Here are some of the latest and greatest releases. See if there is something that catches your eye!
- The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2 parts) ed. by Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen. The Church Historian’s Press, 2015. 539/437pp. Hardback $89.99/EACH PART (remember—as a subscriber to the series, you’ll save 10% on each book!). From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. With the aid of “interpreters” he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. Four high-quality photographs of this seerstone are included—the first to ever be released. After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer’s manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. The printer’s manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced in color with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing. *signed by the editors* If you haven’t seen the video from this interesting event, check out our Events tab above or click here.
- Traditions of the Fathers: The Book of Mormon as History by Brant A. Gardner. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 476pp. Paperback. $34.95. The focus of the Book of Mormon is unquestionably on the things of God. Similar to the Bible, its sermons and explications of religious principles are presented against the framework of the story of a people. It is a story that covers a thousand years. In this book Brant Gardner looks around and behind the religious purposes of the book and teases out how those thousand years of Book of Mormon history correspond to those same years in the geographic and cultural context where they most plausibly took place. Gardner works through the Book of Mormon chronologically, examining how events in the Book of Mormon reflect the greater historical and cultural developments happening around them at the same time. Gardner asks and answers questions against particular historical backdrops. The answers are developed by looking at the Book of Mormon as history in the context of what has become known of Mesoamerican history. Along the way, Gardner also looks at the problem of anachronisms, DNA, and some popular “proofs” of the Book of Mormon that need to be abandoned.
- Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism ed. by Gordon Shepherd, Lavina Fielding Anderson and Gary Shepherd. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 457pp. Paperback. $32.95. The inexorable movement toward gender equality in the modern world has taken root in the consciousness of many Latter-day Saints and has publicly emerged as a major concern for the LDS Church. Spearheaded by a new generation of internet-savvy feminists, equality issues in Mormonism attained high public visibility in 2013 through online profiles posted by the Ordain Women organization and its plea to Church authorities to pray about an expanded role for LDS women. The June 2014 excommunication of OW co-founder Kate Kelly generated increased international media attention. This volume is the first book to provide a comprehensive examination of these issues and is based on chapters written by both scholars and activists. Its twenty-five authors explore in detail theological debates about gender and priesthood authority, the historical and cultural context of these debates, and the current role played by lay activists seeking to stimulate change in the Church.
- Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. University of Mississippi Press, 2015. 552pp. Hardback. $45.00. Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change. For six decades the Till story has continued to haunt the South as the lingering injustice of Till’s murder and the aftermath altered many lives. Fifty years after the murder, renewed interest in the case led the Justice Department to open an investigation into identifying and possibly prosecuting accomplices of the two men originally tried. Between 2004 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first real probe into the killing and turned up important information that had been lost for decades. This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. Incorporating much new information, the book demonstrates how the Emmett Till murder exemplifies the Jim Crow South at its nadir. ** we will have a signing with the author on Sep 19th—stay tuned for details.**
- Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women ed. by Jamie Zvirzdin. Signature Books, 2015. 182pp. Hardback. $22.95. The twelve essays in this anthology provide a refreshing array of female perspectives, personalities, and circumstances. Along with an introduction by Jamie Zvirzdin, the essays invite readers to recognize and own their personal struggles, gifts, faults, and desires and to accept where they stand on the spectrum of humanity. Fresh Courage Take demonstrates that the road to heaven is not a conveyor belt powered by a checklist of religious obligations, cooked casseroles, and a collection of children. If anything, it is a complex network of interchanges and decisions … including long, often solitary paths. The authors span a wide range of views and situations in life: politically conservative to progressive, single to married with many children, highly educated to working-class, stay-at-home moms to the professionally successful, of European or African heritage, religiously orthodox to heterodox. In short, they define, from their diversity, what being a Mormon woman means and what type of path they feel they must take to be true to themselves and their beliefs. *LIMITED AMOUNT OF SIGNED COPIES LEFT*
