Here are some great new titles that have arrived recently. There were quite a few that were published to coincide with the recent Mormon History Association conference so the new arrivals section is bulging! In addition, our sale tables have received a makeover–lots of great new deals to check out!


  • prophet and theThe Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane ed. by Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker. Oxford, 2015. 545pp. Hardback. $39.99. Brigham Young first met Thomas L. Kane on the plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser, making Kane the most important non-Mormon in the history of the Church. In return, no one influenced the direction of Kane’s life more than Young. The letters exchanged by the two offer crucial insights into Young’s personal life and views as well as his actions as a political and religious leader. The Prophet and the Reformer offers a complete reproduction of the surviving letters between the Mormon prophet and the Philadelphia reformer. The correspondence reveals the strategies of the Latter-day Saints in relating to American culture and government during these crucial years when the “Mormon Question” was a major political, cultural, and legal issue. The letters also shed important light on the largely forgotten “Utah War” of 1857-58, triggered when President James Buchanan dispatched a military expedition to ensure federal supremacy in Utah and replace Young with a non-Mormon governor. This annotated collection of 99 letters reveals a great deal about these two remarkable men, while also providing crucial insight into nineteenth-century Mormonism and the historical moment in which the movement developed. **REMINDER—the editors will be here on Wednesday, June 24, for a signing—visit for more info****we also have two of Ronald Walker’s other books—Wayward Saints and Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection on sale—see below**
  • william b smithWilliam B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet by Kyle S. Walker. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 653pp. Paperback–$39.95/Hardback–$69.95. Younger brother of Joseph Smith, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Church Patriarch for a time, William Smith had tumultuous yet devoted relationships with Joseph, his fellow members of the Twelve, and the LDS and RLDS (Community of Christ) churches. Walker’s imposing biography examines not only William’s complex life in detail, but also sheds additional light on the family dynamics of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, as well as the turbulent intersections between the LDS and RLDS churches. William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet is a vital contribution to Mormon history in both the LDS and RLDS traditions. **the author will be here for a signing on July 15th—stay tuned for details**
  • mapmakersThe Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism by Richard Francaviglia. University of Utah, 2015. 272pp. Hardback. $34.95. From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history. For Mormons, maps had and continue to have both practical and spiritual significance. In addition to using maps to help build their new Zion and to explore the Intermountain West, Latter-day Saint mapmakers used them to depict locations and events described in the Book of Mormon. Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith.
  • from darkness unto lightFrom Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 256 pp. Hardback. $24.95. This book provides a detailed description of the process by which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Drawing from firsthand accounts of Joseph himself and the scribes who served with him, From Darkness unto Light explores the difficulties encountered in bringing forth this book of inspired scripture. Recent insights and discoveries from the Joseph Smith Papers project have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book helps readers understand that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. Faith and belief are necessary ingredients for one to come to know that Joseph Smith performed the work of a seer in bringing the sacred words of the Book of Mormon from darkness unto light.**we have some signed copies left—to watch the event with the authors here, click the Events tab above or visit**
  • conversationsConversations with Mormon Historians ed. by Alexander L. Baugh and Reid L. Neilson. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 580pp. Hardback.  $34.99. The interviews in this volume tell the stories of remarkable men and women who have made careers out of researching, writing, and teaching about the past. Friends and colleagues conducted these conversations over a decade, and all were subsequently published in the Mormon Historical Studies journal or Religious Educator periodical. Now they are brought together as a single book of personal essays. As we review and reflect on the personal lives and remarkable careers featured in this volume, we sense that many of these historians feel they were prepared or given a definite sense of mission and professional calling that stretches well back in time.
  • Eye_of_Faith_FRONTAn Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan ed. by Kenneth L. Alford and Richard E. Bennett. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 417 pp. Hardback. $29.99. An Eye of Faith contains nineteen new, thought-provoking essays covering topics that have been the focus of one respected LDS scholar’s life work. Richard O. Cowan, the longest-serving member of the BYU Church History Department, has devoted his study and writing to subjects such as ancient and modern temples, revelation, serving others and sharing the gospel, and Church history. Now, established Church scholars offer their own insights and learning on the topics so dear to one of their mentors and essential to Church members. The book includes chapters from many notable writers, including Susan Easton Black, Richard E. Bennett, Kent P. Jackson, S. Kent Brown, Richard D. Draper, Alexander L. Baugh, Craig James Ostler, Brent L. Top, and others.
