The next volume in the Significant Mormon Diaries series, published by Signature Books in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation, has gone to press and should arrive right after Christmas:
748 pp. 978-1-56085-226-1.
Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 13
Limited edition of 500 copies. $125.00.
We are now taking pre-orders by phone (801-486-3111/800-486-3112) or e-mail (email@example.com). For more info on the book and author, please click here.
**Update–Signature has produced very attractive certificates. Since the books will not likely arrive before Christmas, you can purchase a certificate redeemable for a copy once they arrive. Hint, hint–great gift idea for someone else or yourself!
We are pleased to announce that editors from the two recently-published volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1 (July 1828-June 1831) and vol. 2 (July 1831-January 1833) will be at our store Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to speak about the books and sign copies. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign, and will begin speaking at 6:00 pm. We hope you will stick around afterwards to enjoy some refreshments and have another opportunity to get your books signed and visit with the editors.
The Documents series (which, at 12+ volumes, forms the backbone of the project) includes each of Joseph Smith’s revelations in its earliest form, reports of his discourses, and letters he sent and received. Also found in the series are articles and editorials he wrote for newspapers, minutes of meetings in which he participated, and records of his ecclesiastical administration.
In contrast to previously published volumes, which feature larger, stand-alone works such as journals and compilations of revelations, the Documents series presents in chronological order the core of Joseph Smith’s documentary record. This first volume of the Documents series features Joseph Smith’s earliest surviving papers, including more than sixty of his revelations, most of which were later canonized in the Doctrine and Covenants. Through rich annotation and introductions, the editors present new research explaining the when and why behind the documents. This contextualization helps readers better understand a foundational period of Mormon history, when Joseph Smith translated and published the Book of Mormon (the introduction includes a matter-of-fact discussion of the process of using a seer stone and a hat) and established the Church of Christ. The book also traces the proselytizing mission by Oliver Cowdery and others to Ohio and Missouri and its effects, including the migration of the church from New York to Ohio.
Documents, Volume 2 contains over forty revelations, many of which were later printed in the Doctrine and Covenants. By presenting these revelation texts, this volume chronicles administrative and doctrinal developments in the church. This second volume also contains two letters from Joseph Smith to his wife Emma. These poignant letters depict a family man who missed his wife and daughter when he was traveling and who worried about their safety and well-being.
These fascinating compilations present the ground-breaking research behind the numerous changes in D&C section headings in the 2013 edition of the scriptures. Meticulously analyzed yet presented in an engaging manner, these volumes are indispensible for understanding early Mormonism.
The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. 558pp. Hardback. $54.95.
The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833 ed. by Matthew C. Godfrey, Mark Ashurst-McGee, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. 550pp. Hardback. $54.95.
** we offer a 10% subscriber discount to the series—also, we have an “auto-ship” program where we automatically send you each volume (signed, if possible) as they are released—please let us know if you should enroll you
Other volumes in the series:
Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., $99.95 (2009)
Includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.
Revelations & Translations. Manuscript Revelation Books – Vol. 1, $79.95 (2011)
This volume is simply a different version of #2. This edition does not include all the full-color scans of the original manuscripts (there are a few examples, though) but does include the transcriptions. In addition, this version is the regular size (like #1 and #4). Thus, this is not technically a new volume but a smaller, condensed version of an already published volume.
Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations, $69.95 (2011)
Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), $54.95 (2011)
Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844), $54.95 (2012)
Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847), $54.95 (2012)
Shipping: $5.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional. Priority/FedEx/UPS options available—inquire for details.
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To order copies, please call us at (801) 486-3111/(800) 486-3112 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are unable to attend the signing, let us know if you would like your book(s) to be signed or inscribed.
