We’ve posted the video from Paul Reeve’s signing for Religion of a Different Color. Paul is a very engaging presenter and we think you’ll agree this was a fantastic event. If you didn’t get a copy yet, we’ve still got a few signed ones here. As Heber J. Grant told someone in a letter, “Sister Grant and I do not send flowers to our friends when they are in sorrow but instead we send books, which last so much longer. I am sending you some books in the hope that you may find words of consolation in them.”
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One day for presidents is not enough—how about a whole week?
Through Saturday, Feb 21st, save 20% on all books—new or used—written by or about presidents of the church. This is your chance to stock up on interesting biographies and collections of teachings/sermons. In addition, save 10% on all other new and used books (a few exceptions apply).
For example, here are some books by or about Ezra Taft Benson to aid your study this year (in the case of the used books, we may only have one copy–we will be happy to find another if necessary):
An Enemy Hath Done This. New. Paperback. Archive, 2010 (reprint). $20.95
God Family Country: Our Three Great Loyalties. New. Paperback. Archive, 2010 (reprint). $22.95
Proper Role of Government. New. Pamphlet. $3.95
Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography by Sheri L. Dew. Used—rips/tears to dj. Hardback. $15.00
Missionaries to Match our Message. Used. Paperback. $6.00
An Enemy Hath Done This. Used–moisture staining and rippling to dust jacket as well as several tears; moisture staining and minor rippling along top edge; some scattered highlighting and marking. Hardback. $22.50/Used—short inscription. Hardback. $25.00
The Red Carpet. Used. Hardback. $15.00
The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. Used—inscription inside front cover. Hardback. $20.00
God Family Country: Our Three Great Loyalties. Used–inscribed by son of Ezra Taft Benson inside front cover. Possible autopen signature on title page. Hardback. $65.00/Used. Hardback. $20.00
So Shall Ye Reap: Selected Addresses of Ezra Taft Benson. Used–minor chipping and tears to dust jacket. Hardback. $15.00
Cross Fire: The Eight Years With Eisenhower. Used–dust jacket is chipped, torn and slightly soiled.. Hardback. $30.00
Farmers at the Crossroads. Used–soiling and chipping to DJ; staining on frontis. and title page. $12.00
Come Unto Christ. Used—autopen ETB signature. Hardback. $40.00/Used. Hardback. $12.00
Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice: Messages to the Saints from Ezra Taft Benson. Used—inscription and highlighting. $15.00/Used. Hardback. $16.00
This Nation Shall Endure. Used. Hardback. $15.00
A Nation Asleep. Used. Hardback. $40.00
A Witness and A Warning: A Modern-day Prophet Testifies of the Book of Mormon. Used. Hardback. $10.00
Freedom to Farm. Used. Hardback. $20.00
Title of Liberty. Used–significant moisture staining and rippling to rear panel of dust jacket and the rear cover of the book; minor moisture rippling along top edge of last 50 pages or so. Hardback. $15.00
The Threat to our Freedom. Used. Paperback. $20.00
The American Heritage of Freedom – A Plan of God. Used. Hardback. $35.00
New Horizons in Farming. Used. Pamphlet. $20.00
President Ezra Taft Benson Remembers The Joys of Christmas. Used. Pamphlet. $5.00
The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner. Used–inscription. Pamphlet. $5.00
A Plea for America. Used—names inside front cover. Pamphlet. $5.00
The American Heritage of Freedom – A Plan of God. Used. Pamphlet. $20.00
The Proper Role of Government. Used. Pamphlet. $5.00
Debt – An Increasing Threat. Used—name inside front cover. Pamphlet. $10.00
A Message to Judah from Joseph. Used. Pamphlet. $20.00
Thoughts for One Hundred Days, Volume Five by Richard L. Evans. Used–inscribed “To Jim & Beverly Parker, With New Year’s Greeting and Blessings – Father and Mother Benson, 1973″ Beverly is one of the daughters of Ezra Taft Benson. Hardback. $100.00
Prophets I Have Known: Joseph Anderson Shares Life’s Experiences by Joseph Anderson. Used–inscribed “To Jim & Beverly Parker, with affectionate greetings from Father and Mother Benson, Xmas ’73.” Beverly Parker is the daughter of Ezra Taft Benson. Hardback. $200.00
