- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 7647 KB
- Print Length: 768 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (18 Dec. 2007)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000XUBEZM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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- #212 in Kindle Store > Books > Biography & True Accounts > Leaders & Notable People > Religious > Christianity
- #482 in Books > History > North America > Civil War, American Indian Wars, Pioneers 1801-1900
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Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling Kindle Edition
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Rough Stone Rolling, a cultural biography of Mormonism's founder Joseph Smith is a good read. Prof Richard L Bushman has produced a 'warts and all' biography of the man whose 'visions' resulted in The Book of Mormon and those clean-cut young men who knock on our doors. Bushman although a practising Mormon, does not side-step the controversial issue of polygamy,which involved Smith taking up to 30 or more wives,the youngest, Fanny Algers being only 16 when Smith married her.
For those contemplating converting to the Mormon or Latter-Day Saint faith, this should be your first step in learning more about the uneducated farm boy who millions regard as a Prophet.For ex-Mormons like myself this book puts 'bones' on to the hazy issues that are not taught in the LDS church.
Dr.Bushman should be read by anyone contemplating reading the Book of Mormon or joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,preferably before you join!
Definately get it if you want a good solid church history focused on Joseph and to understand why some of the doctrines appeared when they did (Ok that was controversial - to re-phrase - the context of those revelations.) Depending on where your beliefs are you'll find both justification and challenge to your feelings regarding Joseph.
Bushman's particular expertise is in American cultural history and Rough Stone Rolling certainly places Joseph Smith, his family, friends and enemies in the context of their cultural surroundings better than anything else I've ever read. If prospective readers are put off by the notion of religion and religious leaders I would urge them to try Rough Stone Rolling as a valuable history book about nineteenth century America.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author aims to be objective on a subject that bitterly divides people.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book. Can't stop reading it at every opportunity. A portrait of a man determined to do what he felt God wanted him to do despite all opposition.Published 14 months ago by Rosanne
Quite excellent though the author did shy away from certain 8negative) conclusions. . In the end, though objectiveness was attempted, the author did not quite suceed.Published on 30 Dec. 2013 by springfox13
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