Way Below the Angels--Craig Harline

Way Below the Angels–Craig Harline

This just arrived! Get your copy in time for the signing on 09/30/14.
For more info. on the signing, click here. To RSVP to this event, click here.

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Delightful. . . . Readers will laugh out loud at Harline’s misadventures. But this tale is, at heart, a reflection on how life doesn’t always follow the rules set out by statisticians and spiritual advisers, and how growing up away from home can be profoundly unsettling. A thoughtful, wonderful read.”

Jana Riess
— author of Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor
“How could a memoir that primarily deals with religion and rejection be so flippin’ hilarious? Craig Harline’s experiences as a Mormon missionary in Belgium in the mid-1970s are ingeniously funny, but they also point to important issues — how religious people deal with apparent failure and navigate grown-up faith after childish certainties have proven inadequate.”

Sam Cardon
— Emmy Award-winning composer
Way Below the Angels is perhaps the most authentic and honest account ever written by a practicing Mormon of the unvarnished Mormon experience. In one moment hilariously funny and in the next heartbreakingly revealing, Craig Harline’s story of his journey of self-discovery is filled with insight, humor, wit, and erudition. . . . All readers will learn something, most importantly, about themselves.”

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Given the injunction in the Book of Mormon to “search…the words of Isaiah,” Mormons always have at least good intentions to do so.  However, given the difficulty most people face in following through on these intentions, we present some helpful resources to aid in your study of this key Old Testament prophet.

Some books will need to be special-ordered (these are noted by an *)—thus, we encourage you to notify us quickly if you would like a copy. We will have display copies of most of the non-Mormon titles if you would like to see which will appeal most to you.  We are also offering 10% on all of the used titles below.

LDS Perspectives on Isaiah

Understanding Isaiah by Donald W. Parry, Jay A. Parry and Tina M. Peterson. New paperback–$29.99/used paperback–$15/used hardback–$20

From the publisher—“Unlike other works on Isaiah, this book goes beyond commentary and actually includes the verses of text comprising not only the King James Version of the Bible but also the Joseph Smith Translation and the Book of Mormon, presenting the most correct translation available today. The text is presented in the same couplet format as it was likely originally written. The authors examine each unit of thought individually, likening it to our modern-day life and presenting definitions and explanations of meaning based on thorough study of the Hebrew language.” This is the most extensive work on Isaiah from an LDS perspective—Donald Parry is a respected Isaiah scholar, serving as an editor (for Isaiah) with the international Dead Sea Scrolls team.

Isaiah Speaks to Modern Times by W. Cleon Skousen. New paperback–$24.95/used hardback–$45

Following nearly 150 pages of introduction on Isaiah the person and his prophecies, Skousen then presents the full text of Isaiah (as found in the Old Testament—he does not comment much on the Isaiah portions in the Book of Mormon).  Beside each verse is his commentary which consists mainly of his own analysis.

Harmonizing Isaiah by Donald W. Parry. New paperback–$9.95/used paperback–$5

Following a detailed introduction, Parry presents his own translation of the text of Isaiah using the traditional (Masoretic) text combined with insights from the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith Translation and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Avraham Gileadi titles: for most of his writing career, Gileadi has focused on translating and analyzing Isaiah. Many of his books include his own translation as well as commentary (those underlined feature this format)

Isaiah Decoded: Ascending the Ladder to Heaven. New paperback–$27.95

The Book of Isaiah: Analytical Translation with Comprehensive Concordance. New paperback–$22.95

The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys From the Book of Mormon. New paperback (includes new preface). New paperback–$22.95/used paperback (1st ed.)–$9-$10/used hardback (1st ed.)–$20-$25

The Literary Message of Isaiah. New paperback–$22.95/used hardback (1st ed—includes translation and concordance)–$35

Apocalyptic Commentary on the Book of Isaiah. New paperback–$29.95

Apocalyptic Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Key. Used hardback–$15

Isaiah Plain & Simple: The Message of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon by Hoyt Brewster, Jr. Used hardback–$20

Brewster, author of several other books, wrote this study of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon because of an LDS “malady…the tendency to skip, shun, or, at the very most, skim the writings of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon.” Structured as a verse-by-verse commentary, Brewster’s analysis draws almost entirely on LDS authors to elucidate these chapters.

