We are pleased to announce that Robert Kirby, author of the recently-published The Essential Kirby Canon: 20 Years of Shooting from the Hip at the Salt Lake Tribune (published by Zion BookWorks) will be here on Wednesday, November 12th to sign and discuss his book. He 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 Essential Kirby Canon is the newest book from Robert Kirby and is as funny and thought-provoking as his last five humor titles; but maybe it’s even more important because he allows himself to be serious at times. Sobering moments of truth mixed in with his off-kilter humor make this a book that should be read and appreciated by every Utahn, Mormon or not, and every Mormon, Utahn or not. Kirby is a keen observer of Utah and Mormon culture—he is never shy about pointing out, in the funniest ways, our flaws, foibles and weaknesses as well as our strengths.
Robert Kirby was born into a military family. After completing high school he served a two-year mission in Uruguay for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return he pursued a career in law enforcement with the Grantsville, Utah Police Department in 1978 and then the Springville, Utah police department in 1979. While taking night classes at nearby Brigham Young University Kirby began writing columns for the local newspapers, first the Springville Herald, and later the Utah County Journal (writing under the pen name Officer “Blitz” Kreeg). In 1989 Kirby decided to leave police work and devote himself to full-time writing. He has written a column for The Salt Lake Tribune since 1994—his newspaper columns have won several regional awards.
The Essential Kirby Canon: 20 Years of Shooting from the Hip at the Salt Lake Tribune. Zion BookWorks, 2014. 152pp. Paperback. $9.95
Other Robert Kirby Titles:
Kirby Soup for the Soul (with cartoons by Pat Bagley). White Horse Books, 2003. 127pp. Reg. $9.95, SALE $4.99 (limited quantity)
Pat & Kirby Go to Hell (with cartoons by Pat Bagley). Leicester Bay Books, 2013. 96pp. Paperback. $9.95
Family Home Screaming (with cartoons by Pat Bagley). Leicester Bay Books, 2013. 134pp. Paperback. $9.95
Wake Me for the Resurrection (with cartoons by Pat Bagley). Leicester Bay Books, 2013. 126pp. Paperback. $9.95
Sunday of the Living Dead (with cartoons by Pat Bagley). Leicester Bay Books, 2013. 112pp. Paperback. $9.95
Brigham’s Bees: A Novel. Zion BookWorks, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $11.95
Dark Angel: An Historical Fiction. Leicester Bay Books, 2013. 276pp. Paperback. $12.95
Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (USPS)–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.
Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax
A reminder that our Fall Sale rolls on. Through the end of October, save 20% on most new books and 25% on most used books. In addition, choose from one of six free books for orders over $50 and free shipping for orders over $100. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some of the books that have been published over the last few months.
“The definitive treatment by the acknowledged authority in this field—long awaited and needed since the 1820s. Homer skips the nonsense but not the details in this masterful perspective on the many meanings of Masonry in the Mormon world.”
—Rick Grunder, editor of Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source
LDS Joseph vs. RLDS Joseph: The Battle to Control the Public Memory of Joseph Smith by Don Bradley and Brian C. Hales
The RLDS Church’s Directive on Baptism of Saora Tribal Polygamists: Canonizing Administrative Policy, 1967–1972 by Richard P. Howard
We’ve been waiting for this one! The first volume of Terryl Givens’ Wrestling the Angel (The Foundations of Mormon Though: Cosmos, God, Humanity) has arrived! If you haven’t taken advantage of our sale yet, this is a prime opportunity! Oxford University Press, hb, 405pp, $34.95.
Also, we have posted the video from the event with Paula and Craig Harline. Click on the Events tab above to watch videos of this and previous events. If you weren’t able to make it, we have a few signed copies of Craig’s books left.
Most of our new books are discounted 20% and used books are 25% off.
(Some exceptions apply, such as special orders and requests, sale books, short discount titles and some rare books.) We are also offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more after discounts are taken. (*Note: U.S. orders only.)
In addition, any purchase of $50 or more will entitle you to one of the following FREE books:
As a Thief in the Night: The Mormon Quest for Deliverance by Dan Erickson (hb, orig. price $24.95)
Joseph Smith: The First Mormon by Donna Hill (pb, orig. price $16.95)
Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher-Counselor-Humanitarian by Mary Lythgoe Bradford (hb, orig. price $24.95)
Multiply and Replenish: Mormon Essays on Sex and Family edited by Brent Corcoran (pb, orig. price $18.95)
On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930 edited by Michael W. Homer (pb, orig. price $24.95), OR
Quest for the Gold Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson’s Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon by Stan Larson (pb, orig. price $24.95)
This is a great opportunity to buy your new, used, and out-of-print LDS books at reduced prices. Remember, we also have a large selection of sale and remainder books reduced as much as 80% from their original prices.
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.
For more info, click here.
“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.”
— 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.”
— 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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!
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.