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When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted a call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy two years later, in 1976, and thus never ended up returning to the business world. In Anxiously Engaged, accounts of this dedicated missionary, husband, father, business leader, and Apostle—accompanied by photos throughout—offer a close-up look at President Ballard’s life, faith, and testimony. As readers come to appreciate the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of the Lord’s children around the world, their own testimonies of his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator will grow.


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When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted a call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy two years later, in 1976, and thus never ended up returning to the business world. In Anxiously Engaged, accounts of this dedicated missionary, husband, father, business leader, and Apostle—accompanied by photos throughout—offer a close-up look at President Ballard’s life, faith, and testimony. As readers come to appreciate the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of the Lord’s children around the world, their own testimonies of his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator will grow.

30 review for Anxiously Engaged: A Biography of M. Russell Ballard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Absolutely fascinating book! There were so many things I learned about this great apostle. I had no idea he was such an entrepreneur, supporter of the arts and theatre, or business man. He is a problem solver and has vision to take on challenges. The number of committees and events he was in charge of or invested in was so interesting. (Including the pamphlets, videos, and documents that were created by his influence) I love his support and influence on the Relief Society to allow women to be mo Absolutely fascinating book! There were so many things I learned about this great apostle. I had no idea he was such an entrepreneur, supporter of the arts and theatre, or business man. He is a problem solver and has vision to take on challenges. The number of committees and events he was in charge of or invested in was so interesting. (Including the pamphlets, videos, and documents that were created by his influence) I love his support and influence on the Relief Society to allow women to be more of an integral part in the work of salvation, as well as all his efforts for missionary work! I also love his desire to create unity among all citizens and create communities in our world to come together in a spirit of love and goodness. This includes all areas of diversity such as LGBTQ, race, etc. He is a supporter of the family. I would have loved to met his wife Barbara-I loved the stories of her and know that she was an amazing woman who helped shape Elder Ballard into the great man he is. I didn’t know he was born into a less active family, became a successful car salesman, or that he is blind in one eye. I could go on and on about this book! His testimony of the Savior and tremendous faith were life changing and inspirational for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chrisanne

    I met him once. I was shocked when I remembered that neither he nor I were wearing masks. But it was 10 years ago. Presentism strikes again! For someone who is shorter than I(and I am short), he was quite imposing. But there was that twinkle in one eye... Speaking of which, did you know that he is blind in one eye? I didn't. That and other tidbits made this an interesting book to read. I would have loved more information about his business pursuits. And, SEB, being SEB, doesn't linger over much f I met him once. I was shocked when I remembered that neither he nor I were wearing masks. But it was 10 years ago. Presentism strikes again! For someone who is shorter than I(and I am short), he was quite imposing. But there was that twinkle in one eye... Speaking of which, did you know that he is blind in one eye? I didn't. That and other tidbits made this an interesting book to read. I would have loved more information about his business pursuits. And, SEB, being SEB, doesn't linger over much for long. I also get the sense that this wasn't really something he enjoyed having done... more of a "if you want it, I'll do it" sort of thing. Which, when I think about it, is probably how I would be. I feel the same way when people say "tell me about yourself in a job interview. " I loved that moment when the RS leaderhip began to be transformed. Do we do luncheons now? Yes. But we do far less decorating, pre-planning, and girly things. I've said before that I wasn't raised to sit in a corner and take orders. It's part of my small town, farming heritage. But I'm so glad there's less of a focus on the perfect loaf of bread/flower arrangement and more of a focus on the important things. His points re: BYUtv are, sadly, still largely true today. But "the Anderson method" literally began a revolution that has led to something better. And I wish I'd known Barbara.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I'd really give 3.5 stars. I always enjoy a biography. The writing is collecting of the book is fairly good, but it's not as good as some of the others I've read. But that's not a judgment on Elder Ballard's life, just the style and collecting of the author. I really liked reading about Elder Ballard's life and seeing the difference between some of the other apostles and prophets. One of the main reasons I really enjoyed this book was seeing how Elder Ballard grew up so regular, so human. And wh I'd really give 3.5 stars. I always enjoy a biography. The writing is collecting of the book is fairly good, but it's not as good as some of the others I've read. But that's not a judgment on Elder Ballard's life, just the style and collecting of the author. I really liked reading about Elder Ballard's life and seeing the difference between some of the other apostles and prophets. One of the main reasons I really enjoyed this book was seeing how Elder Ballard grew up so regular, so human. And when he grew up he accomplished wonderful things, but not in a superhuman way like some of the other apostles did. He was asked to do some amazing things and he did a great job, but he's just seems more relatable after reading his book. It was interesting to see him struggle once in awhile with confidence in some of the actions he took, or blessings he gave, or decisions he made. The apostles can come off so confident, it was refreshing to see one wonder and get a little self-conscious. But he was also very bold and confident in other ways.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MykeWeber

