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Joseph Smith The Prophet

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  1,891 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews

Here is the printed version of the "Joseph Smith tapes."

More than all else I have written or recorded, these cassettes have engendered a return wave, international in scope, of responsive letters and comments. Apparently we live in a new era of catch-all listening: the padded earphones of the "Walkman," the car-cassette playback, the ever-faster computer access to ever-la

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Published (first published 1978)
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Rich Mccue
Jan 23, 2012 Rich Mccue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I believing member of the mormon church I loved this book, but after reading Richard Lyman's Rough Stone Rolling, it's obvious that Truman Madsen decided not to delve in to the less faith promoting details of Joseph's life. The book does a great job of promoting the image Joseph Smith that the LDS church teaches, but is leaves out major themes and incidents from Joseph's life that. I'd recommend Rough Stone Rolling for anyone interested in a more historically accurate look at Joseph Smith's l ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, biography
These lectures ought to be titled: Joseph Smith the Hero. By the time Madsen is done painting his portrait, the Mormon Prophet seems more a Greek statue than a human.

When I was a green LDS missionary in rural Maine, my trainer introduced me to this collection of lectures. We listened to them as part of our morning study. My mission boundaries included the birthplace of Joseph Smith, and the town where he had a famous leg operation as a boy. So I was primed to relish these lectures.

Madsen is cand
Todd Lemmon
May 27, 2011 Todd Lemmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith was not quite complete until I read and listened to this several years ago. I drove a truck and wore out the tapes. The experiences and life of the prophet are captured in a way only Brother Madsen can do it. Both he and Joseph Smith are legends in church history. I know without reservation that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Reading the book will only strengthen your resolve to be more Christlike, appreciate what the prophet went through to rest ...more
Feb 13, 2009 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book given to me by a wonderful friend for my birthday. My father is good friends with Truman and so I took interest in reading Truman's writings. I loved reading the lectures on Joseph Smith. It truly brought Joseph to light and provided many quotes by the Prophet that I had not heard before. I enjoyed how he broke down the spiritual gifts the prophet had possessed and also the personality traits of the prophet. The other part that I enjoyed is that the book is full of footnotes ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book overall as it had some very interesting quotes in it; however, Madsen's approach to Joseph Smith ends up being (for lack of a better way to say this) quasi idolization of the prophet. When he continually says things like "Joseph was the life of the party", or praises Joseph Smith for his physical strength, the credibility of this book diminished. Is it important for a prophet of God to be "the life of the party"? How is this relevant to any prophet's calling and mission?
A really great book that contains oodles of information about the Prophet Joseph Smith. The writing style is easy-going-- not sterile research language-- and all the great little insights and tidbits from the Prophet's life helped me visualize him as a real person. The only flaw I found with the book is that it couldn't possibly hold as much information as I wanted. When I would read about a particular experience or quotation from Joseph Smith, I would wonder, "Well, what happened then?" or "Wha ...more
This is a profound book about Joseph Smith. It captures, better than any other book I know, the greatness of Joseph Smith and his largeness of spirit. The reader learns insights into his character traits and personality.

Outside of Mormon circles, there is often confusion about how Mormons view Joseph Smith. It's certain that we do not worship him. Rather, we revere him as the first prophet of the latter days. We revere him for having restored the full gospel with its saving ordinances. In the b
Feb 20, 2016 Kassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read the book several years ago and loved it. I recently listened to audio version with Truman Madsen giving the book as a series of lectures. It was even better than reading it.
Sep 24, 2008 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book recommended by my dad and was pleased with the insights and testimonies presented by Madsen. It is not an exhaustive history of Joseph Smith (nor does Madsen present it as such) but reviews/discusses various roles in which the prophet was called to serve in his lifetime. In the introduction, Madsen states that we still wait for the "definitive" work on Joseph Smith. IMO, Rough Stone Rolling has come as close as anything to meeting that challenge. Madsens's book certainly accompl ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, book-group
This book about Joseph Smith began as a series of lectures at BYU education week and because of so many requests to have it in written form, Truman Madsen took the recorded version of this talk and turned it into a book. This was an amazing book about Joseph Smith and made me love and admire him as a prophet and man even more. I love that in the forward to the book, Madsen says that the depths of Joseph cannot be plumbed. He was taught by God and the things he knew and understood can't be neatly ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the lectures, you will like the book better. There are several little inaccuracies in the lectures, quotes that aren't quite word for word, etc. He fixes all those in the book, great read, great reference.
Nov 30, 2008 Daren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not as technical or in depth as could be, but Truman Madsen excells because you can sense the love he has for the prophet and feel that he wants to share and instill the same for the prophet in the listener.
Jul 25, 2015 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the request of a friend (about a year ago). I like Truman Madsen (he was a good guy) but this is NOT a good bio on Joseph Smith. It's very "Chicken Soup for the Soul" in it's prose. It only highlights (and does it EVER highlight) the happy, rainbow-ish version of Smith. I suppose that is fine if that is what you are looking for, but don't call this a biography. It is not. History, for better and for worse, is a lot more nuanced...and downright MESSY!

Too much popcorn popping
Nov 11, 2015 J.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons or LDS, revere Joseph Smith as a modern-day prophet. In 1820, at 14 years of age, he took the Bible's advice and asked God for enlightenment regarding his confusion over the many churches, religions, and doctrines. What followed was a vision of God and Jesus Christ, the translation of additional scriptures to join with the Bible, and the establishment of a Christian church which has enjoyed exponential and worldwid ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Jennefer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! I learned so much about the prophet Joseph Smith, facts about his life, his true character and his understanding of his divine calling. My testimony was reconfirmed that he was not only a prophet of God, but truly one of the greatest men to ever walk the earth. For all that he endured for this testimony, my adoration and appreciation is too great to even describe. There is no one who has studied the life of Joseph Smith more in depth then Truman Madsen and you can feel his ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds, biography
3.5 stars

I listened to the recording of these lectures given by Truman Madsen in conjunction with reading the published work. It was interesting to note the instances where his words were rearranged or left out completely for the sake of clarification, correction or simplicity. For the most part, the omissions were understandable, but there were a few instances where his comments were charming or informative, and I would have liked to see them in written form.

This is not a catch-all biography of
Jun 11, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is soul-changing. I honestly couldn't put it down! I loved how Madsen opens these lectures by comparing his study of the prophet to a window and a landscape. So many people have focused on the window--the surface of the man--but what's more important is what we see through it. I found that after reading this book, I was able to not only see Joseph Smith for the amazing man and prophet he was, but that through him, I could better see and know Jesus Christ.
Jul 22, 2013 Andre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I have always been impressed by Dr. Truman Madsen's writing and speaking and this book just confirms that he was one of the LDS Church's greatest scholars. He loved the prophet Joseph Smith and this biography stands in living proof of that love. He brings Joseph back to life. Telling the story of a young New Englander, who spoke with God and Jesus Christ and was prompted by them to bring about a restoration of Christ's Church on earth in 1830 in upstate New York. It follows his journey through K ...more
May 29, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a faith-building book. It is not a biography in the sense that it provides a full story of Joseph Smith's life. It provides stories and anecdotes that are meant to inspire. It is a good compliment to Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman. Bushman's book provides a far completer biography, that makes Joseph appear far more human. The two books together ate enjoyable.
David R. Pinegar
Apr 19, 2016 David R. Pinegar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more. Not that I disliked what I read, but I wanted more: more length, more details, more depth. I have read and listened to Brother Madden's accounts of the lives of modern prophets and enjoyed them. I guess I was looking for something more in that vein.
Kurt Brown
Apr 28, 2014 Kurt Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read! Madsen does a nice job of showing the non-religious and 'every-day' side of the man. Dozens of great anecdotes from journals, etc that I had never heard before. I couldn't put it down.
Jul 24, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Good book. Well spoken and i even learned a bunch of new things in this one I didn't know already. Truman G. Madsen was a very spiritual speaker and was really easy to listen to and understand.
Lizzie Jones
Jan 16, 2014 Lizzie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating, there's no other way to describe it. Truman Madsen is a wonderful scholar and presents the prophet Joseph Smith in such an interesting light. Prophet, husband, father, man, kind, imperfect, impulsive, goofy, spiritual, intellectual, simple, human. I have thought many times about this book ever since I put it down. I really loved it.
Feb 07, 2015 Lyndsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, it really showed a whole side of Joseph I had no idea existed. He was truly a remarkable man, and prophet.
Aug 15, 2010 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: lds
I learned a lot about Joseph Smith that I didn't know before. Unfortunately, I borrowed this book from a friend so I couldn't highlight in it, I think I will need to invest in my own copy so I can reread it and mark in it. I especially enjoyed Brother Madsen's testimony at the end, very touching and inspirational. One of the things that I liked about this book is that it's brief. He somehow packed a lot of information in only a little more than a hundred pages. I highly recommend it to anyone wh ...more
Matt Sutherland
Nov 27, 2014 Matt Sutherland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learned a ton about the Prophet and what he taught.
Jun 24, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
This book is adapted/transcribed from eight really excellent lectures given by Truman G. Madsen about different aspects of Joseph Smith and his life. I heard the lectures on my mission and really, really liked them and wanted to see the sources for the quotations. The eight lectures can be read fairly quickly, but pondering and really understanding the depths of what is being communicated in them takes a lot more reflection.

Its an excellent book, and a powerful and meaningful tribute to the Prop
Eric Parker
Sep 15, 2016 Eric Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great view of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Really showed the character of the man himself.
I read this on the heels of a C.S. Lewis book that was difficult to follow, so I was especially grateful for a brilliant author with immense understanding that could write such an easy to follow, insightful book. I learned so much about Joseph Smith that was completely new to me. It not only strengthened my testimony of him as a prophet, but on many gospel principles that were incorporated into the book. It is so well done that I did not want to put it down. Enjoyable and enlightening.
Jul 13, 2016 Jillianbath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I completely loved this book and the things I learned about Joseph Smith! Truman G Madsen's testimony about the Prophet was so powerful, and helped mine to grow. I especially loved all the stories about Joseph and his various family members! Oh how I love this man, and his extreme sacrifice he made for this church. #TCIT
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Truman G. Madsen is a philosopher, essayist, teacher and biographer. He is emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University, and was Director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem. He held the Richard L. Evans Chair in Religious Studies at B.Y.U. He has been guest professor at Northeastern University, Haifa, and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California ...more
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