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  1. 4 out of 5

    T.K.

    There was so much that was inspiring in this biography. Henry B. Eyring is truly a humble, kind man who always strives to do what is right. His extensive academic background, fascination with business, and his self doubt surprised me. But it his constant striving to understand the whisperings of the Spirit, to admit when he gets things wrong, and to never give up improving his communication with Heavenly Father that most impressed me. It drives away my own discouragement with error and helps me There was so much that was inspiring in this biography. Henry B. Eyring is truly a humble, kind man who always strives to do what is right. His extensive academic background, fascination with business, and his self doubt surprised me. But it his constant striving to understand the whisperings of the Spirit, to admit when he gets things wrong, and to never give up improving his communication with Heavenly Father that most impressed me. It drives away my own discouragement with error and helps me hope for my own improvement. I am sad to finish it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I have thought and thought about this book so many times while reading it and afterwards. Because President Eyring has been a prolific journalist, it is just filled with experiences that otherwise would probably have been forgotten. Because of his introspective writing style and because the author writes so well, President Eyring comes across as a real person-talented, obedient, faithful- but human. I felt inspired to be better and do better. I also have started writing in my journal again. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I knew as soon as I opened to the introduction of I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring I knew I was going to like it. It opens with one of my favorite scriptures, Doctrine & Covenants 78:17-18, from which the title of this book is taken. I was impressed by his introspective nature, and reading about how he so often pondered on what he perceived as his weaknesses and what he could do to improve himself, I find myself pondering on similar topics and looking at how might improve myself I knew as soon as I opened to the introduction of I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring I knew I was going to like it. It opens with one of my favorite scriptures, Doctrine & Covenants 78:17-18, from which the title of this book is taken. I was impressed by his introspective nature, and reading about how he so often pondered on what he perceived as his weaknesses and what he could do to improve himself, I find myself pondering on similar topics and looking at how might improve myself and be more fit and more worthy to serve. For me, this was one of those books that I toted around with me and read in every spare moment. There more I read, the more I wanted to read and found myself more and more engrossed as I got deeper into his story. I have always felt the best measure of a book is if it leaves you changed for the better, and it makes you think and reflect on your life in some way. This book definitely did all that for me. Of all the biographies I have read of LDS leaders (and there have been quite a few), I think this one is my favorite. There is just something about Hal Eyring and his life that just drew me in and made me want to spend more time with him. I am sure now I will be listening even more closely to his next conference talks.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I've always enjoyed listening to Pres. Eyring's talks in general conference so I was excited to learn more about who he is and what his life has been like. First of all, I didn't realize he grew up as "Hal" since his mother didn't like the name Henry. It was a family name and she and her husband argued over it until she compromised and said he could be christened Henry but they would call him Hal. He's well known for keeping journals and there are a lot of journal entries included. He also enjoy I've always enjoyed listening to Pres. Eyring's talks in general conference so I was excited to learn more about who he is and what his life has been like. First of all, I didn't realize he grew up as "Hal" since his mother didn't like the name Henry. It was a family name and she and her husband argued over it until she compromised and said he could be christened Henry but they would call him Hal. He's well known for keeping journals and there are a lot of journal entries included. He also enjoys drawing so some of his drawings are included and there are also lots of photos. This book is quite thick and seems overwhelming at first, but the layout is great and so many interesting stories are included that it's easy to get lost in it. I enjoyed learning how he met his wife (their tennis date made me laugh), how faithful he was in his callings and how he was able to balance his busy schedule with his home life. His wife, Kathy, was very supportive. He is a kind, compassionate, faithful man who tries to do his best and learns from his mistakes. After reading about his life, I feel inspired to be just that much better myself. This is a book I highly recommend! Mel's Shelves

