Building the Kingdom

Building the Kingdom : A History of Mormons in America

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Building the Kingdom traces the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, which began in America in the early 1800s and continues today throughout the world. The book covers the church's origin and history and includes a well-balanced discussion of difficult issues such as polygamy and the modern Mormon family's struggle to balance religious traditions with the demands of the modern world. The book includes an 8-page section of illustrations. Includes chronology, further reading, and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8pp halftone plates
  • 0195150228
  • 9780195150223
  • 1,428,311

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"Tells the remarkable story of how a new religion was born, developed amid persecution and hardship, and became one of the world's fastest growing faiths... Gives great insight into Mormon beliefs and the elaborate organization of community life that is a hallmark of the faith."--The Christian Science Monitor"A well-rounded treatment that not only presents readers with the facts but also deals with questions that naturally arise... While emphasizing the strengths of Mormonism, the book also looks carefully at some of the controversies that have surrounded it... A strong resource for libraries."--Booklist"A rich and sympathetic portrayal of what for a time was America's most persecuted religious minority."--The Wall Street Journal"An engaging and accessible overview ... An informative, sympathetic introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A major strength of this book is its graceful prose."--Religious Studies in Secondary Schools"An admirable and objective history of the Mormon church... Invaluable for any reader wanting to learn something about the Mormon religion; even Mormon readers will find this book a very useful guide to their church's history."--VOYA"A clear, concise, and unbiased account of Mormon history, especially as it relates to the issue of church and state. [The Bushmans] are honest about the number of disaffected Mormons and examine problems within Mormon history, such as the relationship with Native Americans.... Serious treatment of the subject at hand in a way that makes [it] attractive for popular reading by combining text, photographs and original documents."--Library Journal Praise for the Religion in American Life series: "This series, written in a style that would be accessible to bright high-schoolers, promises to be an excellent supplement to textbooks that too often downplay the central role religion has played in American history."--Library Journal"[The] texts are concise..., engagingly written, and well illustrated.... Promises to be a lively and accessible read for anyone interested in the various human dramas that constitute America's religious journey. As religious diversity is now growing in the US, and some are concerned about what values will hold the country together, a series that explains Americans clearly to one another is something to be valued."--The Christian Science Monitor"The Religion in American Life series meets a need as we strive to educate students beyond the ignorance and confusion that often breeds intolerance."--MultiCultural Reviewshow more

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