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Check out John Dominic Crossan’s interview with the Salt Lake Tribune‘s Peggy Fletcher Stack. We hope you’re planning on coming to hear him Wednesday afternoon at 12:30!

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AFTERNOON WITH AN AUTHOR

JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN

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We are very excited to announce that John Dominic Crossan will be here for a rare afternoon signing. Crossan is a world-renowned New Testament scholar—and author of several dozen books—with particular expertise on the historical Jesus. Thanks to fortuitous circumstances (he will be speaking at the Sunstone Symposium), we were able to schedule an event during his busy time here—we consider it a privilege to host such a respected historian and author such as Crossan. He will be here on Wednesday, July 29 to discuss and sign his latest book How to Read the Bible & Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation (published by Harper One). He will speak at 12:30 PM and then take questions from the audience. We hope you will be able to make it but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and God & Empire—“the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation” (John Shelby Spong)—grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith.

Many portions of the New Testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah—and how can both be in the same Bible?

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John Dominic Crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing. Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself.

Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. He challenges Christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith.

John Dominic Crossan received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College, Ireland, in 1959, and did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959 to 1961 and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of a thirteenth-century Roman Catholic religious order, the Servites (Ordo Servorum Mariae), from 1950 to 1969 and an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He joined DePaul University, Chicago, in 1969 and remained there until 1995. He is now a Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies. He was Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985 to 1996 as it met in twice-annual meetings to debate the historicity of the life of Jesus in the gospels. He has written twenty-seven books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and five of those books have been national religious bestsellers for a combined total of twenty-four months.

Praise for John Dominic Crossan:

“The works of John Dominic Crossan—learned, original, and often controversial—have stimulated some of the most intense discussion among New Testament scholars today.”

–Elaine Pagels.

“Flashes of genius . . . he writes with deep understanding and compassion.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Crossan is one of the most admired as well as one of the most controversial scholars of the New Testament in general and the life of Jesus in particular.”

Library Journal

 

How to Read the Bible & Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation. HarperOne, 2015. 272pp. Hardback. $26.99

Also by John Dominic Crossan:

The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus. Harper One, 1999. Paperback. $21.99

The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon (w/ Marcus Borg). HarperOne, 2009. Hardback–$24.99/paperback–$14.99

God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now. HarperOne, 2008. Paperback. $13.99

The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer. Hardback. Reg. $24.99, SALE $12.99. Paperback. Reg. $13.99, SALE $9.99.

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant. HarperOne, 1993. Paperback. $19.99

In Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus. Polebridge Press, 1992. Paperback. $14.95

In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (w/ Jonathan Reed). HarperOne,2005. Paperback. $19.99

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. HarperOne, 2009. Paperback. $14.99

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem (w/ Marcus Borg). HarperOne, 2007.   Paperback. $13.99

The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus. Harper One, 2012. 272pp. Hardback. Reg. $25.99, SALE $9.99

The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue. Fortress, 2005. Paperback. $19.00

The Message of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in Dialogue. Fortress, 2013. Paperback. $25.00

Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus. HarperOne, 1996. Paperback. $15.99

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DON’T MISS WHAT PROMISES TO BE AN EXCEPTIONAL

EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

TERRYL AND FIONA GIVENS

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We are very excited to announce that Terryl and Fiona Givens, authors of numerous books on Mormon history and thought, will be here this Wednesday, July 22nd. They will discuss their two most recent books: The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith (published by Deseret Book) and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity (published by Oxford University Press). 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 signed books or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

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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.

“If anyone can talk down someone who is having a faith crisis—or provide the kind of theological foundation that might prevent one in the first place—it is Terryl and Fiona Givens. But this book is not just for doubters. Others who appreciate a thoughtful approach to Mormonism, molded in shared measure by prophets and poets, will benefit from this lovely book. There are no theological Twinkies here.” –Julie M. Smith, author of Search, Ponder and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels

“This book (and the many firesides and events related to it) is opening new avenues in how Mormons speak about doubt. The fact that it was released by the Church’s official publishing house is a good sign of greater frankness.” –Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood

Wrestling the Angel

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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.

