Editor's note: This is an excerpt from "Rescued: A Prodigal's Journey Home," by Jerry Earl Johnston and published by Covenant Communications. In 1980, Elder Neal A. Maxwell was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and the commissioner of church education. I was the book critic for the Deseret News. I wanted to do a series of stories on the favorite books of prominent people and called Elder Maxwell to ask if he’d contribute. He graciously agreed and mailed me his list.