Isaiah for Today by Mark E. Petersen. Used hardback–$6.99-$7.99 (sale)

Part of his prophets series of books—looks at the various prophecies of future events in Isaiah and what they mean in Mormon terms. As he notes in the opening words of the book: “more than any other biblical writer, Isaiah is a prophet for today.”

Isaiah: Prophecies of the Restoration by Monte S. Nyman. Used hardback–$10

Nyman pulls out verses containing prophecies of the following latter-day topics: Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon, Satan, Abrahamic covenant, gathering of Israel, lost tribes, spirit world, second coming and the millennium.

Isaiah and the Book of Mormon: A Study Guide for Understanding the Writings of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon by Philip J. Schlesinger. Used paperback–$10

The author, the grandson of Jewish immigrants, provides his perspective from a dual heritage. He presents each chapter of Isaiah material in the Book of Mormon with definitions of obscure terms and commentary on selected verses.

*Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, Poet by Victor L. Ludlow. New paperback–$29.95/used hardback–$15-$20

In addition to the traditional text and commentary pairing, Ludlow offers some unique sections such as “Why and How to Study Isaiah” and “Parallelism in Old Testament Poetry and Prophecy.”

Isaiah and the Prophets ed. by Monte S. Nyman. Used hardback–$15-$18

Several of the essays in this collection—drawn from a symposium at BYU—deal specifically with Isaiah. The authors—including John Lundquist, Avraham Gileadi and John Tvedtnes—deal with temple symbolism, latter-day interpretive keys and Isaiah materials in the Book of Mormon.

Isaiah: An Ensign to the Nation–An Analysis of Chapters One through Five by Loren D. Martin. Used hardback–$9

Martin uses the text as found in the 1830 Book of Mormon as his base. He provides definitions of terms in an appendix.

Isaiah for Airheads by John Bytheway. Used hardback–$10

Written in typical Bytheway format, he uses his sense of humor and simple approach to draw out the message of Isaiah. Includes CD with fireside presenting some of the patterns within Isaiah.

Non-Mormon Commentaries

International Critical Commentary volumes on Isaiah:

*Isaiah 1-5 by H.G.M. Williamson. T&T Clark, 2006. 410pp. New hardback–$130

*Isaiah 40-55, vol. 1 by John Goldingay and David Payne. T&T Clark, 2006. 368pp. New hardback–$150

*Isaiah 40-55, vol. 2 by John Goldingay and David Payne. T&T Clark, 2006. 380pp. New hardback–$150

*Isaiah 56-66 by John Goldingay. T&T Clark, 2014. 527pp. New hardback–$100

The International Critical Commentary has been a standard of excellence for more than 100 years. These volumes are very detailed, obviously—nearly 2000 pages so far with half of the book of Isaiah yet to be addressed—and do involve some technical language.  Like the majority of scholars, these volumes come from the position that the book of Isaiah is best seen as several separate textual traditions that were combined at some point. For each section of several verses, the authors provide their own translation followed by textual and exegetical notes. Following this section, they include more general notes on the content.

Anchor Bible volumes on Isaiah (all by Joseph Blenkinsopp):

*Isaiah 1-39. Yale University Press, 2000. 544pp. New paperback–$44

*Isaiah 40-55. Yale University Press, 2002. 432pp. New paperback–$44

*Isaiah 56-66. Yale University Press, 2003. 368pp. New hardback–$65

One of the most consistently reliable biblical commentary series, the Anchor Bible features top-tier scholars and is continually being updated.  These volumes—like the ICC volumes above—follow the majority scholarly opinion on where to divide Isaiah. They are also structured similarly to the ICC volumes—author’s translation, textual notes and then content notes and commentary.  Very detailed but somewhat less so than the ICC.

*The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary by J. Alec Motyer. IVP Academic, 1993. 544pp. New paperback–$29.99

Widely considered to be the best one-volume conservative commentary.  Motyer, a British scholar, has spent most of his career studying and writing about Isaiah.  From the publisher: “Although his emphasis is on the grammatical, historical, structural, literary and theological dimensions of the text, Motyer writes with an eye on its meaning for Christians today. Based on the author’s knowledge of the Hebrew text, but utilizing the New International Version, the commentary easily accommodates readers without a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew.” While it is detailed, it is not overly technical and should be approachable to most readers. The author argues for single authorship—i.e. Isaiah wrote the entire book.

