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Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
Richard Lyman Bushman
1400042704
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. How should a historian depict a man's life when that man, and his religion, remain a mystery to so many 200 years after his birth? Bushman, an emeritus professor at Columbia University and author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, greatly expands on that previous work, filling in many details of the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and carrying the story through to the end of Smith's life. Many continue to view Smith as an enigmatic and controversial figure. Bushman locates him in his historical and cultural context, fleshing out the many nuances of 19th-century American life that produced such a fertile ground for emerging religions. The author, a practicing Mormon, is aware that his book stands in the intersection of faith and scholarship,...


Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (4 Volume Set)

1589580311


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Book Description
In the Preface to the first volume Jensen writes, "On the rolls of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are found the names of a host of men and women of worth - heroes and heroines of a higher type - who have been and are willing to sacrifice fortune and life for the sake of their religion. It is for the purpose of perpetuating the memory of these, and to place on record deeds worthy of imitation, that [this set] makes its appearance." With over 5000 biographical entries of "heroes and heroines" complete with over 2000 photographs the L.D.S. Biographical Encyclopedia is an essential reference for study of early church history. Nearly anyone with pioneer heritage will find exciting and interesting history about ancestors in these volumes.

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Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
Martha Beck
0609609912
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
When graduate student Martha Beck’s son Adam was born with Down syndrome, she and her husband left the chilly halls of Harvard for Utah and the warm, accepting embrace of the Mormon community. Determined to assimilate back into her childhood faith after years of atheism, Beck’s disenchantment resurfaced when censorship from the church heavily influenced the curriculum at Brigham Young University where she taught part-time. More disturbing was Beck’s eventual belief that her father, a virtual celebrity in the Mormon Church, had sexually molested her as a child.

Beck frames her narrative around a conversation with her aged father, dipping in and out of stories of her childhood, marriage, third pregnancy, and teaching. She contrasts her perceptions of the leadership of the institutional church as...



The Mormon Conspiracy
Charles L. Wood
158275036X
January 1, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"The Mormon Conspiracy is a very comprehensive volume dealing with issues that most others, who have written about the Mormon Church, have left untouched, namely the political ambitions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how they have become successful in this goal unnoticed by the majority of Americans. He has captured the "spirit of Mormonism" and understood the internal structure amazingly well without ever having been a Mormon. Dr. Wood's research and conclusions show originality and give helpful conclusions which open the reader's mind to see the true nature and plan of the Mormon Church for America-and the world.

About the Author
Charles L. Wood received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and was a professor at the University of Akron. In addition,...


Chicken Soup for the Latter-Day Saint Soul
Jack Canfield
0757303153
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A book of 101 original stories for the five million Latter-day Saints in the U.S. to use in church talks, lessons and meetings, as well as family prayer and scripture study. Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul will be a breakout regional and national seller. Why? Because Latter-day Saints are already huge fans of the Chicken Soup books, frequently quoting or sharing stories from the series in their weekly church talks, lessons and family prayer nights. Now, Sherm and Peg Fugal, authors of the bestselling Especially for Mormons series, have collected 101 original stories that highlight the tremendous faith of the Latter-day Saints.

About the Author
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup...


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer
1400032806
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged. The Mormon Church was founded, in part, on the idea that true believers could speak directly with God. But while the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable to the general public by rejecting the controversial tenet of polygamy, fundamentalist splinter groups saw this as apostasy and took to the hills to live what they believed to be a righteous life. When their beliefs are challenged or their patriarchal,...


Colorado City Polygamists: An Inside Look for the Outsider
Benjamin G. Bistline
1888106859
July 20, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Eldorado, Texas, is being invaded by polygamists from Colorado City. “Outsiders” unfamiliar with what they do and how they do it are aggressively seeking information about the group. And they should . . . The public needs to know how the one-man dictatorship developed and how maniacal Warren Jeffs rules today. He and his lieutenants are highly skilled and articulate business men who have mastered the art of deception and therefore pose a threat to any community they inhabit. . . Colorado City historian Benjamin Bistline’s first deeply documented book, The Polygamists: A History of Colorado City, Arizona was written to present the truth of the beginnings of the group and its original religious doctrine. Over the years, that doctrine has been verbally “rewritten” by religious leaders to...