    I had no idea! I’ve served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my adult life. I don’t thing there has been a moment of service or opportunity of Church experience that has not been influenced positively by this man. The thing is, I didn’t know it was he. M. Russel Ballard seems quiet and unassuming to me, but his finger has been in improving the way we do things from my earliest experience. From teaching organized and effective Missionary discussions on my Mission in 1969 t I had no idea! I’ve served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my adult life. I don’t thing there has been a moment of service or opportunity of Church experience that has not been influenced positively by this man. The thing is, I didn’t know it was he. M. Russel Ballard seems quiet and unassuming to me, but his finger has been in improving the way we do things from my earliest experience. From teaching organized and effective Missionary discussions on my Mission in 1969 to the publications of Preach My Gospel, he has been at the forefront of effective Missionary Work. During my years working with the Aaronic Priesthood, stories from Elder Ballard’s life have shaped and formed my efforts. And this was before I ever even heard his name. How thankful I am that he finally consented to allow the writing of his Biography to make these things known to me. What an amazing, exemplary, inspiring man!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I enjoyed learning about President Ballard's life. He was born into a family with strong pioneer heritage, though his parents were mostly inactive in the church. I didn't know about his many health challenges through the years, particularly that he is blind in one eye. It was interesting to hear about his work and influence as a businessman and entrepreneur. It was also fun to read about his influence with many church programs, such as the beginnings of the humanitarian program, his involvement I enjoyed learning about President Ballard's life. He was born into a family with strong pioneer heritage, though his parents were mostly inactive in the church. I didn't know about his many health challenges through the years, particularly that he is blind in one eye. It was interesting to hear about his work and influence as a businessman and entrepreneur. It was also fun to read about his influence with many church programs, such as the beginnings of the humanitarian program, his involvement with Preach My Gospel and BYUtv, and his experience as a missionary, mission president, and general authority over missionary work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Hornberger

    This was an incredible biography of this Apostle of the Lord. I loved learning more about this man of God and the stories of his life which lead him to where he is today. I love seeing how their lives are shaped from the ordinary. How it’s really their choices, not what they are given or some hidden abilities, that define them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

    An inspiring biography of one man’s journey from entrepreneurial business leader to a faith-filled humble leader of the Church. A great reminder of the Lord’s plan to work with ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fascinating biography of Elder Ballard. I enjoyed learning about his entrepreneurial ventures, support of the arts, busy family, and consecration of his life to the Lord. His goodness shines through.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    I started listening to this book and was enjoying it so much that I had my husband go buy a hard copy to keep. I loved the humble approach to an extraordinary life. Realizing he has accomplished so much and yet has had many health issues gave me an extra appreciation for the man and leader he is.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I loved this biography and realized I really didn't know that much about Elder Ballard's life. So many inspiring stories. So glad I decided to read this. I loved this biography and realized I really didn't know that much about Elder Ballard's life. So many inspiring stories. So glad I decided to read this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Love learning more about his life

  12. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Fantastic biography! Since reading it, I have a new and better appreciation of the selfless service Elder Ballard has shared with so many. His example of persistent, happy-minded, living and leadership is extraordinary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jason Burt