Youth and the Church by Harold B. Lee. Used–typed letter pasted inside front cover on Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir letterhead indicating that this book was being presented to the Choir’s members as a Christmas gift. On verso of half title page finds the following inscription in Ezra Taft Benson’s hand: To S____ Benson, Choice and Talented Grandaughter of Faith, Purity and Beauty – With Prayerful Wishes for Your Welfare from – Grandpa and Grandma Benson, 1-30-74. Hardback. $200.00
LeGrand Richards Speaks by LeGrand Richards [comp. by G. LaMont Richards]. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature inside the front cover. Hardback. $100.00
Faith Works by Mark E. Petersen. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature. Hardback. $100.00
The Spirit of the Old Testament by Sidney Sperry. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature. Hardback. $100.00
The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil by H. Verlan Andersen. Used–inscribed inside front cover: To _____Benson, With Admiration and Prayerful Wishes for Your Eternal Welfare – From Grandpa and Grandma Benson, 9-27-72, in black pen in Ezra Taft Benson’s hand. Paperback. $200.00
Of One Heart: The Glory of the City of Enoch by Neal A. Maxwell. Used–inscribed: To Mark & Lola Benson, With Love – from Father and Mother Benson, 10/21/75. The inscription is in Ezra Taft Benson’s hand. The covers are quite worn and have several tears; there are several pages with underlining. Paperback. $150.00
Official Report of the One Hundred Forty-Third Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 1973. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature on the front cover. Paperback. $150.00
Official Report of the First Mexico and Central America Area General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, August 1972. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature on the front cover. Paperback. $150.00
Millions of Meetings by Harold Glen Clark. Used–this copy is from President Ezra Taft Benson’s personal library and bears his signature. Hardback. $75.00
God Family Country: Our Three Great Loyalties. Used–bookplate inside front cover; DJ chipped and sunned; Signed by Benson. $125.00
We are pleased to announce that Mary L. Bradford will be here for an informal lunchtime event on Friday, February 13th to sign copies of her recently-published book, Mr. Mustard Plaster and Other Mormon Essays (published by Greg Kofford Books), and chat. She will be here from 11:00 to 12:00. We hope you will be able to make it but, if not, we can hold a signed copy here at the store or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, please click here.
Poet, editor, biographer, and author Mary Lythgoe Bradford has had one of the longest and most consistent careers of anyone working in contemporary Mormon letters. This new collection, Mr. Mustard Plaster and Other Mormon Essays, conveniently provides under one cover a picaresque memoir of her impressive cultural contributions—from her graduate days, during the late century, at the University of Utah where she received her Master’s degree in English literature; through her becoming the first “Sister” to have edited Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; well, now, to her later-life career as poet and author of the collection Purple: Poems by Mary Lythgoe Bradford, published during the present century. The essays, organized in five sections, follow her eventful life in roughly chronological order.
“For nearly half a century Mary Bradford has perfected the personal essay, that most under-appreciated of literary genres. In revelation after revelation, she has used her life as a prism through which she has looked inward and outward, illuminating the world from the perspective Thoreau referred to ironically as ‘the narrowness of my experience.’ From such ‘narrowness’ Bradford has expanded our vision through the unique perspective of her poetic, feminine, and Mormon voice—a voice of grace, beauty, and deep meaning.” — Robert A. Rees, author of The Cost of Discipleship: The Dimensions of a Mature Mormon Faith
Mary Lythgoe Bradford is past editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and author of Lowell Bennion: Counselor, Humanitarian. A prominent LDS poet as well as essayist, Bradford’s poetry was recently collected in Purple: Poems by Mary Lythgoe Bradford.
