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Setting the Record Straight: Emma Smith: An Elect Lady

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Reveals the story of an extraordinary woman who lived in a trying time. As the wife of Joseph Smith, the first Latter-day Saint Prophet, Emma knew much of religious bigotry, vexatious lawsuits, and lawless brutality. She comforted Joseph in his extremities, bore his children, and wrote of her abiding love for him. Yet, as time passed and Joseph was murdered, Emma struggled ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Brigham Distributing
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Oct 27, 2013 Cami rated it liked it
Shelves: db-approved
I respect Emma and think the material was put together with good intentions, so I give it 3 stars when I think it only deserves 2. I definitely don't think "Setting the Record Straight" is an adequate title considering there just isn't enough recorded by Emma to set any record straight. The question/answer format was highly annoying. The questions were contrived and obviously written after formatting the material. It would have been much easier to read with section headings or just simple separa ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Honest and fact-based; I liked it. There is no question that Emma had a lot to endure throughout her life. The absence of any first hand journal makes it hard to draw certain conclusions about her thinking and motivations, but this book does a good job outlining her life, her conduct, and addressing (briefly) questions regarding her views on plural marriage, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the Restoration.

As an aside, the question and answer format could be irritating, as when it said "Did
Jan 04, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it
Finished this 100 pager in a morning, essentially. It's a Q/A format, 150+ citations at end, primary source quoting book. Perfect, I think, for Emma Smith. What a curious place in history she has! I felt comfortable coming to my own conclusions about her because of the lack of commentary. I guess I nixed the last star because a few citations were repeated and I'm impatient with that when the book is so short and I'm rereading a bit just 45 minutes later... I learned a lot of facts I didn't know. ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Naomi rated it it was ok
After watching "Emma Smith: My Story" which I found to be a pleasant surprise, I was interested in learning more about Emma. Unfortunately, this Q&A formatted book by Susan Easton Black proved a disappointment. None of the information was new to me. The Q&A format seemed a bit contrived, full of leading questions (and questions I would never have asked)merely tailored to convey certain information about Emma. For example, "Did Emma carry a new translation of the Bible across the Mississi ...more
Jul 26, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
I really liked that this book was based on facts and what is directly known about Emma, not on conjecture or assumption. I have always appreciated Emma and all that she went through in her life. It left me with a few questions, mainly on the issue of polygamy. Was Emma mistaken (lying) about whether or not Joseph received a revelation on this principle and actually lived this law, or did the church leaders that followed after Joseph introduce this principle and attribute it to Joseph? This book ...more
Robb Menlove
Feb 25, 2016 Robb Menlove rated it did not like it
I have to say that I was dissapointed. As one of the foremost scholars on Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo time period I thought the author would go deeper than this. I'm not sure how you can put a book about Emma Smith in the, "Setting the Record Straight" series, and only have two pages on polygamy. I thought it was much more shallow than I know Susan Easton Black is. Joseph and Emma had problems just like everyone else on the earth, but I don't think you can ignore them, and call it "Setting the Record ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
I have a great admiration for Emma Hale Smith! I recommend that anyone who doesn't know much about her, or is confused by the bad rep she is sometimes associated with, read this book!!! I was raised to beleive that she was not supportive of Joseph and his callings most of the time, which is absolutely not true! She was an amazing woman, and like everyone else, she made mistakes, but if I can ever be half the woman she was I'll be happy!
Mar 28, 2009 Jan rated it it was amazing
This is a question and answer book where Susan Black tells us everything we know about Emma. As the pioneers settled in the SLValley, a feeling of betrayal seemed to permeate about Emma and that is when the bad feelings about her began. They lasted for a very long time. I am happy that the church is now giving her a second chance. I personally love Emma and think she went through much more than I could have.
Sirpa Grierson
Apr 24, 2011 Sirpa Grierson rated it it was ok
Shelves: autobiography
Basic information about Emma, whom I must say that I both love and admire. What Susan does as a historian is present facts from historic documents and and allow the reader to decide what they think about Emma. I agree with Naomi's review that the questions were often a bit contrived, but this is a good first look at the enigma that is the Prophet's wife. I assume the other books in this series are similar.
