Book Reviews

Book Review: A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography

July 4, 2006 | 30 comments
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A Rascal By Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography by Levi Peterson. Read more »

Book Review: An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells

July 3, 2006 | 11 comments
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An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells by Carol Cornwall Madsen Read more »

Book Review: Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America

July 2, 2006 | 13 comments
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Today I abandon my personal policy of only writing book reviews that are, on balance, positive. Read more »

Book Review: Celebrating Passover: A Guide to Understanding the Jewish Feast for Latter-day Saints

March 30, 2006 | 25 comments
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Easter celebrations and the lack thereof have been a hot topic recently; if you want to add something to your celebration of this season, I highly recommend this book. Read more »

Book Review: Stand As a Witness: The Biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp

February 26, 2006 | 22 comments
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Book Review:   Stand As a Witness:  The Biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp

We begin with a quiz: How many book-length biographies of LDS women can you name? . . . Read more »

Book Review: The Salt Lake City 14th Ward Album Quilt

February 22, 2006 | one comment
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Book Review:  The Salt Lake City 14th Ward Album Quilt

In the 1990s, Carol Nielson inherited a quilt. Or, to be more precise, half a quilt. . . Read more »

Book Review: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

February 12, 2006 | 46 comments
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I have a friend –I know her through the homeschooling community–with an interest in the Church. She told me that one of the books that she read about the church was Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. Now, she’s not stupid–she didn’t expect it to be unbiased–but she did want to know my reaction to it. So I read it and then sent her this email: Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay Around the World

December 22, 2005 | 4 comments
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Book Review:  David O. McKay Around the World

Every writer’s worst nightmare actually came true for Hugh J. Cannon: the only copy of his manuscript was “misplaced” by the publisher. . . Read more »

Book Review: Early Christians in Disarray

December 21, 2005 | 31 comments
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Can you really understand what the Restoration is if you don’t have your mind around what the Great Apostasy was? Read more »

Book Review: Sister Eternal

December 6, 2005 | 5 comments
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Book Review:  Sister Eternal

Thank you, Elder Uchtdorf and Ben Sowards, for creating the first LDS children’s book that deserves to transcend the LDS market. . Read more »

Nonfiction Books for Children

November 8, 2005 | 8 comments
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Most people don’t appreciate the wonderful world of children’s nonfiction books. Read more »

Book Review: Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball

October 12, 2005 | 37 comments
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If you liked the recent President McKay biography, you are going to love the new biography of President Kimball. Read more »

Book Review: I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
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Book Review:  I Love Mormons:  A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

The techniques that Evangelicals use to convert Mormons to ‘traditional Christianity’ do not work. The same cannot be said for the method proposed by David L. Rowe in his new book. . Read more »

A Letter to Emma Ray

August 23, 2005 | 24 comments
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A Letter to Emma Ray

While David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is nearly perfect in every way, one thing it doesn’t do is provide an intimate portrait of President McKay. That lacuna is partially filled by Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay to Emma Ray McKay. Read more »

Book Review: The Parenting Breakthrough

August 19, 2005 | 37 comments
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Book Review:  The Parenting Breakthrough

You just gotta love any book that has a picture of a seven-year-old boy cleaning a toilet on the cover. Read more »

Book Review: The Book: A History of the Bible

August 14, 2005 | 10 comments
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I should warn potential readers: there’s a real danger that you will drool on the pages of Christopher de Hamel’s new book. Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet

May 14, 2005 | 37 comments
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Book Review:   David O. McKay:  Beloved Prophet

I have mixed feelings about the very presence of Woodger’s David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet. On the one hand, as someone who wants to read biographies of all of the prophets of this dispensation, I’m always happy to see a new addition to the fold. While there are other biographies of President McKay, the pickings are pretty slim–and expensive (but see post below). Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

May 14, 2005 | 44 comments
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Book Review:   David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

Yes, I’m reviewing two books on David O. McKay. My original intention was to review them together (and explore the larger issue of writing faith-promoting as opposed to warts-and-all history), but I decided that wouldn’t be fair. It didn’t seem fair because David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet is a credible entry in the well-established subgenre of LDS biography. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. But David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is a category killer. Read more »

Book Review: A Statistical Profile of Mormons: Health, Wealth, and Social Life

May 2, 2005 | 43 comments
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Anyone and everyone interested in Mormon Studies should read this book. Read more »

Book Review: Back to the Well: Women’s Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels

April 17, 2005 | 7 comments
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This statement from The Blog of Happiest Fun got a lot of links from other female bloggernaclites: I would like to spend more time discussing the lives of strong women in the scriptures. Women like Hannah, Deborah, Jael, or Anna the prophetess. There are so many women that I find interesting, and I don’t hear about them enough. I’d like to study their lives some more. Read more »

Book Review: Women in Eternity, Women of Zion

March 29, 2005 | 149 comments
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Imagine, if you will, that a stalwart member of the Church approached you with some concerns about the theological underpinnings of the Word of Wisdom. What might you do? Castigate him as a rebellious secularizer? Remind her that questioning was the fast road to apostasy? Read more »

Book Review: City Saints

March 21, 2005 | 10 comments
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The interaction of the LDS church and its members with New York City is a fascinating topic. Someday, that story will doubtless be the focus of one or more great works of Mormon regional history which will have truly broad appeal to members. And those works will in turn acknowledge City Saints: Mormons in the New York Metropolis (edited by Scott Tiffany) as an important step in the examination of church members in New York City. However, City Saints itself, while interesting, informative, and quite readable, suffers from conceptual flaws that undermine its impact and ultimately result in a... Read more »

Book Review: The Latter-day Saint Experience in America

March 16, 2005 | 27 comments
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Perhaps you can forgive me for taking one look at the supersized price tag on Terryl L. Givens’ new book The Latter-day Saint Experience in America and assuming that the intended audience was luckless university students operating at the behest of their profligate professors. Read more »

Book Review: Black and Mormon

March 6, 2005 | 50 comments
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Any etiquette book will tell you: there are certain topics you just don’t bring up in polite society. Any Mormon will tell you: we have a few topics of our own to add to that list. And one of them is the issue of blacks and the priesthood. Read more »