I TRULY LOVE THIS MP3 OF J. GOLDEN KIMBALL . I LOVE THIS WONDERFUL, FUNNY , FAITHFUL MAN.
THIS WAS SUCH A DELIGHT TO LISTEN TO. MY HUSBAND AND I LAUGHED SO HARD WE HAD STOMACH ACHES.
AWSOME AND WONDERFUL.
Above any other person in the church as of late, it’s J Golden Kimball that I have wanted to know more deeply about. All I hear is the stories that make people laugh and give the teller an excuse to fly off a few cuss words. This gives a side of Brother Kimball that no one ever seems to care about; his love for the gospel... it took me roughly four hours to listen to the entire audio book, and I loved every second of it! And for those of you who care, the narrator does a wonderful job as he is reading :) as I said before, I loved every second of it
This book reads more like a blog post than a novel. Lots of side remarks by the author in parentheses. (Not that this is a bad thing. It's exactly how I write.) (See? Just like that.:-))
The author did a good job bringing the reader into J. Golden Kimball's life, helping us get to know him better. Before reading this book, the only thing I really knew about him was that he had a bit of a foul mouth. And that point is brought home time and again in this book. But we also get to learn about how strong his faith and devotion to the gospel were, something I think is much more important to focus on.
I love the quote from Elder Hugh B. Brown near the end of the book where he says "He has kept a sense of humor in the Church, and believes the "trip to Heaven" should be a joyous one. Every group is made happier by his presence, and when he leaves us the angels will greet him with a smile."
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book so that I could better come to know this remarkable man.
Even though I was raised in the Mormon church, I hadn't heard about J. Golden Kimball before. This book gave inspiring and fascinating insight into his early life, his missionary work in the volatile and violent post-Civil War Southern states, his struggles with his marriage, family and finances, and most importantly, his stalwart testimony of the gospel. Several of the anecdotes made me chuckle or laugh out loud, and I found that I didn't want to put the book down- which never happens with nonfiction for me! This is by far the most enjoyable biography I've read. Even though Kimball is perceived as an optimistic, humorous, and irreverent character, there was a respectful tone as the difficult and sad parts of his private life were explored. I was able to feel the Spirit as I read about the second generation of Latter-day Saints that Kimball served and served with. I loved learning more about this man of God who wasn't perfect and was beloved for it.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)