We’ve listed here some new arrivals and a couple titles that slipped through the cracks at the end of last year.  Please direct any orders/questions to info@benchmarkbooks.com

 

NEW BOOKS

 

Joseph Smith's PolygamyJoseph Smith’s Polygamy, 3 vols.

by Brian C. Hales. Greg Kofford, 2013. Hardcover. $100.85/set.  Among his many novel teachings and practices, none is more controversial than plural marriage, a restoration of the Old Testament practice that he accepted as part of his divinely appointed mission. Joseph Smith taught his polygamy doctrines only in secret and dictated a revelation in July 1843 authorizing its practice (now LDS D&C 132) that was never published during his lifetime. Although rumors and exposés multiplied, it was not until 1852 that Mormons in Brigham Young’s Utah took a public stand. By then, thousands of Mormons were engaged in the practice that was seen as essential to salvation. “Brian Hales wants to face up to every question, every problem, every fear about plural marriage. His answers may not satisfy everyone, but he gives readers the relevant sources where answers, if they exist, are to be found. There has never been a more thorough examination of the polygamy idea.” —Richard L. Bushman  Forthcoming in February–we are taking pre-orders now.  We will be having a signing here with Brian–we will keep you posted on the details.

Joseph Smith's First Vision: A Guide to the Historical AccountsJoseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts

by Steven C. Harper. Deseret Book, 2012. 128 pp. Hardback. $21.99. In this volume, Church historian Steven C. Harper (editor with the Joseph Smith Papers project) provides all known accounts of the first vision written during Joseph Smith’s lifetime and places them within the historical context of his family, community, and culture. Harper includes practical explanations of the variations and nuances of each account as well as an analysis of three notable critiques of Joseph’s statements. Using historical and analytical methodology, Harper helps the reader better understand what he declares may be the “best document theophany–vision of God—in history.”

Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon AcademicShifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic

by Armand L. Mauss. University of Utah, 2012. 258 pp. Hardback. $25.00.  As an important and influential observer and author in the Mormon intellectual world, Mauss has witnessed how, in attempting to suppress independent and unsponsored scholarship during the final decades of the twentieth century, LDS leaders deliberately marginalized important intellectual support and resources that could have helped, in the twenty-first century, to refurbish the public image of the church. As a sociologist, he notes how the LDS Church, as a large, complex organization, strives to adjust its policies and practices in order to maintain an optimal balance between unique, appealing claims on the one hand and public acceptance on the other. He also discusses national and academic controversies over the New Religious Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Writing in clear language, Mauss shows how he has navigated the boundaries where his faith and academic life intersect, and reveals why a continuing commitment to the LDS Church must be a product of choice more than of natural or supernatural “proof.” Foreword by Richard Bushman.

Go Ye into All the World: The Growth & Development of Mormon Missionary WorkGo Ye into All the World: The Growth & Development of Mormon Missionary Work

ed. by Reid L. Neilson and Fred E. Woods. Religious Studies Center, 2012. 571 pp. Hardback. $28.99.  Since Samuel Smith’s initial evangelistic foray, missionary work has become the lifeblood of the Restoration. At the annual Church History Symposium held at BYU (this is the sixth such published compilation), hundreds of historians and aficionados of the Mormon past came together to teach and learn about the growth and development of LDS missionary work since its inception. This symposium was sponsored by the Religious Studies Center at BYU. The authors write of the faith, sacrifice, and great love on the part of those who took up the call to spread the gospel in this dispensation and those whose lives were changed as they heeded the message of the Restoration and the Prophet Joseph’s charge not to “let a single corner of the earth go without a mission.”

The Mother of the Lord, vol. 1: The Lady in the TempleThe Mother of the Lord, vol. 1: The Lady in the Temple

by Margaret Barker. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012. 404 pp. Paperback, $39.99/Hardback, $130.00 (special order). Are there Old Testament roots of the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary? In her latest book, Margaret Barker traces the roots of the devotion to Mary as Mother of the Lord back to the Old Testament and the first temple in Jerusalem. The evidence is consistent over more than a millennium: there had been a female deity in Israel, the Mother figure in the Royal cult, who had been abandoned about 600 BCE. She was almost written out of the Hebrew text, almost excluded from the canon. This first of two volumes traces the history of the Lady in the Temple, and looks forward to the second volume in which Barker will show how the Lady of the Temple is reclaimed in the advent of Christianity, and becomes the Lady in the Church.

Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo SnowLatter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow (limited leather)

by Dennis Horne. Cedar Fort, 2012. 588 pp. Leather. $144.99.  This attractive leather version of Horne’s biography on Lorenzo Snow’s later years features textured endsheets, a Certificate of Authenticity inside front cover with limitation information and signed by the publisher. Limited to 200 copies.

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the PriesthoodTemple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood

by Jeffrey Bradshaw. Eborn, 2012. 210 pp. Paperback. $19.99. The purpose of this book is to explore the meaning of the verses summarizing the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood in light of the ordinances required for exaltation. In matters of doctrine, the author has relied on what can be found in scripture and in statements of members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. To provide illustrations and additional background, he has drawn from a wealth of other sources. Written engagingly, and illustrated with carefully-selected images, this book is designed to encourage readers in their own study of priesthood doctrines and in their personal efforts to understand and keep their covenants.

The Mendon Saints, Their Lives and Legacy, vol .2

by Stephen G. Schwendiman. Eborn, 2012. 874 pp. Hardback. $49.99.  This second volume of a four-volume series continues the detail history of important Mormon families with Mendon roots. Included in this volume are the John P. Greene, Rufus Park, John Young, Sr. and Phineas Young families.

