As the dust settles from the holidays, we’ve compiled a list of books that have been published recently. Check out the offerings and see what needs to be added to your collection for 2016!


  • The Prospect of Ready Access: Annals of the Apostles, 1835-1951 (CD). Privately published, 2015. CD. $75.00. 3321pp (in 4 PDF files). This collection of primary sources presents diary excerpts, correspondence and, significantly, meeting minutes involving the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 (covering—with a few exceptions giving context—the period from 1835 to 1961 [the J. Reuben Clark diaries are the main source for 1951-61]) that are crucial in analyzing the complex and fascinating course of Mormon history. Taken from a variety of places—Journal History, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, papers amassed by various scholars (such as Leonard Arrington and Michael Quinn)—these records portray a growing church, the interplay of strong personalities among LDS authorities and trial-and-error policy decisions. 3321pp. 4 PDF files. Previously published in very limited hardback runs (retailed at $1300)—these electronic versions correct some typographical errors and include some additional material. Includes:–The Nauvoo Diaries of William Clayton, 1842-1846, Abridged (marked to indicate what material what is unique to this edition and not contained in An Intimate Chronicle)
    The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945 Abridged
    The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged (with two appendices)
    Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1835-1951 (with eight appendices—three not included in the hardback version—providing excerpts from the record of the 70s and Salt Lake Stake disciplinary proceedings against proto-fundamentalists among other materials)
  • mormon church and blacksThe Mormon Church & Blacks: A Documentary History ed. by Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst. University of Illinois Press, 2015. Paperback–$25.00/hardback–$85.00. 217pp. The Mormon Church and Blacks presents thirty official or authoritative Church statements on the status of African Americans in the Mormon Church. Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst comment on the individual documents, analyzing how they reflected uniquely Mormon characteristics and contextualizing each within the larger scope of the history of race and religion in the United States. Their analyses consider how lifting the ban shifted the status of African Americans within Mormonism, including the fact that African Americans, once denied access to certain temple rituals considered essential for Mormon salvation, could finally be considered full-fledged Latter-day Saints in both this world and the next. Throughout, Harris and Bringhurst offer an informed view of behind-the-scenes Church politicking (particularly interesting details emerge in the notes) before and after the ban. The result is an essential resource for experts and laymen alike on a much-misunderstood aspect of Mormon history and belief. **We still have a few copies signed by both authors.“This volume represents a long overdue documentary history of Mormonism and black priesthood denial that includes the essential primary sources on the subject. The strength here is in the twentieth and twenty-first century chapters, previously underexplored eras in the changing status of blackness within Mormonism.”–W. Paul Reeve, author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
  • PlantedPlanted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt by Patrick Q. Mason. Neal A. Maxwell Institute/Deseret Book, 2015. $15.99. Paperback. From the Living Faith Book series. For all its beneficial advances, our secular age has also weakened some people’s ties to religious belief and affiliation. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this trend. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions. Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt offers such a place. This book gives people who struggle with questions—and people who love those who struggle—practical ways to stay planted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than attempting to answer every possible question or doubt, Planted presents an empathetic, practical, and candid dialog about the relationship of doubt and faith. **Signed“Every Latter-day Saint knows someone who grapples with faith, is dismayed at facts or rumors concerning the church’s history and policies, or feels bereft of a comfortable place in Mormon culture. Such people may chafe at the stigma of doubt, persuaded that no one understands their concerns. Patrick Mason shows he does understand. His book offers a safe space where legitimate questions are honored and where provisional answers will engage many an open mind and heart. Mental integrity and spiritual sanity, in a Mormon context, may look something like this.”—Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University and coeditor of the Oxford Handbook of Mormonism
  • fadedA Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women’s Activism, 1872-1959 by Dave Hall. University of Utah Press, 2015. $34.95. 300pp. Hardback. Amy Brown Lyman was a leader once admired for her dynamic personality, her inspiring public addresses, and for her remarkable vision of what Mormon women in the Relief Society could achieve. Yet today her name is barely known. This volume introduces her to a new generation, showing how the accomplishments of Lyman and her peers benefitted subsequent generations. Dave Hall examines the roots and trajectory of Mormon women’s activism. Lyman entered public life at a time when the practice of polygamy was ending and Mormonism was assimilating mainstream trends. The book recounts her involvement in the Relief Society, the Mormon women’s charity group that she led for many years and sought to transform into a force for social welfare. Lyman’s later life, after she resigned from the Relief Society amidst personal tragedy, offers insight into the reasons Mormon women abandoned an activist heritage for a more conservative role that is again evolving.“The book is particularly valuable in its exploration of the tensions between the Mormon experience and the American tendency of requiring women to strike a balance between home and the wider world.”
