Peace, Be Still by David S. Baxter – Author Interview

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david baxterAuthor David S. Baxter

David Baxter was born in Stirling, Scotland, and became a General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2006. He previously worked in senior leadership roles in the telecommunications industry and on the boards of various UK Government agencies, and he holds a BSc degree in economics. In his Church service he has been a bishop, a stake president, a member of a mission presidency, and an Area Seventy. He has served in Church area presidencies in Europe and the Pacific. He and his wife, Dianne, are the parents of four children and nine grandchildren.

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Favorite Candy?

Anything that is chocolate


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

The Past; I am creating the future

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?


Benjamin Zander (founder & conductor of the Boston Philharmonic);

Shirley Bassey

Matt Damon

James Dyson

David McCullough




Margaret Thatcher

William Wilberforce

Robert Louis Stephenson


Robert Scott (Scott of the Antarctic)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


I know this is six, but we would just pull up an

extra chair (or piano stool).

What is one book everyone should read?

(apart from The Bible…)


fiction: “Les Miserables”

profound: “The Infinite Atonement” (Callister)
Pet Peeves?

missuse of language , such as “awesome”; “gay”;

“Take out” one’s endowment; “kids”; “have a good one”.

I will stop there…..

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

“This book explains how we can find personal peace in a world of stress and turmoil”, or,

“It is possible to find peace in our stressful world; this book tells you how”, or,

“In need of peace? Read this”

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I have long had a desire to help those without any sense of hope and peace in their lives.  My personal life experiences, and my service as a leader in the Church, have convinced me that there is a shortage of both, and that many people find it difficult to grasp hold of, to feel, either of these human needs.


What is the dream cast for your book?

Ordinary people.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Apart from the Hymn, which the book quotes, “Master, the tempest is raging”,

“Smile, though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking….”

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Any Greek Island

What is your favorite Quote?

“I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free”, Michelangelo

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?


Who are your favorite authors of all time?

Dickens, Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, John Buchan, Edmund Burke (orator more than writer).

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

As a Church leader: “your role is to represent the Lord to the people, not the other way around.”


In business: “Whenever you are in a meeting, speak.”


In personal life, from literature: “It is what it is” (John Locke, 1690)

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

A  substantial property on a Greek Island

What do you do in your free time?

1). What free time?

2). Write (which is what the Greek Island is for)

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

“Something from Nothing”.

Happiest moment in your life so far

When I heard the words, “For time, and for all eternity”.

If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

Apart from, RESIGN,

replace unemployment benefits, with “help to work” incentives, especially for young men.

Favorite/most influential teacher

Gwyneth Pringle (High School), for compassion and sensitivity.

Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?

The shadows, although I doubt I would “lurk”


This or That

TV or Movies?  Movies
Hot or Cold? hot
Black or White? blue
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl
Print or Ebook? print
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Regular or Diet? diet
Coke or Pepsi? coke
Horror or Romance? spy
Action or Drama? action
Pizza or Pasta? beef
Skittles or M&Ms? skittles
Sweet or Salty? sweet
Summer or Winter? summer
City or Country? London
Harry Potter or Twilight? HP
Gum or Breath Mints? mints
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? planning
PC or Mac? pc
Beach or Pool? sea shore
Shoes or Sandals? shoes
Cats or Dogs? cats
Apples or Oranges? pears
Cause or Effect? Effect
Heads or Tails? heads
Facebook or Twitter? FB
Truth or Dare? truth
Text or Talk? talk
Introvert or Extrovert? introvert

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Peace, Be Still“No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, be still; peace, be still.”
(Hymns, “Master, the Tempest is Raging,” no. 105.)

Our modern world is full of fast-paced stress and jam-packed schedules. Both trials and blessings happen to us so quickly that there is rarely a moment of peace. It is easy to be overwhelmed and lost.

In Peace, Be Still, Elder David S. Baxter of the Seventy describes ways for us to find peace in our crazy world by turning to our Lord, Jesus Christ. He speaks of principles to learn, habits to gain, and places to go to find peace in our daily lives and at home. This inspiring book will help us through the tempests in our lives and lead us to a greater sense of personal peace by encouraging and instructing us to follow Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.


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  1. I love this! That were some fun questions!