“Givens has provided the most thorough and expert accounting of Mormonism’s place in the Christian thought-world. The book raises the bar for those who would challenge Mormonism’s status as a Christian faith. For the rest of us, who simply want to understand Mormonism, it is a welcome gift of fine scholarship.” –Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor in Mormon Studies, University of Virginia

“Givens, possibly the most significant voice in the field of Mormon studies, has previously explained Mormonism by way of scripture, history, and philosophy. Here, he turns his attention to theology, a more difficult proposition than it sounds, since Mormons tend to emphasize practical living rather than theological speculation and believe in continuing revelation…What emerges is a complex, nuanced picture of a dynamic faith.” –Publishers Weekly

TERRYL GIVENS holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He is the author of many titles exploring Mormon history, thought and culture—his Parley Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (co-written with Matthew Grow) was the winner of the 2012 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association.

FIONA GIVENS is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living

 

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99.

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $34.95

 

Also by Terryl and Fiona Givens

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. 148pp. Hardback. $19.99

Also by Terryl Givens

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. 320pp. Paperback.

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. 284pp. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $6.99

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. 140pp. Paperback. $11.95

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. 499pp. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $24.99

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2009. 388pp. Paperback. $26.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $26.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00

The Latter-day Saint Experience in America. Greenwood Press, 2004. 347pp. Hardback. $67.00

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

Plus Complimentary Sliders from the Chow Truck

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We are pleased to announce that Jamie Zvirzdin (editor) and several contributors will be here on Tuesday, July 28, to speak about their new book Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women (published by Signature Books).  This event will be a little different—the publisher has graciously provided for the acclaimed Chow Truck to offer complimentary gourmet sliders beginning at 5 PM (east parking lot). We will then head upstairs to the store where the contributors will speak beginning at 6 PM. We hope you will be able to make it to this interesting event but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The twelve essays in this anthology provide a refreshing array of female perspectives, personalities, and circumstances. Along with an introduction by Jamie Zvirzdin, the essays invite readers to recognize and own their personal struggles, gifts, faults, and desires and to accept where they stand on the spectrum of humanity. Fresh Courage Take demonstrates that the road to heaven is not a conveyor belt powered by a checklist of religious obligations, cooked casseroles, and a collection of children. If anything, it is a complex network of interchanges and decisions … including long, often solitary paths.

The authors span a wide range of views and situations in life: politically conservative to progressive, single to married with many children, highly educated to working-class, stay-at-home moms to the professionally successful, of European or African heritage, religiously orthodox to heterodox. In short, they define, from their diversity, what being a Mormon woman means and what type of path they feel they must take to be true to themselves and their beliefs.

Authors include Carli Anderson, Rachael Decker Bailey, Erika Ball, Rachel Brown, Karen Critchfield, Ashley Mae Hoiland, Sylvia Lankford, Marcee Monroe, Brooke Stoneman, Camille Strate Fairbanks, Colleen Whitley, and Jamie Zvirzdin.

Foreword by Joanna Brooks, professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith.

 “Fresh Courage Take serves up a nourishing dish from the hands of skilled Mormon women—a stew with good conservative meat, liberal spices, and a rich variety of experiences, choices, and insights from across the garden of this great sisterhood. Comfort food. With occasional bite. Thanks, Sisters!”

Carol Lynn Pearson, author of Beginnings and Beyond; Goodbye, I Love You; Mother Wove the Morning; and other bestsellers

 “It’s critical for women to be able to share their stories and find empowerment, within their own lives and the lives of others, by relating personal experiences. There is a power and strength in being able to connect with the lives of others, and that’s why this book is so important. It is the work of lifting up other women through the amplification of one’s own experiences.”
Lindsay Hansen Park, assistant director, Sunstone Education Foundation; host, Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast

Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She grew up in Sandy, Utah. Find her on Twitter @jamiezvirzdin.