First Ever Cyber Monday Event
As part of the ever-growing Cyber Monday craze, we are offering the following deals (good Monday, Dec 2nd only):
–20% off most new and used books (use coupon code CYBER during checkout in “Apply Coupon” box)—to browse our inventory, visit www.benchmarkbooks.com/shop/
–free shipping on orders over $100
–with any order, free copy of one of the following books published by Signature Books (since we don’t have a way to add that to your order automatically, please e-mail or call us with your choice)–click on any title to see more info:
–Tending the Garden: Essays on Mormon Literature ed. by Eugene England and Lavina Fielding Anderson
–Multiply and Replenish: Mormon Essays on Sex and Family ed. by Brent Corcoran
–Joseph Smith: the First Mormon by Donna Hill
–As A Thief in the Night: The Mormon Quest for Millennial Deliverance by Dan Erickson
–The Unforgiven: Utah’s Executed Men by L. Kay Gillespie
Here are some new titles that have arrived recently. As always, you can send orders to email@example.com or give us a call at 801-486-3111
The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, vol. 1: July 1828-June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historians’ Press, 2013. 640pp. Slightly oversize hardback. $54.95 (become a subscriber to the series and get 10% off). This first volume of the Documents series consists of documents written from July 1828 to June 1831. Among the contents of this volume are more than five dozen revelations that were presented in the first-person voice of Jesus Christ, including texts later published in the Doctrine and Covenants, the expansive “visions of Moses” (now found in the Pearl of Great Price), and revelations never canonized. In addition, several documents in this volume trace the process of translating and printing the Book of Mormon, as well as early efforts to evangelize using the book and its message. Volumes are signed by four of the five editors (one editor was unavailable to sign). Documents, vol. 2 should be arriving soon.
Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism’s Sacred Bloodline (revised, expanded ed.) by Vern Grosvenor Swanson. Cedar Fort, 2013. 554pp. Oversize hardback. $99.95. Dr. Vern G. Swanson takes on the Holy Grail and the Bloodline of Jesus in this exhaustively researched and insightful book. Comprising of more than 28 years of research and including insights Dr. Swanson gained from the study of nearly 400 books on the subject, this book is an invaluable resource for those looking to know more about the Holy Grail from a scholarly viewpoint. Includes revisions and corrections over the last seven years since it was originally published.
Latter-Day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies ed. by Eric A. Eliason and Tom Mould. University of Utah Press, 2013. 591pp. Slightly oversize paperback. $34.95. Latter-day Lore gathers nearly thirty seminal works in Mormon folklore scholarship (featuring authors like William Wilson and Gustive Larson as well as Grant Underwood and David Knowlton) from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to the present in order to highlight the depth, breadth, and richness of that scholarship. This examination of LDS folklore studies reveals theoretical, methodological, and topical shifts that also reflect shifts in the field at large. Areas for future research are also suggested.
I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring by Robert I. Eaton and Henry J. Eyring. Deseret Book, 2013. 560pp. Hardback. $32.99. In 1970, Hal received an impression to make a daily record of his activities. Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at his walk through life with his beloved companion, Kathy. “The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval,” write the authors, and this window into his past provides unforgettable insights about the man the Lord has shaped him to become. The richly designed pages are filled with photographs, sketches from the pen of President Eyring himself, and scores of entries straight from his journals woven into an engaging depiction of his life’s journey.
A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, vol. 2A: Voicing, Being, Power/A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, vol. 2B: Follies, Epic and Novel by Daymon M. Smith. NP, 2013. 208/230pp. Slightly oversize paperback. $18.41/$18.56. Continuing the first volume’s emphasis on Kirtland Restorationists, Part A of the second volume describes the particular textual practices that pinned their readings of the Bible onto the pages of the Book of Mormon, and spread that reading across a landscape. In this Part B of Volume Two, the cultural history explores the implications of their move from Nauvoo to Utah, from Joseph to Brigham, from Restorationism to Zionism. It shows what happens to Saints when they leave their map—the Book of Mormon—far behind, having so long misread it. Like what it says about kings, for example… Volume 3 will be arriving soon.
The Mormons: An Illustrated History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ed. by Roy A. Prete. Merrell, 2013. 160pp. Oblong hardback. $34.95. This compilation (featuring authors such as John Welch and Mary Jane Woodger) offers perspectives on the Church’s core values by those who practice the faith every day. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics – including the origins of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members – making this a fine introduction to Mormonism.
25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road by Val Holley. University of Utah Press, 2013. 202pp. Oversize paperback–$24.95/Oversize hardback–$44.95. 25th Street Confidential traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street.
Journey to the Veil by John Pontius (comp. by Terri Pontius). Cedar Fort, 2013. 271pp. Paperback. $17.99. When doctors gave him 6 months to live, John Pontius (author of Visions of Glory) created a blog to leave his testimony with his children. However, thousands of followers of UnBlog My Soul were touched. Share in the journey as Pontius expresses his love and understanding of the gospel in a clear, beautiful way. This book compiles the most compelling blog entries and weaves the narrative of his journey to the veil.
Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes by Sheri Dew. Deseret Book, 2013. 215pp. Hardback. $21.99. The fact that women are not ordained to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for some a sticking point, a hot topic, even a potential media controversy. Others aren’t troubled by the issue at all. In Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord’s church, that God expects women to receive revelation, and that both men and women have access to God’s highest spiritual blessings.
Richard Saunders will be here tomorrow (Wed, Nov 20th) to speak about the recently published Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 2, 1939-1951 (Kingdom in the West, vol. 15). He will be here to sign at 5:30, begin speaking at 6 and willbe available to chat and sign books after his remarks.
Please plan on joining us here for the event–however, if you can’t make it, we can mail a signed copy or hold here for you to pick up.
Quick reminder that J.B. Haws, author of the recently-published The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception will be here this Thursday to sign and speak about his book. He will be here at 5:30 and begin speaking at 6:oo PM. For more info visit http://www.benchmarkbooks.com/author-event-j-b-haws-mormon-image-in-the-american-mind-nov-7th/ and to RSVP on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/1420393898178161/.
For a sneak preview of Haws’ remarks, he was interviewed (along with Curt) for Doug Wright’s KSL program “Everyday Lives, Everyday Values”–it is available as a podcast using the link http://pandora.bonnint.net/audio/everyday_values.rss.
Update: unfortunately, Curt’s portion of the interview did not air–below are the two sections of the interview:
Last Chance for the Fall Sale!
Take advantage of big discounts—sale ends Oct 31st! 20% off new books, 25% off used/out-of-print and free shipping for orders over $100!
Here are some new arrivals that might be of interest:
The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception by J.B. Haws. Oxford University Press, 2013. 412pp. Hardback. $29.99. What do Americans really think about Mormons, and why? Through a survey of Mormon encounters with the media, including such personalities and events as the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, Evangelical Christians, the Equal Rights Amendment, Mark Hofmann, and even Miss America, J.B. Haws reveals the dramatic transformation of the American public’s understanding of Mormons in the past half-century. Haws will be here for a signing on Thursday, Nov 7th.
Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Culture, and Family by Boyd Jay Petersen. Greg Kofford Books, 2013. 234pp. Paperback. $22.95. For over a decade, Boyd Petersen has been an active voice in Mormon studies and thought. In essays that steer a course between apologetics and criticism, striving for the balance of what Eugene England once called the “radical middle,” he explores various aspects of Mormon life and culture—from the Dream Mine near Salem, Utah, to the challenges that Latter-day Saints of the millennial generation face today.
Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 2, 1939-1951 (Kingdom in the West, vol. 15) ed. by Richard L. Saunders. Arthur H. Clark, 2013. 475pp. Hardback. $45.00. Edited and annotated by Morgan scholar Richard L. Saunders, the collection includes not only essays but also book reviews and bibliographic studies, many published here for the first time. At the heart of this second volume is a newly corrected presentation of Morgan’s unfinished magnum opus, “The Mormons.” Also included are a number of forgotten treasures, including Morgan’s still-definitive article on the Emmett Company, which headed west from Nauvoo in 1844 as the first party of westering Latter Day Saints; his privately distributed bibliography of the lesser Mormon churches; and the historian’s last published reflections on the Mormon experience. Saunders will be here for a signing on Nov 20th.
Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament (42nd Sperry Symposium) ed. by David R. Seely, et al. Deseret Book/RSC, 2013. 288pp. Hardback. $31.99. The Psalmist asks, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?” This year’s Sperry Symposium discusses ascending into the Lord’s moun- tain within the context of theophany, ancient temple worship, sacred space, sacrifice, offerings, and hymns and songs in the text of the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. The scriptures contain a rich treasury of information of how ancient Israelites and the people in the Book of Mormon worshipped God and expressed themselves through ritual and devotions as found in the Psalms. These explorations of ancient temple worship help us to better understand and appreciate latter-day temple and worship traditions. Copies will be arriving in the next few days.
By Our Rites of Worship: Latter-day Saint Views on Ritual in Scripture, History, and Practice ed. by Daniel Belnap. Deseret Book/RSC, 2013. 448pp. Hardback. $27.99. While negative meanings are often attached to the words rite and ritual, these terms simply mean “with correct religious procedure; in the manner required, properly, duly, correctly, rightly, fittingly.” Thus, the term perfectly describes an array of practices within our church, including baptism, the laying on of hands, and temple ordinances. This book explores the relationship between the performance of priesthood ordinances (or rituals) and the power of godliness that is mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 84. Just as in biblical and Book of Mormon times, rites are an essential part of God’s plan for his children. The messages in this book help us understand ritual and its profound role within the Church so that we are able to recognize the transforming power of our rites of worship.
