Starting tomorrow and extending for several weeks, several of my co-bloggers and I will post reviews of Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism by Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, which was published a few months ago by Oxford University Press.
As the book’s title suggests, Parley P. Pratt’s role within Mormonism is much like the role of the Apostle Paul in early Christianity. Like Paul, Pratt was an energetic and persuasive missionary who carried the new message to distant shores, a key player in the building of an international church. Also like Paul, Pratt was a prolific writer whose expositions and explorations of doctrine did much to popularize and systematize the teachings of the new church. For these reasons, and because he was so close to the founder, Joseph Smith, this biography of Pratt provides an important window into the formation of a new world religion.
Since Pratt wrote an autobiography, biographies of Pratt have been very few (as I understand it, this is only the second). But Pratt’s influence, innovation and activity justify much more attention than he has had. This biography, then, illuminates Brother Parley beyond what his autobiography provides, discussing his writings and and his personal life, in addition to the contents of the autobiography.
We expect five or six different reviews, posted once or twice a week. Each of these reviews will, of course, come from a different perspective. Given that these posts could well extend into January, and given the season of the year, we hope no one will wait until the end of all of these posts to make purchase decisions. I can’t speak for the others who will be reviewing the book, but I suspect this work will be very favorably recommended. I know that is what my recommendation will be.
Further information about the book can be found at the publisher’s website:
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I will also update this post with a list below of the reviews as they appear: