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Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball Hardcover – September 30, 2005


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Edward W. Kimball, the youngest son of Spencer W. and Camilla Eyring Kimball, obtained degrees in history and law from the University of Utah and graduate degrees in law from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his retirement, he was the Ernest L. Wilkinson Professor of Law at Brigham Young University. He has served in many Church teaching and administrative positions, including bishop. The co-author of Spencer W. Kimball and of Camilla, he also edited the Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590384571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590384572
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was hard to put this book down.
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Indeed, the publisher's note makes clear that the publisher and author had some disagreements regarding aspects of the work.
J. Brian Watkins
I persisted though, and felt that this book strenghened by understanding and testimony.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Brian Watkins VINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
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This book exhaustively details the Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball who served as the 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until his death in 1985. It is a follow-up to an earlier biography by Edward and Andrew Kimball-- respectively, Spencer's son and grandson. The first volume was published shortly after Spencer Kimball became the President of the Church, a task accomplished by outliving all the other 15 Apostles (Quorum of 12 and First Presidency) who serve for life. For that reason the first volume could not give extensive treatment to the Presidency of Spencer Kimball but serves an an indispensable prologue to "Lengthen Your Stride." (Full disclosure: Edward Kimball was my Evidence Professor in Law School)

Not only does this book reveal the daily life of a Prophet to an unprecedented degree, it chronicles and gives a context to one of the most significant events of LDS Church History. The author holds nothing back--the sources are amazing. Yet absolutely nothing contained in this work gives rise to questions about the wisdom of President Kimball's leadership or doubts regarding the divine direction of the Church. Included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains the full working text prior to editing as well as the text of all of the out-of-print books published about President Kimball by the Church's own imprints.

In trying to summarize why this book is so very interesting and such an essential volume, I keep coming back to the candor and honesty of its author. Indeed, the publisher's note makes clear that the publisher and author had some disagreements regarding aspects of the work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Evans VINE VOICE on December 1, 2007
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A few years ago, I read Edward and Andrew Kimball's original biography of their father (Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). I failed to examine the publication date before starting the book and so was deflated to find that it ended in 1977, the year before the landmark event of Kimball's presidency, the revelation lifting the priesthood ban for black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ed has filled the vacancy with this second biography, covering the years of his father's presidency (1973-1985). The result is mixed but ultimately invaluable. The five chapters (20-24) discussing the priesthood revelation as well as the run-up and aftermath of the revelation are essential reading in LDS history and very well done. (They brought my aunt literally to tears of joy.) These chapters make this book an essential complement to David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, which gives a wonderfully insightful look on the dynamics of the priesthood ban in the 1950s. A later chapter (38) deals with Spencer Kimball's disability in his final years, and Ed's frank treatment gives an important insight into how the Church works in this context. Throughout the book, Ed gives us lots of details about changes in church policy which I found interesting as a younger member of the Church. Finally, the first appendix ("Personal Encounters with Spencer Kimball") is essentially a tribute, using the experiences of many people with President Kimball to demonstrate the President's many virtues.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Rasband VINE VOICE on September 9, 2006
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Back in 1977 Edward L. Kimball, a law professor and the son of LDS church president Spencer W. Kimball, co-authored a biography of his father that was instantly recognized as a classic of Mormon literature. That first volume combined fluid storytelling and unprecedented honesty to produce an account that was at once a great book of history and a warm portrait of a recognizably three-dimensional human being. The book covered Pres. Kimball's life only up to his ordination as prophet. Now almost 30 years later Ed Kimball has published the long-awaited second volume, "Lengthen Your Stride" which covers the life and administration of his father until the elder Kimball's death in 1985. A lot has changed in the intervening years and the format this book takes shows it.

Edward Kimball produced a long mauscript complete with detailed footnotes that was in effect a full-scale scholarly biography of his father. Evidently, Deseret Book (the publishers) didn't think such a version was commercially feasible today. Plus, they are more interested in "inspirational" books. So a compromise was worked out: Deseret Book would publish a shorter version of the book that emphasized the faith-affirming aspects of the "working draft." That text version is a good book for an LDS audience who wants the basic story. But included along with that published version is a CD-ROM that is literally packed with treasures that should satisfy the reader who wants more. Included in the disc are the text of the original 1977 biography (along with a Spanish translation); "Camilla", a biography of Pres. Kimball's much-loved wife, also written by Ed Kimball; a whole library of notable magazine and journal articles about Pres. Kimball; dozens of family and newspaper photographs; audio files of excerpts from Pres.
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