 

Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women ed. by Jamie Zvirzdin. Signature Books, 2015. 200pp. Dutch binding (flexible cover). $22.95.

 

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Reminder that Kyle Walker, author of William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet(published by Greg Kofford Books), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, July 15 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

We are very excited to announce that Terryl and Fiona Givens, authors of numerous books on Mormon history and thought, will be here on Wednesday, July 22nd. They will discuss their two most recent books: The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith (published by Deseret Book) and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity (published by Oxford University Press). 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 signed books or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The Crucible of Doubt

FaithCrucible 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.

“If anyone can talk down someone who is having a faith crisis—or provide the kind of theological foundation that might prevent one in the first place—it is Terryl and Fiona Givens. But this book is not just for doubters. Others who appreciate a thoughtful approach to Mormonism, molded in shared measure by prophets and poets, will benefit from this lovely book. There are no theological Twinkies here.” –Julie M. Smith, author of Search, Ponder and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels

“This book (and the many firesides and events related to it) is opening new avenues in how Mormons speak about doubt. The fact that it was released by the Church’s official publishing house is a good sign of greater frankness.” –Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood

Wrestling the Angel

In this wrestlingfirst 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.

“Givens has provided the most thorough and expert accounting of Mormonism’s place in the Christian thought-world. The book raises the bar for those who would challenge Mormonism’s status as a Christian faith. For the rest of us, who simply want to understand Mormonism, it is a welcome gift of fine scholarship.” –Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor in Mormon Studies, University of Virginia

“Givens, possibly the most significant voice in the field of Mormon studies, has previously explained Mormonism by way of scripture, history, and philosophy. Here, he turns his attention to theology, a more difficult proposition than it sounds, since Mormons tend to emphasize practical living rather than theological speculation and believe in continuing revelation…What emerges is a complex, nuanced picture of a dynamic faith.” –Publishers Weekly

TERRYL GIVENS holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He is the author of many titles exploring Mormon history, thought and culture—his Parley Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (co-written with Matthew Grow) was the winner of the 2012 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association.

FIONA GIVENS is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living

 

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99.

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $34.95

 

Also by Terryl and Fiona Givens

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. 148pp. Hardback. $19.99

Also by Terryl Givens

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. 320pp. Paperback. 

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. 284pp. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. 140pp. Paperback. $11.95

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. 499pp. Hardback. Reg. $34.95

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2009. 388pp. Paperback. $26.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $26.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00

The Latter-day Saint Experience in America. Greenwood Press, 2004. 347pp. Hardback. $67.00

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

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We are pleased to announce that Kyle Walker, author of William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet (published by Greg Kofford Books), will be here on Wednesday, July 15 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

 Younger brother of Joseph Smith, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Church Patriarch for a time, William Smith had tumultuous yet devoted relationships with Joseph, his fellow members of the Twelve, and the LDS and RLDS (Community of Christ) churches. Walker’s extensive biography examines not only William’s complex life in detail, but also sheds additional light on the family dynamics of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, as well as the turbulent intersections between the LDS and RLDS churches. William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet is a vital contribution to Mormon history in both the LDS and RLDS traditions.

“Bullseye! Kyle Walker’s biography of Joseph Smith Jr.’s lesser known younger brother William is right on target. It weaves a narrative that is searching, balanced, and comprehensive. Walker puts this former Mormon apostle solidly within a Smith family setting, and he hits the mark for anyone interested in Joseph Smith and his family. Walker’s biography will become essential reading on leadership dynamics within Mormonism after Joseph Smith’s death.” — Mark Staker, Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations

 “Kyle Walker, approaching this gifted but turbulent man from a family dynamics perspective, gives him full credit for his achievement but also laments his insecurity, temper, and feeling of entitlement that so severely limited his achievement.” — Lavina Fielding Anderson, Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Kyle R. Walker received his PhD. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. He is the author or editor of two books (United by Faith: The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family and The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family: A Family Process Analysis of a Nineteenth-Century Household), as well as numerous articles on Mormon history. He currently is a faculty member at BYU-Idaho, where he works in the Counseling Center.