Pillars of the Priesthood by Val Brinkerhoff. Digital Legend, 2013. 318pp. Oversize paperback. $69.95 (15% discount). God’s light is His wisdom, power and love. It is offered to us via the eternal nature of covenants, administered via priesthood power, normally in association with ordinances. Tied to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, priesthood covenants and ordinances are the pathway to God’s greatest blessings; a fullness of light and eternal life. Accompanied by numerous full-color photos.
The Essential Old Testament Companion by Kerry Muhlestein. Covenant, 2013. 548pp. Hardback. $34.99. Third in a series of scripture guides, this companion offers accessible lists of main themes, suggestions for how we might liken the scriptures to ourselves, and insights into what the Old Testament teaches us about the nature and character of Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament.
Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power by Donald W. Parry. Deseret Book, 2013. 272pp. Hardback. Although angels are a vital part of Latter-day Saint history and doctrine, their roles and purposes are often misunderstood. In this volume, BYU Hebrew professor (and team member preparing the new edition of the Hebrew Bible) Donald W. Parry discusses in a clear and understandable way what we can learn from the scriptures and from modern prophets and apostles about angels and their missions.
Springville Museum of Art: History and Collection by Vern Swanson, et al. Cedar Fort, 2013. Oversize flexible cover. $49.95. From the first inklings of the Springville Art Movement to the internationally renowned museum of today, this beautiful book weaves a fascinating tale of one town’s artistic history sure to delight novices and critics alike. From the start of a courageous idea, a unique plan, and extraordinary success, the Springville Museum of Art is a great treasure in the American West.
Joseph W. Musser’s Book of Remembrance ed. by Drew Briney. Oversize hardback. Reg. $49.95, SALE $24.99. For many observers, Lorin C. Woolley is the center figure of the Mormon fundamentalist movement because he made claims to a line of priesthood authority followed by the majority of Mormon Fundamentalists today. Surprisingly little has been written concerning his life, his plural marriage, and his teachings. This book contains copies of all 102 pages of the “Book of Remembrance of Joseph W. Musser” showing his own handwriting side by side with a typed transcription.
Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844 ed. by John W. Welch and Erick Carlson. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. An impressive collection of original documents relating to six foundational topics in Mormon history: 1) the first vision; 2) the coming forth of The Book of Mormon; 3) the restoration of the priesthood; 4) Joseph Smith’s lifetime visionary experiences; 5) the restoration of temple keys; and 6) succession in the presidency.
We are pleased to announce that J. B. Haws, author of the recently-published The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception, will be at our store on Thursday, November 7, to speak about the book and sign copies. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and will begin speaking at 6:00. He will be available to sign and answer questions before and after his presentation. To RSVP for the event on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1420393898178161/. If you are not able to attend the event, we can mail a signed copy to you or hold one for pick-up.
What do Americans really think about Mormons, and why? Through a survey of Mormon encounters with the media, including such personalities and events as the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, Evangelical Christians, the Equal Rights Amendment, Mark Hofmann, and even Miss America, J.B. Haws reveals the dramatic transformation of the American public’s understanding of Mormons in the past half-century.
When the Mormon George Romney, former governor of Michigan, ran for president in 1968, he was admired for his personal piety and characterized as “a kind of political Billy Graham.” When George’s son Mitt ran in 2008, a widely distributed email told hundreds of thousands of Christians that a vote for Mitt Romney was a vote for Satan. What had changed in the intervening four decades? Why were the theology of the Latter-day Saints and their “Christian” status mostly nonissues in 1968 but so hotly contested in 2008? For years, the American perception of Mormonism has been torn between admiration for individual Mormons—seen as friendly, hard-working, and family-oriented—and ambivalence toward institutional Mormonism-allegedly secretive, authoritarian, and weird.
The Mormon Image in the American Mind offers vital insight into the complex shifts in public perception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its members, and its place in American society.
J.B. Haws is Assistant Professor of church history at Brigham Young University. Before coming to BYU, J.B. taught seminary in northern Utah, in Salt Lake and Weber Counties. He attended Weber State University, BYU, and the University of Utah. His PhD from the U of U is in American History, with an emphasis on twentieth-century Latter-day Saint history.
The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception. Oxford University Press, 2013. 424pp. Hardback. $29.95.
