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

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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.

Utah residents—add 7.05% sales tax.

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

 

Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $5.00 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details.

Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.

 

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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

 

Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $5.00 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details.

Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.

 

Today only, we will have a booth at the South Towne Expo Center for the LDS Booksellers Association convention. For the first time, this convention will be open to the public, and in honor of that, if you stop by our booth, you can get 10% off any purchase! ldsba

We will also honor that discount here at the store, as well as offering free shipping on orders over $75 (after discount).*
*A few exceptions apply–sale books, rare books, etc.

To order, call us at 801-486-3111/800-486-3112 or e-mail us at info@benchmarkbooks.com

In conjunction with the LDS Booksellers Association conference this weekend, we are having a sale this weekend (through Sunday, Aug 10). Save 10% on new and used books (a few exceptions on short-discount and rare books apply) and get free shipping with any order over $75 (after discount). For the first time, the conference will be open to the public and we will have a booth there (come by and say hi!)–for more info on the conference, click here. To order, call us at 801-486-3111/800-486-3112 or e-mail us at info@benchmarkbooks.com

 

To get your creative juices flowing for the sale, here are some new arrivals:

 

columbiaThe Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States ed. by Terryl L. Givens and Reid L. Neilson. 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.
08071400Rattlesnakes and Axe-heads: The Almost Forgotten History and Lore of Sanpete (3rd ed.) by David G. Mackey. Sanpete Legacy Research, 2014. 492pp. Oversize paperback. $53.99. Rattlesnakes is a retelling of a region’s past in a unique way, one which gives voice to thousands of lives long silent. Drawing heavily from primary and other period sources, the volume is rich in detail about the people and events which shaped Sanpete into an extraordinary place. The work surveys many centuries leading up to the arrival of the first company of white settlers in 1849, and then focuses on the three crucial decades which follow. The book explores a time when Sanpete’s jurisdictional boundaries officially extended east into what is present-day Colorado and south encompassing what is now Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties.
9780842528511Exploring Book of Mormon Lands: The 1923 Latin American Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson ed. by Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson. RSC/Deseret Book, 2014. 330pp. Oblong hardback. $31.99. Described as “the most traveled man in the Church,” Andrew Jenson was a lifelong globetrotter since his emigration as a young boy from Denmark to Utah in 1866. Jenson’s interest in the whereabouts of ancient Nephite and Lamanite ruins propelled him to visit remote areas of Latin America, and he returned with a powerful impression that the latter-day gospel should be spread south, beyond the borders of Mexico. Jenson’s letters help reader better understand events and experiences that may have led to the reopening of the South American Mission in 1925. This book covers this important period in both Jenson’s life and Church history, which has rarely been told and is virtually unknown by most Mormon historians.
essaysEssays: Three Degrees by Denver Snuffer. Mill Creek Press, 2014. 214pp. Paperback. $15.95. This volume contains three essays (“First Three Words,” “The Mission of Elijah Reconsidered,” “Brigham Young’s Telestial Kingdom”) by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. on Mormon doctrine and history. The essays are based on talks and have previously been available through Mr. Snuffer’s blog. In this print edition the essays have been updated and some clarifications and additional footnotes have been added.
Austin_Job_1024x1024Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem by Michael Austin. Greg Kofford Books, 2014. 157pp. Paperback. $20.95. The majority of the text of Job is a work of poetry that authors and artists through the centuries have recognized as being one of–if not the–greatest poem of the ancient world. In Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem, author Michael Austin shows how most readers have largely misunderstood this important work of scripture and provides insights that enable us to re-read Job in a drastically new way. In doing so, he shows that the story of Job is far more than that simple story of faith, trials, and blessings that we have all come to know, but is instead a subversive and complex work of scripture meant to inspire readers to rethink all that they thought they knew about God.
divineDivine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of The Julia Ann by Fred W. Woods. Cedar Fort, 2014. 280pp. Paperback. $24.99. Many pioneers’ journey began long before the trail across the plains. Brigham Young University Professor Fred Woods’s quest to learn more of these unheralded “sail before the trail” travels unearthed the little-known story of the Julia Ann, which shipwrecked in 1855. A group of Australian Saints en route to the Salt Lake Valley and other passengers heading for California were on board the Julia Ann that fateful night, and the survivors were stranded with little food and water on an uninhabited Pacific Island. In Divine Providence, Woods unveils the story of these forgotten immigrants, who were involved in the only documented seafaring crash involving Mormon immigrants that resulted in the loss of human life. Their story will reveal the power of God in the preservation of these Saints’ lives and will instill a sense of admiration for their perseverance along the unheralded pathways to Zion.
zionA Zion Canyon Reader ed. by Nathan N. Waite and Reid L. Neilson. University of Utah, 2014. 248pp. Paperback. $14.95 Zion National Park is one of the country’s most-visited and best-loved national parks. For the first time, lovers of the park have in one volume the best that has been written about the canyon. A Zion Canyon Reader is a collection of historical and literary accounts that presents diverse perspectives on Zion Canyon—and the surrounding southern Utah region—through the eyes of native inhabitants, pioneer settlers, boosters, explorers, artists, park rangers, developers, and spiritual seekers. Selections come from noted figures such as Wallace Stegner, John Wesley Powell and Everett Ruess. Through the pages of this book, both the newest visitors to Zion and those who return to the park again and again will come to understand what this place has meant to different people over the centuries.
thievesThe Thieves of Summer by Linda Sillitoe. Signature Books, 2014. 218pp + appendix. Paperback. $21.95. Set in Salt Lake City at the height of the Great Depression, Linda Sillitoe’s last novel opens with three little girls, eleven-year-old triplets, skipping in front of their house at 1300 South, across from Liberty Park. They giggle lightly as they chant:

Prin-cess Al-ice in Liberty Park

Munch-es ba-nan-as ’til way after dark.

Princess Alice is an elephant the children of Utah purchased by donating nickels and dimes to a circus. The girls don’t know this, but her handler takes the mammoth princess out on late-night strolls around the park when the moon is out. What they do know is that the elephant sometimes escapes and goes on a rampage, crashing through front-yard fences and collecting collars of clothesline laundry around her neck, a persistent train of barking dogs following behind. The girls’ father is a police officer who is investigating a boy’s disappearance. As the case unfolds, the perception of the park, with its eighty acres of trees and grass, will change from the epitome of freedom to a place to be avoided, even as Princess Alice moves to a secure confinement at a new zoo at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The story is loosely based on the exploits of a real live elephant that lived in Liberty Park a decade before Sillitoe’s childhood in the neighborhood.

seedsSeeds of Faith: Conversion Stories from Early Church History by Dan Barker. Cedar Fort, 2014. 311pp. Paperback. $18.99. Early Church history is rich with remarkable miracles and amazing events, leading people to the truth of the gospel. But who were these converts before being blessed by the Lord and becoming spiritual giants? What drove Solomon Chamberlain, Thomas B. Marsh, and Parley P. Pratt to leave the boats that they were traveling on to go to Palmyra? What did Jonathan Crosby and Sarah Rich dream of that prepared them for the Lord’s message? These early Saints have wondrous tales to share. Dan Barker, author of Little-Known Stories about the Doctrine and Covenants, compiles conversion stories full of visions, persecutions, and miracles. Their stories of heavenly visitations, visions, and marvels will inspire and strengthen your testimony as you live your own conversion story.
utah reflectionsUtah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front ed. by Sherri H. Hoffman, et al. History Press, 2014. 126pp. Paperback. $19.99. Perhaps no other area of Utah reflects the state’s expansive diversity as clearly as the Wasatch Front. Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front captures the heritage and identity of this self-defining part of the state. These personal stories are grounded in the mountains, waters, deserts and cities of a distinctive geography, from Cache Valley to Salt Lake City to Provo. Contributors include Lance Larson, Katharine Coles, Phyllis Barber, Sylvia Torti, Chadd VanZanten, Pam Houston and Terry Tempest Williams, as well as other exciting established and new voices.

The video from the event with Dennis Horne on July 9th–speaking about The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle–has been posted on our website. You can see it (and video from past events) in the Events tab in the banner of our site or by clicking here. If you didn’t make it to the event, we do still have a few signed copies of this and a couple other Horne titles.

Also, Dennis has posted a list of errata in the book on his website—check it out at http://www.dennisbhorne.com/almost-here/

Reminder that Dennis Horne will be here TONIGHT (Wed, Jul 9th) to speak about his new book The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle. He will be here to sign and chat at 5:30 and then begin speaking around 6:00. Come learn more about one of the more intriguing people ever to serve as an apostle! For more info, click here.

We’ve gotten several new and intriguing titles lately.  You can call (801-486-3111/800-486-3112) or e-mail (info@benchmarkbooks.com) us with an order.