William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 653pp. Paperback–$39.95/hardback–$69.95.

Also by Kyle Walker:

United by Faith: The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family (edited collection of essays). Covenant Communications / BYU Studies, 2005. 431pp. Hardback. Out of print—limited availability. New. $35.00

The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family: A Family Process Analysis of a Nineteenth-Century Household (published dissertation).  BYU Studies, 2009. 141pp. Paperback. $21.95

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We’ve posted the video from our event with Matthew Grow and Ronald Walker on Wednesday. To watch it, click our Events tab above or click here. If you couldn’t make it, we do still have signed copies of The Prophet and the Reformer available as well as limited quantities of some of their other books.

A reminder that Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker, editors of The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane (published by Oxford University Press), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, June 24th to speak about and sign copies of their book. 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.

For more details, click here.

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Here are some great new titles that have arrived recently. There were quite a few that were published to coincide with the recent Mormon History Association conference so the new arrivals section is bulging! In addition, our sale tables have received a makeover–lots of great new deals to check out!

NEW BOOKS

  • prophet and theThe Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane ed. by Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker. Oxford, 2015. 545pp. Hardback. $39.99. Brigham Young first met Thomas L. Kane on the plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser, making Kane the most important non-Mormon in the history of the Church. In return, no one influenced the direction of Kane’s life more than Young. The letters exchanged by the two offer crucial insights into Young’s personal life and views as well as his actions as a political and religious leader. The Prophet and the Reformer offers a complete reproduction of the surviving letters between the Mormon prophet and the Philadelphia reformer. The correspondence reveals the strategies of the Latter-day Saints in relating to American culture and government during these crucial years when the “Mormon Question” was a major political, cultural, and legal issue. The letters also shed important light on the largely forgotten “Utah War” of 1857-58, triggered when President James Buchanan dispatched a military expedition to ensure federal supremacy in Utah and replace Young with a non-Mormon governor. This annotated collection of 99 letters reveals a great deal about these two remarkable men, while also providing crucial insight into nineteenth-century Mormonism and the historical moment in which the movement developed. **REMINDER—the editors will be here on Wednesday, June 24, for a signing—visit http://bit.ly/1KM4gem for more info****we also have two of Ronald Walker’s other books—Wayward Saints and Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection on sale—see below**
  • william b smithWilliam B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet by Kyle S. Walker. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 653pp. Paperback–$39.95/Hardback–$69.95. Younger brother of Joseph Smith, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Church Patriarch for a time, William Smith had tumultuous yet devoted relationships with Joseph, his fellow members of the Twelve, and the LDS and RLDS (Community of Christ) churches. Walker’s imposing biography examines not only William’s complex life in detail, but also sheds additional light on the family dynamics of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, as well as the turbulent intersections between the LDS and RLDS churches. William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet is a vital contribution to Mormon history in both the LDS and RLDS traditions. **the author will be here for a signing on July 15th—stay tuned for details**
  • mapmakersThe Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism by Richard Francaviglia. University of Utah, 2015. 272pp. Hardback. $34.95. From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history. For Mormons, maps had and continue to have both practical and spiritual significance. In addition to using maps to help build their new Zion and to explore the Intermountain West, Latter-day Saint mapmakers used them to depict locations and events described in the Book of Mormon. Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith.