The Book of Mormon
Joseph Smith
038551316X
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description

For the twelve million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide (six million in the United States), The Book of Mormon is literally the word of God, a companion volume to the Bible that contains the everlasting gospel. With the faith now of one of the fastest-growing religions in the country, Doubleday is proud to publish this first official trade edition of The Book of Mormon by special arrangement with the Church.

According to Mormon belief, The Book of Mormon was inscribed on golden plates by generations of prophets, quoted and abridged by the prophet-historian Mormon, and buried in the ground by Mormon’s son, Moroni. Fourteen centuries later, in 1823, the angel Moroni led Joseph Smith to the plates hidden in a hillside in upstate New York. Smith...



Cage of Stars
Jacquelyn Mitchard
0446578754
May 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A young Mormon girl finds herself torn between retribution and forgiveness in The Deep End of the Ocean author Mitchard's latest. Twelve-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Swan witnesses the murder of her two sisters in her family's yard in tiny Cedar City, Utah. Murderer Scott Early is immediately apprehended, but is diagnosed with schizophrenia and ends up spending just three years in a state mental hospital. The rest of Ronnie's family turns to their faith to forgive Early, visiting him just before his release after a battery of drugs have restored him to normalcy. But Ronnie remains angry and haunted by her inability to save her sisters from him, and as she comes of age she tracks Early to San Diego, becomes an EMT, talks his wife into hiring her as a nanny for their infant daughter, and starts planning her...


Standing for Something : 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes
Gordon B. Hinckley (Foreword), Mike Wallace
0812933176
February 22, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Virtue is too often neglected, if not scorned or ridiculed as old-fashioned, confining, unenlightened," laments author Gordon Hinckley, a 90-year-old ordained leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Even as he enumerates all of America's social ills (including $482 billion a year spent on gambling, rampant child neglect and abuse, school massacres, a pervasive deterioration of values) Hinckley believes there is a remedy. Chapter by chapter Hinckley presents 10 old-fashioned virtues that will return America to the glory envisioned by its founding fathers. These virtues include Love, Honesty, Morality, Civility, Learning, Forgiveness, Thrift and Industry, Gratitude, Optimism, and Faith.

Hinckley makes a compelling case for every one of these virtues, quoting extensively from the Bible but mostly using...



What Is Mormonism All about : Answers to the 150 Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
W. F. Johanson
0312289626
January 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Finally, a book for the general public that explains what Mormonism is all about. This book is long overdue. It should've been titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mormonism but Were Afraid to Ask."--Senator Orrin Hatch


Mormonism for Dummies
Jana Riess
0764571958
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Get the facts on temples, tithing, missions, and caffeine

Mormon doctrines, rituals, and history, demystified at last!

Mormonism, or the LDS Church, is one of the world’s fastest growing religions. But unless you were raised a Mormon, you probably don’t have a clear picture of LDS beliefs and practices. Covering everything from Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon to tithing and family home evening, this friendly guide will get you up to speed in no time.

Discover: How the LDS Church differs from other Christian churches What Mormons believe What happens in Mormon temples and meetinghouses The history of the LDS Church LDS debates on race, women, and polygamy

About the Author
Jana Riess,...



David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
Gregory A Prince, Wm Robert Wright
0874808227
March 9, 2005
Hardcover
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Godmakers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes
Ed Decker
1565077172
November 1997
Paperback
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One Nation Under Gods
Richard Abanes
1568582838
Aug 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
A conservative Christian writer and director of the Religious Information Center in Southern California, Abanes presents an unvarnished history of Mormonism. As in some of his other works, such as End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon, his intention here is primarily to expose falsehoods and contradictions. In the process, he has created a chronological account of Mormonism that includes many things often intentionally suppressed by leaders of the Latter-day Saints (LDS). Abanes knows his facts and documents his material with careful footnotes, creating a good counterweight to the one-sided image presented in LDS-approved histories. He makes use of private journals and secular articles of the times as well as a wide range of scholarly writings. The resulting book gives a piercing historical overview of Mormon...


Mormonism Unmasked: Confronting the Contradictions Between Mormon Beliefs and True Christianity
R. Philip Roberts
0805416528
May 1998
Paperback
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Mormonism
Kurt Van Gorden
0310704014
May 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
With their strong emphasis on traditional family values, education, discipline, and service, Mormons sound and look more "Christian" than many believers. At first glance, there seems to be little to criticize in what they say or do. But peel back the façade, and you find a cult with its roots in immorality and heresy. The story of the Mormon Church is one of in-fighting, racism, polygamy, and violence. Often, even the members of the group don’t know the full truth about either the history or the teachings of this fast-growing church. -- Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because few people have the time or opportunity to...