Mr. Mustard Plaster and Other Mormon Essays. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 207pp. Paperback. $20.95.
Also by Mary Bradford:
Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher – Counselor – Humanitarian. Dialogue Foundation, 1995. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $2.99.
Purple: Poems by Mary Lythgoe Bradford. Dialogue Foundation, 2009. Paperback. $11.95
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A reminder that Paul Reeve, author of the recently-published Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (published by Oxford University Press) will be here on Wednesday, February 11th 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.
At a distance of 2000 years, the text and world of the New Testament can be difficult to understand. To supplement your study of the New Testament this year, we have compiled some helpful resources. This first installment covers introductions, overviews and commentaries—a second part will include books that focus on specific topics/aspects of the New Testament. Since the works written by non-Mormon scholars may be unfamiliar, we have provided a summary from the publisher as well as brief thoughts from our perspective. Many of these titles (particularly from the non-LDS authors) will need to be special-ordered, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to purchase any of these books.
From the publisher: From the experience of a lifetime of scholarship, preaching, teaching, and writing, Raymond E. Brown covers the entire scope of the New Testament with ease and clarity. He walks readers book by book through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. While a wealth of information is contained in these pages, the work’s most impressive features are the basic summaries of each book, a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, discussions of key theological issues, and the rich supplementary materials, such as illustrative tables, maps, bibliographies, and appendixes. Using this basic data, Brown answers questions raised by today’s readers, relates the New Testament to our modern world, and responds to controversial issues, such as those raised by the Jesus Seminar. Every generation needs a comprehensive, reliable Introduction to the New Testament that opens the biblical text to the novice. Raymond E. Brown’s An Introduction to the New Testament is the most trustworthy and authoritative guidebook for a generation seeking to understand the Christian Bible.
Our thoughts: Brown is perhaps the most well-respected New Testament scholar of the last fifty years. His work is always clear and moderate. The organization of the book-by-book treatment is very helpful—sections for authorship, dating, etc, allow for quick reference. His introductory chapters are very helpful in providing context for the New Testament as a whole. Extensive and clear, this is the best single-volume introduction to the New Testament.
From the publisher: Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the fifth edition of Bart D. Ehrman’s highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its unique focus on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. As part of its historical orientation, the book also discusses other Christian writings that were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius.
Our thoughts: From the “rock star” of New Testament studies comes this very engaging introduction to the New Testament. It is designed as an undergraduate textbook (which is not unusual) but it very readable (which is a bit unusual). Ehrman’s popular approach is backed with solid conclusions—as always, he hammers home the diversity in early Christian times, with discussions of different beliefs and groups. He is also very good at putting the New Testament in context, showing how elements of this book of scripture were actually not so unique for that era. Despite the textbook-like price, this is probably the most readable of all the introductory texts.
From the publisher: This beautifully written and engaging survey offers an up-to-date New Testament introduction for undergraduate students and general readers. Powell presents disputed and controversial issues fairly, neither dictating conclusions nor privileging skepticism over faith-based perspectives. The book is written in a lively and engaging style and includes helpful sidebars, maps, tables, charts, glossary, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. In addition, this full-color book includes beautiful artwork illustrating the reception of the New Testament through various times and cultures. A companion Web site through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources features a video introduction from the author and a wealth of additional resources.
Our thoughts: A very approachable introduction. Designed as a textbook—each chapter has questions for further thought. It is written from a somewhat conservative viewpoint but is in line with the majority of biblical scholars—for example, he agrees that Paul was very likely not the author of Hebrews. Despite its size (560 pages) there are less chapters covering background and contextual topics than other introductions. Powell is a well-respected scholar and has written or contributed to many other books. A very nicely done book for the price.
From the publisher: Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings. Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunities, introducing students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature. This introduction by David A. deSilva sets a new standard for its genre and is bound to appeal to many who believe that the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.
