I am thoroughly enjoying the book and learning many things about President Monson and his family. I would recommend this book!
I felt this book was poorly written. To me read more like a church history book instead of a life history of a prophet. Too many inconsistencies and bad transitions. I quit reading at chapter 10 but maybe someday will pick it back up.
It took me forever to get through this book, reading or listening to it a little bit at a time, but it was well worth it. For me it was the kind of book you have to read a little bit at a time. I am so glad I was able to finish this book during the time that president Monson is still our prophet. It makes me understand him and why he does the things he does better. This book makes me want to be more like him- especially in the way I follow promptings and help others around me. I love the various examples found throughout the book of how he helped, cared for and administered to the "the one." What a great man! This book is wonderful and insightful. I would recommend this book to all adults, it will enrich and benefit the person who reads it as well as anyone who comes in contact with them. This books makes you want to change for the better. It is well worth the read, I highly recommend it! I really enjoyed reading the book, but I also enjoyed the audio book which was done very well. The man who reads it is easy to listen to and it is perfect for trips in the car. You will not reading getting this book!
I listened to the mp3 audio of To the Rescue and really enjoyed it- this book has fantastic narration. Heidi Swinton is also very thorough as she writes of accounts from president Monson's life. It was great to learn more about the prophet's life and teachings through his own stories and other's perspectives.
An excellent read, what you get from this book about Thomas S. Monson is his love for everyone and his concern for the one. His life is one dedicated to following the example of Jesus Christ.
After reading it you have a greater desire to follow his example and be a better, more dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ.
Reading this book only furthered my testimony that Thomas S. Monson is truly the Lord's Chosen Prophet on the earth today.
Utah Dad and I recently finished reading To The Rescue : The Biography of Thomas S. Monson by Heidi Swinton. We've spent the last few months reading a chapter together at least once a week. It is always entertaining to read the stories of the charismatic and fun-loving President Monson (president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Many of the stories were ones we had heard before in his talks and I was frequently reminded of his personal speaking style. He has always been the quintessential story teller.
We were most enthralled with the stories of his childhood and also the chapters that go into depth about the growth of the church in East Germany throughout the decades before the fall of the wall. President Monson's role in that growth is inspiring. It is clear to see that he is an instrument in the hands of God.
Many of the stories of President Monson's call to follow inspiration and touch the individual person moved me to tears. He is truly an inspired man and my testimony of him as a prophet of God grew as we read more about his amazing life.
Utah Dad and I have joked over the years that President Monson is the "angel of death". If he suddenly shows up to visit you, watch out, your time is limited. So many of his stories involve following the spirit to the bedside of a dying friend or stranger and then of speaking at funerals. But what a touching, tender mercy of the Lord to send his servant to comfort many of those in their final hours. Really, President Monson is so close to the spirit that he knows just where he is most needed.
Heidi Swinton is a good story teller in her own right and has written a very approachable, readable book. This book is not a scholarly explanation. There are questions left unanswered (such as why his father was not active in the church) and it does not go deep into the emotions and feelings of President Monson. What it does do is include many of President Monson's stories in one volume and give a lovely over view of his history. It is also encouraging and motivating. President Monson exemplifies a Christ-like life. He cares about people. He is in tune with the spirit and follows it so that he can touch people just when they need it most.
The overwhelming majority of the book consists of ambiguous praise of Pres. Monson. Please do not mistake me; I admire and sustain him, but this author ceaselessly sings his praises without giving any meaningful insight into his life. The book is also full of awkward transitions, empty quotes and irrelevant anecdotes. For example, the author describes, at length, a time when he shot and made two baskets while visiting a Church gym and includes a copy of his third grade report card, to make sure you're impressed. Yet, the book leaves you frustrated and wondering at questions that would actually provide insight; questions like- Why didn't he serve a mission after his extremely short time in the military? Why was his father inactive? How has he come to be financially successful with so little time in the professional world? Etc. For such an expensive book, one would hope to find more than exaggerated praise and rehash of his talks, yet that is all this book contains. Pres. Monson asked the author to write the book, but reading it left me frustrated and wondering why he would provide her a constructive monopoly on something that should be free for all members, and why he would permit so much shameless praise to be published. For me, the book raised far more questions than it answered.
It was wonderful reading about a man that is loved by so many. By following his example, we can become more loving ourselves. This book shows many small steps we can take to become more Christlike. President Monson truly is a prophet of God
Outside of the scriptures, this is the best book that has ever been written or sold. My wife and I spent time each night reading this book together. We have been having numerous challenges in life this year and this book helped us to grow in faith, to grow in testimony and to grow closer together during this time. If you want to improve your relationships, improve your testimony or just improve your overall life, this is certainly the book to read. I strongly encourage all couples and individuals to read this amazing and inspiring book.
I read this book in a few days it was difficult to put down. I feel like that anybody in a leadership position should read it. Reminds you to focus on the individual and not on programs.
Jen Katene New Zealand
Having served in the Canadian Mission just prior to President Monson, I was very impressed with the Author's quotes about the mission. HOWEVER
Before printing more books I wish to save Pres.
"Eagle eye" Monson's reputation. On page showing the mission home the address is incorrect. That home is on 133 Lynhurst Ave. The Toronto Chapel is on Ossington.
I was delighted to learn more about the life of our Prophet. His influence in different areas of the Church throughout his years of service is really inspiring and astonishing. This is an interesting, enjoyable and uplifting read. I highly recommend it!
I just finished reading this marvelous biography of our prophet. It reaffirmed my testimony that President Monson a true and living prophet here on this earth. It is a perfect instruction manual on how to be a true disciple of our Savior Jesus Christ. President Monson sets a wonderful example for each of us about how to have true Christlike love for one another. It was great to learn so much about our amazing prophet.
What a wonderful biography, I learned so many things about our dear prophet. He was instrumental in so many things I didn't know about before reading this book. The most beautiful thing I gained from this book apart from a stronger testimony of Heavenly father's Prophet and a stronger desire to follow his wonderful example is that I now feel I know the prophet as my friend!! Well done Heidi Swinton a remarkable biography.
This is one of the best books ever written about our great prophets. So much applicable to our lives each day!
I have been anticipating the opportunity to read this book. I was not disappointed. Upon reading only the first few chapters I found myself looking at others around me and wondering how can I be of help to them? I was looking at others with new eyes. I quickly found myself doing as President Monson would as I stopped and talked with my neighbor, a widow, today. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I learned so much from reading about the humble and wise leaders of President Monson's youth that taught through their example how to be a loving leader. I particularly loved reading the poem written by his father at his birth. It is clear poetry was a part of his life from the beginning. I enjoyed reading of his boyhood visits to Vivian Park, the ballpark and his yearning for a pet. I was interested that his first calling was to be the Secretary of the Deacons Quorum. My son holds that same calling now. I hope he feels the same about his responsibility as President Monson did. Heidi Swinton's writing is beautiful, insightful and inspired me, through President Monson's life experiences, to be a better person who cares for those around me - perhaps a bit more than I did before. Heidi Swinton is a memory weaver. The product of her work, this biography, is a wonderful opportunity for all to learn more about this ebullient prophet with a "big heart."
"To the Rescue" is such an inspirational book! Throughout his life, President Monson has always reached out to the one, giving his time freely. He listens to the promptings he receives from the Holy Ghost to find those who need him, and then he acts. What a wonderful example he has set for all of us. I will strive harder to follow in his footsteps. President Monson's biography is the best book I have ever read.
I just finished reading To the Rescue and it was a great witness of a true Prophet of God.