What is your favorite childhood memory of your father? How has he influenced who you are today? What did your father teach you that has stayed with you?
Rich with unforgettable recollections, engaging anecdotes, and timeless wisdom, spending time with Fathers of Faith is like sitting down with a group of friends who have remarkable tales to share about their fathers — ordinary and extraordinary men who are remembered and cherished for some of their best moments. Woven within these compelling and eloquent reflections of fatherly advice, you'll find compassion, strength, honor, discipline, and occasional eccentricity.
Included at the back of the book are blank pages where you can add the inspiring stories from the fathers of faith in your life.
Book on CD narrated by: Dave Maller and Luone Ingram
- Size: 8½" x 11"
- Pages: 328
- Book on CD: Unabridged
- Number of discs: 8
- Running Time: Approx. 9½ hrs.
- DVD Region: All Regions
- DVD Running Time: Approx. 70 minutes
About the Authors
MICHAEL KENT WINDER is the author of twelve published books, including the regional bestseller Presidents and Prophets. Mike is the CEO of Neptune Strategies, and as a former mayor of West Valley City, Utah, he remains active in community service. He holds an MBA and Honors BA in history from the University of Utah and graduated from an executive program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Mike and his wife, Karyn, are the parents of two girls and two boys.
Growing up in Huntsville, Utah, Gary W. Toyn’s lone claim to fame was having regularly mowed David O. McKay’s lawn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Weber State University and as a journalist went on to cover the National Basketball Association and the 2002 Winter Olympics. He has traveled the globe under contract for the Defense Department, having been launched off aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf and having survived a helicopter crash in the jungles of Honduras. He has interviewed world political leaders, dissidents, and heads of state. He has also organized humanitarian relief efforts for Romanian orphanages, for the first private university in the former Soviet Union, and for struggling libraries in postcommunist Eastern Europe. In all, he has worked and traveled in nearly fifty countries. He is the author of The Quiet Hero, the biography of WWII Medal of Honor recipient George Wahlen, and cocompiler of Life Lessons from Fathers of Faith.
President Gordon B. Hinckley
Grappling with Hard Things
By Virginia Hinckley Pearce (Daughter of President Gordon B. Hinckley)
How does a father pass on his most deeply held values and beliefs‹what really matters to him‹what really guides his life‹and what, by virtue of his teaching them, will most certainly guide the lives of his children?
One summer Dad took my two older siblings and me on a vacation. We drove to a little town in southern Nevada to visit his sister and her family. It¹s the only time I remember going on a vacation without Mother, and I never thought to ask why. I was about six years old, my older brother was ten, and our older sister was about twelve. I¹m assuming that Mother and Dad simply couldn¹t face taking our three-year-old brother on a car trip.
He couldn¹t sit still for longer than three seconds and would have definitely been a family problem on a road trip. Perhaps that was it. Or perhaps Mother just needed a break from the rest of us. Impossible to know now, and only a matter for speculation. We visited, swam in the warm spring swimming hole, had a Dutch-oven dinner amidst the red rocks, and took a few of the older cousins over to Hoover Dam on a little side trip. But the memory from that trip that is still written into my heart and mind was the experience at Mountain Meadow. I don¹t believe Dad had been there before. He asked my uncle for directions, piled the three of us into the car, and we drove what seemed to me a long distance‹there were no houses, no farms, no other people.
When he finally parked the car, we got out and walked quite a distance until we came to an inauspicious but distinct rock cairn. It was, I believe, surrounded by a simple low rock wall. We all sat down on the wall and after a few moments of silence, Dad told us the story of the Mountain Meadow Massacre.
I don¹t remember, of course, the exact words he used, or even the chronology of the events he recited. What I do remember is the compassion and heartbreak evident in Dad¹s voice. He wasn¹t angry. He said nothing about who was to blame; he simply related as much of the story as he knew, and expressed incredible sadness about the inhumanity of it all.
That little side trip was book-ended for me just a few years before Dad¹s death. I had gone with Mother and him to southern Utah for a couple of days following General Conference. He was exhausted and thought it would be good to get away and just rest a bit‹something he rarely did. The night before we were to leave to go back to Salt Lake, Dad asked his security man to leave early enough in the morning that we could go to Mountain Meadow on our way out of town. He said, ³I want to see it one more time.² Once again we drove that lonely road off into the countryside. This time, when we parked, we walked down a long paved sidewalk. It was drizzling rain, and Mother stayed in the car while Dad and I and the security man walked down to the beautiful and solemn monument memorializing the gravesite of those who had been massacred on September 11, 1857. Nobody spoke as we walked around each side of the monument reading the words on the plaques.
Dedicated by Dad on September 11, 1999, this rock edifice replaced the little cairn of my childhood.
I looked over at Dad. His eyes were wet with tears as he stood holding the black umbrella. And then I heard him say quietly to himself, ³We¹ve done everything we can do.² A long silence followed. Then, shaking his head slightly as he turned to leave, he said, ³I can¹t think of anything else to do.²
I have heard my father give scores of eloquent and inspiring talks‹beautifully crafted and full of counsel and testimony‹but none has had a more powerful impact on me than those two quiet times in the obscure valley that hosted a terrible tragedy more than a hundred years ago.
What did I learn? First of all, that history matters. Those who have gone before us have things to teach us. Next, I learned that you grapple with hard things. You face them, find out about them, and then you do all you can to help. I learned as I listened to Dad tell the story of the Baker-Fancher party that individuals‹all individuals‹are important. Their hopes, dreams, mistakes, and pain matter. And lastly, I learned that you reserve harsh judgments‹that you let them be swallowed up in compassion and turn your efforts toward reconciliation.
Virginia Hinckley Pearce served as first counselor in the general presidency of the Young Women organization of the Church from 1992 to 1997. A member of the board of directors of Deseret Book, she has written two books for adults and has co-authored four children¹s books.
Her father, Gordon B. Hinckley, was the fifteenth president of the Church.
After graduating from the University of Utah, he served a mission to Great Britain before beginning a lifetime career of service to the Church. He served as executive secretary of the Church Radio, Publicity, and Literature Committee before being called as an Apostle in 1961. He eventually served as counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball, President Ezra Taft Benson, and President Howard W. Hunter. He became known for an era of unprecedented temple building and for leveraging the power of technology and the media in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
by Richard - reviewed on October 25, 2010
I fell in love with the diversity of dads profiled, the warmth of each story, and the fact that I could write about my own dad in the blank, lined pages at the back of the book. My friends that come over won't put the book down because there are so many interesting people and stories in here. A beautiful (and BIG) book that is a tremendous value.
Big Bold Beautiful Book
by Billie - reviewed on October 27, 2010
I was drawn to this book because I was interested in reading about the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, plus LaVell Edwards, Doug Wright, Bruce R. McConkie and many other notables. (There are at least 100 stories, maybe more.) However, after I read the stories from those people that I was familiar with, I then started reading stories from some of the other "not-so-famous" fathers, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many amazing stories. One guy would willingly endure being a Japanese POW again, just to make sure the Book of Mormon was in his life. One guy never missed a month of home teaching in his entire adult life. Another guy nearly jumped off a battleship to go rescue his father who was being held as a Japanese POW. There are funny stories, poignant stories, inspiring stories and amazing stories. It's a handsomely designed book, and even has pages in the back of the book that you can write your own memory about your father. Too bad I bought this copy, as it would love to have my own kids write their own memories of our relationship as they grew up. Overall, an incredibly good book. I highly recommended it.