Our thoughts: DeSilva’ strategy of combining “devotional reading “ and “academic study” (instead of considering them being “posed antagonistically against one another) is obviously very appealing to thoughtful Mormons. His method of introducing an “exegetical skill” (such as textual criticism, historical criticism or interpretation of parables) gives the reader a hands-on way to see how scholars approach the biblical text. The writing style is very approachable—despite the seemingly daunting length of the book, it doesn’t bury the reader in detail. His goal of “ministry formation” in writing this commentary seems like it will apply well to Gospel Doctrine settings.
From the publisher: In this concise, engaging book, noted New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson takes readers on a journey back to the time of the early Roman Empire, when the New Testament was written in ordinary Greek (koine) by the first Christians. The author explains how the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation evolved into the canon of sacred writings for the Christian religion, and how they reflect a reinterpretation of the symbolic world and societal forces of first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish life. Equally important, readers will find both a positive and critical reading of the New Testament–one that looks beyond its theological orientation to reveal an often-surprising diversity of viewpoints. This one-of-a-kind introduction engages four distinct dimensions of the earliest Christian writings–anthropological, historical, religious, and literary–to provide readers with a broad conceptual and factual framework.
Our thoughts: Sometimes is it very helpful to read the most concise treatment of a topic before diving into specific matters. Johnson—a former monk and longtime scholar of the New Testament—looks at a few key issues that impact the study of the New Testament. His analysis of the role of resurrection in assessing the New Testament is very helpful as is his brief discussion of the necessity and nature of interpretation.
From the publisher: This one-of-a-kind presentation of the New Testament world and its archaeological treasures provides a new, more complete understanding of the world in which Christianity was born. Through lavish photographs, architectural plans, extensive maps, and detailed charts, you can explore the landscape of Nazareth where Jesus grew up; sit at the shores of Galilee where he preached; and enter the streets and temple of Jerusalem where his ministry was fulfilled. An experienced archaeologist and biblical expert will guide you throughout your journey around Israel and beyond—on the Mediterranean voyages of Paul to the homes and synagogues of the Roman Empire, where he planted the seeds of Christianity. Visit Emperor Nero’s “Golden House,” witness the desperation of the Jewish revolutionaries at Masada, and explore the magnificent basilicas of Constantine the Great.
Our thoughts: A beautifully illustrated companion that provides helpful context for the life of Jesus the ministry of the apostles and the period immediately following the New Testament. The author, who has extensive experience in digs throughout the area of the New Testament, writes in a concise, readable manner that benefits from the most current research. A great resource at a fantastic price.
The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost through the Apocalypse. 358pp. Hardback. $34.99. Deseret Book. These essay collections by Latter-day Saint scholars (contributors include Eric Huntsman, Brian Hauglid and Kent Brown) present current research and analysis of the Savior’s life as well as the ministry of the apostles. These books provide the benefit of recent scholarship viewed through the lens of the Restoration. Rather than functioning as a traditional verse-by-verse commentary, these essays focus on topics such as “From Jesus to the Written Gospels: The Oral Origins of the Gospel” or “The Continuing Influence of the Family of Jesus in Early Christianity.”
Verse by Verse, The New Testament Vol. 2: Acts Through Revelation. Hardback. $29.99. Deseret Book. Written by two long-time BYU professors, Verse by Verse features In-depth scripture commentary supplemented with photos, painting, drawings, charts, maps, and other invaluable study helps. They explain the doctrines taught by Jesus and the ancient apostles on a wide variety of subjects, including the divinity of Christ, charity, faith and works, grace, the pre-mortal world, the Resurrection, the Last Days, and other vital topics. They demonstrate repeatedly the harmony between the teachings of the ancient apostles and the principles of the gospel restored through Joseph Smith.
