Our 25th anniversary sale rolls on!  Most of our inventory (both new and used/out-of-print) is 25% off until Nov. 17th.  Remember, orders over $100 receive free shipping and qualify for a complimentary copy of Statements of the LDS First Presidency (ed. by Gary James Bergera). Here are a few new arrivals that should be of interest:

After a slight delay, Mapping Mormonism is available!

Binding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early MormonismBinding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism

by Gary and Gordon Shepherd.  Penn State, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $40.99.  In Binding Earth and Heaven, Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd use early nineteenth-century Mormonism as a case study to examine questions about how new religious movements may, as rare exceptions, survive and even eventually become successful in spite of intense opposition. Initial scorn and contempt for Mormonism the fledgling creation of a young and ill-educated Joseph Smith quickly elevated to mob violence as both Smith s innovative teachings and converted followers proliferated, resulting in the widely held perception that the Mormons constituted a social menace. This book examines how Mormonism attracted and maintained the loyalty of increasing numbers of people despite mounting hostilities and severe hardships.

Exploring the First VisionExploring the First Vision

edited by Samuel Alonzo Dodge and Steven C. Harper. BYU Studies, 2012. Hardcover. 338 pp. Reg. $25.99, SALE $19.99.  Today’s scholars of Joseph Smith’s First Vision stand on the shoulders of giants. This volume reproduces some of the seminal articles written by those (such as Jim Allen and Dean Jessee) who have studied it for half a century. It is a monument to their contributions. The past of First Vision scholarship is indispensable to the present. Those who study the First Vision today depend very much on the works of the scholars that are reprinted in this volume. Moreover, these scholars discovered and published much of the source material on which their articles are based and on which we depend. Certain historians setting out to discredit Joseph Smith’s claims were central to the formation of subsequent First Vision scholarship because their work proposed the questions that later formed the historical debate. Subsequently, Latter-day Saint scholars responded to the challenges with an increase energy that greatly benefited the study of early Mormonism.

 

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of LifeThe God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2012. 148 pp. Hardcover. Reg. $19.99, SALE $14.99.   In this personal account, the authors share five fundamentals about the universe that Mormonism has taught. Woven together into a coherent tapestry, they find them a compelling, inspiring, and reasonable picture suggesting who presides over this universe, where we came from, why we are here, and what might await us in the “undiscovered country.” 1. God is a personal entity, having a heart that beats in sympathy with human hearts, feeling our joy and sorrowing over our pain. 2. We lived as spirit beings in the presence of God before we were born into this mortal life. 3. Mortality is an ascent, not a fall, and we carry infinite potential into a world of sin and sorrow. 4. God has the desire and the power to unite and elevate the entire human family in a kingdom of heaven, and except for the most stubbornly unwilling, that will be our destiny. 5. Heaven will consist of those relationships that matter most to us now.

Later Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsLater Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

ed. by H. Michael Marquardt. Smith-Pettit, 2012. 590 pp. Oversize hardback. Reg. $90.00, SALE $80.99 (10% off). This work, a companion to Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (out-of-print but we have copies available, reg. $150.00, SALE $112.99), contains over 800 blessings performed between the years 1835-1995 by dozens of stake patriarchs as well as the presiding patriarchs of the LDS Church who served during this period. The latter include Uncle John Smith (brother of Joseph Smith Sr.), John Smith (son of Hyrum Smith), Hyrum G. Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), Joseph Fielding Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith, not to be confused with a later president of the LDS Church), and the last man to hold the office, Eldred G. Smith (great-great-grandson of Hyrum Smith).

Light and Truth: A Latter-day Saint Guide to World ReligionsLight and Truth: A Latter-day Saint Guide to World Religions

by Roger R. Keller.  Religious Studies Center, 2012. 335 pp. Hardback. Reg. $28.99, SALE $21.99.  If Mormonism is to be a world church, Mormons need to understand and appreciate all the good that God has given to persons beyond the Latter-day Saint pale and to represent these traditions accurately. This book attempts to show the good that God has placed among his children and upon which the Restoration may build to bring more good. It is written in the spirit of seeking to appreciate all the good that each religion brings. At the same time, this book seeks to show what makes each religious tradition unique.

 

 

Oh Joseph, Where Are The Rest of My Children? Emma's Letters Oh Joseph, Where Are The Rest of My Children? Emma’s Letters 

Joseph Smith Jr. Family Organization, 2007. Oversize paperback (magazine style). approx 50 pp. Reg. $10.99, SALE $8.25.  This unique collection (produced for the family organization’s family reunion) includes many items connected to Emma Smith such as: her 1834 patriarchal blessing, her letters back and forth to Gov. Thomas Carlin and numerous letters from her children.  In many cases, the text of the letters is accompanied by full-color scans of the documents.

 

 

A Prophet's Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson A Prophet’s Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson 

Deseret Book, 2012. 518 pp. Hardback. Reg. $32.99, SALE $24.99A Prophet’s Voice brings together more than fifty of President Monson’s classic addresses, including all the major general conference sermons he has given since becoming the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filled with warmth and reflection, these messages demonstrate the worth of every soul and the power of personal examples in our lives. President Monson finds lessons in all kinds of everyday experiences, and he is known and loved for sharing those lessons in a way that reaches the hearts of his listeners. This landmark collection of his greatest messages will be a fine addition to any gospel library.

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