  • from darkness unto lightFrom Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 256 pp. Hardback. $24.95. This book provides a detailed description of the process by which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Drawing from firsthand accounts of Joseph himself and the scribes who served with him, From Darkness unto Light explores the difficulties encountered in bringing forth this book of inspired scripture. Recent insights and discoveries from the Joseph Smith Papers project have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book helps readers understand that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. Faith and belief are necessary ingredients for one to come to know that Joseph Smith performed the work of a seer in bringing the sacred words of the Book of Mormon from darkness unto light.**we have some signed copies left—to watch the event with the authors here, click the Events tab above or visit http://bit.ly/1cpgF3M**
  • conversationsConversations with Mormon Historians ed. by Alexander L. Baugh and Reid L. Neilson. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 580pp. Hardback.  $34.99. The interviews in this volume tell the stories of remarkable men and women who have made careers out of researching, writing, and teaching about the past. Friends and colleagues conducted these conversations over a decade, and all were subsequently published in the Mormon Historical Studies journal or Religious Educator periodical. Now they are brought together as a single book of personal essays. As we review and reflect on the personal lives and remarkable careers featured in this volume, we sense that many of these historians feel they were prepared or given a definite sense of mission and professional calling that stretches well back in time.
  • Eye_of_Faith_FRONTAn Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan ed. by Kenneth L. Alford and Richard E. Bennett. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 417 pp. Hardback. $29.99. An Eye of Faith contains nineteen new, thought-provoking essays covering topics that have been the focus of one respected LDS scholar’s life work. Richard O. Cowan, the longest-serving member of the BYU Church History Department, has devoted his study and writing to subjects such as ancient and modern temples, revelation, serving others and sharing the gospel, and Church history. Now, established Church scholars offer their own insights and learning on the topics so dear to one of their mentors and essential to Church members. The book includes chapters from many notable writers, including Susan Easton Black, Richard E. Bennett, Kent P. Jackson, S. Kent Brown, Richard D. Draper, Alexander L. Baugh, Craig James Ostler, Brent L. Top, and others.
  • Psalms_of_Nauvoo_FrontPsalms of Nauvoo: Early Mormon Poetry ed. by Hal Robert Boyd and Susan Easton Black. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 256pp. Hardback. $21.99. In the mid-nineteenth century, in the growing city of Nauvoo, Illinois, poets found ample opportunity for publication in the Times and Seasons, the Wasp, and the Nauvoo Neighbor. Others penned poetry in personal correspondence and diaries. Both groups wrote of revelations, restored scriptures, prophecies, temples, and their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Psalms of Nauvoo is a narrative collection of these poems. The volume opens with the Mormon exodus from Missouri and ends with the Saints’ farewell to Nauvoo as they faced an uncertain future in the American West. This compilation offers a glimpse into the culture, life circumstances, religious heritage, and espoused doctrines of those early Latter-day Saints, allowing readers to catch “the swift thought of God,” as Brigham Young put it.
  • turningTurning the Hearts of the Children: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church by Selwyn Katene. Steele Roberts, 2014. 231pp. Hardback. $44.95.  What inspired so many Maori in the 1880s to question the mainstream churches and flock to an American religion — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church? How did the Mormons encourage Maori leaders to pioneer the development of the Church in Aotearoa in the 20th century? Respectful and humble Mormon missionaries had a genuine love and appreciation of Maori. They learned the language, blessed children and administered to the sick, lived among the people, slept on raupo mats and ate the same food. Their church set standards that required sacrifice and commitment from converts, but unlike other missionaries, the Mormons did not reject traditional Maori socio-cultural mores. They shared reverence for family and genealogy and were guided by visions and dreams. This book discusses twelve influential men and women, all born in the 19th century, who joined the Mormon Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and became leaders. Each chapter is written by direct descendants of these rangatira, who by constructive attitude and action brought their people together and enabled them to embrace new concepts and move into a new century.
