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To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson Kindle Edition
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To the Rescue chronicles the life and ministry of this extraordinary leader. It is filled with the heartwarming personal accounts so typical of President Monson - some that have become favorites over time and many others that have not been told before. Readers will be transported to his childhood, where he learned his first lessons about reaching out to others. They will glimpse his school experiences, his hobbies (especially his prize Birmingham roller pigeons), his military service in the navy, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who would become his eternal companion and greatest support. Most important, readers will observe Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his more than six decades of devoted Church service. Called as a bishop at age twenty-two, as a counselor in a stake presidency at age twenty-seven, as a mission president at age thirty-one, and as a member of a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age thirty-six, he became early on a skilled administrator and a tireless servant of the Lord. He oversaw the work of the Church in East Germany for more than twenty years, beginning with hushed meetings held in automobiles to avoid listening devices and culminating in the dedication of a temple behind the Iron Curtain. He played key roles in landmark programs in the Church, from correlation to welfare to the publication of the LDS editions of the scriptures. And through it all, he recognized people as individuals and ministered to their need in personal ways.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fun and interesting book to read. Mrs. Swinton covered the typical events in a biography, from Thomas S. Monson's ancestry through his childhood and then into his life as a general authority. However, the life she followed is so remarkable that the book was hard to put down. It is filled with uncountable stories, some short, some lengthy, that give the reader faith and hope. A choice line reveals that immediately after Thomas S. Monson's call to the apostleship, he went home and mowed the lawn. A majestic chapter deals with Elder Monson's years of service with the East Germans. A progressive thread is the passing of senior apostles, interlaced with the fact that Tom Monson was seventeen years younger than the next junior apostle, Gordon B. Hinckley. Many details in the book reveal that Thomas S. Monson was a humble man, led by the Lord to perform acts of greatness, and yet his favorite breakfast is Wheaties. Elder Monson served in the highest councils of the LDS Church for thirty-six years, gaining tremendous experience and perspective, before being sustained as president.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Gary from Whittier - Published on Amazon.com
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I love to read both biographies and autobiographies. The one is masterfully written, well documented and simply an excellent read. You see a man growing up and being prepared for the calling he now has. He truly is a man of God. You won't be sorry for having this as part of your library.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dale Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to see this book on Kindle being very new so I bought it and started to read it. I have never been much of a reader till I got my Kindle and now I love to read. This is the first book I have ever even attempted to read that was more than 150 pages, but I started it Dec. 25, 2010 and couldn't put it down. This man is truly a chosen man and Prophet of God. You will see how he was prepared for his calling by the Lord in so many ways. You can not read this book and not feel the special Spirit about him and his life and callings. It has touched my life and I know it will yours.
31 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Seems more of a tribute or hagiography than a biography, but certainly contains some good stories. The stories are revealing, fascinating, and uplifting. However, there seem to be way too many one-line reminders of why we should think President Monson is a kind man, a great man, an inspired man, or whatever. I truly admire President Monson, and enjoyed learning more about him, but the more I read, the more I began to resent being bashed repeatedly over the head by the author with her over-earnest, typically one-line attempts to make sure I was not missing the inspiring, faith-promoting point that she thought I was supposed to derive from some incident she had just described. Enough, already! Still, despite its flaws, this is an engaging and informative book.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
"To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson" is a 588-page compendium covering the life, trials and accomplishments of the man who would become the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormons). The current leader of the church founded by Joseph Smith and which today has members in every country of the world, is a man whose life is as dramatic as his calling. Replete with personal stories of his childhood, his advances within the Mormon Church hierarchy (he was made a Bishop at the age of 22 and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at 36), and his willingness to endure hazards, dangers, and travels to the ends of the earth in service to individuals and groups in need of what he had to offer as an emissary of his faith and his people, "To the Rescue - the Biography of Thomas S. Monson" is an informed and informative, inspired and inspiring read from beginning to end. Enhanced with color photographs as well as black-and-white images, and including a Timeline, extensive footnotes, and a comprehensive index, "To the Rescue - the Biography of Thomas S. Monson" should be considered mandatory reading for all members of the Mormon faith, as well as anyone with an interest in a truly extraordinary life during extraordinary times.