In conjunction with the LDS Booksellers Association conference this weekend, we are having a sale this weekend (through Sunday, Aug 10). Save 10% on new and used books (a few exceptions on short-discount and rare books apply) and get free shipping with any order over $75 (after discount). For the first time, the conference will be open to the public and we will have a booth there (come by and say hi!)–for more info on the conference, click here. To order, call us at 801-486-3111/800-486-3112 or e-mail us at info@benchmarkbooks.com

 

To get your creative juices flowing for the sale, here are some new arrivals:

 

columbiaThe Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States ed. by Terryl L. Givens and Reid L. Neilson. Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00. This anthology offers rare access to key original documents illuminating Mormon history, theology, and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. Brief introductions describe the theological significance of each text and its reflection of the practices, issues, and challenges that have defined and continue to define the Mormon community. These documents balance mainstream and peripheral thought and religious experience, institutional and personal perspective, and theoretical and practical interpretation, representing pivotal moments in LDS history and correcting decades of misinformation and stereotype. The authors of these documents, male and female, not only celebrate but speak critically and question mainline LDS teachings on sexuality, politics, gender, race, polygamy, and other issues. Selections largely focus on the Salt Lake–based LDS tradition, with a section on the post–Joseph Smith splintering and its creation of a variety of similar yet different Mormon groups. The documents are arranged chronologically within specific categories to capture both the historical and doctrinal development of Mormonism in the United States.
08071400Rattlesnakes and Axe-heads: The Almost Forgotten History and Lore of Sanpete (3rd ed.) by David G. Mackey. Sanpete Legacy Research, 2014. 492pp. Oversize paperback. $53.99. Rattlesnakes is a retelling of a region’s past in a unique way, one which gives voice to thousands of lives long silent. Drawing heavily from primary and other period sources, the volume is rich in detail about the people and events which shaped Sanpete into an extraordinary place. The work surveys many centuries leading up to the arrival of the first company of white settlers in 1849, and then focuses on the three crucial decades which follow. The book explores a time when Sanpete’s jurisdictional boundaries officially extended east into what is present-day Colorado and south encompassing what is now Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties.
9780842528511Exploring Book of Mormon Lands: The 1923 Latin American Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson ed. by Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson. RSC/Deseret Book, 2014. 330pp. Oblong hardback. $31.99. Described as “the most traveled man in the Church,” Andrew Jenson was a lifelong globetrotter since his emigration as a young boy from Denmark to Utah in 1866. Jenson’s interest in the whereabouts of ancient Nephite and Lamanite ruins propelled him to visit remote areas of Latin America, and he returned with a powerful impression that the latter-day gospel should be spread south, beyond the borders of Mexico. Jenson’s letters help reader better understand events and experiences that may have led to the reopening of the South American Mission in 1925. This book covers this important period in both Jenson’s life and Church history, which has rarely been told and is virtually unknown by most Mormon historians.
essaysEssays: Three Degrees by Denver Snuffer. Mill Creek Press, 2014. 214pp. Paperback. $15.95. This volume contains three essays (“First Three Words,” “The Mission of Elijah Reconsidered,” “Brigham Young’s Telestial Kingdom”) by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. on Mormon doctrine and history. The essays are based on talks and have previously been available through Mr. Snuffer’s blog. In this print edition the essays have been updated and some clarifications and additional footnotes have been added.
Austin_Job_1024x1024Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem by Michael Austin. Greg Kofford Books, 2014. 157pp. Paperback. $20.95. The majority of the text of Job is a work of poetry that authors and artists through the centuries have recognized as being one of–if not the–greatest poem of the ancient world. In Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem, author Michael Austin shows how most readers have largely misunderstood this important work of scripture and provides insights that enable us to re-read Job in a drastically new way. In doing so, he shows that the story of Job is far more than that simple story of faith, trials, and blessings that we have all come to know, but is instead a subversive and complex work of scripture meant to inspire readers to rethink all that they thought they knew about God.
divineDivine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of The Julia Ann by Fred W. Woods. Cedar Fort, 2014. 280pp. Paperback. $24.99. Many pioneers’ journey began long before the trail across the plains. Brigham Young University Professor Fred Woods’s quest to learn more of these unheralded “sail before the trail” travels unearthed the little-known story of the Julia Ann, which shipwrecked in 1855. A group of Australian Saints en route to the Salt Lake Valley and other passengers heading for California were on board the Julia Ann that fateful night, and the survivors were stranded with little food and water on an uninhabited Pacific Island. In Divine Providence, Woods unveils the story of these forgotten immigrants, who were involved in the only documented seafaring crash involving Mormon immigrants that resulted in the loss of human life. Their story will reveal the power of God in the preservation of these Saints’ lives and will instill a sense of admiration for their perseverance along the unheralded pathways to Zion.
zionA Zion Canyon Reader ed. by Nathan N. Waite and Reid L. Neilson. University of Utah, 2014. 248pp. Paperback. $14.95 Zion National Park is one of the country’s most-visited and best-loved national parks. For the first time, lovers of the park have in one volume the best that has been written about the canyon. A Zion Canyon Reader is a collection of historical and literary accounts that presents diverse perspectives on Zion Canyon—and the surrounding southern Utah region—through the eyes of native inhabitants, pioneer settlers, boosters, explorers, artists, park rangers, developers, and spiritual seekers. Selections come from noted figures such as Wallace Stegner, John Wesley Powell and Everett Ruess. Through the pages of this book, both the newest visitors to Zion and those who return to the park again and again will come to understand what this place has meant to different people over the centuries.
thievesThe Thieves of Summer by Linda Sillitoe. Signature Books, 2014. 218pp + appendix. Paperback. $21.95. Set in Salt Lake City at the height of the Great Depression, Linda Sillitoe’s last novel opens with three little girls, eleven-year-old triplets, skipping in front of their house at 1300 South, across from Liberty Park. They giggle lightly as they chant:

Prin-cess Al-ice in Liberty Park

Munch-es ba-nan-as ’til way after dark.

Princess Alice is an elephant the children of Utah purchased by donating nickels and dimes to a circus. The girls don’t know this, but her handler takes the mammoth princess out on late-night strolls around the park when the moon is out. What they do know is that the elephant sometimes escapes and goes on a rampage, crashing through front-yard fences and collecting collars of clothesline laundry around her neck, a persistent train of barking dogs following behind. The girls’ father is a police officer who is investigating a boy’s disappearance. As the case unfolds, the perception of the park, with its eighty acres of trees and grass, will change from the epitome of freedom to a place to be avoided, even as Princess Alice moves to a secure confinement at a new zoo at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The story is loosely based on the exploits of a real live elephant that lived in Liberty Park a decade before Sillitoe’s childhood in the neighborhood.

seedsSeeds of Faith: Conversion Stories from Early Church History by Dan Barker. Cedar Fort, 2014. 311pp. Paperback. $18.99. Early Church history is rich with remarkable miracles and amazing events, leading people to the truth of the gospel. But who were these converts before being blessed by the Lord and becoming spiritual giants? What drove Solomon Chamberlain, Thomas B. Marsh, and Parley P. Pratt to leave the boats that they were traveling on to go to Palmyra? What did Jonathan Crosby and Sarah Rich dream of that prepared them for the Lord’s message? These early Saints have wondrous tales to share. Dan Barker, author of Little-Known Stories about the Doctrine and Covenants, compiles conversion stories full of visions, persecutions, and miracles. Their stories of heavenly visitations, visions, and marvels will inspire and strengthen your testimony as you live your own conversion story.
utah reflectionsUtah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front ed. by Sherri H. Hoffman, et al. History Press, 2014. 126pp. Paperback. $19.99. Perhaps no other area of Utah reflects the state’s expansive diversity as clearly as the Wasatch Front. Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front captures the heritage and identity of this self-defining part of the state. These personal stories are grounded in the mountains, waters, deserts and cities of a distinctive geography, from Cache Valley to Salt Lake City to Provo. Contributors include Lance Larson, Katharine Coles, Phyllis Barber, Sylvia Torti, Chadd VanZanten, Pam Houston and Terry Tempest Williams, as well as other exciting established and new voices.

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