  • menMen of Character: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Men by Lloyd D. Newell, Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. Covenant, 2015. 339pp. Hardback. $21.99. From the publisher: “For generations, prophets have extolled the important role of men in providing for their families, protecting their children, and bettering society. Latter-day Saint men have been and continue to be powerful influences for good in shaping the destiny of future generations. With this book, we celebrate one hundred noble men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have accomplished the extraordinary, leaving an indelible mark on history. These are stories about life, love, and a remarkable determination to do one’s best messages that reveal to the reader that neither happiness nor greatness is found in compromising self, but instead, both are found in reaching toward a higher source.”
  • visionsVisions of Freedom: Wilford Woodruff and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Michael De Groote and Ronald L. Fox. Covenant, 2015. 271pp. Paperback. $19.99. In 1877, among the red rocks of Southern Utah, the signers of the Declaration of Independence twice visited a sleeping Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wilford Woodruff recounted these vivid visions a number of times during his life—because they were more than forgettable dreams. The men gathered around him demanded action. They knew Woodruff had just helped inaugurate proxy temple ordinances for faithful family members who had died, and now they wanted those same ordinances—they wanted spiritual freedom. These noble men who came to Woodruff by night brought resounding justification to a church rejected by the nation; the founders of freedom were coming to the Mormons for what only those people could give them—salvation. The requests in Woodruff’s dreams were quickly fulfilled, and each Signer of the Declaration of Independence had his temple work completed.
  • colorfulColorful Characters in Mormon History by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon. Covenant, 2015. 264pp. Paperback. $15.99. In this collection, you’ll meet the man who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map California’s first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You’ll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with Baby Face Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. In addition, you’ll learn about Ephraim Hanks, Mark Twain, Mary Fielding Smith and Lilburn Boggs.
  • mormon rivalsMormon Rivals: The Romneys, The Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr. Salt Lake Tribune, 2015. 373pp. Paperback. $16.99. Distant relatives whose ties extend back to the founding of the LDS Church, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. became political allies as governors. Before that, their fathers were chummy. Mitt’s sister and Jon’s mom were college roommates. So when Romney was preparing his first presidential run, he assumed he had Huntsman in his corner. He was wrong. Their split in 2006 created a bitter rivalry that led to a contentious 2012 presidential showdown. This book by Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Thomas Burr tells the story of these dynamic and dynastic families, who have found themselves driven together by chance, business, politics and piety.
  • globalA Global Testimony: Sixty Different Countries One Powerful Message ed. by Katarina Jambresic. By the author, 2014. 450pp. Paperback. $24.95. From the author:  “A Global Testimony is a compilation of inspiring and faith-promoting stories from all over the world, representing more than 60 countries and territories, written in first person by converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a convert myself, I have always been intrigued by the various paths that have led others to the fold. My own testimony is renewed and strengthened when I hear how people from all corners of the earth recognized and embraced this one eternal truth—that God lives. Such stories always inspire me to be a better member, missionary and disciple of Jesus Christ. “
  • legendsLegends, Lore & True Tales in Mormon Country ed. by Monte Bona. The History Press, 2015. 144pp. Paperback. $21.99. Utah’s Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (directed by the editor) offers breathtaking natural resources, powerful historical drama and intriguing cultural traditions. This rich legacy is built on old-world values of cooperation, industry, ingenuity and true grit—as well as a miracle or two. From frontier justice and lost treasure to the lasting contributions of a Presbyterian minister and a Jewish settlement, talented regional historians, educators and storytellers bring to life these legends, lore and true tales from the heart of Mormon country.

SALE BOOKS

  • waywardWayward Saints: The Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young by Ronald W. Walker. BYU Press, 2009. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $15.99. With stories that include spiritualist séances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young’s leadership and authority.
  • mountainMountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection ed. by Richard E. Turley, Jr. and Ronald W. Walker. BYU Studies, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $44.95, SALE $26.99. Includes a collection of field notes/reports created by Andrew Jenson in the 1890s as well as a similar collection created by David Morris a decade later.  Both collections (largely unavailable to earlier researchers) were used in the writing of Massacre at Mountain Meadows.
  • advocateAn Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920 Carol Cornwall Madsen. BYU Press/Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. Reg. $29.99, SALE $19.99. “Madsen broadens and deepens what she began in her award-winning dissertation [on Wells’s life and work] to provide the full, engaging story of this woman who both chronicled and made history. Wells encouraged and inspired the women of her day. With Madsen’s eloquent retelling, Emmeline’s accomplishments may now inspire those of our own age, too.”  –Ronald K. Esplin, Joseph Smith Papers general editor
  • fatherFather of a Prophet: Andrew Kimball by Edward L. Kimball. BYU Studies, 2011. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $10.99. Spencer W. Kimball spent innumerable hours working on a biography of his father, Andrew, but was unable to finish it. This book, completed by Spencer’s son and biographer, Edward L. Kimball, brings that desire to fulfillment.
  • Vogel, Dan (ed.). Early Mormon Documents, 5 vols. Signature Books. Hardback. Reg. $34.95-$44.95, SALE $22.99/ea. Dan Vogel’s award-winning documentary collection compiles material from the Smith family, Book of Mormon witnesses, land/tax/court documents, contemporary perspectives on important foundational events in Mormon history and interviews with those who knew early Mormon leaders. **very small amount of vol. 1 remaining—pick them up before they are completely out of print!**
  • parallelBench, Curt A. (intro.). The Parallel Doctrine and Covenants: The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations. Reg. $50, SALE $24.99. Smith-Pettit Foundation. Oversize hardback.  Limited ed. of 750 copies. Following an introduction tracing the reception, recording and publication of early revelations, the text of these revelations as printed in The Evening and the Morning Star, The Book of Commandments and the first edition of The Doctrine and Covenants is presented in three columns.“This book will be a valuable resource for scholars interested in Joseph Smith and the revelations he believed to be divine.” –William D. Russell, former president of both JWHA and MHA
  • powerPrince, Gregory A. Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood. Signature Books. Hardback.  Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. Authority and priesthood were concepts that developed gradually in Mormon theology, not as thunderbolts but as ideas that acquired meaning and momentum over time. Acting initially on the basis of implied leadership, Joseph Smith moved toward explicit angelic authority and an increasingly defined structure drawn from biblical models.“I recommend Power From On High most emphatically for any reader interested in the history of American religion in general and Mormonism in particular.” Thomas G. Alexander
  • essential jsClassics in Mormon Thought Series: The Essential Joseph Smith, The Essential Brigham Young, The Essential Parley P. Pratt, The Essential Orson Pratt, The Essential BH Roberts, The Essential James E. Talmage. Signature Books. Hardback.  Reg. $24.95-$34.95, SALE $14.99/ea. (buy the whole set and save 10% or get free shipping!). In this series, key documents (essays, sermons, letters, etc.) from some of Mormonism’s greatest thinkers are presented. In many cases, these texts are difficult to find and helpful in understanding their thinking.
  • lineBergera, Gary James (ed.). Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine.  Signature Books. Paperback.  Reg. $14.95, SALE $7.99. In Line Upon Line, sixteen thoughtful, compelling essays offer reflective historical discussions of the development of key Mormon doctrines (nature of God and the Holy Ghost, origin of the spirit) from the statements of church leaders to the writings of LDS theologians to canonized scripture.
  • inventingMarquardt, Michael and Wesley P. Walters. Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record.  Signature Books. Paperback.  Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. From a review: “It is apparent the authors have paid their research dues, having painstakingly combed through sundry archives, searching for obscure tax and assessment records and censuses to supplement the often familiar statements by contemporaries who remembered the Joseph Smith family.”
  • san bernLyman, Edward Leo. San Bernardino: The Rise and Fall of a California Community. Signature Books. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. Recounting the remarkable story of this early Mormon colony, Edward Leo Lyman skillfully interweaves the most intriguing details about the settling and chain of events, emphasizing both the significance and irony of this diverse legacy.
