A friend of Joseph Smith's since childhood and later his bodyguard, Porter saved the life of the Prophet more than once. Porter also served as a bodyguard to Brigham Young and helped guide the first pioneers across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley. He became a legend as a frontiersman, a marksman, and a man of iron nerve. And though may outsiders characterized Porter Rockwell as a notorious, vengeful murderer, those who knew him saw him as a protector, a miraculous healer, and a loyal friend.
I had no prior knowledge of who Porter Rockwell was before reading this book other than he was the Prophet's body guard. However, after reading this book Porter Rockwell became a hero of mine. As a result, I named my first born son Rockwell. I have never read about a more humble, courageous, and loyal man than Porter Rockwell. I highly recommend this book. If you want more details on anything you can check out his biography which has a ton of cited references in the back. However, I find this book more useful for sharing stories about him around a campfire or in a church talk than the longer biography because of the shorter and more concise format.
I enjoyed the relaxed writing style. I found the authors allowed me to decide about Porter and his actions by an unbiased presentation of the facts.
I enjoyed seeing Our Prophet Joseph Smith through Porter's eyes and the History of the Church.
Thank you for wrting this.
Porter is of legend status in L.D.S. history. I found the authors to have written a book that people of many ages can enjoy reading.
The title is exciting. Good cover. But, this was the hardest book to get through. Lots of grammar mistakes. It read like the book was written in just a week or two. I would like to see the book rewritten by a professional author.
From my personal knowledge of church history, I noticed some inconsistencies with dates, etc. Some typos but minor. Wonderful insights into Rockwell's interesting life stories.
This book was a fast read, stories that have been written in other books. A great fan of Rockwell but this was disappointing, was hoping for new stories.