As the 2nd feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series (organized by the brilliant Heather Olsen Beal), we feature John G. Turner and his new book “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, accompanied by Dialogue Foundation chair elect Morris Thurston. Please click on the image to the right to purchase your book through Amazon. A small amount of the proceed go to help support Mormon Stories.
Title: Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet
Author: John G. Turner
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Book Description from www.amazon.com:
“Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.
After the 1844 murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Young gathered those Latter-day Saints who would follow him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of ancient Israel. As charismatic as he was autocratic, he was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.
Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, restricted the place of African Americans within the church, fought the U.S. Army in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. At the same time, Young’s tenacity and faith brought tens of thousands of Mormons to the American West, imbued their everyday lives with sacred purpose, and sustained his church against adversity. Turner reveals the complexity of this spiritual prophet, whose commitment made a deep imprint on his church and the American Mountain West.”
Book Club Resources:
- Click here to listen to the Mormon Stories Podcast with author John Turner, Morris Thurston, Max Mueller, John Dehlin, and Heather Olson Beal [H1]
- Reviews of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet
- Harvard University Press webpage: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674049673
- HuffPo piece re: Brigham Young and polygamy by John G. Turner: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-g-turner/brigham-young-and-polygamy_b_1792555.html
- Times and Seasons review: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2012/09/book-review-brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-by-john-g-turner/
- Association of Mormon Letters review: http://mormon-chronicles.blogspot.ca/2012/06/review-brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-by.html
- Improvement Era review: http://improvementera.com/2012/09/review-and-musings-brigham-young-pioneer-prophet/
- Podcasts re: the book:
- Harvard University Press podcast: http://soundcloud.com/harvard-press/john-turner-brigham-young
- National Review’s Between the Covers with John J. Miller: http://www.nationalreview.com/media/betweenthecovers/328405
- Mormon Expositor: http://mormonexpositor.com/6-brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-with-john-g-turner/
- KCPW podcast: http://kcpw.org/blog/cityviews/2012-09-10/cityviews-91112-brigham-young-pioneer-prophetwhy-mars-matters/
- Other Mormon-themed resources/writings by Turner
- New York Times piece re: Mormons and racism by John G. Turner: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/racism-and-the-mormon-church.html?_r=0
- Turner’s thoughts on “the Mormon moment”: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/books/mormon-studies-attract-more-scholars-and-attention.html?pagewanted=all
- Turner’s take on the Hill Cumorah pageant: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444330904577536774199980182.html
- Turner’s thoughts on Mormons and the Civil War: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/the-mormons-sit-out-the-civil-war/
- Turner’s review of Book of Mormon Girl: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2012/09/book-of-mormon-girl/
Syllabus for a research course Turner teaches on Mormonism:
[H1]: Links provided once we record the podcasts.