We are very excited to announce that Terryl Givens, author of Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis (published by Oxford University Press), will be here Wednesday, July 12 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation.

“Givens is to be commended not only for producing the first major systematic overview of Mormon theology, but also for taking a historically informed, comparative approach that both Latter-day Saints and scholars of religion will find highly illuminating.”

–Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Terryl L. Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in intellectual history and at UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD in comparative literature. He holds the Jabez A. Bostwick Chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century studies and the Bible’s influence on Western literature. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading.”


Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. Hardback. $34.95


Other titles by Terryl Givens

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. 148pp. Hardback. $19.99

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $36.95

The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (with Philip Barlow). Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. $150.00

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. 499pp. Hardback. $36.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. 284pp. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $6.99

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. 320pp. Paperback. $19.95

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. 140pp. Paperback. $11.95

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2009. 388pp. Paperback. $28.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $28.95

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback–$28.95/Hardback–$33.95


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