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.