Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling - Review Hub

The first book we'll be covering in our book review series is Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling: A Cultural Biography of Mormonism's Founder (2005), written by Richard Lyman Bushman with assistance from Jed Woodworth. Richard Bushman (b. 1931) is an emeritus professor of history at Columbia University and is himself an active Latter-day Saint who lives in New York City. The book itself is, as one might guess, a biography of Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. It is published by Alfred A. Knopf (a division of Random House) and won the 2005 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association, as well as the 2005 Evans Biography Award from University of Utah's Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. Further relevant links:

And now, for the links to our review/summary posts themselves:

  1. The Church of Christ: 1830
  2. Joseph, Moses, and Enoch: 1830
  3. The Kirtland Visionaries: January-June 1831
  4. Zion: July-December 1831
  5. The Burden of Zion: 1832
  6. Exaltation: 1832-33
  7. Cities of Zion: 1833
  8. The Character of a Prophet: 1834
  9. Priesthood and Church Government: 1834-35
  10. Visitors: 1835
  11. Texts: 1835
  12. Strife: August-December 1835
  13. The Order of Heaven: January-April 1836
  14. Reverses: April 1836-January 1838
  15. Trials: January-July 1838
  16. War: August-December 1838
  17. Imprisonment: January-August 1839
  18. Washington: September 1839-June 1840
  19. Beautiful Place: April 1840-April 1841
  20. Temporalities and Spiritualities: 1841
  21. Stories of Eternity: Spring 1842
  22. Perils: May-December 1842
  23. Thickets: 1843
  24. City and Kingdom: 1843-1844
  25. Confrontations: January-June 1844
  26. Epilogue

Not being as familiar as I'd like yet with the full and detailed story of Joseph Smith, I suspect I'll mostly be absorbing the narrative in this book, so please bear with me; this 'review' will be very heavy on the summary and relatively light on evaluation, in order that it can also serve as an introduction to the life of Joseph Smith for myself and my non-LDS readers. Thanks for reading!

Also, I highly encourage you to look at a much briefer (but better) review by Tim over at LDS & Evangelical Conversations.

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