A Different Jesus
Robert L. Millet
0802828760
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A humble, inviting foreword by evangelical Christian leader Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, sets the stage for this groundbreaking book by a Mormon scholar that compares LDS beliefs about Christ with traditional Protestant (and to a lesser extent, Catholic and Orthodox) views. Millet, a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, has spent years in formal conversation with evangelical friends (including Mouw) and coming to understand their beliefs as he presented the LDS viewpoint. This book is offered in the same spirit of dialogue, with no traces of the smugness or shrill tone that often characterize apologetic works. After providing a brief overview of LDS origins and history, Millet offers the LDS perspective on knotty theological issues such as Jesus' premortal life,...


By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri
Charles M. Larson
0962096326
March 1992
Paperback
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angeline_olson@hotmail.com from Marysville, WA, U.S.A. , September 15, 1998
Charles Larson does an excellent job of presenting the facts about how drastically different Egyptomologists and Joseph Smith translate the same hieroglyphics, while maintaining an attitude of Christian love toward those who have trusted Joseph Smith. His purpose is to spread the knowledge of the truth, and draw all his readers closer to Christ. He's obviously done a tremendous amount of research. I was very impressed with every aspect of this book. The photos are wonderful. The papyrus speak for themselves. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares if "The Book of Abraham" is truly from God. In the words of Christ, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." May God bless your search for truth.

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American Massacre
Sally Denton
0375726365
Sept 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Like September 11, 2001, another September 11, in 1857, reverberates in American history as a date when the dangers of violent religious extremism became obvious, for it was then that a party of Mormons (and possibly Paiute Indians) attacked a pioneer party passing through southern Utah, killing all but the youngest children. Denton, an investigative journalist (The Bluegrass Conspiracy, etc.), is not the first interpreter to take on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, but she adds a new twist. Whereas historians Juanita Brooks and Will Bagley emphasized the Mormons' religious motivations, Denton latches onto a more base explanation: greed. The Baker-Fancher party, she writes, was rich, with hundreds of livestock and a ready supply of cash, and their wealth proved irresistible to the Mormon attackers. At times, she...


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer
0385509510
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged. The Mormon Church was founded, in part, on the idea that true believers could speak directly with God. But while the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable to the general public by rejecting the controversial tenet of polygamy, fundamentalist splinter groups saw this as apostasy and took to the hills to live what they believed to be a righteous life. When their beliefs are challenged or their patriarchal,...


Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story
Judy Robertson
0764226045
August 2001
Paperback
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CBA Marketplace, Aug. 2001
"Balanced and nonoffensive... recommend it as a conversation starter with Mormon women as well as a ready reference for readers."

Christian Retailing, Aug. 20, 2001
"thorough analysis of Mormon teachings versus Christian truths…useful resource for witnessing to others in need of guidance."

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Becoming Gods: A Closer Look at 21st Century Mormonism
Richard Abanes
0736913556
August 2004
Paperback
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Dr. Norm Geisler, President (Southern Evangelical Seminary)
...insightful, helpful, and tactful presentation of Mormonism. It reflects extensive research, in–depth analysis, and valuable evaluation.

Frank Beckwith, general editor of The New Mormon Challenge
...no one, including believers in Mormonism, will question the charitable spirit in which he offers his case.

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Fast Facts on Mormonism
John Ankerberg
0736910794
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Mormonism, Mama & Me
Thelma "Granny" Geer
0802456332


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Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Mormonism
Drew Williams
0028644913
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
From its founding in pioneer times to the present day, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been both mysterious and misunderstood-with some Protestant faiths not even recognizing the Mormons as Christians. This fascinating guide debunks the myths of Mormonism and reveals its history, faith, and culture.

About the Author
Drew Williams converted to Mormonism while serving as a Navy journalist and has taught Latter-Day Saint doctrine and essential gospel principles for 17 years. He holds a BA in journalism and English from Brigham Young University and has been writing professionally for nearly 25 years.


The Four Major Cults: Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventism
Anthony A. Hoekema
0802804454
May 1989
Paperback
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No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
Fawn McKay Brodie
0679730540
August 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of photos. Map.

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The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of photos. Map.


Farewell to Eden: Coming to Terms With Mormonism and Science
Duwayne R. Anderson
1410753840
December 2003
Paperback
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