Against the Odds: The Life of George Albert Smith (Hardcover)
Though George Albert Smith’s generation knew, revered, and respected his life and teachings, he has been relatively unknown among contemporary Latter-day Saints — until now. Rich with anecdotes and passages from his correspondence and journals, this historical narrative portrays the private life of George Albert Smith within the framework of his public image, consistently revealing the noble character and endearing personality of one of the Lord’s prophets.
George Albert Smith’s years chronicle tremendous growth and change. As the nation progresses from bicycle to automobile to airplane, a “horrid” boy branded as the neighborhood terror becomes a humble yet mighty man who “excels in human kindness.” His transformation begins in the fires of childhood illness and young romance and continues as this gangly traveling salesman serves as a missionary and an Apostle, weathers extensive and chronic health problems, and finally stands as a prophet during the first general conference of the Church after the end of World War II. Every page tells an engaging story of great struggle, faith, and loyalty. And at its center is the enduring love between George Albert Smith and Lucy Woodruff, the girl whose long, black braids he once dipped in ink and tied to a tree.
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 96
- Published: October 2011
About the Author
Dr. Mary Jane Woodger is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. After obtaining a master of education degree at Utah State University, she received from BYU a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, with a minor in Church history and doctrine. She was honored by Kappa Omicron Nu with the award of Excellence for her dissertation research on the educational ideals of President David O. McKay.
She is the author of several books and has also authored numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, and educational subjects that have appeared in various academic journals and religious publications. Recently, Dr. Woodger received the Best Article of the Year Award from the Utah Historical Society, as well as the Brigham Young University Faculty Women’s Association Teaching Award.
by Raewyn - reviewed on January 18, 2012
I enjoyed this books, not knowing anything at all about President Smith it gave me some insights into his life, which will help me understand his teachings more as we study them this year. An easy read.
Very Nice Introduction
by Steven F. - reviewed on January 22, 2012
This book is well documented, and shows how President Smith overcame many personal challenges. The author gives good insight into his family dynamics, especially his wife Lucy. I think the book is an excellent supplement to the Teachings of the Presidents: George Albert Smith (2011). I do recommend purchasing and reading.
A Shallow and Short Bio
by Franck - reviewed on December 26, 2011
With all due respect to the Author, this biography does not offer anything new as an insight into the life of President George Albert Smith. And at the retail price..which is too high, the 96 pages are frankly not worth the price. I would not buy this "book".