Christmas List 2013: Books on Scripture/Theology
Posted by kirkcaudle on December 9, 2013
Because the list I wrote up last year was so popular, I have decided to continue this Christmas list tradition. As was the case last year, I will include a few of my favorite books related to scripture and/or theology along with their corresponding interviews that I conducted during this past year. As the host of The Mormon Book Review, I have the unique opportunity of reviewing a number of books in realm of Mormon Studies. I will include my top 5 of 2013 here (in no particular order). Enjoy!
This is a fiction book written by Stephen Peck about a Mormon man who dies and finds himself in an after life that he never expected to himself in. The books has elsewhere been described as an existential horror. I would describe it as existential awesomeness (and yes, that is my professional opinion). The audio I have with Stephen is a bit iffy at times, but here it is.
The latest installments of the Joseph Smith Paper series comes in the forms of Documents vol. 1-2. I spoke with co-editor Gerrit Dirkmaat about volume 1 here and with Matthew Godfrey, co-editor of volume 2, here. The JSP are a must for anyone trying to gain a deeper understanding of the historical context for the earliest revelations contained in the Doctrine and Covenants.
This book is co-written by Terryl and Fiona Givens. The book is thoughtful, inspiring, and Desert Book needs more books like it. The book will make you think deeper on who exactly the God of Mormonism truly is. Listen to our discussion here.
This book provides its readers with an in depth look into selected chapters of the Book of Romans. With years of experience dealing with the scriptures, James E. Faulconer is the perfect person to write such a book. The reader is taken on a journey with Faulconer as he explores many of the main themes of the text. Any serious student of the Bible will greatly benefit from his insightful commentary. This book is also greatly accessible to non-scholars. Find the interview here.
I do a two part interview with Brian Hales on these books, and there are actually three books in this series. Why do I post these ones here? Because, as far as scripture study goes, the ideas set forth by Hales will give you much to think about concerning D&C 132. One my not always agree with his conclusions, but one can not outright dismiss all of his claims. Here is the interview.
Although this is a history book, I thought that I would list it here anyway. Why? Because it is already a classic. Richard Bushman and I sat down recently at this house for this interview to revisit the publication of this book and what it has meant to the further study of the life of Joseph Smith. You can hear it here.
And with that…MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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