Also, we have posted the video from the event with Michael Homer (you can see it in our Events tab above or click here). We do have a few signed copies left if you haven’t picked one up yet.

  • ofwThe Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle  by Dennis Horne. Cedar Fort, 2014. 608pp. Hardcover. $39.99. Orson F. Whitney—bishop, historian, poet, and prophet—once wielded an influence in Mormonism equal to that of such men as James E. Talmage, John A. Widtsoe, and B.H. Roberts, his better-known contemporaries. After serving for most of three decades as a ward bishop, Elder Whitney served as an Apostle for a similar duration. During these sixty years, he served several missions; married a plural wife and raised two families; wrote volumes of history, poetry, and gospel discourse; dreamed dreams and saw visions; spoke to countless multitudes with the tongue of angels, and bore fervent Apostolic testimony. Complicating his enigmatic life, he also became involved with strange doctrines and spiritually errant men; fought overpowering feelings of depression; courted women after the Manifesto; and survived a mind-crippling nervous breakdown. Herein, this complex life story is largely told by Bishop Whitney through the window of his diaries, regularly kept from his first mission until his last conference talk. His youthful years are recounted with his own pen, using previously unpublished autobiographical writings.  **We will be having a signing event with Dennis on July 9th–for more info, click here
  • kirtland templeKirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Spaceby David J. Howlett. University of Illinois, 2014. 288pp. Paperback–$25/hardback–$90. The only temple completed by Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. The site’s religious significance and the space itself are contested by distinct Mormon denominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community of Christ, and the larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David J. Howlett sets the biography of Kirtland Temple against the backdrop of this religious rivalry. The two sides have long contested the temple’s ownership, purpose, and significance in both the courts and Mormon literature. Yet members of each denomination have occasionally cooperated to establish periods of co-worship, host joint tours, and create friendships. Howlett uses the temple to build a model for understanding what he calls parallel pilgrimage–the set of dynamics of disagreement and alliance by religious rivals at a shared sacred site. At the same time, he illuminates social and intellectual changes in the two main branches of Mormonism since the 1830s, providing a much-needed history of the lesser-known Community of Christ.
  • Mormon parallelsMormon Parallels (CD) by Rick Grunder. Rick Grunder – Books, 2014. 2nd ed. w/ index. 2307pp (PDF file), 500 entries. $24.95. Twenty years in the making, with 500 entries in 2,307 pages, Mormon Parallels is the most ground­breaking attempt yet in our understanding of the education, background and prevailing thinking and attitudes of Joseph Smith’s environs.  Did other people discuss the origins of America’s Native inhabitants, or write about such theories?  Were the doctrines which Joseph Smith proposed unique to him?  Has our understanding of Deity been consistent since “Joseph walked out of the Sacred Grove with a more complete understanding of God and Christ than any other mortal”?  How could Joseph have known so many compelling things?  We are taught that many of Mormonism’s foundational doctrines present original thinking.  “However,” suggests Rick Grunder, “a concentrated study of Mormon Parallels teaches us to be wary of such assumptions or their implications.  It also opens our imaginations to test the astonishing breadth of thought available among even the most humble contemporaries of Joseph Smith.”  This second edition includes an extensive topical index. “A treasure trove of primary sources for historians who are focused on early American history and the beginnings of Mormonism. It was indispensable to me in my research concerning the connections between Masonry and Mormonism.” –Michael Homer, author of Joseph’s Temples
  • The Mormon WarsThe Mormon Wars: Early Persecutions, Hawn’s Mill, The Nauvoo War, War of Extermination, Johnston’s Army, The War on Polygamy ed. by Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman. Covenant Communications, 2014. 139pp. Hardback. $24.99. The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is replete with tales of sacrifice and suffering, tragedy and triumph. Now members of the Church can gain a deeper understanding of many of the significant trials faced by early Saints with Mormon Wars, a groundbreaking volume that masterfully presents historical accounts of pioneer perseverance. From violent mob persecutions to armed troops in the Utah territory to the war against polygamy, understanding the events that refined the early Saints will fortify your faith in the face of continuing modern-day battles.
  • mightyMighty Unto Deliverance: Exodus from Mexico by Jeff Richins. Self-published, 2014. 353pp. Paperback. $19.95. What would you think if you were abruptly awoken before the dawn on Sunday morning with an urgent message to meet with the bishop at the church? Throwing on some clothes, you grab your rifle and make your way through the empty, unlit streets to the ward building. A thousand scenarios are flooding your mind and you fear the worst. The Red Flaggers are demanding all the weapons in town – they say that if you will turn over your guns they will protect you. But if you don’t surrender in your firearms, they will kill every man, woman and child in town. So what do you do? Outnumbered ten to one, do you hunker down and fight to protect your families like Captain Moroni? Or do you comply with their demand and give up your only way to defend yourselves? Are you going to trust the safety of your homes and families to the mercy of the mob? This scene is not the plot to some futuristic apocalypse novel. This is exactly what happened to the  grandparents of the author in 1912 in the Mormon Colonies of Mexico. The distant, darkening clouds of political unrest quickly turned into crashing lightning and a pounding torrent of war swirling around them.
  • heatonHeaton Lunt, of Colonia Pacheco: Bronc Buster, Scout, Bishop by Marian R. Lunt. Self-published, 2013. 464pp. Paperback. Through the storytelling ability of Heaton Lunt (the author’s grandfather) comes his experiences in some major historical events. Heaton served as one of the scouts in 1916 under General John J. Pershing in the Mexico Punitive Expedition. He served in Colonel Robert Howze’s column. He captures the hardships and sacrifices of the United States Army, how airplanes and motor transport trucks were first used. He shares his experiences that he had with the Apache Indian scouts and how they murdered a Mexican man. The turbulent times of the Mexican Revolution changed his life and left him penniless. He had to leave his home and all his cattle and belongings in Pacheco and fled with other refugees to El Paso, Texas in the Mormon Exodus of 1912. To make ends meet Heaton and other men sneaked into the mountains to gather their cattle and bring them down the treacherous mountainside under the nose of a rebel army.  And how he lost everything, but started all over and became a beloved husband and father and grandfather.

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

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We are pleased to announce that Dennis B. Horne, author of the recently-published biography The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle (published by Cedar Fort), will be here for an event on Wednesday, July 9th. He will sign books and chat at 5:30 and then speak to us at 6:00.  Afterwards, he will be available to sign and answer questions.  We hope you will be able to make it to this interesting event but, if not, we can mail a signed copy (of this or any of his other titles—see below) or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

A man of miracles. A master of language. A bishop, historian, poet, and prophet. Orson F. Whitney was one of the most influential speakers and writers in early Mormonism, receiving commendations from men like Lorenzo Snow, James E. Talmage, and Joseph F. Smith. Throughout his life, Whitney was continually working on massive literary projects, usually through the medium of poetry, his favorite form. He was hailed as a “Milton-esque” caliber writer by some of his contemporaries, due to efforts like his masterwork poem Elias: An Epic for the Ages.On the historical side, Whitney was responsible for compiling the massive four-volume set History of Utah.

One could safely say that Orson F. Whitney led a complicated life. An entrenched belief in reincarnation brought him into conflict with general authorities early in his life.  He even came to believe that one of his associates that held these “theosophical” beliefs was destined to lead the church. In addition, Whitney was involved in several (occasionally very deep) friendships with women even after the second manifesto of 1904. But through struggle and humility, he managed to overcome his obstacles—tersely renouncing his belief in reincarnation—and serve faithfully until the end as an apostle.

Though unquestionably one of the leading figures in Mormonism in his day, Whitney is largely unknown to current readers.  Horne has resurrected the chaotic and fascinating life of this poet, thinker and apostle in this full-life biography.  The first several chapters are based on unpublished autobiographical sketches—the later years of Whitney’s life are reconstructed using his voluminous diaries (unfortunately censored by Whitney himself later in life) which provide intriguing details into the mind of this dedicated albeit quixotic figure.

Dennis B. Horne attended both Brigham Young and Weber State Universities, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He worked for a number of years in television broadcasting and then accepted a position with the Materials Management Department of the LDS Church, where he works as a technical writer.

 

The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle. Cedar Fort, 2014. 529pp. Hardback.  $39.99

 

Other Dennis Horne Titles:

Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow. Cedar Fort, 2012. 588pp. Hardback. $29.99

Faith to Heal and to Be Healed. Cedar Fort, 2009. 199pp. Paperback. $15.99

Bruce R. McConkie: Highlights from His Life and Teachings (2nd ed. w/ epilogue). Eborn, 2010. 502pp. Hardback. $34.95

Determining Doctrine: A Reference Guide for Evaluating Doctrinal Truth. Eborn, 2005. 420pp. Hardback. $19.95

 

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Here’s a link to videos of previous author events at our store: http://www.benchmarkbooks.com/events/

 

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