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Just a reminder that our fall sale will continue through the end of October. Take a look below at some of the recent releases and other recent acquisitions at great sale prices.
Use the following codes during checkout to get the discount (or you can always call us at 800-486-3112 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org):
new2013 (for new books)
used2013 (for used books)
You can use both codes in one order–we had to create two codes because the discounts for new and used books are different.
To browse our entire inventory, visit www.benchmarkbooks.com/shop .
Here are some new arrivals in the last couple weeks:
Common Ground—Different Opinions: Latter-day Saints and Contemporary Issues ed. by Justin White and James Faulconer. Greg Kofford Books, 2013. 367pp. Paperback. $31.95. There are many hotly debated issues about which many people disagree, and where common ground is hard to find. From evolution to environmentalism, war and peace to political partisanship, stem cell research to same-sex marriage, how we think about controversial issues affects how we interact as Latter-day Saints. In this volume various Latter-day Saint authors address these and other issues from differing points of view. Though they differ on these tough questions, they have all found common ground in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the latter-day restoration. Contributors include Bob Bennett, Robert Millet, Taylor Petrey, Steve Peck and Margaret Young.
Follow Me to Zion: Stories from the Willie Handcart Pioneers by Andrew Olsen and Jolene Allphin. Deseret Book, 2013. 288pp. Oversize hardback. $29.99. Follow Me to Zion recounts 20 compelling stories of members of the Willie handcart company and their rescuers. Dozens of full-color images by artist Julie Rogers enrich this keepsake volume, which pays tribute to the men, women, and children who have become enduring witnesses of the power of faith and sacrifice. Here you will find excerpts from their own accounts of the journey, learn what those faithful pioneers did after reaching the Salt Lake Valley, and read reflections on their lives by descendants.
Utah Trade Tokens by H. Robert Campbell. NP, 2013. 480pp. Oversize paperback (spiral bound), $95.00/oversize hardback – limited to 50 copies, $175.00 (no discount on either). This second edition contains a listing of all known tokens produced in Utah with extensive catalog information (composition, date, proprietor, rarity, value, etc.). Numerous b/w and color photos throughout show examples of the various types of tokens. Also includes a reprint of the 1988 pamphlet The Token Rarity and Popular Pricing Guide for Utah Towns. An indispensable guide for the collector of Utah trade tokens and an in-depth look at a fascinating aspect of Utah history. This is the most comprehensive listing and evaluation ever produced.
Rising Hills and Sinking Valleys: A Descendant of Joseph & Emma Shares Her Story by Kimberly Jo Smith. Digital Legend, 2012. 438pp. Paperback–$24.95/Hardback–$32.95 (10% discount–will be arriving soon). What were the real reasons that kept Emma Smith from migrating West with the main body of the Saints after her husband was murdered? What became of the children and why was Joseph’s posterity estranged from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for so many generations? One descendant, and convert to the LDS Church, shares her story, opening the door of understanding that has been lacking since 1844.
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith by Joanna Brooks. Paperback. Reg. $14.00, SALE $5.99. The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith written by popular Mormon commentator Joanna Brooks. Carol Lynn Pearson says the book is “laugh-out-loud funny and break-your-heart poignant. A triumph.” R. B. Scott writes: “Joanna Brooks captures Mormonism in revealing but tender ways that are sure to resonate with insiders and outsiders alike. Mormonism may not yet have found its Chaim Potok, but it has its Joanna Brooks.” Jana Riess calls The Book of Mormon Girl “acompelling memoir of being found and lost and found again,” and describes Brooks as “a contemporary Mormon pioneer.”
Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet by Jane Barnes. Hardback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $6.99. Barnes, an award-winning documentary film writer, was working on the PBS special series, The Mormons, when she was surprised to find herself passionately drawn to Joseph Smith. In this brilliantly written memoir, she describes her experiences working on the series as she moved from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. In the book she draws an intimate portrait of the man behind one of America’s fastest growing religions. Falling in Love with Joseph Smith offers a surprising and provocative window into the Mormon experience from a non-Mormon perspective. Joanna Brooks writes: “Jane Barnes offers a rollicking, visionary, and deeply personal exploration of the magnetic legacy of Joseph Smith. . .”