  • readers bomRees, Robert A. and Eugene England (eds.). The Reader’s Book of Mormon, 7 vols. in slipcase. Signature Books. Paperback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $19.99.  Literature and Mormon Studies scholars Robert A. Rees (UCLA) and the late Eugene England (BYU) asked prominent LDS writers—such as Claudia Bushman—to offer their own personal views on the Book of Mormon, followed by the scriptural text itself.
  • harvestHarvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems ed. by Eugene England and Dennis Clark. Signature Books, 1989. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Among Harvest‘s more than sixty contributors are Elouise Bell,  Mary Lythgoe Bradford, R. A. Christmas,  Eugene England, Clinton F. Larson, Carol Lynn Pearson, Robert A. Rees, Linda Sillitoe, May Swenson and Emma Lou Thayne.
  • backsliderThe Backslider: 20th Anniversary Edition by Levi S. Peterson. Signature Books, 2007. Paperback. Reg. $31.95, SALE $8.99. Recognized as a Mormon classic twenty years after its release, The Backslider features longstanding Christian conflicts played out in a scenic, sparsely populated area of southern Utah.
  • beingBeing Different: Stories of Utah’s Minorities. Favorite Readings from the Utah Historical Quarterly ed. by Stanford J. Layton. Signature Books, 2001. Paperback. Reg. $21.95, SALE $4.99. In writing about and memorializing significant events surrounding immigrants’ lives and the day-to-day perseverance of pioneers of all nationalities, the fourteen contributors to this anthology offer fascinating details and unforgettable stories.
  • evilEvil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders by Ken Driggs. Signature Books, 2000. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $3.99. The disturbing tale of the 1974 murder of two missionaries in Texas. Driggs, a criminal defense attorney, discusses the legal ramifications of the case and traces the fascinating life story of the troubled killer.
  • littleA Little Lower than the Angels by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1997. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Set in Nauvoo, Illinois, Sorensen’s novel tells the story of a single family, a woman and her Mormon husband, loosely based on her in-laws’ family history from the period and augmented by on-site research. The novel preceded the first scholarly treatment of Nauvoo by three years.
  • eveningEvening and the Morning by Virginia Sorensen. Signature  Books, 1999. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Where polite society weighs heavily against extramarital dalliances, why do some people insist on acting against their own best interests? Ah, the complexity of the human heart! Virginia Sorensen seems to be saying in this dark novel about a 1940s Utah housewife, Kate, and a young violin maker, Peter, a man who elicits from her the first shock of overpowering attractions.
  • where nothingWhere Nothing Is Long Ago: Memories of a Mormon Childhood by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. The stories of Where Nothing Is Long Ago are a celebration of Sorensen’s childhood. She wrote most of them in 1962 while she stayed eight months with her father in Springville, Utah, after her sister’s death. (The title story and “The Face” had been published earlier in The New Yorker.) The narrator of each story is an adult remembering her experiences as a child and narrating events from the child’s perspective, so the stories are often about the child’s attempt to understand the values of her community.
  • dreamsDreams, Myths & Reality: Utah and the American West (The Critchlow Lectures at Weber State University) ed. by William Thomas Allison and Susan J. Matt. Signature Books, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $4.99. In this anthology, some of the most prominent historians of the American West consider Utah’s place in the context of broad settlement patterns. In addition to the displacement of war and the lure of precious metals, immigration was influenced by a persistent idyllic dream of a new beginning in religion, social structures, and multi-culturalism.
  • brigham youngBrigham Young: Images of a Mormon Prophet by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and R. Q. Shupe. Eagle Gate, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $24.99. This book collects into one place all of the known paintings and photographic images of Brigham Young taken throughout his long life. Born in 1801 before the development of photography, Young lived well into the period when photography had become common in America. During his life, Young posed for numerous photographers and artists and more than 100 visual representations of him exist.
  • encycloEncyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History ed. by Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan. Deseret Book, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $49.95, SALE $29.99. From the publisher: “The Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History is an indispensable reference guide. Whether you need to look up a specific detail or merely wish to acquire a broader view of the history of the Church, you´ll find on every page details (many of them little known) to fascinate and inform you.”
  • riseThe Rise and Fall of Nauvoo by B. H. Roberts. Np, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $16.99.  A reproduction of the first edition commemorating the rebuilding and dedication of the Nauvoo Temple, June 2002. Foreword by David L. Paulsen.

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