In sacred loneliness: the plural wives of Joseph Smith

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Signature Books, Dec 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 788 pages
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Mormons today have little idea about their founder's family life. Many do not know that Joseph Smith was a practicing polygamist with thirty-three wives. To understand the issues surrounding the prophet's domestic arrangements, Compton has painstakingly researched and recovered the life stories of the women, aged fourteen to fifty-four, whom the prophet married and whose salvation he guaranteed through this "new order".

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In Sacred Loneliness is incredibly researched. - Goodreads
Emotionally speaking it was difficult to read. - Goodreads
heartwrenching but very educational. - Goodreads
Very well researched the informations was great. - Goodreads
The amount of information and reference is amazing. - Goodreads
Hard to get through because of content, not writing. - Goodreads

Review: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

In Sacred Loneliness is incredibly researched. I was under the impression that there wasn't much evidence for polygamy in Nauvoo, but there is and Todd Compton provides it in great detail. Compton ... Read full review

Review: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

It is time to talk about polygamy. Polygamy makes most Mormons squirm and shift uneasily in their seats. We avoid the subject. Many have vaguely heard that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young practiced ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Compton, a recent Ph.D. graduate from UCLA, has taught at several southern California universities. He is the editor of Mormonism and Early Christianity. He is the recipient of a Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association.