*The Message of Isaiah by Barry G. Webb. IVP Academic, 1996. 252pp. New paperback–$17.99

Similar to the Motyer commentary above but less detailed. From the publisher: “Barry Webb calls Isaiah the ‘Romans’ of the Old Testament, where all the threads come together and the big picture of God’s purposes for his people and his world are most clearly set forth. Attuned to the magnificent literary architecture of Isaiah, Webb escorts us through this prophecy and trains our ears and hearts to resonate with its great biblical-theological themes.”

EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

 

 

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We are excited to announce our first ever husband and wife signing event!  Paula Harline, author of The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women (published by Oxford University Press) and Craig Harline, author of Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary (published by Eerdmans) will be here on Tuesday, September 30th to sign and discuss their books. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

 The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid to late nineteenth century, however—the apex of Mormon polygamy—an average of three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives. Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of twenty-nine such women (all women who lived outside the spotlight), opening a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views of and experiences with polygamy, including their well-founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons. Following two or three women simultaneously and integrating their own words within a lively narrative, Harline focuses on the detail of their emotional and domestic lives over time, painting an incredibly candid and realistic picture of 19th Century polygamy.

“Paula Harline’s treatment is a revealing if painful look into the profoundly rooted contradictions of Mormon plural marriage: she shows it to be a practice wives publicly defended while privately lamenting; one that fostered solidarity with a sisterhood burdened with ‘the principle,’ even as it fomented rivalries and sorrows within those marriages; and a practice that left a conflicting legacy of pride in the sacrifice polygamists endured, along with a persisting unease with the teachings and practices themselves.” –Terryl L. Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

“Harline has done a great service in bringing together these narratives linking the high spiritual aims and the excruciating realities of a practice that cut to the core of women’s lives. Harline’s clear-eyed and tempered analysis contextualizes the very personal voices of the past.” –Claudia L. Bushman, co-editor of Mormon Women Have Their Say, Essays from the Claremont Oral History Collection

Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary

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When Craig Harline set off on his two-year Mormon mission to Belgium in the 1970s, he had big dreams of doing miracles, converting the masses, and coming home a hero. What he found instead was a lot of rain and cold, one-sentence conversations with irritated people, and silly squabbles with fellow missionaries. From being kicked — literally — out of someone’s home to getting into arguments about what God really wanted from Donny Osmond, Harline faced a range of experiences that nothing, including his own missionary training, had prepared him for. He also found a wealth of friendships with fellow Mormons as well as unconverted locals and, along the way, gained insights that would shape the rest of his life.

“How could a memoir that primarily deals with religion and rejection be so flippin’ hilarious? Craig Harline’s experiences as a Mormon missionary in Belgium in the mid-1970s are ingeniously funny, but they also point to important issues — how religious people deal with apparent failure and navigate grown-up faith after childish certainties have proven inadequate.” — Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

“Harline tells his tale with such candor and warmth that the words spill beyond the boundaries of his own tradition. His story’s Mormon particulars will fascinate readers of various stripes, but religious readers across traditions will see themselves in this sweet — and often comical — human soul’s reach to comprehend God’s work in a broken world.” — J. Spencer Fluhman, author of “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

Paula Kelly Harline has been teaching college writing for over 20 years for the University of Idaho, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. She has also worked as a freelance writer and artist.

Craig Harline is the author of Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl and Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America, which was named one of 2011’s Top Ten Books in Religion by Publishers Weekly. He teaches European history at Brigham Young University.

 

The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women by Paula Kelly Harline. Oxford University Press, 2014. 244pp. Hardback. $29.95

Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary by Craig Harline. Eerdmans, 2014. 281pp. Hardback. $22.00

also by Craig Harline: Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl. Yale University Press, 2011. 480pp. Paperback. $24.00

Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America. Yale University Press, 2011. 320pp. Paperback–$25.00/Hardback—$30.00

 

Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional. Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.

Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

We recently purchased a portion of a collection owned by a person who would buy multiple copies of books as they were published.  Many of these are still in as-new condition despite being out of print (in some cases, for many years).  Because we have several copies, we are offering these books at great prices.  Check out the list!

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The Temple in Antiquity (Madsen), hardback–$24.99

The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective (Dahl/Tate), hardback–$24.99

Life Everlasting (Crowther), hardback–$11.99

Qualities That Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle (Walker), paperback–$7.99

Supporting Saints (Cannon/Whitaker), hardback–$9.99

Succession in the Church (Durham/Heath), hardback–$14.99

Between the Testaments (Brown/Holzapfel), hardback–$11.99

Sandy City: First 100 Years (Bradley), hardback—$7.99

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries (Neilson/Givens), paperback–$6.99

They Knew The Prophet (Andrus/Andrus), paperback–$7.99/hardback–$8.99-$9.99

Where Eagles Rest (Smith), paperback–$4.99

Lord, Increase Our Faith (Maxwell), hardback–$8.99

Marriage (Kimball), hardback–$5.99

Behold the Lamb of God Clark), hardback–$8.99

Commitment (Featherstone), hardback–$5.99

Embraced by the Light (Eadie), hardback–$9.99

Beyond Death’s Door (Top/Top), hardback–$9.99

They Saw Beyond Death (Gibson), paperback–$7.99

Beyond the Veil,  3 vol set (Nelson), hardback–$19.99

Promised Messiah (McConkie), hardback–$9.99-$11.99

Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Kimball/Kimball), hardback–$9.99

Studies in Scripture, Volume Five: The Gospels (Jackson/Millet), hardback–$5.99

Studies in Scripture, Volume Three, The Old Testament: Genesis to 2 Samuel (Jackson, Millet), hardback–$5.99

The Vision or The Degrees of Glory (Lundwall), paperback–$7.99

Christ and the Inner Life (Madsen), hardback–$4.99

Understanding the Power God Gives Us (McConkie), hardback–$9.99

What Manner of Man (Eyre), hardback–$5.99

One Flesh, One Heart (Broderick), hardback–$8.99

The LDS Speaker’s Sourcebook, paperback–$9.99

By Grace Are We Saved (Millet), hardback–$9.99

Jesus the Master Teacher (Bennion), hardback–$8.99

Latter-day Prophets Speak (Ludlow), hardback–$9.99

The Presidents of the Church (Arrington), paperback–$7.99/hardback–$9.99-$11.99

Book of Mormon Symposium, Vol. 1: The Keystone Scripture (Cheesman), hardback–$19.99

Principles and Practices of the Restored Gospel (Ludlow), paperback–$7.99/hardback–$9.99-$11.99

Alma and Abinadi (Petersen), hardback–$8.99

Malachi and the Great and Dreadful Day (Petersen), hardback–$7.99

The Believing Heart (Hafen), hardback–$7.99

Paul’s Life and Letters (Sperry), paperback–$5.99/hardback–$9.99

Decisions for Successful Living (Lee), hardback–$5.99

Following Christ (Robinson), hardback–$5.99

 

We have posted the video from the 9/3/14 event with Neylan McBaine speaking about Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. You can access it through the Events tab at the top of the site or by clicking here

It was a very interesting evening and we are grateful to Neylan for speaking. If you haven’t had a chance to get a copy of the book, we do have some signed copies left.  Come visit us in the store or purchase it online by clicking here.

Also, we have added a section to the site–PHOTOS FROM AUTHOR SIGNING EVENTS–with photos from past events–look at the dropdown menu under Events or click here.

We just received copies of Terryl Givens’ latest book (co-written with wife, Fiona, who also co-wrote The God Who Weeps): 

CrucibleThe Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99. Faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So what happens when a person has doubts? Questioning is not the problem, according to authors Terryl and Fiona Givens. “After all,” they write, “the Restoration unfolded because a young man asked questions.” The difficulty arises when questions are based on flawed assumptions or incorrect perceptions, which can “point us in the wrong direction, misdirect our attention, or constrain the answers we are capable of hearing.” This insightful book offers a careful, intelligent look at doubt—at some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person’s quest for faith. Whether you struggle with your own doubts or mostly want to understand loved ones who question, you will appreciate this candid discussion.

