Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation by Lee Tom Perry {Deseret Book Review}

A few blog postings ago I mentioned that I haven't read much by way of biographies.  No reason in particular I suppose, I just haven't.  When Deseret Book offered me the opportunity to review two of them I couldn't resist!  I enjoyed the Eliza R. Snow biography a lot and this one about apostle L. Tom Perry is just as good!!

Elder L. Tom Perry, a senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is fond of describing himself as being "as common as dirt."  Yet his life is uncommon by any standard. After spending most of his early years in his hometown of Logan, Utah, and additional years on a mission and in the military, young Tom Perry launched a twenty-year professional career that took him from his first job as an internal auditor in Boise, Idaho, to executive positions in retailing on the west and east coasts of the United States. Soon after his fiftieth birthday, he was surprised to be called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve. Not long afterward, President Spencer W. Kimball extended to Elder Perry the call to join the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Perry has now served for forty years as a General Authority.

Written to commemorate his 90th birthday, this biography is written by Elder L. Tom Perry's son Lee Tom Perry.  In the book he says, "My father has given me little direction about his biography, but he has made one request - it should have a purpose.  In other words, it ought to teach something to everyone who reads it."  Don't worry Elder Perry, it does! 

Following L. Tom Perry's life from birth to present we are blessed to see how his life experiences have shaped the amazing man that he is today.  Did you know he was in the Marine corps?  How cool is that?  Did you know his first name is Lowell?  And, seriously, his smile is contagious don't you think??  Through all of his life he has maintained a positive attitude and by taking this peek into his life we can learn valuable lessons.  He is such a faith-filled man and he shows you through his example how to draw closer to God and live a better life by giving service to others.

I have enjoyed reading about Elder Perry's life and by far the pictures are my favorite part!  You can read an excerpt or if you would like to purchase a copy of An Uncommon Life by Lee Tom Perry you can find it at DeseretBook.com in hardback for $31.49 or as a Bookshelf eBook for $13.99

Don't forget the Deseret Book Bookshelf eBook app is free and when you download you get 8 free LDS eBooks plus the Scriptures!

Disclaimer:  I received An  Uncommon Life free of charge from Deseret Book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thanks so much DB.com!!

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