I loved the book and Sheri Dew's style of writing. Each chapter is short, often with a clever quote as the heading. For example, one of last chapters in the book has this title, "One question we've wrestled with is how to take the gospel in its simple purity and the ordinances with their eternal efficacy to all of God's children without having basketball hoops get in the way." That particular chapter has a quote by a Muslim man who said, "When your Christianity is simple enough that I can take it with me on the back of a camel, I will be interested." There is a lot of food for thought on these pages. In an earlier chapter, a granddaughter said that "her grandfather is the one who taught her how to AirDrop photos." The book is over 400 pages, 400 pages of very interesting historical information, fun details, great stories, inspiring stories, some sad stories. Some of the information was very personal, some very spiritual. In a few cases I knew the story, but Sister Dew added intriguing background details that I hadn't known. I am an avid reader, and I enjoy non-fiction simply because sometimes I need to put a book down and get to other things. I honestly had trouble putting this book down. At the end, I felt humbled. President Nelson has lived an incredible life, accomplished many wonderful and difficult challenges, but he is still a mortal man with sorrows, heartbreaks, tragedies, accidents, successes, honors, awards, he's lived it all, and he's done it quite humbly. I can recommend this book to anyone, LDS or not, religious or not. This is an extremely well-written biography of a very interesting man. I'm getting on in years, so I have a little mantra: "It takes a great life to make a good funeral." In this case, it takes a great life to make a good biography. Sister Dew had wonderful material to work with, and this book is as excellent as the biography of Gordon B. Hinckley.
What an INSPIRING and a wonderful tribute to this extra special man, President Russell M. Nelson! Every chapter was a blessing to read. I'm at a loss over how one reviewer felt the book was "dry and horribly boring." Not. At. All. And, yes1, plenty of photos are included in the book, but they are not just "fillers" but bonuses to us readers. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I get to the end of a chapter and can't stop turning the page to read another.
And, yes2, another biography exists about President Nelson. Author Sheri Dew acknowledged it and she ALSO wrote she was not trying to take its place with her book but adding to the other since the former book was published years ago.
And, yes3, the price is up there, especially at Deseret Book--which is why I bought it here at Amazon (lower price + free shipping = THANK YOU, AMAZON!)--but it's so worth it to read this book and see why he was called to be our prophet and president.
“The Lord uses the unlikely to accomplish the impossible.” —President Russell M. Nelson
Insights, by Sheri Dew, is an uplifting, fun, truly enjoyable read. I’m so glad I read it!
Insights tells the story of a young boy who grew up in a religiously inactive family and became God’s prophet in His Church—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He didn’t serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ like you’d assume a future prophet would, but that didn’t matter to the Lord. This ordinary man was called to be an apostle of God, to do seemingly impossible things, both professionally and spiritually!
The chapter stories in this book are short and insightful lessons of love from an extraordinary man who, as a heart doctor literally knows the human heart better than anyone. If we could all follow his Christ-like inspirational example of unconditional love and helping others, the world would indeed be a better place.
“Throughout the rest of your life, your most difficult challenge will probably be to follow the prophet. … Your greatest safety will be in following the prophet. The prophet will always see things you can’t see and help you avoid pitfalls you otherwise might not recognize in time. … The Lord has given [us], … an ironclad guarantee. … He will choose His prophet. … He will never let that man lead us astray.” —Sheri L. Dew, Insights from a Prophet’s Life
This book was an extensive review of the life of an extra-ordinary man. From his childhood, Russell M. Nelson has been doing hard things and doing them well. He has been obedient, although in his childhood he broke the alcohol bottles his parents had in their home because he knew it was wrong and was surprised he was not punished as a result. It took years before his parents finally came around totally and were sealed, something that he wished would happen for a long time. I read the biography of Gordon B. Hinckley which was written by the same author, both are great works. This latest one was challenging to write since there was already a biography for most of his life in place, but Sheri handled it well, regardless. Highly recommend.
This book read like a love story. Sheri Dew did a beautiful job of writing this wonderful book. I read it in five days and was sorry when I was through. I loan it out two weeks ago. I would give it ten stars if I could. Needra Johnson
I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this book other than I'd heard some good comments from my sister's mother in law. I found myself immersed from the beginning and fascinated by what I read. It gave me a new appreciation for the prophet and the stalwart example he is. I don't read too many biographies or non fiction books but this was great!
What an amazing biography of a truly amazing man. This is a must read whether you are a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not. The love this man has for all people is apparent when you read of his achievements in medicine and his use of this knowledge to benefit people in many parts of the world. Very inspiring book.
Loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down even for a few hours. I learned so much about President Russell M Nelson. He has definitely been guided throughout his life. He's an exceptional man and prophet. I support him whole heartedly. Thank you for such a wonderful book. I read it on my Kindle, but now I'm going to buy the book in hard copy form to add to my library of other books on the prophets.