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deyanne

    An absolute treasure. This is one of the most inspirational books that I have read. I couldn't put it down, and I can't stop talking about it. I am filled with gratitude that this came into my life and that I was receptive to the lessons I have to learn. Now comes the application. An absolute treasure. This is one of the most inspirational books that I have read. I couldn't put it down, and I can't stop talking about it. I am filled with gratitude that this came into my life and that I was receptive to the lessons I have to learn. Now comes the application.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    What a beautiful example of a devoted life of a faithful servant. I loved reading about how "Hal" came to become the man he is today. I appreciated all the journal entries, personal drawings, family pictures, and conference quotes that were scattered throughout this book. He is one of my favorite speakers and I am grateful to have a compilation of so many favorite quotes. The first thing that stood out to me after finishing this book was his constant self-evaluation and striving to work on his w What a beautiful example of a devoted life of a faithful servant. I loved reading about how "Hal" came to become the man he is today. I appreciated all the journal entries, personal drawings, family pictures, and conference quotes that were scattered throughout this book. He is one of my favorite speakers and I am grateful to have a compilation of so many favorite quotes. The first thing that stood out to me after finishing this book was his constant self-evaluation and striving to work on his weaknesses. His journal entries were full of things he needed to work on and how he was going to do better. This desire was fulfilled as you see the progress that was born of humility. The second thing that stood out to me was his ability to balance such a busy life. He always worked hard at his calling and work, but trusted God would fill in the gaps as long as he put Him first. I was impressed that he would make sure to fit in time with his family after a long day, and then go right back to work (until late in the evening) after they were in bed. Consecrating your life to God isn't easy, but what a beautiful example of being strengthened and enabled. Such an inspiring life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I love biographies of the modern apostles, and I loved this book. One of the lessons it teaches is that you never really "arrive" -- as a Harvard MBA and then Ph.D., as a tenured professor at Stanford, as president of Rick's College, then church Commissioner of Education, as a member of the Seventy, then the Twelve, then the First Presidency -- Pres. Eyring has been constantly learning, growing, being humbled and corrected by the Lord or his servants, striving to overcome weaknesses, and always I love biographies of the modern apostles, and I loved this book. One of the lessons it teaches is that you never really "arrive" -- as a Harvard MBA and then Ph.D., as a tenured professor at Stanford, as president of Rick's College, then church Commissioner of Education, as a member of the Seventy, then the Twelve, then the First Presidency -- Pres. Eyring has been constantly learning, growing, being humbled and corrected by the Lord or his servants, striving to overcome weaknesses, and always working very hard. You never get it all figured out in this life, and it doesn't generally get easier, but there are incredible blessings along the way. With many quotes from his personal journal, this book is inspiring, moving, and strengthened my conviction that we are led in the Church by prophets of God.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cami Checketts

    When this book arrived I thought, That is a huge book! I wasn't sure I'd be able to fit in the time to read it all, but the story of President Eyring's life was so engrossing to me I just kept reading (even when I should have been sleeping or doing dishes). I especially loved every word written about his sweetheart, Kathy. It was beautiful and inspiring to have insight into their marriage and parenting. I cried when I read the last chapter. President Henry B. Eyring is amazing, a spiritual giant, When this book arrived I thought, That is a huge book! I wasn't sure I'd be able to fit in the time to read it all, but the story of President Eyring's life was so engrossing to me I just kept reading (even when I should have been sleeping or doing dishes). I especially loved every word written about his sweetheart, Kathy. It was beautiful and inspiring to have insight into their marriage and parenting. I cried when I read the last chapter. President Henry B. Eyring is amazing, a spiritual giant, but you can feel as you read his book that he is truly caring, humble, and loving.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    So inspirational to me! Whenever I wasn't feeling spiritual I would start reading and could feel the spirit and it inspired me to be better. So inspirational to me! Whenever I wasn't feeling spiritual I would start reading and could feel the spirit and it inspired me to be better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Verona

