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The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, vol. 1: July 1828-June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historians’ Press, 2013. 640pp. Slightly oversize hardback. $54.95 (become a subscriber to the series and get 10% off). This first volume of the Documents series consists of documents written from July 1828 to June 1831. Among the contents of this volume are more than five dozen revelations that were presented in the first-person voice of Jesus Christ, including texts later published in the Doctrine and Covenants, the expansive “visions of Moses” (now found in the Pearl of Great Price), and revelations never canonized. In addition, several documents in this volume trace the process of translating and printing the Book of Mormon, as well as early efforts to evangelize using the book and its message. Volumes are signed by four of the five editors (one editor was unavailable to sign). Documents, vol. 2 should be arriving soon.
Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism’s Sacred Bloodline (revised, expanded ed.) by Vern Grosvenor Swanson. Cedar Fort, 2013. 554pp. Oversize hardback. $99.95. Dr. Vern G. Swanson takes on the Holy Grail and the Bloodline of Jesus in this exhaustively researched and insightful book. Comprising of more than 28 years of research and including insights Dr. Swanson gained from the study of nearly 400 books on the subject, this book is an invaluable resource for those looking to know more about the Holy Grail from a scholarly viewpoint. Includes revisions and corrections over the last seven years since it was originally published.
Latter-Day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies ed. by Eric A. Eliason and Tom Mould. University of Utah Press, 2013. 591pp. Slightly oversize paperback. $34.95. Latter-day Lore gathers nearly thirty seminal works in Mormon folklore scholarship (featuring authors like William Wilson and Gustive Larson as well as Grant Underwood and David Knowlton) from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to the present in order to highlight the depth, breadth, and richness of that scholarship. This examination of LDS folklore studies reveals theoretical, methodological, and topical shifts that also reflect shifts in the field at large. Areas for future research are also suggested.
I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring by Robert I. Eaton and Henry J. Eyring. Deseret Book, 2013. 560pp. Hardback. $32.99. In 1970, Hal received an impression to make a daily record of his activities. Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at his walk through life with his beloved companion, Kathy. “The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval,” write the authors, and this window into his past provides unforgettable insights about the man the Lord has shaped him to become. The richly designed pages are filled with photographs, sketches from the pen of President Eyring himself, and scores of entries straight from his journals woven into an engaging depiction of his life’s journey.
A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, vol. 2A: Voicing, Being, Power/A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, vol. 2B: Follies, Epic and Novel by Daymon M. Smith. NP, 2013. 208/230pp. Slightly oversize paperback. $18.41/$18.56. Continuing the first volume’s emphasis on Kirtland Restorationists, Part A of the second volume describes the particular textual practices that pinned their readings of the Bible onto the pages of the Book of Mormon, and spread that reading across a landscape. In this Part B of Volume Two, the cultural history explores the implications of their move from Nauvoo to Utah, from Joseph to Brigham, from Restorationism to Zionism. It shows what happens to Saints when they leave their map—the Book of Mormon—far behind, having so long misread it. Like what it says about kings, for example… Volume 3 will be arriving soon.
The Mormons: An Illustrated History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ed. by Roy A. Prete. Merrell, 2013. 160pp. Oblong hardback. $34.95. This compilation (featuring authors such as John Welch and Mary Jane Woodger) offers perspectives on the Church’s core values by those who practice the faith every day. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics – including the origins of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members – making this a fine introduction to Mormonism.
25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road by Val Holley. University of Utah Press, 2013. 202pp. Oversize paperback–$24.95/Oversize hardback–$44.95. 25th Street Confidential traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street.
Journey to the Veil by John Pontius (comp. by Terri Pontius). Cedar Fort, 2013. 271pp. Paperback. $17.99. When doctors gave him 6 months to live, John Pontius (author of Visions of Glory) created a blog to leave his testimony with his children. However, thousands of followers of UnBlog My Soul were touched. Share in the journey as Pontius expresses his love and understanding of the gospel in a clear, beautiful way. This book compiles the most compelling blog entries and weaves the narrative of his journey to the veil.
Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes by Sheri Dew. Deseret Book, 2013. 215pp. Hardback. $21.99. The fact that women are not ordained to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for some a sticking point, a hot topic, even a potential media controversy. Others aren’t troubled by the issue at all. In Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord’s church, that God expects women to receive revelation, and that both men and women have access to God’s highest spiritual blessings.