Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism
After Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt was the most influential figure in early Mormon history and culture. Missionary, pamphleteer, theologian, historian, and martyr, Pratt was perennially stalked by controversyregarded, he said, "almost as an Angel by thousands and counted an Imposter by tens of thousands."
Tracing the life of this colorful figure from his...more
I liked the descriptions of the historical setting and Parley's life before Mormonism. I had no idea that he'd already been a missionary before he converted to Mormonism, or that such an activity as purchasing a pocket Bible and going from house to house was a common experience at the time. We certainly live in a different age now.
Parley's inner passion, persistence, and lack of tact are rather endearing. C ...more
The evenness of the authors, revealing the human side of a spiritual man, adds to the credibilit ...more
I can appreciate his wide-ranging m ...more
Finally finished this. I didn't find it spiritually enlightening or uplifting (I don't think it was meant to be), but there was a lot of good -- and bad -- detailed histo ...more
Givens and Grow bring a much needed "Rough Stone Rolling" biographical lens to a character who helped shape much of Mormon culture as we know it today (i.e., biblical literalness, millennial/zionistic fervor, missionary zeal and the 13 Articles of Faith etc.).
All autobiographies conc ...more
I have a growing interest in the history of the church. The claims of history are essential in coming to believe in the church. There are many miraculous aspects to our history.Beginning with the First Vision ri ...more
I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in it perplexed by early Mormon history. The more perspectives I read, the better I comprehend the context and necessity of nineteenth century Mormonism. Reading about Elder Pratt was a special experience and a good counter to the equally masterful but stylistically different new Brigham Young bio.
I hope this ...more
This very detailed biography is a great way to learn unvarnished church history. I read Pratt's autobiography years ago, but this expands upon that quite a bit. I got a much better sense of the inner conflict between his desire for time with his growing family and his desire to spread the good news of the Restoration. I gained a better appreciation for his sheer brilliance and huge contribution to Mormon thought.
I thought this was a good book on early Mormon history. However, it was very difficult for me to understand the concept of Parley P. Pratt being so driven by missionary work. He would leave his multiple wives and children penniless and be gone for years upon years preaching the gospel.