    What a remarkable human being Henry B. Eyring is! I stand in awe of all he stands for. I have always admired his integrity and emotional connections in whatever he is teaching us in his conference talks. He has inspired me to action many time in his teachings. It is because of him that I changed the tone and content of my journal writing to one of a more thankful and sharing writing than I otherwise would have done. This life story of President Eyring is laced with his journal entries. I loved What a remarkable human being Henry B. Eyring is! I stand in awe of all he stands for. I have always admired his integrity and emotional connections in whatever he is teaching us in his conference talks. He has inspired me to action many time in his teachings. It is because of him that I changed the tone and content of my journal writing to one of a more thankful and sharing writing than I otherwise would have done. This life story of President Eyring is laced with his journal entries. I loved that! I gained even more respect for this giant educator and church leader as I read this book. His dedication to doing what is right in his personal and family life as well as his teaching, professional and church leadership is inspiring. One of the things I will take away from reading this book is his closeness to the Lord in every aspect of his life. He wants to do what the Savior would hve him do to fulfill his mission here on the earth. His reliance on prayer has touched me, and I want to be more prayerful in my day to day life as well. I can't stop thinking about all the things I learned from this book, and I finished it a week ago. I just keep being influenced by those great experiences and examples he lived and shared with all of us. I am so grateful for his wonderful example of Christlike living.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Absolutely loved this book. I listened to it, but I hear that the book has great layout. I loved all the detail and the flow of the bio. What an incredible family. I loved the insight to his relationships with church leadership. There we’re so many beautiful lessons that answered some heart-questions I have at the moment. So so good. I love biographies and need to read more!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shiloah

    Inspirational! This one will stay with me a long time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky Porter

    This book came into my life at just the right time. Especially over this last week, I received much revelation while reading and pondering over the lessons learned by President Eyring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Geniel15

    This book was so interesting. I learned so much about this man and his family. The amazing things he’s accomplished and his experiences were so amazing to me. I loved learning about his critical thinking and writing skills. Definitely worth the read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Very comprehensive look at President Eyring's life. I loved that the book included his personal journal entries and sketches. What an incredible man! Very comprehensive look at President Eyring's life. I loved that the book included his personal journal entries and sketches. What an incredible man!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee Steiner

    One of my favorite books of all times

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lorsch

    This books was wonderful. I haven't read any other biographies of modern apostles or prophets, so I don't have much to compare it to. This book is really big, but easy to read. I didn't want to put it down and looked forward to reading it each day. I learned a lot by reading about President Eyring's experiences, especially when dealing with personal revelation and humility. It opened my eyes to the reality that my Heavenly Father wants to bless me with that very same specific, loving, and helpful This books was wonderful. I haven't read any other biographies of modern apostles or prophets, so I don't have much to compare it to. This book is really big, but easy to read. I didn't want to put it down and looked forward to reading it each day. I learned a lot by reading about President Eyring's experiences, especially when dealing with personal revelation and humility. It opened my eyes to the reality that my Heavenly Father wants to bless me with that very same specific, loving, and helpful revelation that will chasten and guide me and help me become the wife and mother I so desperately want to become. In regards to humility, I realized I am way more prideful than President Eyring (and 99% sure the rest of the general authorities). It helped me so how pride is stopping my growth, especially in receiving personal revelation. After reading the book, I see the general authorities of the church in a different light. They are real men, not just figure heads. I admire them for their humility, and the many hours they sacrifice for the church of Jesus Christ. And God bless the wives!!! Awesome awesome book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alan Marchant