  • Psalms_of_Nauvoo_FrontPsalms of Nauvoo: Early Mormon Poetry ed. by Hal Robert Boyd and Susan Easton Black. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 256pp. Hardback. $21.99. In the mid-nineteenth century, in the growing city of Nauvoo, Illinois, poets found ample opportunity for publication in the Times and Seasons, the Wasp, and the Nauvoo Neighbor. Others penned poetry in personal correspondence and diaries. Both groups wrote of revelations, restored scriptures, prophecies, temples, and their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Psalms of Nauvoo is a narrative collection of these poems. The volume opens with the Mormon exodus from Missouri and ends with the Saints’ farewell to Nauvoo as they faced an uncertain future in the American West. This compilation offers a glimpse into the culture, life circumstances, religious heritage, and espoused doctrines of those early Latter-day Saints, allowing readers to catch “the swift thought of God,” as Brigham Young put it.
  • turningTurning the Hearts of the Children: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church by Selwyn Katene. Steele Roberts, 2014. 231pp. Hardback. $44.95.  What inspired so many Maori in the 1880s to question the mainstream churches and flock to an American religion — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church? How did the Mormons encourage Maori leaders to pioneer the development of the Church in Aotearoa in the 20th century? Respectful and humble Mormon missionaries had a genuine love and appreciation of Maori. They learned the language, blessed children and administered to the sick, lived among the people, slept on raupo mats and ate the same food. Their church set standards that required sacrifice and commitment from converts, but unlike other missionaries, the Mormons did not reject traditional Maori socio-cultural mores. They shared reverence for family and genealogy and were guided by visions and dreams. This book discusses twelve influential men and women, all born in the 19th century, who joined the Mormon Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and became leaders. Each chapter is written by direct descendants of these rangatira, who by constructive attitude and action brought their people together and enabled them to embrace new concepts and move into a new century.
  • menMen of Character: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Men by Lloyd D. Newell, Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. Covenant, 2015. 339pp. Hardback. $21.99. From the publisher: “For generations, prophets have extolled the important role of men in providing for their families, protecting their children, and bettering society. Latter-day Saint men have been and continue to be powerful influences for good in shaping the destiny of future generations. With this book, we celebrate one hundred noble men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have accomplished the extraordinary, leaving an indelible mark on history. These are stories about life, love, and a remarkable determination to do one’s best messages that reveal to the reader that neither happiness nor greatness is found in compromising self, but instead, both are found in reaching toward a higher source.”
  • visionsVisions of Freedom: Wilford Woodruff and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Michael De Groote and Ronald L. Fox. Covenant, 2015. 271pp. Paperback. $19.99. In 1877, among the red rocks of Southern Utah, the signers of the Declaration of Independence twice visited a sleeping Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wilford Woodruff recounted these vivid visions a number of times during his life—because they were more than forgettable dreams. The men gathered around him demanded action. They knew Woodruff had just helped inaugurate proxy temple ordinances for faithful family members who had died, and now they wanted those same ordinances—they wanted spiritual freedom. These noble men who came to Woodruff by night brought resounding justification to a church rejected by the nation; the founders of freedom were coming to the Mormons for what only those people could give them—salvation. The requests in Woodruff’s dreams were quickly fulfilled, and each Signer of the Declaration of Independence had his temple work completed.
  • colorfulColorful Characters in Mormon History by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon. Covenant, 2015. 264pp. Paperback. $15.99. In this collection, you’ll meet the man who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map California’s first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You’ll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with Baby Face Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. In addition, you’ll learn about Ephraim Hanks, Mark Twain, Mary Fielding Smith and Lilburn Boggs.
  • mormon rivalsMormon Rivals: The Romneys, The Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr. Salt Lake Tribune, 2015. 373pp. Paperback. $16.99. Distant relatives whose ties extend back to the founding of the LDS Church, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. became political allies as governors. Before that, their fathers were chummy. Mitt’s sister and Jon’s mom were college roommates. So when Romney was preparing his first presidential run, he assumed he had Huntsman in his corner. He was wrong. Their split in 2006 created a bitter rivalry that led to a contentious 2012 presidential showdown. This book by Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Thomas Burr tells the story of these dynamic and dynastic families, who have found themselves driven together by chance, business, politics and piety.
  • globalA Global Testimony: Sixty Different Countries One Powerful Message ed. by Katarina Jambresic. By the author, 2014. 450pp. Paperback. $24.95. From the author:  “A Global Testimony is a compilation of inspiring and faith-promoting stories from all over the world, representing more than 60 countries and territories, written in first person by converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a convert myself, I have always been intrigued by the various paths that have led others to the fold. My own testimony is renewed and strengthened when I hear how people from all corners of the earth recognized and embraced this one eternal truth—that God lives. Such stories always inspire me to be a better member, missionary and disciple of Jesus Christ. “
  • legendsLegends, Lore & True Tales in Mormon Country ed. by Monte Bona. The History Press, 2015. 144pp. Paperback. $21.99. Utah’s Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (directed by the editor) offers breathtaking natural resources, powerful historical drama and intriguing cultural traditions. This rich legacy is built on old-world values of cooperation, industry, ingenuity and true grit—as well as a miracle or two. From frontier justice and lost treasure to the lasting contributions of a Presbyterian minister and a Jewish settlement, talented regional historians, educators and storytellers bring to life these legends, lore and true tales from the heart of Mormon country.