Gold & Treasure: A History of John Lowe Butler IIGold & Treasure: A History of John Lowe Butler II

by Craig L. Dalton. C.L. Dalton Enterprises, 2011. 507 pp. Hardback. $24.95. Any descendants of John Lowe Butler I will find this biography of his namesake son to be a valuable family history resource, because Gold & Treasure is not only a comprehensive and well-researched biography of John Lowe Butler II, but also includes a wealth of information regarding the extended Butler family.  In many ways, Gold & Treasure picks up where My Best for the Kingdom (Bill Hartley’s renowned biography of John Lowe Butler I) ends, chronicling the extended Butler family, including considerable information on John Lowe Butler II’s siblings, wives, and children, through their various pioneer enterprises. A disk included with the book contains electronic versions of My Best for the Kingdom (now out of print), The Butler Saga, The Lives of Isaac Erin and Caroline Thurber, and several other books.

The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul

by Robert M. Price. Signature Books, 2012. 561 pp. Paperback. $28.95. Much of what we think we “know” about Paul comes from Sunday school stories we heard as children. The stories were didactic tales meant to keep us reverent and obedient. As adults reading the New Testament, we catch glimpses of a very different kind of disciple—an ascetic hermit whom Tertullian dubbed “the second apostle of Marcion and the apostle of the heretics.” What does scholarship tell us about the enigmatic thirteenth apostle who looms larger than life in the New Testament? The epistles give evidence of having been written at the end of the first century or early in the second—too late to have been Paul’s actual writings. So who wrote (and rewrote) them? Robert M. Price tells us in this exciting journey of discovery, giving readers the background for a story we thought we knew. For more info from the publisher, click here.

iPlates, vol. 1iPlates, vol. 1

by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood. Leicester Bay, 2012. Paperback. $14.99. Vowing to reclaim the land of his fathers, Zeniff leads a company of Nephites deep into Lamanite territory. But the Lamanites have other plans for them. Can Zeniff defend his city against the Lamanite armies? Will his ambitious son Noah seize the crown? Can the prophet Abinadi save the city from its own wickedness? Adventure, war, betrayal, and redemption await you in iPlates Volume 1, an award-winning comic series based on the Book of Mormon.

2013 Church Almanac

Deseret News Press, 2012. 608 pp. Paperback. $19.95.

Denver Snuffer presentations (audio on CD)

Temple Talk. Weber State University, 2012. 2 CDs. $12.95.

Zion Symposium. Provo, 2008. 1 CD. $9.95.

Elijah Talk. Spanish Fork, 2011. 2 CDs. $12.95.

The Road to Emmaus. Fairview, 2007. 3 CDs. $15.95.

Denver Snuffer books also available:

The Second Comforter: Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil. 2006. Paperback.  $23.99.

Nephi’s Isaiah: A Prophetic Look at the Latter Days. 2006. Paperback. $20.99.

Eighteen Verses: A Discussion of the Book of Mormon. 2007. Paperback. $20.99.

Ten Parables: A Novel. 2008. Paperback. $12.99.

Beloved Enos. 2009. Paperback. $16.99.

Come, Let Us Adore Him. 2009. Paperback. $18.99.

Removing the Condemnation: Commentary on the Book of Mormon. 2010. Paperback. $28.95.

Passing the Heavenly Gift. 2011. Paperback. $28.95.

 

SALE BOOKS

 

Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic ReformerLiberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer

by Matthew J. Grow. Yale, 2009. 348 pp. Hardback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $9.99. Drawing on extensive, newly available archives, Grow’s award-winning biography is the first to tell the full story of Kane’s extraordinary life. The book illuminates his powerful Philadelphia family, his personal life and eccentricities, his reform achievements, his place in Mormon history, and his career as a Civil War general.

The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum SouthThe Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

by Patrick Q. Mason.  Oxford, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $7.99. Placing the movement against polygamy in the context of American and southern history, Mason demonstrates that anti-Mormonism was one of the earliest vehicles for reconciliation between North and South after the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Hotel: Salt Lake’s Classy Lady, The Hotel Utah, 1911-1986

by Leonard J. Arrington and Heidi Swinton. Publisher’s Press, 1986. 101 pp. Hardback. Reg. $50.00, SALE $12.99.  Co-written by New Mormon History dean Leonard Arrington and Heidi Swinton for the 75th anniversary, The Hotel outlines the history of the Hotel Utah (now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building).

Begat: The King James Bible & the English LanguageBegat: The King James Bible & the English Language

by David Crystal. Oxford, 2010. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $6.99. “Let there be light,” “A fly in the ointment,” “New wine in old bottles,” “How are the mighty fallen,” “The salt of the earth.” All these everyday phrases owe their popularity to the King James Bible. In Begat, best-selling language expert David Crystal offers a stimulating tour of the verbal richness and incredible reach of the King James Bible.

Egyptian Magic

by E.A. Wallis Budge. Penguin Putnam, 1988.  Paperback. Reg. $14.00, SALE $4.99.  Although a belief in magic predated a belief in God in ancient Egypt, study of the religious texts has revealed that for the Egyptians, religion and magic were inseparable.

Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life

by E.A. Wallis Budge. Penguin Putnam, 1987. Reg. $13.00, SALE $4.99.  The after-life was a major component of ancient Egyptian culture, upon which much of their society was centered around. Death and resurrection was considered a constant cycle.

 

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