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Joseph Smith the Prophet by Truman G. Madsen
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Sep 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: mormon-literature

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 accomplishes what he desires: that it will "move others to look not simply at Joseph Smith but through him to the Master--and, with those insights, to take a searching look at themselves."
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