We’ve gotten several new and intriguing titles lately.  You can call (801-486-3111/800-486-3112) or e-mail (info@benchmarkbooks.com) us with an order.

Also, we have posted the video from the event with Michael Homer (you can see it in our Events tab above or click here). We do have a few signed copies left if you haven’t picked one up yet.

  • ofwThe Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle  by Dennis Horne. Cedar Fort, 2014. 608pp. Hardcover. $39.99. Orson F. Whitney—bishop, historian, poet, and prophet—once wielded an influence in Mormonism equal to that of such men as James E. Talmage, John A. Widtsoe, and B.H. Roberts, his better-known contemporaries. After serving for most of three decades as a ward bishop, Elder Whitney served as an Apostle for a similar duration. During these sixty years, he served several missions; married a plural wife and raised two families; wrote volumes of history, poetry, and gospel discourse; dreamed dreams and saw visions; spoke to countless multitudes with the tongue of angels, and bore fervent Apostolic testimony. Complicating his enigmatic life, he also became involved with strange doctrines and spiritually errant men; fought overpowering feelings of depression; courted women after the Manifesto; and survived a mind-crippling nervous breakdown. Herein, this complex life story is largely told by Bishop Whitney through the window of his diaries, regularly kept from his first mission until his last conference talk. His youthful years are recounted with his own pen, using previously unpublished autobiographical writings.  **We will be having a signing event with Dennis on July 9th–for more info, click here
  • kirtland templeKirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Spaceby David J. Howlett. University of Illinois, 2014. 288pp. Paperback–$25/hardback–$90. The only temple completed by Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. The site’s religious significance and the space itself are contested by distinct Mormon denominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community of Christ, and the larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David J. Howlett sets the biography of Kirtland Temple against the backdrop of this religious rivalry. The two sides have long contested the temple’s ownership, purpose, and significance in both the courts and Mormon literature. Yet members of each denomination have occasionally cooperated to establish periods of co-worship, host joint tours, and create friendships. Howlett uses the temple to build a model for understanding what he calls parallel pilgrimage–the set of dynamics of disagreement and alliance by religious rivals at a shared sacred site. At the same time, he illuminates social and intellectual changes in the two main branches of Mormonism since the 1830s, providing a much-needed history of the lesser-known Community of Christ.
  • Mormon parallelsMormon Parallels (CD) by Rick Grunder. Rick Grunder – Books, 2014. 2nd ed. w/ index. 2307pp (PDF file), 500 entries. $24.95. Twenty years in the making, with 500 entries in 2,307 pages, Mormon Parallels is the most ground­breaking attempt yet in our understanding of the education, background and prevailing thinking and attitudes of Joseph Smith’s environs.  Did other people discuss the origins of America’s Native inhabitants, or write about such theories?  Were the doctrines which Joseph Smith proposed unique to him?  Has our understanding of Deity been consistent since “Joseph walked out of the Sacred Grove with a more complete understanding of God and Christ than any other mortal”?  How could Joseph have known so many compelling things?  We are taught that many of Mormonism’s foundational doctrines present original thinking.  “However,” suggests Rick Grunder, “a concentrated study of Mormon Parallels teaches us to be wary of such assumptions or their implications.  It also opens our imaginations to test the astonishing breadth of thought available among even the most humble contemporaries of Joseph Smith.”  This second edition includes an extensive topical index. “A treasure trove of primary sources for historians who are focused on early American history and the beginnings of Mormonism. It was indispensable to me in my research concerning the connections between Masonry and Mormonism.” –Michael Homer, author of Joseph’s Temples
  • The Mormon WarsThe Mormon Wars: Early Persecutions, Hawn’s Mill, The Nauvoo War, War of Extermination, Johnston’s Army, The War on Polygamy ed. by Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman. Covenant Communications, 2014. 139pp. Hardback. $24.99. The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is replete with tales of sacrifice and suffering, tragedy and triumph. Now members of the Church can gain a deeper understanding of many of the significant trials faced by early Saints with Mormon Wars, a groundbreaking volume that masterfully presents historical accounts of pioneer perseverance. From violent mob persecutions to armed troops in the Utah territory to the war against polygamy, understanding the events that refined the early Saints will fortify your faith in the face of continuing modern-day battles.
  • mightyMighty Unto Deliverance: Exodus from Mexico by Jeff Richins. Self-published, 2014. 353pp. Paperback. $19.95. What would you think if you were abruptly awoken before the dawn on Sunday morning with an urgent message to meet with the bishop at the church? Throwing on some clothes, you grab your rifle and make your way through the empty, unlit streets to the ward building. A thousand scenarios are flooding your mind and you fear the worst. The Red Flaggers are demanding all the weapons in town – they say that if you will turn over your guns they will protect you. But if you don’t surrender in your firearms, they will kill every man, woman and child in town. So what do you do? Outnumbered ten to one, do you hunker down and fight to protect your families like Captain Moroni? Or do you comply with their demand and give up your only way to defend yourselves? Are you going to trust the safety of your homes and families to the mercy of the mob? This scene is not the plot to some futuristic apocalypse novel. This is exactly what happened to the  grandparents of the author in 1912 in the Mormon Colonies of Mexico. The distant, darkening clouds of political unrest quickly turned into crashing lightning and a pounding torrent of war swirling around them.
  • heatonHeaton Lunt, of Colonia Pacheco: Bronc Buster, Scout, Bishop by Marian R. Lunt. Self-published, 2013. 464pp. Paperback. Through the storytelling ability of Heaton Lunt (the author’s grandfather) comes his experiences in some major historical events. Heaton served as one of the scouts in 1916 under General John J. Pershing in the Mexico Punitive Expedition. He served in Colonel Robert Howze’s column. He captures the hardships and sacrifices of the United States Army, how airplanes and motor transport trucks were first used. He shares his experiences that he had with the Apache Indian scouts and how they murdered a Mexican man. The turbulent times of the Mexican Revolution changed his life and left him penniless. He had to leave his home and all his cattle and belongings in Pacheco and fled with other refugees to El Paso, Texas in the Mormon Exodus of 1912. To make ends meet Heaton and other men sneaked into the mountains to gather their cattle and bring them down the treacherous mountainside under the nose of a rebel army.  And how he lost everything, but started all over and became a beloved husband and father and grandfather.

SALE BOOKS

  • COMPLETE ATLASComplete Atlas of the World: The Definitive View of the Earth (DK Publishing). Oversize hardback. Reg. $75, SALE $19.99. Fully revised and updated to reflect the latest changes in world geography including the emerging state of South Sudan, Complete Atlas of the World features four sections: a world overview, the main atlas, fact files on all the countries of the world, and an easy-to-reference index of all 100,000 place names.
  • GREATERThe Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. Hardback. Reg. $32.50, SALE $9.99. The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.
  • Kearny'sKearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847 by Winston Groom. Hardback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $6.99. A thrilling re-creation of a crucial campaign in the Mexican-American War and a pivotal moment in America’s history. Kearny’s March has all the stuff of great narrative history: hardships on the trail, wild Indians, famous mountain men, international conflict and political intrigue, personal dramas, gold rushes and land-grabs.

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