    —John Sillito, coeditor of Mormon Mavericks: Essays on Dissenters
  • JSP_Journals_V3_marketingThe Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 3: May 1843-June 1844 ed. by Andrew Hedges, Alex D. Smith and Brent M. Rogers. The Church Historian’s Press, 2015. $57.95 (remember—save 10% on this and future volumes by becoming a subscriber to the series!). 641 pp. Hardback. Covering May 1843 through June 1844, this volume features the conclusion of Joseph Smith’s second Nauvoo journal, kept by scribe Willard Richards. During these months, Joseph Smith was often preoccupied with legal and political matters, particularly in his role as mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and chief justice of Nauvoo’s municipal court. Because of continued political struggles and conflict with their neighbors, Smith and his advisers contemplated relocating the church to Oregon or the Republic of Texas. The Council of Fifty, also known as “the Kingdom of God,” was formed in part to lead this effort. Joseph Smith gave more than sixty public addresses during this time, many of which are documented in this volume. The discourses covered topics such as salvation, resurrection, baptism for the dead, priesthood ordinances, a multitiered heaven, and humanity’s potential to become like God. Controversial teachings, the practice of plural marriage, Joseph Smith’s growing political power, and other factors led to loud criticism of Smith and other church leaders, by both disaffected church members and prominent opponents in surrounding communities. Contemporary records such as William Clayton’s journal and the Council of Fifty minutes are employed to provide contextual background for these events. Because of Richards’s idiosyncratic handwriting, many passages of this journal have been misread and misunderstood in the past. To provide the most accurate reading possible, experts in Richards’s handwriting have meticulously transcribed Smith’s journal according to the highest standards of documentary editing. This volume includes as appendixes two additional sources that shed light on the final two weeks of Joseph Smith’s life: an excerpt from Willard Richards’s journal for 23–27 June and an account of Smith’s 10–22 June activities made by William Clayton. Includes a comprehensive index for the Journals series. **Signed by all three volume editors!
  • Wilford C. Wood: A Collector for Joseph Smith by A. James Faulkner. NST Enterprises, 2015. $29.99. 130pp. Paperback. Wilford C. Wood first developed his love for Church history during a mission—a love that would influence the course of his future life. His fur business provided him with a good income and gave him the opportunity to travel by automobile throughout the country, generally visiting historic sites connected with the Church. Fortunately, Wood felt the need to preserve the things of the past, both the places where significant events in the early Church had occurred and the documents that told the story of the Restoration. Some of his major purchases included eight out of the ten plots of ground that constituted the original temple block in Nauvoo, Illinois; the Liberty Jail in Missouri; property at the Aaronic Priesthood restoration site in Harmony, Pennsylvania; property at Adam-ondi-Ahman in Missouri; the John Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio; the Newel K. Whitney store in Kirtland, Ohio; and the John Taylor home and print-shop in Nauvoo. This biography gives behind-the-scenes details gathered from family members and gives insight into his later years.
