A Disciple's Life: The Biography of Neal A. Maxwell

by Bruce C. Hafen

A disciples life

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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.

About the Author

Bruce C. Hafen

Bruce C. Hafen was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1996 and has been a General Authority Emeritus since 2010. An internationally recognized family law scholar, he has served as president of BYU–Idaho, dean of the BYU Law School, and provost at BYU. Two of his past books won the year’s best book award from Deseret Book: The Broken Heart in 1989 and A Disciple’s Life: The Biography of Neal A. Maxwell in 2002. He recently served as president of the St. George Utah Temple. Bruce and Marie Hafen are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of forty-six.

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(based upon 6 reviews)

Great read
By , Submitted on 2018-01-14

Great book! It was personal and didn't put Elder Maxwell as some perfect. I was inspired by this book. Elder Hafen did a great job.

Love this book!
By , Submitted on 2017-05-04

This is my favorite biography written of latter-day prophets. This book presents a very human perspective of Elder Maxwell: his struggles, his progress, and his discipled life. This biography is so much more than a series of positive facts. It portrayed Neal A. Maxwell as someone far from perfect, yet determined to overcome his weaknesses. Loved this book. Very inspiring.

A series of positive facts
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The photo was compelling. The book is a keeper! What an amazing man!

One of the best
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

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