About the book: 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."
My review: 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!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Barnard N. Madsen is the son of Truman and Ann Madsen. He received a juris doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and is currently an attorney who focuses his practice in civil litigation, intellectual property, employment law, and appellate work. His thirty-year legal career includes service on a U.S. congressman's staff, as an Air Force judge advocate, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Assistant Attorney General. He has authored and coauthored several articles for Church magazines and has also been published in LDS Living magazine.
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