Jun 26, 2015

Colorful Characters in Mormon History

A review copy was provided

by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon

Most Mormons are mild-mannered, well-behaved, law-abiding citizens who tend to get along well with their neighbors. But every once in a while, there's a renegade. You know the one: a little bit wild-eyed, ready to rumble, out to go where no Mormon has gone before. Face it: we all know one.

Well, if you think you've seen a colorful character or two in your ward, you should check out the colorful characters in this book some Mormons, some non-Mormons who impacted Church history. These people are a whole new breed of colorful.

You'll meet the guy who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map California's first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You'll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with Baby Face Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. And that's just scratching the surface.

Most of all, you'll find yourself shaking your head in wonder, 
having a knee-slapping good laugh, 
and maybe even shedding a tear or two here and there.

My Review
This book is SO FASCINATING!
Wonderful tidbits about some very interesting people!

The author does a fabulous job of keeping you entertained while telling each person's story.

Some stories I had heard before...some stories were new for me...and some of these stories I had heard the 'fable' version instead of the 'fact' version...so glad she straightened that out :)

Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down! Such an amazing look at history and the people who helped shape it!

This is the 4th book I have read from this author-- I LOVE her style!

Perfect for the history buff or anyone who just likes to hear a really great story about a "colorful character."

About the Author
The managing editor at Covenant Communications, Kathryn Jenkins Gordon has had thirty-nine years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management. She has been a press secretary for a US Congressman; vice-president of a Salt Lake City publishing company; manager of strategic communications for Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at a private college in Salt Lake City; and has held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations.

Her interest include reading, writing, cooking, traveling, and doing family history. She has met five presidents of the United States, sailed up the Nile River, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, eaten tempura in Tokyo, and received a dozen long-stemmed red roses from a stranger on the street in Athens.

She and her husband, Glenn, parent a combined family of ten children and five grandchildren.


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