 

 

 

Also recently published (co-edited with Reid Neilson: 

columbiaThe Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States. Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00. This anthology offers rare access to key original documents illuminating Mormon history, theology, and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. Brief introductions describe the theological significance of each text and its reflection of the practices, issues, and challenges that have defined and continue to define the Mormon community. These documents balance mainstream and peripheral thought and religious experience, institutional and personal perspective, and theoretical and practical interpretation, representing pivotal moments in LDS history and correcting decades of misinformation and stereotype. The authors of these documents, male and female, not only celebrate but speak critically and question mainline LDS teachings on sexuality, politics, gender, race, polygamy, and other issues. Selections largely focus on the Salt Lake-based LDS tradition, with a section on the post-Joseph Smith splintering and its creation of a variety of similar yet different Mormon groups. The documents are arranged chronologically within specific categories to capture both the historical and doctrinal development of Mormonism in the United States.

“I can scarcely imagine a better collection. Teachers of Mormon studies will think of it as essential. I know of nothing that speaks to contemporary interests as well as this volume.” — Richard Bushman, Columbia University

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States is the best thing we have for the foreseeable future as a compact sourcebook for the historical study of American Mormonism from the inside. That is, it is the finest available harvest to provide wide-ranging, effective, and representative documents by Mormons themselves. This is a judicious collection. Precisely as the editors aspire to do, the assemblage expands the genres, subject matter, and historical scope of primary materials gathered in one place for the scrutiny of how diverse Mormons think and live.” — Philip L. Barlow, author of Mormons and the Bible

Coming in October (early arrival!)–pre-order now: 

wrestlingWrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity. Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $34.95. In this first volume of his magisterial study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, Terryl L. Givens offers a sweeping account of Mormon belief from its founding to the present day. Situating the relatively new movement in the context of the Christian tradition, he reveals that Mormonism continues to change and grow.  Givens shows that despite Mormonism’s origins in a biblical culture strongly influenced by nineteenth-century Restorationist thought, which advocated a return to the Christianity of the early Church, the new movement diverges radically from the Christianity of the creeds. Mormonism proposes its own cosmology and metaphysics, in which human identity is rooted in a premortal world as eternal as God. Mormons view mortal life as an enlightening ascent rather than a catastrophic fall, and reject traditional Christian concepts of human depravity and destiny. Popular fascination with Mormonism’s social innovations, such as polygamy and communalism, and its supernatural and esoteric elements-angels, gold plates, seer stones, a New World Garden of Eden, and sacred undergarments-have long overshadowed the fact that it is the most enduring and even thriving product of the nineteenth century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Wrestling the Angel traces the essential contours of Mormon thought from the time of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to the contemporary LDS church, illuminating both the seminal influence of the founding generation of Mormon thinkers and the significant developments in the church over almost 200 years. The most comprehensive account of the development of Mormon thought ever written, Wrestling the Angel will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the Mormon faith.

See our review here.

EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact

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We are pleased to announce that Neylan McBaine will be here to discuss her recently-published book Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact (published by Greg Kofford Books) on Wednesday, Sep 3rd. She will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here. The book was featured in a front-page Salt Lake Tribune article—click here to read. If you would like to purchase a copy online, please click here.

Women at Church is a practical and faithful guide to improving the way men and women work together at church. Looking at current administrative and cultural practices, the author explains why some women struggle with the gendered divisions of labor. She then examines ample real-life examples that are currently happening in local settings around the country that expand and reimagine gendered practices. Readers will understand how to evaluate possible pain points in current practices and propose solutions that continue to uphold all mandated church policies. Readers will be equipped with the tools they need to have respectful, empathetic and productive conversations about gendered practices in Church administration and culture.

“A pivotal work replete with wisdom and insight. Neylan McBaine deftly outlines a workable programme for facilitating movement in the direction of the ‘privileges and powers’ promised the nascent Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.” — Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps

All royalties from this book go to supporting the Mormon Women Project.

Neylan McBaine, a life-long Mormon, grew up in New York City and later attended Yale University. She currently lives with her husband and three young daughters and works as a brand strategist for an advertising agency in Salt Lake City. Widely published as a religion writer, Neylan founded the Mormon Women Project, a digital library of interviews with LDS women from around the world, in an effort to emphasize the many ways that modern faithful women choose the right.

Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. Greg Kofford Books, 2014. 211pp. Paperback. $21.95.

 

Shipping: Media Mail–$4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional. Priority/FedEx/UPS options available—inquire for details.

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We are going to have an ongoing display here in the store with our staff picks.  Periodically, we will choose a genre, author, subject, etc. and each of us will submit our favorite.  We will write a paragraph or two explaining why we like the book and then display them here.  During the period while they are on display, they will be 10% off.

For the maiden voyage, we have each selected a favorite biography.  Feel free to comment on our choices and chime in with your own pick!

Anne

Pick: David W. Patten, Apostle and Martyr by Linda Shelley Whiting

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Why: Since I have been interested in LDS Church history for decades, I find that the biographies that include their personal involvement in the events during the 1800’s are the ones I enjoy reading the most. David W Patten (1799-1838) was the 11th child in a family of 13 children. Being an only child myself, I love reading about large LDS families. David exemplified many of the qualities I admire in a person: dedication, loyalty, bravery, spirituality, leadership, to name a few. He was known for his gift of healing, and during his eight missions for the Church he blessed thousands of people with this gift. He also spoke in tongues during the Kirtland Temple dedication. He valiantly stood by Joseph Smith during the dark days of 1837-38, which I greatly admire. His bravery was evident in his position as Captain of the Cavalry of the Mormon Militia, becoming known as “Captain Fearnot”. As probably the first apostolic martyr in this dispensation, he died as a result of his wounds during the Battle of Crooked River.

new paperback: $14.95

Landon

Pick: If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

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Why: This grisly but fascinating book fills in many of the gaps left out when the story of Susan Powell’s disappearance made national headlines a few years ago. Josh Powell was always a suspect in Susan’s disappearance, but was never arrested for the crime. The accounts in this book make this fact even more incredulous. Since his childhood, he portrayed all the characteristics of a serial killer: childhood abuse, the killing of small animals, including his sister’s pet, the need for control, lack of empathy, and ultimately, murder. Combining a secret journal Susan Powell kept and investigative reporting, If I Can’t Have You, weaves a tale of pain, a family in fear, and a quest for answers. Five stars.

new hardback–reg. $26.99, sale $17.99

Curt

Pick: Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner

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Why: John Turner has done nearly the impossible: researched the much written about life of one of Mormonism’s and America’s most fascinating and compelling characters, Brigham Young, and produced an excellent, balanced, and compelling biography of him—in fact, the best one to date, in my opinion. Be aware that this is a “warts and all,” realistic look at the life of the “Pioneer Prophet,” but I believe it is ultimately fair and even-handed. It is to the author’s credit that most readers—who don’t already know—cannot tell whether he is Mormon or not (and I’m not telling). Brigham Young comes across as a man who achieved greatness in many ways, but who was quite human and had foibles and weaknesses as well as strengths. Philip Barlow says that Turner’s book “takes it place alongside Leonard Arrington’s magisterial American Moses to form the essential, mutually challenging portraits of one of America’s greatest colonizers and religious figures.” However, if you can read only one book on the life of Brigham Young, choose John Turner’s masterful work.

new hardback–$35.00

Chris

Pick: Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder by Harold Schindler

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Why: The story of Orrin Porter Rockwell has been told in many different places. He is portrayed as a bodyguard to Joseph Smith (who wasn’t, right?), a Danite, a great scout and hunter for the pioneer trek, a fighter and later a U.S. Marshal. Schindler gets all the known facts about this fascinating character. I loved reading it when I was just a teenager and had the special experience of getting to know the author and hearing many of the stories from the book from his lips. I have read it several times since then and it stands as one of my favorite LDS biographies. Schindler’s footnoting is extensive and indicates the amount of research that went into this book’s publication. There are many books out there that tell stories about “old Port” but nothing comes close to the accuracy and detail of this one.

new paperback (rev. 2nd ed.)–$21.95

used hardback (rev. 2nd ed.)–$30

used hardback (rev. 2nd ed.), signed–$35

used hardback (1st ed.)–$40

used hardback (1st ed., scarce pictorial dust jacket)–$100

Bryan

Pick: Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Edward Kimball and Andrew Kimball Jr.