    Loved learning more about the amazing M. Russell Ballard!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Susan Easton Black is my favorite church author and her narration of a church apostle’s life was fascinating. I have even more respect for President Ballard and his commitment to faith in Christ.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a great book about a great man. One of the insights this book passed on to me relates to Elder Ballard’s zeal for missionary service. It’s tremendous to see how driven Elder Ballard has always been from the beginning to advance the gospel message throughout the world. This is a record of a man who has tried his best for his nine decades to grow closer to the Savior. His story is inspiring. I have loved reading the recent biographies about these great leaders and men. It was also nice to This is a great book about a great man. One of the insights this book passed on to me relates to Elder Ballard’s zeal for missionary service. It’s tremendous to see how driven Elder Ballard has always been from the beginning to advance the gospel message throughout the world. This is a record of a man who has tried his best for his nine decades to grow closer to the Savior. His story is inspiring. I have loved reading the recent biographies about these great leaders and men. It was also nice to read this book with its recent chapters. It addresses the pandemic of 2020-2021 at the end and gives comforting perspective on it from Elder Ballard. I also enjoyed that the author sought out the personal insights on him from his fellow members of the quorum of the Twelve.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    My personal connection to the subject of this book made it even more meaningful to read. I was privileged to spend time with President Ballard in his office in the early '90s, and he and I first became acquainted during my mission in South Carolina in the mid-'70s. Both of those experiences were sacred and unforgettable, and this book brought back memories and taught me things about President Ballard I hadn't known. The audio narration is absolutely stellar. You would expect nothing less from a f My personal connection to the subject of this book made it even more meaningful to read. I was privileged to spend time with President Ballard in his office in the early '90s, and he and I first became acquainted during my mission in South Carolina in the mid-'70s. Both of those experiences were sacred and unforgettable, and this book brought back memories and taught me things about President Ballard I hadn't known. The audio narration is absolutely stellar. You would expect nothing less from a former news anchor to whom many of us listened nightly for years. But it is the writing style that kept me thoroughly engaged to the back page. I read this through Deseret Book's Bookshelf app, an accessibility nightmare to blind and visually impaired users. But I was so desperate to read this, and it is available nowhere else as nearly as I can tell, that I struggled with the access issues and the abysmal 2x audio artifacts introduced by the app's primitive time compression library to read the book. It was worth it in every way you can catalogue. But I'm done with that app, and I'm cancelling my monthly subscription. It's just not worth the toxic, grinding frustration that accompanies attempting to use it. As for the book, it really is magnificently crafted, and the subject matter is remarkable by every measure. My love and appreciation for President Ballard increased with the passage of every chapter. This was definitely worth all the hassle and difficulty I experienced with the dreadful app.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larsen

    The first several chapters of this biography were especially enjoyable in discovering how extensively President Ballard was involved in preparation for his later calling as a General Authority. These early chapters also made it clear that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can and do grow up in cosmopolitan Salt Lake County equally as successful as anywhere else. In his growing up years President Ballard made virtually all of the critical decisions in an exemplary way. He The first several chapters of this biography were especially enjoyable in discovering how extensively President Ballard was involved in preparation for his later calling as a General Authority. These early chapters also made it clear that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can and do grow up in cosmopolitan Salt Lake County equally as successful as anywhere else. In his growing up years President Ballard made virtually all of the critical decisions in an exemplary way. He is much stronger socially than I had thought, and he is much stronger spiritually than I had imagined. There are many incidents mentioned throughout the book of priesthood blessings and prayers with direct results and answers. He has obviously been prepared and utilized effectively by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in accomplishing unusual and significant ministering and leadership steps in the ongoing Restoration. More information about his personal family relationships would have appealed to me, and some events after he became a General Authority were sometimes somewhat repetitious of what is already known by way of regular Church public news. I have to say again that the Church is in good hands -- being led by the Savior Jesus Christ.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I love reading about the remarkable lives of modern-day apostles. These faithful men give their all to the service of the Lord and are such an example. A few things I loved about President Ballard's story in particular: (1) President Ballard states early on that he feels he is an ordinary man who has lived an extraordinary life. After reading his biography, I'm inclined to agree and I love him more for it. I read President Oaks' biography and it was clear he was a genius and superstar through an I love reading about the remarkable lives of modern-day apostles. These faithful men give their all to the service of the Lord and are such an example. A few things I loved about President Ballard's story in particular: (1) President Ballard states early on that he feels he is an ordinary man who has lived an extraordinary life. After reading his biography, I'm inclined to agree and I love him more for it. I read President Oaks' biography and it was clear he was a genius and superstar through and through. I loved learning about his life too, but especially appreciate seeing what the Lord has done with an ordinary, yet faithful and devoted saint. (2) President Ballard visited my mission every November because his daughter lived in the mission boundaries. He seemed very stern to me (and based on the biography, that is part of his public persona). However, I also got to see through this book how warm and funny he can be in more private settings. What a faithful and devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    AWESOME!!! I stand amazed at all M. Russell Ballard has accomplished. Many unknowns caught me by surprise, such as spearheading VALLEY MUSIC HALL w/Art Linkletter in early 1960s after viewing similar project Art had completed in California. Thoroughly enjoyed every page - Susan Easton Black / Joseph Walker’s writing style make the pages come alive. It is as if you are part of his extended family reading straight from his journals. This biography reinforced what I surmised some time ago ~ Preside AWESOME!!! I stand amazed at all M. Russell Ballard has accomplished. Many unknowns caught me by surprise, such as spearheading VALLEY MUSIC HALL w/Art Linkletter in early 1960s after viewing similar project Art had completed in California. Thoroughly enjoyed every page - Susan Easton Black / Joseph Walker’s writing style make the pages come alive. It is as if you are part of his extended family reading straight from his journals. This biography reinforced what I surmised some time ago ~ President Ballard is so very humble! Regardless of # of large projects he has taken under his wings both as respected UT business man and high ranking leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when kudos are passed out at completion, he is hiding behind the scenes, ignoring fanfare for yet another success.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Travis Standley

