Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russell M. Nelson

by Sheri Dew

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What kind of life preparation does the Lord give the men He will one day call to be prophet? And what are the lessons to be learned from such a life?

"Each prophet's mortal schooling is singular," writes author Sheri Dew. "In studying a prophet's life, we see how the Lord molds, prepares, and tutors a man so that at the appointed hour, he is able, worthy, and ready to be His mouthpiece and to lead His people."

Insights from a Prophet's Life offers a candid view of President Russell M. Nelson, the seventeenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from childhood to the current day. More than a biography, this landmark volume invites readers to experience President Nelson's life through dozens of brief vignettes and hundreds of photographs. Each episode highlights an important lesson; taken together, they weave a captivating story of a man prepared in a unique way to lead the Church in our day.

"The attempt of this book," the author writes, "is not only to highlight signal events in President Nelson's life . . . but, in particular, to examine major episodes from the life of the living prophet and extract the insights embedded in them. Some of these episodes in President Nelson's life took place in a matter of minutes or hours; others spanned several years. I selected each episode either because he learned something or because we can learn something from him, or both. . . . Impressions, thoughts, learnings, and insights will vary with each person. Personal revelation is just that—personal. That you will learn from President Russell M. Nelson's life, though, is a given. It is certain."

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Audiobook NarratorBruce Lindsay
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 9 hrs.
PublishedDeseret Book 2019

About the Author

Sheri Dew

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has written a number of books, including the biographies of two Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. She served from 1997 to 2002 as Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency and is executive vice-president and chief content officer of Deseret Management Corporation. Her best-selling books include, most recently, Women and the Priesthood, Amazed by Grace, and Worth the Wrestle.

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A testimony builder
By , Submitted on 2019-05-20

This work of historical stories and lifetime accounts of the prophet’s life shows repeatedly the hand of God in our lives. What an easy read and a faith promoting book.

Thank you Sheri Dew for writing this!
By , Submitted on 2019-05-17

I thought it would take me a long time to read this book, but it is captivating! I'm in awe and inspired to live in the present, being "all in" at home, work, or serving the Lord. I want to magnify my view so that I can see people and love them like Pres. Nelson does!

By , Submitted on 2019-05-16

Oh how I adored this book! Not even 1/2 way through listening to it I was recommending it to several people. I sent a text saying, “this book will change your testimony. Not only your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but specifically of modern day revelation and our need for a prophet to lead and guide our church today!” My love for President Nelson has been increasing since he was called as our prophet, and this book was a perfect addition to that testimony and love. I am grateful for the spirit in which it was written and shared. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - as well as anyone who may be curious about our church leaders. I imagine that I’m somewhat biased, as I was raised in the church, but I’m fairly confident that this book could positively impact anyone who reads it.

Amazing book!
By , Submitted on 2019-05-15

Loved listening to this book driving to and from work. Great insights and ways God has prepared this man to lead the church. Inspired me to be a better person and live a better life.

By , Submitted on 2019-05-14

You can't help but feel the spirit as you read or listen to this book. It's inspiring and left me feeling uplifted. I love President Nelson's ability to teach without preaching or condemning. Sheri Dew is the perfect author for this book as she added insights that only someone close to the President and Sister Nelson could do.

Insites ro a Prophets Life - Russell M Nelson
By , Submitted on 2019-05-08

I absolutely loved listening to this book. Bruce Lindsay, who read the book, has a peaceful voice that added to the power of the words. I felt inspired and uplifted with each new "episode" read. It made me want to be a better person. President Nelson is truly an amazing man and I am honored to live while he is the Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Loved listening to this book.
By , Submitted on 2019-05-07

This books makes me appreciate and admire the prophet that much more. I would trust anything he said or does. One question I have about his grandfather's vision is why the purpose was to seal A.C. to his parents if he was already born in the covenant (according to family search).

Fantastic & Inspirational
By , Submitted on 2019-05-04

This book was so inspirational. I could hardly put it down. I love the way Sheri Dew writes. I have loved Pres. Nelson ever since he was first in the Quorum of the Twelve. There were so few of the General Authorities who ever smiled in General Conference and he did. After all it is the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel they are talking about. He has such a sweet, kind, loving way about him. He is so intelligent and I am so happy he is our prophet today.

Loved it
By , Submitted on 2019-05-04

So many short but beautiful passages, some about things I knew, some new to me.

So inspiring!
By , Submitted on 2019-05-01

I love this book! It was so fun to hear these sweet stories from President Nelson‘s life! Listening to this book always left me feeling happier and more grateful that he is our Prophet!

Absolutely Wonderful!
By , Submitted on 2019-04-29

Sheri Dew, you have provided so many wonderful insights into the life of our beloved Prophet, and his leadership and role as President of the Church. Thank you sooo much!

Wonderful insights about the training of the lords prophet.
By , Submitted on 2019-04-26

I listen to the audio book over and over. I could never say to president Nelson that he doesn’t know how it feels. He is no ordinary man.

Powerful examples of obedience and righteousness!
By , Submitted on 2019-04-25

I found another book that I can read and re-read again and again. President Nelson emulates the true meaning of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for his example of confidence and courage in our Savior's plan. He truly is a force of righteousness. I consider this book a huge blessing in my life and it came at the right time.

Loved it!
By , Submitted on 2019-04-25

I enjoyed learning more about this incredible man. The writing style was engaging and the stories shared were inspiring. Highly recommendable!

By , Submitted on 2019-04-24

One of the best books written about our beloved Prophet.

By , Submitted on 2019-04-22

This book made me a better person. When I told my family about this, we started going to church. My family is now turning out to be nice and thoughtful. If you make another book like this, I'm going to read it right away.
Thank you for making this book. P.S Hope you make another book like this.

Amazing read about an amazing person
By , Submitted on 2019-04-22

I already thought President Nelson was an amazing person, after reading this, I know it! I could not put it down. It reads so quick and story like. I think my 11+yr old children will all enjoy it. I’m putting it on their reading list. I think Latter Day Saints and those not of that faith alike will find it an engaging and quality read worth their time

By , Submitted on 2019-04-22

This book brought such a great spirit into my life. Well written and incredibly informative on the prophet, his life, and ministry. This book was absolutely fantastic!

Love this book!
By , Submitted on 2019-04-17

I love this book. I wish more biographies were written this way. I was touch, inspired, uplifted, taught. I am a better person for listening to this book. I am so happy it is an audio book! What an inspiring read. What an amazing man, father, disciple, husband, friend, comforter, Prophet. As you read, you will feel the Spirit and it will testify to you of the truthfulness of this gospel, why we are here and how our Father in Heaven wants us to act. Thank you for this book!

By , Submitted on 2019-04-15

This is an excellent and enlightening book. I enjoyed reading it very much.

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