We are excited to announce that Paul Reeve, author of the recently-published Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (published by Oxford University Press) will be here on Wednesday, February 11th 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 Protestant white majority in the nineteenth century was convinced that Mormonism represented a racial—not merely religious—departure from the mainstream and they spent considerable effort attempting to deny Mormon whiteness. Being white equaled access to political, social, and economic power, all aspects of citizenship in which outsiders sought to limit or prevent Mormon participation. At least a part of those efforts came through persistent attacks on the collective Mormon body, ways in which outsiders suggested that Mormons were physically different, racially more similar to marginalized groups than they were white. Medical doctors went so far as to suggest that Mormon polygamy was spawning a new race. Mormons responded with aspirations toward whiteness. It was a back and forth struggle between what outsiders imagined and what Mormons believed. Mormons ultimately emerged triumphant, but not unscathed. At least a portion of the cost of their struggle came at the expense of their own black converts. Mormon leaders moved away from universalistic ideals toward segregated priesthood and temples, policies firmly in place by the early twentieth century. So successful were they at claiming whiteness for themselves, that by the time Mormon Mitt Romney sought the White House in 2012, he was labeled “the whitest white man to run for office in recent memory.” Mormons once again found themselves on the wrong side of white.
“In this revealing study, Paul Reeve puts the subject of Mormon racialization in a new light. Mormons racialized others, to be sure, but were in turn racialized themselves. In the nineteenth century critics denigrated Mormons by seeing them as racially a between-people, near-Black, friendly to Indians, and likely allies of the yellow hordes. The church’s compensating rush to whiteness, unfortunately, went too far. Now Mormons are seen as too white, obscuring their innate inclination to universalism. No one has told this excruciating story so well as Reeve.”-Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
“Religion of a Different Color plows truly new and important ground in explaining the fuller story of Mormonism’s place in the long American struggle with racial bigotry, as well as the uses of racialist thinking in U.S. history more generally. Previous studies have tried to explain the traditional racial teachings of Mormonism mainly by reference to doctrines and developments inside the Church. This new study instead analyzes the heavily racialized context of the entire nation, in which Mormons became both victims and perpetrators of racist policies and practices.”-Armand L. Mauss, author of All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormons Conceptions of Race and Lineage
Paul Reeve, Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah, is the former Associate Chair of the History Department at the University of Utah where he teaches courses on Utah history, Mormon history, and the history of the U.S. West. He is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Early Career Teaching Award and of the College of Humanities Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. He serves on the Board of Editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly and was a past board member of the Mormon History Association and the Faculty Advisory Council of the University of Utah Press. He received the Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award for Making Space on the Western Frontier from the Mormon History Association in 2008
(click on any title below to order online)
Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness. Oxford University Press, 2015. 352pp. Hardback. $34.95.
Also by Paul Reeve:
Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes. University of Illinois Press, 2006. 231pp. Hardback. $37.00
Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia (co-edited with Ardis Parshall). ABC-CLIO, 2010. 449pp. Hardback. $85.00
Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore (co-edited with Michael Scott Van Wagenen). Utah State University Press, 2011. 243pp. Paperback. $24.95
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Despite the cold weather, great new books continue to be published! We have received several titles, both new and sale books (save nearly 70% on Terryl Givens’ Viper on the Hearth!). Check them out and see if something piques your interest. To order, please call 801-486-3111 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* 42 feature articles on relevant and fascinating topics such as Origen, the Inquisition, Darwinism, African church music, the great Russian novelists, and witch hunts
* 200 full-color photos and illustrations * Maps, charts, and timelines
We have posted videos from our last several signing events:
Jedediah Rogers (Council of Fifty), 12/17/14
Gerrit Dirkmaat and Brent Rogers (Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 3), 12/4/14
Samuel Brown (First Principles and Ordinances), 11/19/14
Robert Kirby (The Essential Kirby Canon), 11/12/14
To watch these (or past) videos, please visit the Events tab above or click here.
For our next Countdown to Christmas Cyber Deal, take 20% off any book (new or used) with “Joseph Smith” in the title. This offer is good through the end of the day (12/23). Please make sure you let us know you saw this post when placing your order. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!
It’s time for the next deal (valid through the end of tomorrow—12/20—only)—take 30% off any used biography under $100. Make sure to mention that you saw this post when you order.
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