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To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson by [Swinton, Heidi S.]
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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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  • Publisher: Deseret Book (Nov. 2 2010)
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  • Language: English
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28175ac) 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.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2817a74) out of 5 stars Disappointment Dec 6 2010
By Bella Lou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a big Anita Shreve fan and have read and own all of her books. I anxiously await their arrival. This one I got from the library and have to say I am glad I did not spend money on it. It is a maybe average book with none of what I enjoy and respect about this author. While I have not always loved all of her other books her writing has always captured me. Not this time...and honestly given the "story" the fact it all works out so perfectly is somewhat disappointing but unrealistic. I only gave it 3 stars (instead of 2) as I did feel compelled to finish it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2817f60) out of 5 stars Pleasant but Unmemorable Dec 14 2010
By Anachronism - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One aspect of Anita Shreve's work I admire tremendously is her range. She is unafraid to tackle new concepts and scenarios. She is willing to tell stories about different types of people in very different situations. In Rescue, Pete Webster is a paramedic in rural Vermont who, at 21, impregnated and married an alcoholic beauty from Boston's suburbs.

These are entirely new characters for Shreve, and the story is compelling. Like most of her novels, she covers more than one important period of the protagonist's life. In that way, she is much more of a classic novelist than many of today's writers.

Webster's history is divided into two parts. We start with the crash scene where Webster meets Sheila Arsenault and extracts her from her ruined car. They date, and she is soon pregnant. They marry, and he has to balance work, an alcoholic wife and an infant daughter.

The second part reverses the first. Having raised his daughter, Rowan, from the time she was two, he struggles to get to know her as a young adult. High school graduation approaches and she is on the verge of making the same life-changing mistakes her mother made. He finds Sheila and brings her back into Rowan's life.

As a Shreve fan, I enjoyed the novel. It's filled with her insights into relationships and those little symbols and sayings that perfectly capture personal development. She is unusually gifted. The problem I have with Rescue is that it's sloppy and too short. We never get to know Sheila, except through brief encounters with Webster. We don't have enough to care about her, and understand why Webster would value her enough to want to bring her back to Vermont. We need to see her through more eyes, through more events. This is a book that too rapidly cycles through the major events. I think it would have been better as a 400-to-500-page novel.

The editing is also a bit sloppy. We need just a tad more to help us with the medical jargon. Webster begins more advanced medical training, but we never find out if he had to sacrifice that to raise Rowan. There's also a small piece depicting Rowan's participation in high school softball that makes several factual and player perception errors. It clearly was neither written nor edited by anyone who has played the game. I worry that Shreve's success means less attention to detail. This is not a novel of the depth and caliber of Fortune's Rocks or Eden Close.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa281a018) out of 5 stars Good but... Nov. 30 2010
By My 2 Cents - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As Rescue begins, Peter Webster, a paramedic in Vermont, is living with his seventeen year old daughter Rowan. Webster, is concerned about his daughter, her grades are slipping, she's drinking, rebellious, angry and distant. She has not been accepted into the college of her choice, Middlebury. Webster is reminded of earlier days when he met Rowan's mother.

Eighteen years earlier when Webster was a new EMT, one of his first assignments was responding to a one-car accident involving a young woman, Sheila Arsenault. Sheila had been driving drunk and crashed her car. Hospitalized and in serious condition, she recovers from the accident, but doesn't seem to learn her lesson about drinking. Webster can't seem to stop thinking about Sheila, and the two immediately begin a physical relationship. When Sheila quickly becomes pregnant with Rowan, the relationship moves into high gear, even though Sheila has just escaped from an abusive relationship. Webster and Sheila marry, and Rowan is born soon after. Sheila is not prepared for the stresses of motherhood, and she begins sneaking alcohol. When her drinking results in an accident, that could have threatened the life of the couple's toddler, Sheila is sent away to avoid jail time, and Webster raises his daughter with the help of his parents. A crisis year's later, sends Webster searching for Sheila.

I was afraid of giving spoilers as I wrote this review, but then realized that the product overview gives away quite a bit of the sparse plot. I thought the title was perfect as Websters job involves "rescues", and he tries to do the same for the women in his life.

The story was a quick read, and for me there really were not any surprises or plot techniques that made this story anything more than an average read for me. Having read ALL of this author's works, my favorite books of Shreves are still: Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, Resistance, and Testimony. This is one of those books that fans need to experience for themselves and decide. I do hope you like it. (Rating 3.5/5 stars)
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa281b6e4) out of 5 stars Can you save someone else from their demons? Nov. 30 2010
By Mary Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter Webster was 21 when he literally saved Sheila Arsenault's life. His EMT team was responding to the call for medical assistance and they met. While these were less than ideal circumstances a relationship was formed and Sheila grabbed on with both hands to Webster's lifeline. Webster had the one and only thing Sheila craved - normalcy.

Sheila comes with excessive baggage to the relationship but Webster ignores it all and falls in love despite the huge problems. They have a daughter, Rowan and Webster prays that this will bring Sheila to her senses and have her stop the spiral of destruction she keeps putting herself into. But with all hopes and dreams this one for Webster is short-lived and he takes the matter of caring for his daughter in his own hands. Sheila cannot be a mother and a drunk and when he made her choose it left Webster alone to raise Rowan.

Life seemed ideal until Rowan hit 17 and beyond the regular adolescent angst Rowan turns angry toward him and Webster is powerless to figure out why. He reaches out to Sheila who has been gone for 15 years and the timing could not have been better as Rowan has found herself in a situation even an EMT can't save her from. Will Sheila being back help or hurt the life Webster has made he doesn't know but for Rowan any risk is worth taking.

This book is one that forces the reader to do self-examination in that it makes you think "what am I willing to risk for the sake of my child". More than likely it is everything and we are of course accepting of what the casualties this decision might bring. Anita Shreve always writes thought provoking books but this one hits home because we all at some time have to decide whether we are a help to another