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Compassionate, witty, politically astute, and spiritually authentic, Neal Maxwell has always been passionately “engaged” in life's battles.
This instinct for action impelled him into the infantry in World War II where, on Okinawa, “shaking and crying in a foxhole full of mud and foul water, he pledged his life to the Lord” and was miraculously spared.
An Apostle since 1981, Elder Maxwell has engaged a broader struggle, that “between the sacred and the secular, the tension between faith and reason, and finally his greatest cause — his spiritual ministry.” His eloquent defense of Christianity and his brilliant reconciliation of faith and intellect are a rich legacy. But beyond that, he has shown that with the Savior's help, ordinary people “can be better, less competitive, more loving,” and receive the soul-transforming gift of charity.
In this inspiring, sometimes humorous, and moving biography, Elder Bruce C. Hafen has painted an intimate portrait of a beloved Apostle, capturing the warm, personal stories that reveal the heart and mind of a true disciple of Christ.
- Published: May 2002
- Pages: 624
About the Author
Bruce C. Hafen has been a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1996, having served recently as Area President of the Australia/New Zealand area. Earlier he was president of Ricks College, Dean of the BYU Law School, and the number two administrator (Provost) at BYU. Elder Hafen is known to Deseret Book readers for his frequent Ensign articles and his bestselling trilogy on the Atonement, which includes the award-winning book The Broken Heart.
by David - reviewed on April 29, 2002
A book about Elder Neal A. Maxwell, how can it be anything but great? Elder Hafen has done an excellent job on documenting the life of this wonderful Apostle of God. I love to hear Elder Maxwell speak with his flavorful vocabulary and insightful message. He is a humble servant and the book is a must have for any one wanting to learn more about this great man and how he has truly lived his life close to Heavenly Father. The book shows his strength admidst his trials. He speaks with wisdom from his own life. Thank you Elder Hafen and Elder Maxwell!
A series of positive facts
by melodie - reviewed on March 05, 2011
This book is like many others written about general authorities, just a series of positive facts. In order for a biography to be engaging and memorable there has to be a human element to it. There has to be an emotional component, spiritual developments, mistakes and consequences basically a complete life. For someone to write a biography and focus solely on the “good” parts of a person’s life minus the emotion makes the book linear and uninteresting. To be fair I only read the first half as I lost interest after that.
by Carol - reviewed on September 28, 2010
The photo was compelling. The book is a keeper! What an amazing man!
One of the best
by Customer - reviewed on September 11, 2010
I've read several biographies: Kimball, McConkie, Hinkley, and President Lee. This was my favorite of them all. Kimball, Hinkley, and Lee were not well written (imho), but McConkie and Maxwell were. The difference between this and McConkie is that with this you get the feeling that this man was not born to be an apostle (like you get with McConkie). Instead, you get the feel that this man overcame his impatience and arrogance to become a man of God. I find this much more inspiring, because I can relate to his impatience and arrogance. Great read!
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