- Confessions of a Revisionist Historian: David L. Bigler on the Mormons and the West ed. by Will Bagley. University of Utah Tanner Trust Fund, 2015. 287pp. Hardback. $29.95. Number 16 in the Utah, the Mormons, and the West. With an appreciation by Polly Aird. For much of his career, David Bigler and his critics used the term “revisionist historian” as an epithet. But after decades wading through what Wallace Stegner called the “morass” of early Mormonism’s “enormous, repetitious, contradictory, and embattled’ history, he concluded, “If ever there was a revisionist historian, I’m it. And if ever a chapter of our nation’s history needed revising, it is this one.” Confessions of a Revisionist Historian covers the issues and events Bigler considers central to understanding Utah’s colorful history: Millennialism, the march of the Mormon Battalion, the California Gold Rush, the Mormon Kingdom of God, Brigham Young’s Indian policy and the Fort Limhi mission to Oregon Territory, the 1856 Reformation and the origins of the Utah War of 1857, and the conflict’s most controversial acts of violence, the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Aiken party murders. His analysis incorporates sketches and close studies of overlooked but significant personalities such as Garland Hurt, Nephi Johnson, Benjamin Franklin Cummings, Lewis W. Shurtliff, Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, and John Hawley, plus celebrated and colorful “Danites” such as Bill Hickman and Porter Rockwell, and tributes to friends and colleagues Harold “Hal” Schindler and Jerald and Sandra Tanner.
- The Testimony of Luke by S. Kent Brown. BYU Studies, 2015. 1213pp. Hardback. $29.99. Inaugural print volume of the BYU New Testament Commentary series. The most distinguishing element of this line-by-line and word-by-word commentary is the introduction of distinctive Latter-day Saint scriptures to cast light on various passages in Luke’s Gospel—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. It is not surprising, therefore, that the commentary features elements of Luke’s gospel that interest Latter-day Saints, although it focuses primarily on topics that arise in the text. For example, the gap in Luke’s record concerning the Savior’s activities in the world of departed spirits while his body lies in the tomb is of particular interest to Latter-day Saints because an important set of doctrines arises from his activity there. About the series: “A team of Latter-day Saint scholars has joined forces to produce a multi-volume commentary on the New Testament with a new rendition of the Greek texts of the New Testament books [in parallel columns with the KJV]. Planned to take several years to complete, this multi-volume series will combine the best of ancient linguistic and historical scholarship with Latter-day Saint doctrinal perspectives. The BYU New Testament Commentary will make extensive use of research in Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Coptic, and other languages, but the final product will be accessible to a general readership.”
- American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam. Public Affairs, 2014. Hardback. Reg. $26.99, SALE $9.99. In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation—the doctrine of polygamy—created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.
- Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow by Karen Lynn Davidson and Jill Mulvay Derr. Deseret Book, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $27.99, SALE $9.99. This intimate look at Eliza seeks to reveal a more private side of this extraordinary woman who was a plural wife of two prophets and the sister of another. Interspersed with photographs, artifacts, and poetry, this inspiring biography gives us a unique glimpse into the fascinating life story of Eliza R. Snow.
- Mormon Gold: Mormons in the California Gold Rush Contributing to the Development of California and the Monetary Solvency of Early Utah by J. Kenneth Davies and Lorin K. Hansen. Granite Mountain Publishing, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $49.95, SALE $29.99. In this new edition, scholar Dr. Lorin Hansen provides a masterful revision of Dr. J. Kenneth Davies’ classic study of the California gold rush and the major role Mormons played in it. New insights and fresh research, along with prolific illustrations and excellent maps, introduce the reader to Mormons living and working in Sutter’s Mill and Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1848. Mormon Gold masterfully recounts the ensuing gold rush experience from perspective of some of Mormonism’s earliest and most ardent adherents. The work also details the development of the Great Basin’s first monetary system and Brigham Young’s extraordinary stewardship of gold brought to Utah from California.
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