Other new titles that will be arriving in the next couple weeks (call and pre-order now!):
The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception by J. B. Haws. Oxford, 2013. 424pp. Hardback. $29.95. What do Americans really think about Mormons, and why? Through a fascinating survey of Mormon encounters with the media, including such personalities and events as the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, Evangelical Christians, the Equal Rights Amendment, Sports Illustrated, Mark Hofmann, the priesthood ban and even Miss America, J.B. Haws reveals the dramatic transformation of the American public’s understanding of Mormons in the past half-century. Haws drew heavily on the Church’s public relations files to craft his narrative.
Lost Wisdom: Ascension in Three Archetypes of At-one-ment by Val Brinkerhoff. Digital Legend, 2013. 257pp. Oversize paperback. $37.95 (15% discount). The best of sacred architecture worldwide features universal archetypes having visual connections to the Atonement of Jesus Christ; the single important act of love fulfilling the Father’s Eternal Covenant with man. For many Christians, the cross is the symbol of Christ’s Atonement. For Latter-day Saints it is often signaled by Gethsemane and its aged olive trees. The most common one, however, used by nearly every world religion is that seen in the relationship of the circle to the square. It points to “reconciliation” between heaven and earth or man and God.
Pillars of the Priesthood: Teachings & Symbols of God’s Holy Order by Val Brinkerhoff. Digital Legend, 2013. 318pp. Oversize paperback. $69.95 (15% discount). God’s light is His wisdom, power and love. It is offered to us via the eternal nature of covenants, administered via priesthood power, normally in association with ordinances. Tied to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, priesthood covenants and ordinances are the pathway to God’s greatest blessings; a fullness of light and eternal life. Accompanied by numerous full-color photos.
Holy Unto the Lord: The Nazarite Vow and the Atonement by Val Brinkerhoff. Digital Legend, 2013. 116pp. Oversize paperback. $26.99. Latter-day Saints are familiar with “covenants”, important promises between man and God, like those made at baptism and those entered into later at the temple. The covenants of the temple are especially important in bringing man in closer fellowship with God. But what of “oaths” or “vows” in scripture, and specifically the Nazarite vow? What is the Biblical Nazarite? Who were they? What were their vows and why did they make them? The journey to understand the Nazarite is a journey to understand the Savior and His Atonement.
Awake and Arise: Coming Tribulation & Judgment with a Mighty & Strong One Sent to Deliver–The Last Days According to Isaiah. Digital Legend, 2013. Oversize paperback. $19.95. God has revealed His will to all his prophets in scripture, whether it is Isaiah in the old world or Lehi in the new. The important teachings and prophecies of Isaiah have been repeated more than any other in scripture. This includes the words of Christ and those of Peter, Paul and John the Beloved. One third, or 21 of Isaiah’s 66 chapters are part of the Book of Mormon. The Doctrine and Covenants also quotes Isaiah extensively. It appears that the great prophet Isaiah teaches three major things which are not discussed in traditional commentaries on his prophecies for us. This book addresses what those are…. and what they could mean.
Century of Honor: 100 Years of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brigham Distributing, 2013. 144pp. Oblong hardback. $29.95. Century of Honorcommemorates the centennial celebration of the LDS-BSA partnership, and documents significant events, people, and milestones of the past century. The book was compiled by Church and Scouting historians under the direction of the LDS Young Men General Presidency and the LDS-BSA Relationships Director. Never before shared documents, historical photos, and memorabilia of the past 100 years are included.
The Mormons: An Illustrated History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Roy Prete. Merrell Publishers, 2013. 168pp. Oblong hardback. $34.95. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics – including the origins of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members – making this an excellent introduction to Mormonism, one of the fastest-growing Christian churches in the world.
For a few more ideas, here are links to posts about other new titles over the last few months:
Also, here are a few staff favorites from the last few years (click on any title to see more information):
As it gets colder outside, it becomes time to retreat to a comfortable chair and read a good new book. Luckily, our fall sale has arrived just in time! 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, items from out latest catalog and some rare books). We are also offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more. (Note: U. S. orders only. A few exceptions apply such as large sets) In addition, any in-store purchase will entitle you to a free book from a cart with eligible titles. 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 published prices.
For the first time, you will be able to make purchases on our website! Visit the “Shop” tab at the top of the website (www.benchmarkbooks.com):
Use coupon code new2013 (for new books) and/or used2013 (for used books) at checkout and the sale discounts will be applied.
If you have any questions or would prefer to place your order on the phone, you are welcome to call us (800-486-3112/801-486-3111) or e-mail us (email@example.com).
Shipping: Media Mail–$4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (remember, orders over $100 receive free shipping)
Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax