Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations. An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophetís bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world.


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I liked it okay. Interesting to get a peek into the prophets personality a little bit more. I was bored at times and did some skimming. I didn't find it offensive at all or that it made my testimony waver like some have claimed it did for them. Read full review

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User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

This book was equally fascinating because of the fantastic events and brutally long as it read like a textbook. Even though I struggled to get through it in time to return to the library, I found ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Richard L. Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1931. He took his B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees at Harvard University. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, University of Delaware, and Columbia University, where he is currently Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus. His previous books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, and Cities (1992).


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