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To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson [Kindle Edition]

Heidi S. Swinton

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6033 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AE3WRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  104 reviews
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Be a Wonderful Resource for Gospel Teachers Oct. 19 2010
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written Nov. 10 2010
By Gary from Whittier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to a Great Man - A must read! Jan. 1 2011
By Dale Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hesitating to buy due to the overly high price Dec 28 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have met both Ms Swinton, her husband and even Pres Monson at one time. I'd be interested in reading the book, but I am frankly put off by the exorbitant price of the Kindle version... It makes no sense to charge that much. I agree it is her perfect right to charge as much as she wishes.

At $20 I'm just not going to buy it. At $9.00 I'll add it to my library. ..

It's now a few weeks later.. I caved in and bought the kindle book. Wish I'd bought the hardcover so I could pass it along. The biography goes into almost too much detail on his formative years. Heidi Swinton style is engaging and accessible if a bit worshipful toward Pres Monson. I recommend this book to anyone who has interest in the ascent of an ordinary person into a hugely popular and effective leader of the LDS Church.

When I originally looked at the Kindle version it was over $20.00 now at around $10 it is about right. I now have the kindle and the hard cover book.. highly recommended
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, informative, and a reading delight. Oct. 18 2013
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I want you to know and understand how much I enjoyed this book. Thomas S. Monson was called to be an Apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1963 when I was nine years old. He has been an inspiration to me my entire life. His talks and stories and example have always encouraged me to do better, which is exactly what he intends to accomplish with his work. He simply wants us to understand that we can be better and wants us to make the choice to do what it takes to accomplish that choice. His example demonstrates that the direct path to accomplishing what we say we want to be lies through selfless service. No, it doesn't have to be anything dramatic or even far reaching. We simply have to look and see the need around us where we are, heed the voice of the Spirit, and reach out to help; to rescue the one right in front of us.

Having lived through the growth of the Church and having served a mission in Australia way back from 1973-1975, I found it fascinating to read about the way the church adapted to the growth and how the leaders carried on their duties while finding more effective ways to accomplish the Lord's purposes while retaining the revealed structure of the Priesthood.

Of course, the book is filled with stories of the people President Monson has met and served and rescued throughout his life. The accounts of his work behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, Poland and other nations under Communist rule are nothing short of amazing. How can we in the West, who have so much, ever give space in our hearts to complain, when the saints who had nothing accomplished so much against such steep odds?

For me, the most powerful lesson from President Monson's life is his amazing ability to hear, see, and do the work of the Spirit in what I would likely overlook as just ordinary experiences. He turns these everyday events and occurrences into miracles in the lives of everyone involved. I think that he wants us to understand that we can do the same thing if we will only 1) look for opportunities to serve, 2) put ourselves in those situations to serve, 3) immediately heed the promptings of the Spirit, and 4) be the eyes, hands, and voice of the Lord to rescue, lift, and heal in every situation.

I note that this is much easier typed out than done. Nevertheless we have the life of President Monson as a glowing example (along with the lives of many other spiritual leaders) to show us that it CAN be done and that we CAN participate in such blessings. The question is simply, will we?

Each chapter begins with a quote from the people who have worked most closely with him during his 50 years as an Apostle. And each chapter is filled not only with the programs, activities, and changes President Monson helped create and carry out as one of the Brethren, but how these policies, procedures, and programs affect the real lives of everyday members of the church. At one point he is urging the importance of carrying out the audits and seeing that the proper procedures of the handling of the sacred funds donated to the church are enacted carefully and thoroughly because it affects the lives of people. One brother succumbed to the pressures of his life and embezzled funds from the church and the shame of that followed was so great he committed suicide and left a family behind. So, something as seemingly dry and remote and audits is shown to be something that can bless and help the lives of those called to service.
President Monson is an inspiration to me. I realize that I do not know him and that if I were around him each day, I would see his mortal failings and limitations that everyone has. However, I hazard to guess that mine are many many times greater than his. I aspire to become more like what his life teaches us about the mission and Gospel of the Savior, Jesus Christ and the proper exercise of the Priesthood and its keys.

I urge you to get this book and carefully read it. It is delightful, inspiring, and informative.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI.

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