    I Will Lead You Along, is a pleasant and accessible biography of a very private General Authority. But like many pious LDS biographies, it carefully steers clear of any explanations or details that might reflect negatively on any other person or group. Thus the manuscript has been scrubbed of any historical significance. I speculate that this is a reflection of Elder Eyring's own personality: he literally made a career of quelling conflict. And I have to wonder whether this personality trait gre I Will Lead You Along, is a pleasant and accessible biography of a very private General Authority. But like many pious LDS biographies, it carefully steers clear of any explanations or details that might reflect negatively on any other person or group. Thus the manuscript has been scrubbed of any historical significance. I speculate that this is a reflection of Elder Eyring's own personality: he literally made a career of quelling conflict. And I have to wonder whether this personality trait grew as a reaction to his two strong willed parents. Taken at face value, I Will Lead You Along is the story of a man who devoted himself to the discipline of righteousness without ever facing significant personal hardship or challenge - until the idyll was broken by his wife's premature dementia. This last topic is discussed very obliquely in the final chapter. In the future I hope that someone will honor Hal Eyring's memory with a less sanitized, more honest biography.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This deep dive into the life of LDS apostle, Henry B. Eyring, is at times thick and at times inspiring. I struggled to read it and often felt like I wanted to just put it down...but, I'm not a quitter! I thought the information about all the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was interesting and often long-winded. Perhaps the best parts of this book are the drawings of Eyring and the personal musings from his journal. He is, above all, a person of high standards, i This deep dive into the life of LDS apostle, Henry B. Eyring, is at times thick and at times inspiring. I struggled to read it and often felt like I wanted to just put it down...but, I'm not a quitter! I thought the information about all the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was interesting and often long-winded. Perhaps the best parts of this book are the drawings of Eyring and the personal musings from his journal. He is, above all, a person of high standards, intelligence, and integrity. I have new-found respect for him. I cried when I read the chapter on his wife...and I wish that her story and perspective had been woven in a little more throughout the book rather than it being tacked on at the end. She had wonderful insights into motherhood and eternity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    I am always impressed with the magnitude of greatness that the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have. How blessed we are to not only be lead and directed by these wonderful men... But what an example of faith and fortitude they show for us. It was fascinating to read about Henry B. Eyring... From the way his parents raised him to his schooling and military service to being married and raising his own children to being a prominent leader in science and church. Filled with pag I am always impressed with the magnitude of greatness that the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have. How blessed we are to not only be lead and directed by these wonderful men... But what an example of faith and fortitude they show for us. It was fascinating to read about Henry B. Eyring... From the way his parents raised him to his schooling and military service to being married and raising his own children to being a prominent leader in science and church. Filled with pages of photographs, journal entries, quotes and stories! I knew he kept a journal, but did you know he adds drawings to the margins..how FUN! AN AMAZING BOOK ABOUT AN AMAZING, COMPASSIONATE MAN!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I really enjoyed this beautifully written glimpse into the life of President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full of quotes from Hal's numerous journals and talks, the book gives the reader a look at the man he has become and some of the experiences and choices that made him that way. For such a long book (over 500 pages) the book is very readable and held my interest all the way through. I especially liked the design w I really enjoyed this beautifully written glimpse into the life of President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full of quotes from Hal's numerous journals and talks, the book gives the reader a look at the man he has become and some of the experiences and choices that made him that way. For such a long book (over 500 pages) the book is very readable and held my interest all the way through. I especially liked the design which included journal entries as well as side quotes, photographs, and drawings right from Elder Eyring's journals. I felt like a gained a deeper appreciation for the man.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louise Hartvigsen

