Thousands of people across the world, from students to scholars, from Latter-day Saints to respected leaders of other religious traditions, can attest to the influence of Truman G. Madsen in their lives. A gifted writer, respected speaker, faithful teacher, and devoted scholar, Truman was a tireless and articulate advocate of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He was also a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, confidant, and counselor.
This intimate biography by his son, Barnard N. Madsen, tells of the inner life, private choices, and personal struggles that set Truman Madsen on the course of his life's journey. from the death of his mother when he was just a young child to his own battle with the cancer that ended his life, from his work as a missionary to his years of teaching at Brigham Young University to his service at the BYU Jerusalem Center, Truman's formative years as well as his distinguished career all come to life in these pages—often in his own words.
Drawing from Truman's extensive journals, numerous writings, and the papers he chose to preserve for his posterity, this is a candid portrayal, as the author writes, of "the man himself ... of his decisions and indecisions, sorrows and joys, regrets and aspirations, reverses and accomplishments, and, above all, his constant striving to achieve a balance between his intellectual and spiritual life."
Dr. Madsen has long been a hero of mine. The ability to read a fairly forthright story of how he lived was very satisfying to me, especially considering it not being whitewashed in the traditional sense of not showing that Dr. Madsen was fallible. I especially enjoyed (and would be worth the price of purchasing the book alone) on the content of how Heber J. Grant is sealed in the eternities to Joseph Smith.
I loved reading this book! I loved the way that it's written, it's from the perspective of Truman G Madsen's son and a lot of times he uses Truman's own words. I love this kind of book, and the way this book made someone I've heard about my whole life seem like a real person to me, even though I've never met him.
I particularly liked the parts about him as a child and as a young man. Seeing the way that he grew into the man he was was truly fascinating to me. Reading about his courtship and life with his wife and family touched me as well.
This is a great book that I didn't want to put down, make sure to get your own copy!
Reading this book was a blessing to my life! I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in this great disciple and scholar. I loved the honesty of the book--it shared with us the path that Truman Madsen followed in becoming who he was. It was inspiring and motivating!