I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring A Book Review
We know President Eyring from his sermons: tender Spirit-filled sermons. His love for us is apparent. His understanding of God’s love for us is evident and his voice often breaks as he struggles to convey that love. President Eyring’s biography, beautifully written by Robert I. Eaton and Henry J. Eyring, catalogs for us, through excerpts from his copious journals, through letters and through interviews with the people in his life, his experiences with learning God’s love.
I wanted to read President Eyring’s biography because of how his talks have always made me feel. He speaks so tenderly and with such great encouragement about the things of God, our desire to become like Him and our responsibilities on the path of discipleship. President Eyring’s biography shares a glimpse of his path of discipleship. We are privileged to read entry after entry from his journals, to see how he learned the language of the Lord, how he has cultivated gifts of study and service, how he has wrestled with God to find answers in each of his stewardships from student to professor to Commissioner of Church Education and from deacon to bishop to Apostle and counselor in the First Presidency.
President Eyring has a tender and intimate understanding of the language of the Spirit. His journal entries show us his progress, how he sought to see the hand of the Lord, how he learned to counsel with the Lord in all things. The title of his biography comes from the scripture in D&C 78:18: “Be of good cheer, for I will lead you along.” As we read of President Eyring’s life, we can see how the Lord has led him along, from fields of study and professional endeavors to service in the church. Because he has taken the time to search and record the choices and promptings that have led him here, I feel encouraged to better seek out the Lord’s hand in my days, in my choices, to see how the Lord will and has led me along.