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We are excited to announce that Laura Harris Hales, editor of the recently released A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History (published by the Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book)—as well as several of the contributors–will be here on Wednesday, May 11 to speak about and sign copies of the book. They 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.

A Reason for Faith was written to do just as the title implies, provide reasons for faith by offering faithful answers to sincere questions. Before the Internet, historical and doctrinal questions not addressed in LDS Church curriculum were mostly found in the scholarly articles of academic journals. This is no longer the case. These topics are now widely debated and discussed online and in other forums. And when members of the LDS Church come across information that is unfamiliar, they may feel surprise, fear, betrayal, or even anger. Laura Harris Hales has assembled a group of respected LDS scholars to offer help in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History. Together these authors have spent an average of 25 years researching these topics. Their depth of knowledge and faith enables them to share reliable details, perspective, and context to both LDS doctrine and Church history. The information in these essays can begin an exciting process of discovery for readers as they learn from a source they can trust. Each chapter is engaging and thought-provoking, providing an invaluable resource for both the merely curious and the seriously concerned.

Chapters include “Joseph Smith and Money Digging” (Richard Bushman), “The Restoration of the Priesthoods” (Ron Barney), “The Kinderhook Plates” (Don Bradley & Mark Ashurst-McGee), “The Practice of Polygamy” (Brian and Laura Hales), “Freemasonry and the Latter-day Saint Temple Endowment” (Steven Harper), “Race, the Priesthood, and Temples” (Paul Reeve) and “Latter-day Saint Women in the Twenty-First Century” (Neylan McBaine).

Laura Harris Hales is a freelance copyeditor, author, and mother of five avid truth seekers. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in professional writing from New England College. She has also worked as both a paralegal and as an adjunct professor of English.


A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History, ed. by Laura Harris Hales.  Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 249pp. $24.99


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