timeless questions for Christians everywhere: Why is it important to know the Father and the Son? Why was the Savior's atonement necessary? How can we make the Atonement a powerful force in our lives? How can we live by the Spirit?