Book Nook: The Gospel at 30,000 Feet – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf is one of the 12 Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before his call as an Apostle, he had been a fighter pilot as well as the Lufthansa Chief Pilot and Senior Vice President.

He loves flying airplanes, and has years of experience.

Almost every time he speaks in a conference or other large meeting he will use some principle he learned from flying to teach a gospel principle. The Gospel at 30,000 Feet is a collection of these parables, metaphors, or whatever you want to call them.

I’ve loved listening to Elder Uchtdorf for years, so I remember hearing a lot of these stories when he originally shared them. For those who know his voice, it feels like you’re listening to him while reading each chapter.

If you, like me, have been listening to him speak over the years, you probably won’t need to invest in this book. You’re most likely already familiar with the principles he’s sharing, as well as the way that he teaches them through his flying experiences. He does expound a little on certain points, but the majority of the stories are pretty much verbatim.

However, I can see how this book might be valuable if you just want the flying comparisons. I understand the value of parables, and how some principles are easier to understand when you are able to relate it to another topic.

Adding this book to your library, while perhaps unnecessary, might be easier than building your own collection of all his talks over the past 16 years. Sure, when you have more time you might dive deeper into the actual talks where these comparisons were first shared. But when you want a quick read on a Sunday afternoon, this book may be just what you’re looking for.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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