Against the Odds: The Life of George Albert Smith

Against the Odds The Life of George Albert Smith Biography of George Albert Smith th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints

  • Title: Against the Odds: The Life of George Albert Smith
  • Author: Mary Jane Woodger
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Biography of George Albert Smith, 8th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

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    About "Mary Jane Woodger"

    1. Mary Jane Woodger

      Dr Mary Jane Woodger is an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University Born and raised in American Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr Woodger has always had a great love for teaching After obtaining a B.S in Home Economics Education, Dr Woodger taught Home Economics and American History in Salt Lake City where she received the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award from Jordan School District In 1992, she completed her M.Ed at Utah State University In 1997, she received from Brigham Young University an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, with a minor in Church History and Doctrine In 1998 Dr Woodger was honored by Kappa Omicron Nu, with an Award of Excellence for her dissertation research, entitled The Educational Ideals of David O McKay Since then she has had three books published about the life and teachings of David O McKay She has also authored numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, and educational subjects These articles have appeared in various academic journals, as well as venues for the LDS audience including the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Deseret News Church News, and The Religious Educator She was recently honored with the best article of the year award from the Utah Historical Society Her current research interests include twentieth century Church history, Latter day Saint women s history, and Church education from religionu mary jane_wo

    696 thoughts on “Against the Odds: The Life of George Albert Smith”

    1. The biography of George Albert Smith, the eight president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who served in that capacity from 1945 until his death in 1951, this book had some great insights into a great man, but there were two primary themes to his life (and, as a result, the book).The first of these is that the unrighteousness of society eventually leads to war, because the wickedness will ultimately cause there to be contention and conflict, and those escalate to fighting and [...]


    2. There are many things to love about this book and to learn, as discussed in some of the other reviews. The highlight for me was learning at the feet of someone who suffered a chronic illness nearly his entire life, eye problems and bouts with nervous exhaustion and depression while also serving and an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. I was inspired by his example. This is a great read for anyone that may suffer in similar ways and wonder if they could still be an instrument in the Lord's hands. [...]


    3. Woodger details the life of George Albert Smith, from the time that he was the terror of his neighborhood to his time as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, showing the deep love that Smith had for people and his dedication to his beliefs.This book had more drama than I anticipated. For example, President Smith's future wife, Lucy, was torn between him and another man vacillated between the two so much that even though I knew who she married, I couldn't help but be worr [...]


    4. It's always a fascinating thing to read about a time in the church when things were DIFFERENT. Polygamy hadn't been long ago outlawed, people ran around with, like, 25 siblings, and husbands went on missions long away from their families. It's WEIRD, because the Church is so much different and yet in some ways the EXACT SAME. Anyway, GA Smith was an amazing man, and I'm so glad I found out more about his life. His kindness, his love, are well known and renowned and many times through this book I [...]


    5. I was very excited to read this book after attending a fireside in my ward where the author spoke. I was so taken that I almost just bought the book but checked it out from the library at BYU first. I'm glad I did. The book is great but the author, who is also a professor, not so great. Her stories she told during the fireside painted a completely different picture of our beloved prophet than the one in her book. Her book seems as though it was well researched and seems accurate. But her stories [...]


    6. I liked this book just fine; the reason I gave it only 3 stars was that.well, it was almost depressing. I felt that the author focused too much on the health problems of the prophet and his wife. Not that that's not important, it was just redundant. On the other hand, I can't believe the health problems they went through! It sounds like his wife had some major depression on top of all of that. Anybody that has every dealt with health problems would benefit from this book. Don't get me wrong, the [...]


    7. I am so impressed with his life. Shortly after being called as an apostle he became very ill. This illness left him debilitated and bedridden for three years. At the end of the three years he prayed to be allowed to die. He also struggled with depression and anxiety. They called it nerves then. He slowly recovered after the three year period but he would struggle with illness, depression and anxiety the rest of his life. A few days before his death he was finally diagnosed with Lupus. I highly r [...]


    8. This was tough to get through. I can't put my finger on the reason it was not an easy read. It wasn't due to the life of the prophet. Maybe how the facts were presented? In fact, when his wife dies I find myself wondering how she was so well loved by many. The author tends to spend so much time on her negative traits that I must have missed all of the positive ones except that she was deeply in love with her husband. I think I would like to try another author's version.


    9. I was interested in learning more about George Albert Smith since his teachings are what we are studying this year. I felt that I learned alot about him since I knew nothing. He seemed very human and down to earth. He was an amazing man that handled alot with dealing with lupus his whole life. I enjoyed this book alot and read it quickly but did notice a couple of grammatical errors and typos in the book which kind of bugged me.


    10. George Albert Smith was one of the Prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author tells and relates correspondence and journals about President Smith. He suffered with poor health much of his life. Still, he persevered and lived by his creed to help others and serve the Lord. I loved reading about him and his gentle soul.


    11. I learned a lot about a man I knew very little about. What a wonderful man he was, always struggling with health problems he stayed true to everything that was asked of him. He was a great example of a disciple of Christ. You can't go wrong with a book about a prophet to help you try to be a better person.


    12. I enjoy biographies of prophets of my Church. They are good men and lead interesting lives. I think what impressed me most about President George Albert Smith was how hard he struggled with poor health and what he was able to do in spite of it. I am also so impressed with his example of kindness. I hope a little has rubbed off on me!


    13. Very interesting biography about a prophet that I knew little about. It was an inspiring story about someone who tried to do what was right even when life dealt him a rotten hand, especially physically. When those around him faltered, he stayed strong.


    14. Listening to the unabridged audio book.I loved listening to this book. In the introduction, Woodger explains that she did not set out to write a biography, but to give us an idea of who this man was, and to share special moments of his life. That is exactly what she did. I felt very uplifted.


    15. Good introduction to George Albert Smith. I feel like I learned a lot about a person and time that I didn't know much about. I like how the book didn't shy away from his struggles and even though he suffered from serious depression, anxiety, and physical illnesses he didn't give up.


    16. I really enjoyed reading this and getting to know George Albert Smith. The Author a great job helping you to get to know him and his accomplishments. He is now one of my favorite people.


    17. This book tells a small story of a great man. George Albert Smith was so loving and humble. He really inspires me.


    18. An enjoyable biography of George Albert Smith. I liked learning more about the man and getting more of a "behind the scene" look at the stories in the 2012 LDS RS/Priesthood manual.


    19. This book has some great stories and I really enjoyed learning more about President Smith but the writing style did not appeal to me.


    20. I loved learning about George Albert Smith--an amazing person, but the writing left me cold. I thought it was "dumbed down" and sometimes quite immature.


    21. I enjoyed reading this book about a great prophet of God. It added great insights into his personal life and I learned things about him that were fun. It is a short and easy read and I enjoyed it.



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