Monday, March 6, 2017

LDS BOOK REVIEW: What You Don't Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History by Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger


Did you know...
  • Brigham Young made significant changes to the structure of the Church, most of which are still in place today?
  • Communist leaders of East Germany invited the Church to build a temple in their country.
  • Serious consideration was given to building a temple ship that would visit seaports to make ordinances more readily available to Saints around the world?
  • These facts are just a few of those you'll fine in What You Don't Know about the 100 Most Important Events in Church History, a fascinating look at nearly 200 years of the Restoration.
BYU Church history professors Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and May Jane Woodger have written engaging vignettes about our history, ranging from familiar events, such as the First Vision, the trek west, and the origin of Primary, to not-so-familiar events, such as the retrenchment movement, the political manifesto, and the beginnings of seminaries and institutes.

In 100 short chapters, you'll...
  • Discover intriguing facts about the Church you didn't know before.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the role of living prophets in the unfolding restoration of the gospel and an ever-changing world.
  • Learn more about lesser-known and even surprising events in the history of the Latter-day Saints.

For those interested in learning more about LDS Church history (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormon Church) this is a great place to start.  Having combed through numerous sources, primary and secondary references, as well as official church accounts, the authors have done a fabulous job compiling brief narrative accounts of 100 important events.  Of course they couldn't include everything, but what they did include makes for some great reading.  Despite it's size and format, the book is easy to read with lots of great information.  I'd recommend this as both a reference for gospel/church history study, but also a great book to read for pure interest.  Some of these accounts were familiar to me and others were not.  The set up of the book makes it easy to skip around for those who wish to do so.  The accounts are arranged in chronological order which is logical, allowing the reader to move through whatever time period he/she wishes.  A fabulous resource for anyone who desires to know more about LDS Church history.

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