Sep 20, 2008 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A quick, straight forward look at Emma Smith's life, written in a question and answer method. It was factual and well researched but still left me wishing that I knew a little more of Emma's motivations, feelings and thoughts. This wasn't due to the author leaving this out but rather that Emma didn't keep a journal so we just don't know that sort of thing.
LeAnne Franke
Jun 27, 2015 LeAnne Franke rated it really liked it
I have always greatly admired Emma Smith and wanted to learn more about her life and experiences. This book is an excellent starting place, it presents basic facts in an easy to follow timeline of her life and is well sourced. It's an easy read, and the more I read, the more it was affirmed to me that Emma Smith was-and still is- an elect daughter of God.
Jen Flint
Jun 16, 2008 Jen Flint rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love Emma Smith and often get annoyed when I hear others talk down about her and I wanted to undrstand more about her personally. This book was great. Quick read with straight forward answers. And with it being written by Susan Easton Black, I know that it's all accurate and true.
Apr 10, 2008 Marcelle rated it liked it
Read this book for my church book group. It was good in that she systematically answered often asked questions about Emma. It was lacking in that we all want to know more about what Emma felt, thought and did -but I can't blame this author as no one has this info. Too bad Emma did not keep a journal!
I believe that Emma Smith is probably one of the most misunderstood people in the "Mormon" Church. I enjoyed learning about her experiences and her love for the prophet, Joseph Smith. I often wonder if I would have done the same things as she did, had I been alive during the same time period.
Jun 08, 2008 Heidi rated it really liked it
After seeing the Emma Smith movie, I wanted to learn a little more about her life. This book gives the basic historical facts about Emma Smith but the author points out that there is much of her thoughts, feelings and motivations that we don't know about because she didn't keep a journal.
Jan 26, 2009 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
This is a really quick is written in a question/answer type form and just really easy to follow. I took Susan Easton Black's class on Joseph Smith at BYU. It is interesting to see how much she has learned about Emma since then. I am giving it to my 11 year old to read next.
Nov 04, 2008 Amy added it
This book wasn't what I thought, but it was very educational. It's not a story, but a Q&A. I've always been intrigued by Emma Smith. This book only gives facts-not sugar coated. Some stuff was fun to learn, other stuff wasn't.
Sep 23, 2008 Heloyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious, biography
Basic fundamental history of this remarkable woman. I was grateful for a book that answered questions many have asked. It was straight forward and to the point letting the reader draw their own conclusions.
Mar 15, 2009 Allison rated it it was ok
I was not a fan of the question/answer format of the book. I did however, learn some interesting facts about Emma. I gained more respect for her for the woman she was and the trials she faced in her life.
Nov 25, 2008 Emy rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
Susan Easton Black does a great job of providing factual info on Emma Smith. Written in a Q&A format so I had to knock it down a few stars for being on the dry side.
Mike Hanson
May 10, 2013 Mike Hanson rated it really liked it
She was a special lady with a lot of trials that we can only imagine how tough they would have been. The one neat thing was she loved Joseph and he loved her.
Aug 12, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Emma
This is a Q and A book. Susan Easton Black only uses real sources. True to her research ethic.
No new revelations, just the facts
Easy read--short
Apr 08, 2008 Rae rated it liked it
Shelves: religiosity
This is part of the "Setting the Record Straight" series. Susan Easton Black has written a concise question-and-answer timeline and "biography" of Emma Smith.
Apr 29, 2008 Annie rated it liked it
The book leaves so much still not understood about her. I liked the well documented presentation but I was a little disappointed that there was not more.
Lyndsey Kimball
Mar 09, 2015 Lyndsey Kimball rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it. It got the family discussing church history and learning more about Emma. Really liked the fact based information.
Feb 21, 2009 Sara rated it liked it
I read this book in 2 sittings. Most of the information I already had known but there were a couple of discoveries .......
Jul 26, 2008 Delaney rated it really liked it
This is a really staight forward chronilogical representation of Emma's life. Very quick read. Not too in depth, but insightful.
May 19, 2008 Jana rated it it was ok
I thought the book was insightful. The book had facts that I ready knew from reading other books about Emma.
Jul 07, 2011 Dora rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for the format of this book. It listed questions and then answered them.
Feb 15, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-based
Question and answer format book about Emma Smith.
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