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Why: Every time I see copies of this at the DI, I always wonder how many people that gave this book up ever read it. If they didn’t, they missed out on a treasure. In my opinion, Ed (Kimball’s son) and Andrew (his nephew) achieved the perfect blend of familiarity and distance in order to craft an incredibly candid and readable biography. The authors used Kimball’s voluminous journals to add details and flavor to their narrative. I’ve read this several times and, every time I do, I love the honest story of a simple man who eventually wielded great power, most often in the favor of the less privileged.

used hardback, no dust jacket, signed by Edward–$10

used hardback, 1st printing–$15

used hardback, form letter w/ printed Dallin H. oaks signature laid in–$20

used hardback, inscribed by Pres Kimball–$100

EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact

Neylan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce that Neylan McBaine will be here to discuss her recently-published book Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact (published by Greg Kofford Books) on Wednesday, Sep 3rd. She will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here. The book was featured in a front-page Salt Lake Tribune article—click here to read. If you would like to purchase a copy online, please click here.

Women at Church is a practical and faithful guide to improving the way men and women work together at church. Looking at current administrative and cultural practices, the author explains why some women struggle with the gendered divisions of labor. She then examines ample real-life examples that are currently happening in local settings around the country that expand and reimagine gendered practices. Readers will understand how to evaluate possible pain points in current practices and propose solutions that continue to uphold all mandated church policies. Readers will be equipped with the tools they need to have respectful, empathetic and productive conversations about gendered practices in Church administration and culture.

“A pivotal work replete with wisdom and insight. Neylan McBaine deftly outlines a workable programme for facilitating movement in the direction of the ‘privileges and powers’ promised the nascent Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.” — Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps

All royalties from this book go to supporting the Mormon Women Project.

Neylan McBaine, a life-long Mormon, grew up in New York City and later attended Yale University. She currently lives with her husband and three young daughters and works as a brand strategist for an advertising agency in Salt Lake City. Widely published as a religion writer, Neylan founded the Mormon Women Project, a digital library of interviews with LDS women from around the world, in an effort to emphasize the many ways that modern faithful women choose the right.

 

Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. Greg Kofford Books, 2014. 211pp. Paperback. $21.95.

 

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EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

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We are pleased to announce that Chad M. Orton (volume editor) and Richard E. Turley, Jr. (general editor) will be here to discuss the recently-published Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 (published by Deseret Book) on Wednesday, Aug 20th. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Fifteen years ago, the first volume of one of the most important journals in Mormon history was published: The Journals of George Q. Cannon, Volume 1. To California in ’49. Now, the story of Cannon’s life continues with his Hawaiian mission journals covering 1850 to 1854.

George Q. Cannon was a key figure in one of the great Latter-day Saint missionary stories of the nineteenth century. Beginning in 1850, he went with a few others to preach the gospel in Hawai’i, part of an effort to carry the good news “unto every nation” (Revelation14:6). Because these missionaries had to find their own way to the islands, and because they were essentially destitute, they faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles just to reach their destination. Once there, they grappled with new and unexpected difficulties as strangers in a strange land. Living conditions were often primitive, few natives spoke English, and ministers of other branches of Christianity offered significant opposition to the missionaries’ message.

Although their path frequently seemed dark, the Lord lighted the way, and these missionaries to Hawai’i—and others who later joined them—found a people prepared to receive their message. Initial progress was slow and discouraging, but by the time Cannon left the islands for his home in Utah, after having served nearly four years, thousands had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His journals covering this period are thoroughly annotated, providing context for the events, places and people. A helpful introduction by Richard Turley gives an overview of the journals and the long process to transcribe and publish them.

CHAD M. ORTON is a Church history specialist with the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His previous publications include Joseph Smith’s America: His Life and Times and 40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young: A New Approach to a Remarkable Man.

RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the chairman of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers series. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon, with William W. Slaughter and Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman.

 

The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad M. Orton (Richard E. Turley, Jr.,  general ed.). Deseret Book, 2014. 832pp. Hardback. $42.99.

also available (limited quantity): Journals of George Q. Cannon, Volume 1. To California in ’49 ed. by Michael N. Landon. Deseret Book, 1999. Hardback. $29.99

 

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