  • when raceWhen Race, Religion, and Sport Collide: Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond by Darron T. Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 217pp. Hardback. $65.00. When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from Brigham Young University’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and sport at BYU and beyond. Author Darron T. Smith analyzes the athletes dismissed through BYU’s honor code violations and suggests that they are disproportionately African American, which has troubling implications. He ties these dismissals to the complicated history of negative views towards African Americans in the LDS faith. These honor code dismissals elucidate the challenges facing black athletes at predominantly white institutions. Weaving together the history of the black athlete in America and the experience of blackness in Mormon theology, When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide offers a timely and powerful analysis of the challenges facing African American athletes in the NCAA today. Limited quantities.“Using the athletic department at Brigham Young University as a case study, Darron Smith explores the complicated and shifting intersections between sport, race, and religion in contemporary American society. With an eye on the historical evolution of the relationship between race and the lucrative world of sports, Smith exposes the ways that black bodies are commodified and racialized for white consumption. Mix a sometimes inconsistently applied honor code with religious justifications for historically excluding black bodies from full participation in Mormon priesthood and temples, and the setting is ripe for a complex set of dynamics to haunt the experiences of black athletes at BYU.”  –W. Paul Reeve, University of Utah; author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Struggle for Whiteness
  • talking doctrineTalking Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation ed. by Richard J. Mouw and Robert J. Millet. IVP Academic, 2015. 256pp. Paperback. $19.99. Over the past two centuries relations between Mormons and evangelicals could at best be described as guarded and suspicious and at worst as antagonistic and hostile. In recent years, however, evangelicals and Mormons have frequently found themselves united against certain influences in society: militant atheism, growing secularism, ethical relativism and frontal attacks on marriage, the family and religious liberty. With this background, a group of nine Mormon and ten evangelical scholars undertook a remarkable journey over a period of fifteen years to discuss differences and investigate possible common ground. The essays in this book reflect thoughtful, respectful and nuanced engagements on some of the most controversial topics that have inflamed passions in the past. Evangelical contributors include Craig Blomberg, Christopher Hall, Gerald McDermott–among the Mormon participants are Spencer Fluhman, J.B. Haws and Grant Underwood.“Richard Mouw and Robert Millet have compiled an outstanding collection of essays that place Jesus’ core message at the center of interfaith dialogue: true disciples interact in love and mutual respect. These pioneers of the evangelical-Mormon conversation have much to teach us all by their words and examples alike.”—Terryl Givens, Bostwick Professor of English, University of Richmond, author of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought
  • evolvingEvolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist by Steven L. Peck. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. 206pp. Paperback. $19.95. Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Acclaimed Latter-day Saint author and scientist Steven L. Peck demonstrates that both are indispensable tools we can use to navigate God’s strange and beautiful creation. Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist is a collection of technical, personal, whimsical essays about Mormon theology, evolution, human consciousness, the environment, sacred spaces, and more. With the mind of a scientist, the soul of a believer, and the heart of a wanderer, Peck provides companionship for women and men engaged in the unceasing quest for further light and knowledge.“Wrap up in one Latter-day Saint someone with professional-level training and publications in physics, philosophy, theology, mathematics, ecology, and evolutionary biology–not to mention fictional writing–and you’ve got Steven L. Peck. No other LDS author has possessed the broad vision Peck uses to explore basic dimensions in the debates about science and religion. Beyond any others, Peck outlines insightful philosophical and theological paths toward a productive synthesis. His writing is engaging, his thinking incisive, and his suggestions provocative. This book of collected essays is a ground-breaking resource for serious students of LDS theology in relation to the rapidly-expanding advances of modern science.”—Duane E. Jeffery, Emeritus of Professor Biology, Brigham Young University
  • approachingApproaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World ed. by Lincoln H. Blumell, Matthew J. Grey and Andrew H. Hedges. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 526pp. Hardback. $31.99. A collection of essays by prominent LDS scholars—including Richard Bushman and David Holland—Approaching Antiquity discusses the interest in the ancient world shared by Joseph Smith and the early Latter-day Saints. Topics include Joseph Smith’s fascination with the ancient Americas, his interaction with the Bible, his study of Hebrew and Greek, his reading of Jewish and Christian apocryphal writings, and his work with the Book of Abraham in the context of 19th-century Egyptology. Together, these essays demonstrate that Joseph Smith’s interests in antiquity played an important role in his prophetic development as he sought to recover ancient scripture, restore the ancient Church, and bring the Latter-day Saints into fellowship with the sacred past.
  • kingdom transformedA Kingdom Transformed: Early Mormonism and the Modern LDS Church (second ed.) by Gary and Gordon Shepherd. University of Utah, 2016. 406pp. Paperback. $35.00. To survive in an often disapproving society, the LDS Church has made adaptive changes in belief, practice, and organization over time. Gordon and Gary Shepherd elucidate these changes through statistical analyses of the rhetoric found in proceedings of the church’s semiannual General Conference. The first edition of A Kingdom Transformed covered the years 1830 to 1979. This new edition revises that work and adds to it by examining the subsequent thirty years of conference talks, revealing what new trends have emerged. Every chapter has been rewritten and updated with theoretical and empirical support from contemporary sources and a new conceptual framework for interpreting findings. Early twentieth-century LDS leaders mainstreamed church doctrines, but by the mid-twentieth century, church authorities began emphasizing a more conservative theology that coincided with an increasingly conservative political orientation. This new edition adds such current issues as the roles of women in the church and of international growth versus member retention.“A valuable addition, both substantively and methodologically, to the study of the transformations that have occurred in institutional Mormonism across time . . . It will be an interesting read.”
