Fourteen-year-old David O. McKay was told in his patriarchal blessing: "At an early day you may be prepared for a responsible position, for the eye of the Lord is upon thee...The Lord has a work for thee to do, in which thou shalt see much of the world, assist in gathering scattered Israel, and also labor in the ministry. It shall be thy lot to sit in council with thy brethren and preside among the people and exhort the Saints to faithfulness." The ultimate fulfillment of this blessing came as he served many years later as the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In David O. McKay: Apostle to the World, Prophet of God, author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He brings to life David O. McKay's childhood in Huntsville, Utah; his missionary service in Scotland, the land of his forebears; his work as a mission president and an Apostle; his role in the Church Welfare Program; his service as a counselor in the First Presidency; and his ministry to all the world as president of the Church.
Readers who have enjoyed the author's previous books will enjoy this latest portrait of a prophet. It will be especially valuable to everyone desiring to understand the background and personality of this Apostle to the world and prophet of God.
No one likes to write a negative review, but the truth is that I had to battle a bit to get through this book. I had always thought of David O. McKay as a very special prophet to me, but I somehow found this not to be an engaging read. I did not enjoy the writing, which seemed brimful with tedious detail and sometimes inane commentary. I would very much have liked to enjoy it, but did not. I disappointingly, did not feel that I was able to gain a closer understanding of, or appreciation for, President McKay through this biography.