  • waywardWayward Saints: The Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young by Ronald W. Walker. BYU Press, 2009. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $15.99. With stories that include spiritualist séances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young’s leadership and authority.
  • mountainMountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection ed. by Richard E. Turley, Jr. and Ronald W. Walker. BYU Studies, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $44.95, SALE $26.99. Includes a collection of field notes/reports created by Andrew Jenson in the 1890s as well as a similar collection created by David Morris a decade later.  Both collections (largely unavailable to earlier researchers) were used in the writing of Massacre at Mountain Meadows.
  • advocateAn Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920 Carol Cornwall Madsen. BYU Press/Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. Reg. $29.99, SALE $19.99. “Madsen broadens and deepens what she began in her award-winning dissertation [on Wells’s life and work] to provide the full, engaging story of this woman who both chronicled and made history. Wells encouraged and inspired the women of her day. With Madsen’s eloquent retelling, Emmeline’s accomplishments may now inspire those of our own age, too.”  –Ronald K. Esplin, Joseph Smith Papers general editor
  • fatherFather of a Prophet: Andrew Kimball by Edward L. Kimball. BYU Studies, 2011. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $10.99. Spencer W. Kimball spent innumerable hours working on a biography of his father, Andrew, but was unable to finish it. This book, completed by Spencer’s son and biographer, Edward L. Kimball, brings that desire to fulfillment.
  • Vogel, Dan (ed.). Early Mormon Documents, 5 vols. Signature Books. Hardback. Reg. $34.95-$44.95, SALE $22.99/ea. Dan Vogel’s award-winning documentary collection compiles material from the Smith family, Book of Mormon witnesses, land/tax/court documents, contemporary perspectives on important foundational events in Mormon history and interviews with those who knew early Mormon leaders. **very small amount of vol. 1 remaining—pick them up before they are completely out of print!**
  • parallelBench, Curt A. (intro.). The Parallel Doctrine and Covenants: The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations. Reg. $50, SALE $24.99. Smith-Pettit Foundation. Oversize hardback.  Limited ed. of 750 copies. Following an introduction tracing the reception, recording and publication of early revelations, the text of these revelations as printed in The Evening and the Morning Star, The Book of Commandments and the first edition of The Doctrine and Covenants is presented in three columns.“This book will be a valuable resource for scholars interested in Joseph Smith and the revelations he believed to be divine.” –William D. Russell, former president of both JWHA and MHA
  • powerPrince, Gregory A. Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood. Signature Books. Hardback.  Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. Authority and priesthood were concepts that developed gradually in Mormon theology, not as thunderbolts but as ideas that acquired meaning and momentum over time. Acting initially on the basis of implied leadership, Joseph Smith moved toward explicit angelic authority and an increasingly defined structure drawn from biblical models.“I recommend Power From On High most emphatically for any reader interested in the history of American religion in general and Mormonism in particular.” Thomas G. Alexander
  • essential jsClassics in Mormon Thought Series: The Essential Joseph Smith, The Essential Brigham Young, The Essential Parley P. Pratt, The Essential Orson Pratt, The Essential BH Roberts, The Essential James E. Talmage. Signature Books. Hardback.  Reg. $24.95-$34.95, SALE $14.99/ea. (buy the whole set and save 10% or get free shipping!). In this series, key documents (essays, sermons, letters, etc.) from some of Mormonism’s greatest thinkers are presented. In many cases, these texts are difficult to find and helpful in understanding their thinking.
  • lineBergera, Gary James (ed.). Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine.  Signature Books. Paperback.  Reg. $14.95, SALE $7.99. In Line Upon Line, sixteen thoughtful, compelling essays offer reflective historical discussions of the development of key Mormon doctrines (nature of God and the Holy Ghost, origin of the spirit) from the statements of church leaders to the writings of LDS theologians to canonized scripture.
  • inventingMarquardt, Michael and Wesley P. Walters. Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record.  Signature Books. Paperback.  Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. From a review: “It is apparent the authors have paid their research dues, having painstakingly combed through sundry archives, searching for obscure tax and assessment records and censuses to supplement the often familiar statements by contemporaries who remembered the Joseph Smith family.”
  • san bernLyman, Edward Leo. San Bernardino: The Rise and Fall of a California Community. Signature Books. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99. Recounting the remarkable story of this early Mormon colony, Edward Leo Lyman skillfully interweaves the most intriguing details about the settling and chain of events, emphasizing both the significance and irony of this diverse legacy.
  • readers bomRees, Robert A. and Eugene England (eds.). The Reader’s Book of Mormon, 7 vols. in slipcase. Signature Books. Paperback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $19.99.  Literature and Mormon Studies scholars Robert A. Rees (UCLA) and the late Eugene England (BYU) asked prominent LDS writers—such as Claudia Bushman—to offer their own personal views on the Book of Mormon, followed by the scriptural text itself.
  • harvestHarvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems ed. by Eugene England and Dennis Clark. Signature Books, 1989. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Among Harvest‘s more than sixty contributors are Elouise Bell,  Mary Lythgoe Bradford, R. A. Christmas,  Eugene England, Clinton F. Larson, Carol Lynn Pearson, Robert A. Rees, Linda Sillitoe, May Swenson and Emma Lou Thayne.
  • backsliderThe Backslider: 20th Anniversary Edition by Levi S. Peterson. Signature Books, 2007. Paperback. Reg. $31.95, SALE $8.99. Recognized as a Mormon classic twenty years after its release, The Backslider features longstanding Christian conflicts played out in a scenic, sparsely populated area of southern Utah.
  • beingBeing Different: Stories of Utah’s Minorities. Favorite Readings from the Utah Historical Quarterly ed. by Stanford J. Layton. Signature Books, 2001. Paperback. Reg. $21.95, SALE $4.99. In writing about and memorializing significant events surrounding immigrants’ lives and the day-to-day perseverance of pioneers of all nationalities, the fourteen contributors to this anthology offer fascinating details and unforgettable stories.
  • evilEvil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders by Ken Driggs. Signature Books, 2000. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $3.99. The disturbing tale of the 1974 murder of two missionaries in Texas. Driggs, a criminal defense attorney, discusses the legal ramifications of the case and traces the fascinating life story of the troubled killer.
  • littleA Little Lower than the Angels by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1997. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Set in Nauvoo, Illinois, Sorensen’s novel tells the story of a single family, a woman and her Mormon husband, loosely based on her in-laws’ family history from the period and augmented by on-site research. The novel preceded the first scholarly treatment of Nauvoo by three years.
  • eveningEvening and the Morning by Virginia Sorensen. Signature  Books, 1999. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. Where polite society weighs heavily against extramarital dalliances, why do some people insist on acting against their own best interests? Ah, the complexity of the human heart! Virginia Sorensen seems to be saying in this dark novel about a 1940s Utah housewife, Kate, and a young violin maker, Peter, a man who elicits from her the first shock of overpowering attractions.
  • where nothingWhere Nothing Is Long Ago: Memories of a Mormon Childhood by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99. The stories of Where Nothing Is Long Ago are a celebration of Sorensen’s childhood. She wrote most of them in 1962 while she stayed eight months with her father in Springville, Utah, after her sister’s death. (The title story and “The Face” had been published earlier in The New Yorker.) The narrator of each story is an adult remembering her experiences as a child and narrating events from the child’s perspective, so the stories are often about the child’s attempt to understand the values of her community.
  • dreamsDreams, Myths & Reality: Utah and the American West (The Critchlow Lectures at Weber State University) ed. by William Thomas Allison and Susan J. Matt. Signature Books, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $4.99. In this anthology, some of the most prominent historians of the American West consider Utah’s place in the context of broad settlement patterns. In addition to the displacement of war and the lure of precious metals, immigration was influenced by a persistent idyllic dream of a new beginning in religion, social structures, and multi-culturalism.
  • brigham youngBrigham Young: Images of a Mormon Prophet by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and R. Q. Shupe. Eagle Gate, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $24.99. This book collects into one place all of the known paintings and photographic images of Brigham Young taken throughout his long life. Born in 1801 before the development of photography, Young lived well into the period when photography had become common in America. During his life, Young posed for numerous photographers and artists and more than 100 visual representations of him exist.
  • encycloEncyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History ed. by Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan. Deseret Book, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $49.95, SALE $29.99. From the publisher: “The Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History is an indispensable reference guide. Whether you need to look up a specific detail or merely wish to acquire a broader view of the history of the Church, you´ll find on every page details (many of them little known) to fascinate and inform you.”
  • riseThe Rise and Fall of Nauvoo by B. H. Roberts. Np, 2000. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $16.99.  A reproduction of the first edition commemorating the rebuilding and dedication of the Nauvoo Temple, June 2002. Foreword by David L. Paulsen.

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