Book Notice: I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring

A biography of Henry B. Eyring has just been published at a whopping 560 pages. The description from the Deseret Book website reads:

Henry Bennion Eyring was born on May 31, 1933, in Princeton, New Jersey, bearing the first name of his father, who was fast building a reputation as a brilliant scientist, and the family name of his mother, who didn’t care for the name “Henry” and insisted that he be called Hal.

In 1970, Hal received an impression to make a daily record of his activities. Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at his walk through life with his beloved companion, Kathy. “The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval,” write the authors, and this window into his past provides unforgettable insights about the man the Lord has shaped him to become.

Readers will love these richly designed pages, filled with photographs, sketches from the pen of President Eyring himself, and scores of entries straight from his journals woven into an engaging depiction of his life’s journey.

President Henry B. Eyring’s professional, academic, and personal experiences have all combined to make him uniquely qualified for his responsibilities as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life story vividly demonstrates the power of the Lord and the example set by one who strives to follow His commands.

It remains to be seen how this book will read–whether it is more in the vein of Dew’s biography of Gordon B. Hinckley or Swinton’s biography of Thomas S. Monson, but whatever the case, my hope is that it will lean more toward Dew in its use of President Eyring’s journals and by presenting an interesting narrative that sheds useful light on the development of Mormonism in the 20th (and 21st) centuries–eras that remain woefully understudied among historians of the faith.

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2 Responses to Book Notice: I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring

  1. Hunter says:

    Thanks for this. It’s interesting that the release makes so much of President Eyring’ s journals as a primary source for the biography because I had heard that current General Authorities have been cautioned against doing so (urban legend?).

  2. Ben S says:

    If it’s a hagiography, it’s not worth reading. I’m very interested in what he has to say about the roles of science, scripture, and revelation, given his father and his undergrad training.

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