Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Google eBook)
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone RollingUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
5 stars for the amount of research and work that went into this book! It was long and sometimes put me to sleep in one page so 3 stars for that. But overall a really interesting and eye opening book ... Read full review
Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone RollingUser Review - Misty - Goodreads
Very comprehensive. Despite the fact that as a member of the church Joseph Smith founded he is surely slightly biased, Bushman does a great job of reviewing and critiquing competing sources. I felt like I was able to understand Joseph Smith as a person and not an idealized martyr. Read full review