    Another great biography of another servant of the Lord. I’m in awe about how these men give their all to service in the Lord’s church. I’ve long appreciate President Ballard’s straightforward approach to teaching the gospel. It is practical yet inspiring. He influenced me most during the years of 200-2004 where he spoke on raising the bar for missionary work. This was a direct message to me and he helped me set my sights on being prepared to serve. So I enjoyed that portion of the book about his Another great biography of another servant of the Lord. I’m in awe about how these men give their all to service in the Lord’s church. I’ve long appreciate President Ballard’s straightforward approach to teaching the gospel. It is practical yet inspiring. He influenced me most during the years of 200-2004 where he spoke on raising the bar for missionary work. This was a direct message to me and he helped me set my sights on being prepared to serve. So I enjoyed that portion of the book about his time on the missionary executive committee and his role on the coming forth of Preach my Gospel. A wonderful gift to missionary work! I know my dad loves Elder Ballard. I plan to share this book with him.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    This has nothing to do with my feelings toward President Ballard, but I didn't really enjoy his biography. Unlike President Oaks's new biography, this biography felt too adulatory. I'm sure President Ballard is a remarkable man who loves the Lord – I don't doubt that in the slightest. But the book didn't help me see President Ballard as a lovable human; rather, it felt like President Ballard was almost godly. Also, this isn't really a biography, it's more of hand-picked anecdotes during significa This has nothing to do with my feelings toward President Ballard, but I didn't really enjoy his biography. Unlike President Oaks's new biography, this biography felt too adulatory. I'm sure President Ballard is a remarkable man who loves the Lord – I don't doubt that in the slightest. But the book didn't help me see President Ballard as a lovable human; rather, it felt like President Ballard was almost godly. Also, this isn't really a biography, it's more of hand-picked anecdotes during significant parts of his life. Yes, it's cradle to present, but it's not comprehensive on parts of his life. Again, to reemphasize, I love and sustain President Ballard as an Apostle, but I didn't really enjoy this biography of him.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Wonderful book highlighting the life and experiences of M. Russell Ballard, one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's nice to see the "human" side of leaders that are often put on a pedestal, and I found the book engaging and interesting. It was well-organized, and moved along without ever feeling sluggish. I listened to the Audiobook, and enjoyed the high quality reader. Overall, this book gave me an increased understanding of what makes M. Russell Ball Wonderful book highlighting the life and experiences of M. Russell Ballard, one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's nice to see the "human" side of leaders that are often put on a pedestal, and I found the book engaging and interesting. It was well-organized, and moved along without ever feeling sluggish. I listened to the Audiobook, and enjoyed the high quality reader. Overall, this book gave me an increased understanding of what makes M. Russell Ballard tick, who he is, and how he is seeks to represent and testify of Jesus Christ in all that he does.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I would really give this book 3.5 stars. It was very interesting read. I loved his many life experiences. It was well written. I loved about his childhood. I found it interesting that his parents weren’t very active in the church. Elder Ballard’s love for Jesus started when he was a 12 year old youth. I loved the part of him serving as a mission president in Canada the best. The stories of his children are the best. Reading this book made him more human and approachable. I would love to meet him I would really give this book 3.5 stars. It was very interesting read. I loved his many life experiences. It was well written. I loved about his childhood. I found it interesting that his parents weren’t very active in the church. Elder Ballard’s love for Jesus started when he was a 12 year old youth. I loved the part of him serving as a mission president in Canada the best. The stories of his children are the best. Reading this book made him more human and approachable. I would love to meet him some day.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tosha

