Joseph Smith: The First Mormon

Joseph Smith The First Mormon One of four major biographies of Joseph Smith Donna Hill s award winning book is the most comprehensive Hill cautiously rejects the simplistic reductionism of either or characterizations in favor of

  • Title: Joseph Smith: The First Mormon
  • Author: DonnaHill
  • ISBN: 9780941214162
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of four major biographies of Joseph Smith, Donna Hill s award winning book is the most comprehensive Hill cautiously rejects the simplistic reductionism of either or characterizations in favor of a broader, humanistic view that takes Smith on his own terms as both prophet and as man Foremost among Hill s concerns is the spiritual drama that defined Smith s contrOne of four major biographies of Joseph Smith, Donna Hill s award winning book is the most comprehensive Hill cautiously rejects the simplistic reductionism of either or characterizations in favor of a broader, humanistic view that takes Smith on his own terms as both prophet and as man Foremost among Hill s concerns is the spiritual drama that defined Smith s controversial life, as well as his theologically motivated sexuality and the apocalyptic assumptions that fueled his political and military activism Her intent is not to validate Smith s actions, only to understand them Equal attention is given to the environmental influences that shaped Smith s 1830 s New York upbringing Add these Hill s impeccable scholarship, the result of nine years of research, and her talents as a novelist, and the significance of her achievement is apparent Her quest for authenticity provides a vivid portrait of an extraordinary life.

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    1. I had a really hard time rating this book. While I loved learning more about Joseph Smith and the times in which he lived, I felt like I was wading through the author's personal concerns with Joseph and the LDS Church of the 1970's. The information she did put forth about Joseph was enjoyable. Her discriptions were not as detailed as I like and felt rushed much of the time as if she took on more than could be covered in one book.

    2. This book was definitely not a complete biography, but it provided many facts about Joseph's life that I found enlightening. There are many people who played a large role in Joseph's life that take a backseat or are never mentioned in Mormon religious studies. I will never see church history the same way again. Donna Hill does a great job of neither demonizing or glorifying Joseph. She simply tells a story, relying on Joseph's friends and enemies for the opinions expressed. I would recommend to [...]

    3. It's been a goal of mine to delve more into church history. Sometimes it's hard to see the reality of things and flaws in people. Yet, I think it's important, and can even be helpful as one progresses.

    4. I feel like the author of this book did a great job objectively telling the story of Joseph Smith. The author supports all reports of Joseph's life with multiple accounts from many people from different backgrounds.

    5. A solid examination of the Prophet's life, and without a lot of the pious trappings that hinder the usual Mormon treatments.

    6. I have the hardbound copy and loved this book. This is the best book on Joseph Smith that I've read thus far.

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