Mormon's teaching to "lay hold upon every good thing" and the Doctrine and Covenant's injunction to "seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom" serve as an invitation to study truth from all cultures and all people. From great individuals of the past we gain valuable insights and cultural perspectives, and we are inspired by their triumphs over life's challenges.
In 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, author S. Michael Wilcox profiles the lives of his "best friends history," ten individuals who have tutored his soul as well as his mind and whom he wants to meet in the hereafter.
The list includes Saint Patrick, the slave who was not Irish; Saint Francis of Assisi, the son of a wealthy Italian merchant who became a Catholic friar; Joan of Arc, a French peasant who became a national heroine; Mencius, a Chinese philosopher; Khadija and Aisha, wives of and helpmeets to the prophet Mohammad; Siddhartha, who became the Buddha; Charles Darwin, the English scientist and naturalist; Sir Ernest Shackleton, who spend much of his life as a polar explorer; George MacDonald, the Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister who inspired, among others, C.S. Lewis; and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the prominent English poet, whose love for her husband, Robert Browning, and its reciprocation, are the stuff of Legend.
This book had better editing than 'Fire In the Bones' and was easier to follow. I appreciate the notes section at the back of the book - I can pursue further research on my own. It was interesting to read his comparisons and conclusions. I did not always agree but I find it important to understand others view points. All of the people in the book are worth learning about.
I enjoyed reading the book. It is very insightful. I liked the scriptural and gospel related comparisons. Unfortunately e-book errors were distracting especially in the chapter on Earnest Shackelford. I hope Brother Wilcox writes a book entitled The Next 10 Great Souls I Want To Meet in Heaven!