    By the time I started reading this, I didn't have a lot of time to finish before it's due back at the library. But I found it so captivating, I made it with a few days to spare. What an amazing man. I enjoyed the format of the book, with drawings from Pres. Eyring, as well as quotes from his talks and many quotes from the journals he's kept over many years. He's such an example in so many ways, not just brilliant, but a skilled teacher and a humble learner. And what a tender relationship he has By the time I started reading this, I didn't have a lot of time to finish before it's due back at the library. But I found it so captivating, I made it with a few days to spare. What an amazing man. I enjoyed the format of the book, with drawings from Pres. Eyring, as well as quotes from his talks and many quotes from the journals he's kept over many years. He's such an example in so many ways, not just brilliant, but a skilled teacher and a humble learner. And what a tender relationship he has with his wife. (Mild spoiler) I didn't know about their current circumstances. Such a worthwhile read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This was an amazing book with much to ponder. I love the layout and how it is based on President Eyring's journals. It's a very personal look into his life, his growth, how he got to be where is it today. Many simple yet profound truths. I loved what I learned about revelation and other principles of the gospel through his life. It doesn't matter who you are, you will be tempted, you will have trials, you have to work hard to obtain revelation and to have growth. I also learned a lot about being This was an amazing book with much to ponder. I love the layout and how it is based on President Eyring's journals. It's a very personal look into his life, his growth, how he got to be where is it today. Many simple yet profound truths. I loved what I learned about revelation and other principles of the gospel through his life. It doesn't matter who you are, you will be tempted, you will have trials, you have to work hard to obtain revelation and to have growth. I also learned a lot about being a leader, and truly being humble and teachable always. Pride has no place in my life. Best book I've read in a long time. Absolutely loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    500+ pages, finished in two days. Yup. It's that good (or it's that I haven't read a biography in so long that it was a chance for my mind to delve into something fresh and new. Either way...) Pres. Eyring's been one of my favorite Apostles since I was in high school. He just has a thoughtful way of testifying of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I've always connected with. Reading about his life and experiences makes me feel like I know him better and also inspires me to understand the Savior more 500+ pages, finished in two days. Yup. It's that good (or it's that I haven't read a biography in so long that it was a chance for my mind to delve into something fresh and new. Either way...) Pres. Eyring's been one of my favorite Apostles since I was in high school. He just has a thoughtful way of testifying of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I've always connected with. Reading about his life and experiences makes me feel like I know him better and also inspires me to understand the Savior more, as well as recommit myself to serve more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I've always thought Elder Eyring was cool, and now I know that he is more than that, he is inspirational. This book was a fun book to read, and I enjoyed learning more about a man I admire. I have to admit that I was torn on the quote inserts. They were interesting to read, but kind of a pain in the little boxes like they were. Sometimes you'd have to stop in the middle of a story to read them before turning the page. Worth it, though. President Eyring is an amazing individual. I've always thought Elder Eyring was cool, and now I know that he is more than that, he is inspirational. This book was a fun book to read, and I enjoyed learning more about a man I admire. I have to admit that I was torn on the quote inserts. They were interesting to read, but kind of a pain in the little boxes like they were. Sometimes you'd have to stop in the middle of a story to read them before turning the page. Worth it, though. President Eyring is an amazing individual.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Breena

    72,81,88,150,157,181,187,191,197,200,214,218,232,235,243,247,256,262,281,309-310,313,317325,335,337,339,341 resume reading on 243... I will write a fuller review when I get another copy of this amazing book. The numbers above are a few of my favorite passages. So powerful! A life changing read for sure!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzan

    I loved learning more about President Eyring, especially about his youth, and his wonderful relationship with his wife and children. It was also very interesting to read about his work in the Church and to know that the Lord had prepared him for that. He is an amazing and inspirational man!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine

    "Hal says..." is my new favorite way to start a sentence. A giant among men and fine example to us all. Another book filled with underlines that have increased my capacity to learn, increased my actual learning, touched my heart, and made me take pause for contemplation. "Hal says..." is my new favorite way to start a sentence. A giant among men and fine example to us all. Another book filled with underlines that have increased my capacity to learn, increased my actual learning, touched my heart, and made me take pause for contemplation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about President Eyring. I would say this isn't the best written biography but the information it holds, is the best. I have learned much. I have been inspired and have been given hope that I too, can become an instrument for good in the Lord's hands. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about President Eyring. I would say this isn't the best written biography but the information it holds, is the best. I have learned much. I have been inspired and have been given hope that I too, can become an instrument for good in the Lord's hands.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Seth Jenson

    Wonderful book about the inspiring life of this man of God. Loved every page. Learned so much about what hard work looks like, how to receive inspiration and revelation, and how to be a better parent.

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