    —Armand L. Mauss, author of Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic
  • let us reasonLet Us Reason Together: Essays in Honor of the Life’s Work of Robert L. Millet ed. by J. Spencer Fluhman and Brent L. Top. Religious Studies Center/Neal A. Maxwell Institute/Deseret Book, 2015. 414pp. Hardback. $29.99. A single volume cannot accurately measure the influence of a beloved colleague, but this one nevertheless stands as modest evidence of Robert L. Millet’s prodigious impact over a career that spanned nearly four decades. His retirement provided an opportunity to gather some of those who count him as a mentor, colleague, and friend. They offer this collection of essays as a monument to his remarkable career as an administrator, teacher, and writer. That these pieces range across topics, disciplines, and even religious traditions seems especially appropriate given Millet’s own broad reach. Contributors include Richard Bennett, Craig Blomberg, Richard Mouw and J.B. Haws.
  • great medicine 2The Great Medicine Road, Part 2: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, 1840–1848 ed. by Michael L. Tate with the assistance of Will Bagley and Richard L. Rieck.. Arthur H. Clark Company, 2015. 339pp. Hardback. $39.95. During the early weeks of 1848, as U.S. congressmen debated the territorial status of California, a Swiss immigrant and an itinerant millwright forever altered the future state’s fate. Building a sawmill for Johann August Sutter, James Wilson Marshall struck gold. The rest may be history, but much of the story of what happened in the following year is told not in history books but in the letters, diaries, journals, and other written recollections of those whom the California gold rush drew west. In this second installment in the projected four-part collection The Great Medicine Road: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, the hardy souls who made the arduous trip tell their stories in their own words. Seven individuals’ tales bring to life a long-ago year that enriched some, impoverished others, and forever changed the face of North America.
  • from the outsideFrom the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture ed. by Reid L. Neilson & Matthew J. Grow. Oxford University Press, 2015. $35.00. 414 pp. Paperback.  This book contains fifteen essays, each first presented as the annual Tanner Lecture at the conference of the Mormon History Association by a leading scholar. Renowned in their own specialties but relatively new to the study of Mormon history at the time of their lectures, these scholars place Mormon history within the currents of American religious history–for example, by placing Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saints in conversation with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, fellow millenarians, and freethinkers. Other essays explore the creation of Mormon identities, demonstrating how Mormons created a unique sense of themselves as a distinct people. Historians of the American West examine Mormon connections with American imperialism, the Civil War, and the wider cultural landscape. Finally the essayists look at continuing Latter-day Saint growth around the world, within the context of the study of global religions. Examining Mormon history from an outsider’s perspective, the essays presented in this volume ask intriguing questions, share fresh insights and perspectives, analyze familiar sources in unexpected ways, and situate research on the Mormon past within broader scholarly debates.“This anthology of recent Tanner Lectures represents cutting edge scholarship about the Mormon experience in America and worldwide. All of the authors are distinguished scholars who write from outside the tradition. Their perspective combines the analytic tools of the observer with the empathetic sensibilities of the believer. Taken together, they provide a plethora of insights about the growth, identity, and position of the largest and perhaps most important of the homegrown American religious movements.” –Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity School
  • looking for lincolnLooking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln in Mormon Country by Bryon C. Andreasen. Southern Illinois University Press. 2015. 115 pp. Paperback.  $19.95. Although they inhabited different political, social, and cultural arenas, Abraham Lincoln and the pioneer generation of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, shared the same nineteenth-century world. Bryon C. Andreasen’s Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln and Mormon Country relates more than thirty fascinating and surprising stories that show how the lives of Lincoln and the Mormons intersected. This richly illustrated and carefully researched book expands on some of the storyboards found on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail, from the Mormon capital of Nauvoo to the state capital of Springfield. Created by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, this trail consists of wayside exhibits posted in sites of significance to Lincoln’s life and career across fifty-two communities in Illinois. The book’s keyed maps, historic photos, and descriptions of battles, Mormon expeditions, and events at inns, federal buildings, and even Lincoln’s first Illinois log cabin connect the stories to their physical locations. Exploring the intriguing question of whether Lincoln and Mormon founder Joseph Smith ever met, the book reveals that they traveled the same routes and likely stayed at the same inns.“Drawing on a lifetime of research, Andreasen describes the historical intersections between America’s most beloved president and its most controversial prophet. The vignettes of the people and places that shaped Lincoln’s life and influenced the development of Mormonism are as carefully researched and nuanced as they are engaging and enlightening.”— Alex D. Smith, historian, Joseph Smith Papers
