Thursday, May 25, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: J. Golden Kimball by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon


He is J. Golden Kimball, and when he is gone, there will never be another. He was the original product, and when Providence had finished him, the pattern was lost and never found again.

LDS Church history is comprised of the accounts of multitudes of men and women who set the groundwork for the Church. And while there are plenty of ordinary individuals woven into that patchwork of history, there are also a handful of unique individuals who enliven the past and provide inspiration for the future. Known as the “swearing Apostle,” J. Golden Kimball is just such a character, one whose legacy of colorful language is surpassed only by his fierce loyalty to the gospel.

In J. Golden Kimball: The Remarkable Man Behind the Colorful Stories, readers are invited to come to better know this legendary man made famous by his unique humor and powerful testimony. From a chronicle of Kimball’s youthful adventures to the legacy he forged in his more than forty years as a General Authority, gear up for a rollicking ride through the life of one of the liveliest servants of the Lord.


J Golden Kimball is well known in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) for the comments he made as a general authority.  But there is so much more to the man than that and Gordon shows that in this book, documenting major events in his life that led him to become the man that all those stories are about.  But she also includes sidebars that tell some of the best known stories about the man, and I admit they are funny, a bit foul-mouthed at times, but funny.  Left destitute by his father's death at the tender age of 15, J Golden left school to find work to help support his family.  It's clear the man knew how to work, but he also had plenty of failures and struggles along the way.  I found it fascinating to read about the talents he developed as well as the faith that kept him going during both the good and bad times.  Truly a unique individual, reading this biography opened my eyes to the fact that he was an interesting man who lived his life the best he knew how.


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