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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What can I say?
By , Submitted on 2019-06-14

I absolutely love our prophet, I have such a deeper respect for him after reading this. Sheri Dew has done it again!

Insights from a Prophet’s Life: Russell M. Nelson
By , Submitted on 2019-06-13

This was a great book! It was interesting to see how his thoughts were influenced at a very young age to search for truth and knowledge. I enjoyed watching him make decisions and learn. I felt his genuine love for people and keenly felt his sorrow as he was unable to save some of his patients. It showed in retrospect how his life has been effected, indeed how he was groomed by God to be a prophet and great example for us. May we all look back at or own lives and see how Gods hand has influenced our lives and been a blessing to us. Thank you sister Dew for the wonderful stories and insights into his life.

Very inspiring!
By , Submitted on 2019-06-09

This book will instill a desire in you to become the best person that you can become. It will also help you feel that God has prepared this man to lead His church in this latter day. Great read!

By , Submitted on 2019-06-07

President Nelson has been tutored all his life to lead the Lord’s church at such a crucial time in history.
You can not read this book and it not inspire you to do better and become like Jesus Christ.
He has an outstanding mind and an outstanding heart.
How blessed we are to live in such a time.
He’s my prophet!

By , Submitted on 2019-06-06

I've been listening to this book while driving to work and wow it is great. We can all learn from Pres. Nelson's experiences and example. so inspiring. I marvel at his dedication to his family, the Church and his profession. A man prepared by God to his work in the Church. I would love to have known his first wife. She certainly was an influence in many ways on her husband.

I love him even more
By , Submitted on 2019-06-02

What a wonderful book about our prophet. Sheri Dew did a beautiful job on creating this book. I got to know our prophet so much better than I ever imagined. Thanks!

What an amazing man of God!
By , Submitted on 2019-05-30

All I can say is wow! He truly was prepared all his life to be the Prophet in these days. So many miracles because of who he is!
We have just had a visit from him here in Australia and I felt pure humbleness and love from him! But listening to this audiobook has strengthened my testimony of him so much.
I would love to read a biography of his first wife, she was amazing! Thank you Sherri Dew, I wish you many blessings.

By , Submitted on 2019-05-30

Incredible "insights" of how the Lord qualifies those servants who He calls. I could not put this book down. I felt enriched and uplifted by how our prophet has been nurtured and prepared to lead the Church in these perilous and challenging times. My understanding and testimony was enlarged and edified.

By , Submitted on 2019-05-30

Awesome history!!!

By , Submitted on 2019-05-26

This book taught me so much about President Nelson’s life and gave me a newfound love and respect for him and his life. A long book, but a really good read. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a book full of true stories, learning, and testimony

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!

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