  • larry millerLarry H. Miller, Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur comp. by Bryan Miller. Shadow Mountain, 2015. 432pp. Hardback. $25.99. In Driven: An Autobiography, business mogul Larry H. Miller shared his painful and joyful lessons about the many facets of his life and legacy and candidly spoke about the people and circumstances that influenced him. In Larry H. Miller: Behind the Drive, the tables are turned as we hear firsthand from both famous and obscure people whose lives were influenced, inspired, and even transformed by the compassion, generosity, and leadership of Larry. Nearly 100 individuals (include our own Curt Bench) share personal stories about the man who they came to know and love as a philanthropist, a Good Samaritan, an angel in disguise. Quite frankly, Larry H. Miller simply loved helping people. It didn’t matter who they were. It didn’t matter what he was doing at the time. When Larry heard the call for help, he unassumingly went about to make things better. The marvel of Miller isn’t what he did to shape a community or touch a life, it’s how he did it one person at a time.
  • seventeenSeventeen Sisters Tell Their Story ed. by Barbara Miller and Virginia Webb. Scrivener Books, 2015. 232pp. Paperback. $15.99. This series of seventeen stories focuses on the Barlow family, a family that epitomized the fundamentalist Mormon polygamous lifestyle in the early to mid-20th Century. It was led by Albert Barlow, a father of thirty-four children and a husband to three women for over fifty years. The seventeen living daughters of Albert’s family each take a chapter to share their perspective on living in this large, often chaotic family.
  • history mormon landmarksA History of Mormon Landmarks in Utah: Monuments of Faith by Andy Weeks. The History Press, 2015. 175pp. Paperback. $21.99. The home state of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a land of rugged mountains, deep canyon lands and majestic rivers. Utah and Mormon history are entwined, as so many early followers of the faith settled the region beginning in 1847. They preserved their values and heritage in the numerous temples, forts, tabernacles and cemeteries that serve as historic sacred monuments for the modern church. Author and LDS member Andy Weeks explores the history behind the landmarks that exalt the rich, deeply rooted history of Mormonism in the Beehive State.
  • mormonism american politicsMormonism and American Politics ed. by Randall Balmer & Jana Riess. Columbia University Press, 2015. 244pp. Paperback–$30.00/hardback–$90.00. In this collection, prominent scholars of Mormonism, including Claudia L. Bushman, Richard Lyman Bushman, Jan Shipps, and Philip L. Barlow, follow the religion’s quest for legitimacy in the United States and its intersection with American politics. From Brigham Young’s skirmishes with the federal government over polygamy to the Mormon involvement in California’s Proposition 8, contributors combine sociology, political science, race and gender studies, and popular culture to track Mormonism’s rapid integration into American life. The book takes a broad view of the religion’s history, considering its treatment of women and African Americans and its portrayal in popular culture and the media. With essays from both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars, this anthology tells a big-picture story of a small sect that became a major player in American politics.“The authors of these essays give genuine insight into Mormonism’s political present without neglecting the significance of its past. A smart, accessible collection, it is a very good read for the academic and general public. Especially for the classroom, the volume offers an opportunity to discuss America’s engagement with religion on such important themes as race, gender, majoritarian politics, religious liberty and its informal, but no less important, public counterpoint, toleration.” — Kathleen Flake, University of Virginia
  • Far_Away_WestFar Away In the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail ed. by Scott C. Esplin, Richard E. Bennett, Susan Easton Black, and Craig K. Manscill. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $27.99. The story of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo to a new mountain home “far away in the west” still stirs the imagination of writers, artists, historians, and musicians. Letters, diaries and other manuscript sources continue to be discovered that recount this stirring chapter in Mormon history. An entire believing people came to trust that they would find their place to worship without fear of persecution if they followed their God. This book is divided into three sections: the Mormons’ forced departure from their Nauvoo homes in 1846–47; the Mormons’ experiences along their journey to the Rocky Mountains; and what the Mormon Trail has come to mean in recent times.
