In 2008, Mormon homemaker Stephanie Nielson and her husband survived a fiery plane crash. Both sustained serious burns; hers kept her in a coma for four months, left disfiguring scars, and required a long period of recovery. Nielson's formerly tranquil life became a series of painful treatments and a wildly swinging emotional ride.
Brigham Young, who was at first skeptical of the gospel proclaimed by Prophet Joseph Smith, eventually embraced his teachings from the Book of Mormon wholeheartedly. Historian John Turner's Brigham Young discusses spiritual influences that helped form Young's faith before he took over leadership of the Mormon community after Smith's death.
On September 11, 1857, most of the travelers in a wagon train passing through Utah to California were slaughtered by a party of Mormons. This unusual aggression by Latter Day Saints settlers -- who professed a doctrine of peace -- has remained unexplained for over 150 years. In Massacre at Mountain Meadows, LDS historians Ronald Walker, Richard Turley, and Glen Leonard consider reasons why the Mormons might have been provoked to such violence.
In this moving and thought-provoking memoir of illness and treatment, Jewish literary and biblical scholar James Kugel examines his first reaction to being diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, describing how his perceptions of the world around him changed immediately after he left his doctor's office.
Exploring an old topic in a fresh and engaging style, author Reza Aslan presents the life of Jesus of Nazareth, historical human being. Explaining that the Jesus understood by people of faith is distinct from the first-century figure documented not only in the New Testament but in other sources from the period, Aslan recounts the story of his life and death in the socio-political context of the Roman domination of Palestine.
This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text--the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex--from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel.
Author Adam Gollner, former editor of Vice magazine, offers an informative and fascinating exploration of human attitudes towards death and eternal life in The Book of Immortality. Compiling his reading, interviews, and visits to cryonic research sites into an enthralling tour of the subject, Gollner brings together disparate religious views on immortality as well as scientific research on aging.
Journalist Alex Beam, a Boston Globe columnist and contributor to The Atlantic, examines the life of Latter Day Saints' founder Prophet Joseph Smith as well as the events that led to his group's move to Utah in the mid-1840s.
The Prophet Muhammad inspired a great international religious movement; nearly 25% of the world's population are Muslims. Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan's In the Footsteps of the Prophet offers an accessible and informative biography of Muhammad that connects his spiritual and ethical principles to significant events in his life.
In this warm, evocative memoir, author Kate Braestrup, a Unitarian Universalist minister, recalls her parenting experiences, focusing on how she taught her children compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others. When her eldest, Zach, decided to enlist in the Marines, Braestrup feared that military training could shift Zach's faith-based moral center.
Books on U.S. history often give the impression that the country's founders created a Christian nation, but the truth is considerably more complex. In One Nation, Under Gods, author Peter Manseau explores the religious beliefs, practices, and influences that came to North America from around the world -- as well as Native American influences on the other religions.