    This was fascinating. I had no idea President Ballard was a car salesman, or entrepreneur. What I really enjoyed was learning how he from a young age was engaged in the gospel. He moves forward in all of his responsibilities. Even if some of his business ventures failed. He just picks up and goes again. There is a Face to Face with Ballard, and Oaks and it is very enlightening to see them interact. Their personalities really came forward. The book expresses just how funny Pres. Ballard is as well This was fascinating. I had no idea President Ballard was a car salesman, or entrepreneur. What I really enjoyed was learning how he from a young age was engaged in the gospel. He moves forward in all of his responsibilities. Even if some of his business ventures failed. He just picks up and goes again. There is a Face to Face with Ballard, and Oaks and it is very enlightening to see them interact. Their personalities really came forward. The book expresses just how funny Pres. Ballard is as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shellie

    What a joy to listen to! Oh what a sweet, wonderful, funny, character this man is. What a delight it must be to be a member of his family. This is a pretty fun history, so much is current it’s good to hear about some things you know of, but might not know about. There’s a lot of filling in of the gaps here, gaps totally worth knowing about. What a tenderhearted spiritual giant he is. What deep love and care and respect he has for ALL brothers and sisters. Truly inspiring to hear about his life, id What a joy to listen to! Oh what a sweet, wonderful, funny, character this man is. What a delight it must be to be a member of his family. This is a pretty fun history, so much is current it’s good to hear about some things you know of, but might not know about. There’s a lot of filling in of the gaps here, gaps totally worth knowing about. What a tenderhearted spiritual giant he is. What deep love and care and respect he has for ALL brothers and sisters. Truly inspiring to hear about his life, ideas, thoughts, and desires.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This was a very interesting and inspiring read. This biography about M. Russell Ballard details his life in his many business endeavors as well as his leadership and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was extremely impressed with his energy and drive in every aspect of his life. He was very close to the Spirit and was dynamic in creating and supporting activities that brought strength and growth not only to the membership of the Church but to people throughout the worl This was a very interesting and inspiring read. This biography about M. Russell Ballard details his life in his many business endeavors as well as his leadership and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was extremely impressed with his energy and drive in every aspect of his life. He was very close to the Spirit and was dynamic in creating and supporting activities that brought strength and growth not only to the membership of the Church but to people throughout the world. It was interesting to read about his many entrepreneurial business enterprises and how he also applied those skills as a spiritual leader. He is a devoted husband and father, fearless entrepreneur, dedicated and selfless leader, and devout Christian. This was an interesting and inspiring biography.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I love this man. I love the writer. I knew I would enjoy the book but I was so surprised by what I felt. It is a joy to learn about everyday, ordinary human beings who seem to transcend the petty of this life. I came away from this book knowing I could do more, be more, and experience life more. It was in no way a 'downer' but was so uplifting and made me want to make a greater contribution to the lives of others: family, friends, and strangers. I guess I came away knowing that I could be and do I love this man. I love the writer. I knew I would enjoy the book but I was so surprised by what I felt. It is a joy to learn about everyday, ordinary human beings who seem to transcend the petty of this life. I came away from this book knowing I could do more, be more, and experience life more. It was in no way a 'downer' but was so uplifting and made me want to make a greater contribution to the lives of others: family, friends, and strangers. I guess I came away knowing that I could be and do more. Loved it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    An excellent book about the life of M. Russell Ballard, currently the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve. He led an exemplary life and has always been a true disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He and his wife served together as the mission president of the Toronto Mission while they still had school aged children. He was well loved and respected by many. I can't say enough about the life he led so I will stop here and just encourage you to read An excellent book about the life of M. Russell Ballard, currently the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve. He led an exemplary life and has always been a true disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He and his wife served together as the mission president of the Toronto Mission while they still had school aged children. He was well loved and respected by many. I can't say enough about the life he led so I will stop here and just encourage you to read this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    The biography of M. Russell Ballard, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It takes you through his life, his childhood, his amazing entrepreneurial career, and his dedication and service to the church, as well as his love for his wife and children. Such a fascinating and amazing man, and I loved getting to learn more about who he is, and how he became the stalwart representative of Jesus Christ.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Anxiously Engaged is the biography of a very unassuming man who did not really want his story told. M. Russell Ballard has been working, learning & accomplishing his 93 years of life. It was interesting to learn of his successes and failures in business. His dedication to his family, church and projects is meaningful to read about. Susan Easton Black is to be commended for documenting M. Russell Ballard's life because he never would have shared it with the world. Inspiring! Anxiously Engaged is the biography of a very unassuming man who did not really want his story told. M. Russell Ballard has been working, learning & accomplishing his 93 years of life. It was interesting to learn of his successes and failures in business. His dedication to his family, church and projects is meaningful to read about. Susan Easton Black is to be commended for documenting M. Russell Ballard's life because he never would have shared it with the world. Inspiring!

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