  • provo's twoProvo’s Two Temples by Richard O. Cowan and Justin Bray. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $29.99. Provo, Utah is the home of two LDS temples, each with a distinctive story. This volume includes a comprehensive account of each of these two temples, which have very different histories. One temple was built from the ground up and dedicated in 1972. The other is like a phoenix, born again of the ashes of a building destroyed by fire. This book includes richly illustrated pictures and text that traces the unique construction, history, and many other details that help tell the stories of each of Provo’s two temples.
  • book mormon study guideThe Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish. Thomas Valletta, gen. ed. Deseret Book, 2015. 921pp. Paperback. $29.99. The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish is a comprehensive, question-and-answer commentary that draws from thousands of the very best insights on the scriptures, including those from General Authorities, Church magazines and manuals, the most respected scholarly commentaries, scripture reference books, and other publications. This comprehensive volume brings the most unique, most compelling, and most insightful comments on the Book of Mormon together into one place to help you get more out of your personal scripture study. As we ask inspired questions and seek a deeper understanding of the scriptures, we invite personal revelation to help us in our challenging and ever-changing journey of life.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series

The series editors note that “the objective of this interdisciplinary series is to encourage fresh lines of inquiry and analysis that will shed light not only on established subjects of research such as Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Mormon role in the settlement of the American West, but also on a variety of lesser known topics.” All books are published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2015) and are hardback. **These titles are special order only—please let us know if you would like a copy.**

  • Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts by Mauro Properzi. 284pp. $85.00. Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts is an introductory Latter-day Saint (LDS) theology of emotion that is both canonically based and scientifically informed. It highlights three widely accepted characteristics of emotion that emerge from scientific perspectives—namely, the necessity of cognition for its emergence, the personal responsibility attached to its manifestations, and its instrumentality in facilitating various processes of human development and experience. In analyzing the basic theological structure of Mormonism and its unique canonical texts the objective is to determine the extent to which LDS theology is compatible with this three-fold definition of emotion. At this basic level of explanation, the conclusion is that science and Mormon theology undoubtedly share a common perspective. The textual investigation focuses on unique Mormon scriptures and on their descriptions of six common emotions: hope, fear, joy, sorrow, love, and hate.
  • Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy by Adam J. Powell. 276pp. $85.00 Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy seeks both to demonstrate the salience of “heresy” as a tool for analyzing instances of religious conflict far beyond the borders of traditional historical theology and to illuminate the apparent affinity for deification exhibited by some persecuted religious movements. To these ends, the book argues for a sociologically-informed redefinition of heresy as religiously-motivated opposition and applies the resulting concept to the historical cases of second-century Christians and nineteenth-century Mormons. Ultimately, Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy is a careful application of the comparative method to two new religious movements, highlighting the social processes at work in their early doctrinal developments.
  • Chicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the Faith by Ignacio M. García. 260pp. $75.00. This is a memoir of the early years of a well-known Chicano scholar whose work and activism were motivated by his Mormon faith. The narrative follows him as an immigrant boy in San Antonio, Texas, who finds religion, goes to segregated schools, participates in the first major school boycott of the modern era in Texas, goes to Viet Nam where he heads an emergency room in the Mekong Delta, and then to college where he becomes involved in the Chicano Movement. Throughout this time he juggles, struggles, and comes to terms with the religious principles that provide him the foundation for his civil rights activism and form the core of his moral compass and spiritual beliefs. In the process he pushes back against those religious traditions and customs that he sees as contrary to the most profound aspects of being a Mormon Christian. This memoir is about activism and religion on the ground and reflects the militancy of people of color whose faith drives them to engage in social action that defies simple political terminology.


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