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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(based upon 68 reviews)

By , Submitted on 2019-08-22

I loved this so much that I sent a copy to my son in Japan. I read it as an e-book and I have ordered another hard copy that will be passed around the other members of my family.
He is a prophet through and through and this book shows how he was being trained for this from his early childhood.
Thanks President Nelson and Sheri Dew.

By , Submitted on 2019-08-18

Wow. I was overcome with the spirit testifying of the Prophet's reality and call several times throughout this well written book. So good!

One of the best biographical books I have ever listened to!
By , Submitted on 2019-08-18

What an inspiring, remarkable journey! And told in the most engaging and personal manner. Sheri Dee has done a fantastic job at capturing the spirit, energy, and love of this remarkable leader of the Church of Jesus Christ. I feel like I know him personally now. Thank you Sister Dew!

Wonderful book
By , Submitted on 2019-08-09

This is a great book to read or listen to.

I am so inspired!
By , Submitted on 2019-08-08

I just finished the audio recording of this book and I can’t even describe how I feel inside! I have so much more love and respect for what the prophet has been through, has done, and what he continues to do. It is amazing to me to see how Jesus Christ molded this man into his instrument. He is a true example of Christ and I am inspired to be a better person! Thank you Sheri Dew! You are so talented!

By , Submitted on 2019-08-08

DEFINITELY would recommend this book to everyone!! I truly am thankful for latter-day prophets and for the example President Nelson has set. Just a tiny glimpse of this wonderful mans life and he truly is amazing. I sustain our prophet.

Amazing look into Pres. Nelson’s life
By , Submitted on 2019-08-07

I, like many, knew very few of the anecdotes presented in this book. I loved learning about the prophet’s marriages and his ability to receive revelation. This book was a gem!!

Superlative biography
By , Submitted on 2019-07-27

I appreciate both Sheri Dew and Pres Nelson’s idea to write his biography in such a way that it provides us lessons and principles learned from experiences in his life. I appreciated noticing that he had his own way of finding solutions and receiving revelation. He dances to the beat of his own drum, he doesn’t do things because of convention or tradition. He finds his truth and stands his ground. Learning of the heartache he experienced in his personal life certainly has made me admire him even more. What a wonderful man and I’m glad he leads the church at this time and I can’t wait for more changes!

Love it!!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-25

I listened to the audio version and loved it.

By , Submitted on 2019-07-22

loved it!

By , Submitted on 2019-07-22

Relateable, enjoyable, uplifting, and powerful.

Loved this book - so worth reading!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-18

We read/listened to this for our bookclub and everyone loved it which greatly increased our love and respect for this prophet! Very interesting, inspiring, and life changing! I actually listened to it twice. Highly recommend.

Captivating from beginning to end
By , Submitted on 2019-07-09

This book was so delightful and inspiring. What a brilliant and faithful man in so many large and small ways. Highly recommend this!

Insights into the like of a prophet.
By , Submitted on 2019-07-08

Very well written. So inspiring to read about all the wonderful things one man accomplish in a lifetime. Love President Nelson.

By , Submitted on 2019-07-03

So good that I’ve listened to it twice now!! Worth every moment spent and confirmed to me that he was meant to be the prophet at this time!! What an amazing life he has lived!!

Excellent! I was engaged thoughouly
By , Submitted on 2019-07-01

The insights and the way this was lived and written made me think and explore how I can be better. I think his life is summed up by his quote, " The Lord likes effort" this book leaves me wanting to make more effort!

Best book ever!
By , Submitted on 2019-06-27

I learned so much from this book! Not only about president Nelson, but about how I should live my life also. What an amazing example this man is to all of us! Thank you Sheri Dew for capturing his life and personality perfectly.

Very Insightful (*wink*)
By , Submitted on 2019-06-26

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about President Nelson. I didn't feel like I knew much about him, so this book was helpful at introducing me to the man who became a prophet.

By , Submitted on 2019-06-26

Insights into President Nelson's life has further solidified my testimony that he is a prophet of God! It has helped me to know that by simple things we do to turn to God, He can inspire us in ways that can bring the power of God into our lives. Sheri Dew makes it very enjoyable to dive into this book, and make it feel like you where right there with President Nelson, learning life with him.

Very Inspiring
By , Submitted on 2019-06-25

I liked very much, full of personal experiences from Pres. Nelson

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