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Passing the Heavenly Gift

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Mormonism has undergone four distinct phases. The first began in 1820 and ended with Joseph Smith’s death in 1844. The second began upon Joseph Smith’s death and ended with abandonment of plural marriage, publicly in 1890 and privately in 1904. In the third phase Mormonism denounced as apostasy its practice of plural wives, marking the first time an orthodox practice becam ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Denver C. Snuffer Jr.
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
My hubby read this book and this is what he had to say.
I began this book with trepidation; concerned that Denver had gone too far in his willingness to "steady the ark of God." This book claims to be a possible alternative historical narrative based in discrepancies in dates and a lack of historical comments that support the current narrative. Although well written and interesting as a thought experiment, many readers would find that the work lacks a balance in positive comments that support the
Oct 13, 2011 is currently reading it
a heck of a ride!!!!!!!!!!! Denver does it again.
Tim Malone
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
While in a sacred place a month ago a friend asked what I thought about “Passing the Heavenly Gift.” I confess that I had not heard of the book or the author, Denver Snuffer. I assume he asked my opinion because he knows that I have reviewed similar books on my blog that focus on controversial issues facing the LDS Church. Denver’s books are not advertised. People learn about them only by word of mouth or through online reviews on sites like mine.

I purchased the book and posted on Facebook that
Caitlin  Whetten
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Liberal Mormons
Shelves: nonfiction, mormonism
Make it through all the way to end and it's a rewarding read.

First off, if this book "ruins your testimony," then you really haven't studied your religion's history very well and this was not the book to start with.

So I heard of this book through the Bloggernacle and I heard the whole story about it, so being a bit of a rebel, I decided that I had to read it. When I started it, I felt like this:

About halfway through, I was like:

And at the end of the book, I was like:


Though it's incredibly
Matthew Timion
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mormonism
Denver Snuffer Jr's "Passing the Heavenly Gift" was a pleasure to read. Full disclosure, I am a former Mormon. I do not believe in the truthfulness of the Mormon Church (nor the Book of Mormon/Bible/Joseph Smith). I read this book with that background. I did, however, attempt my very best to suspend my disbelief while reading this book. Looking at the facts while suspending my belief was an exercise that initially helped me leave the church in the first place. I felt it only fair to do the same ...more
Matthew Kern
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, theology
This was an interesting read. Mr. Snuffer puts forward a very different view of the Latter-day Saint church. He is calling for a return to what he deems as the core teachings that were originally part of the Church, but have been diluted or removed over time. He provides a good argument for many of his views with scriptural backing, however I did not find them as compelling as many of the others who have read his works. See other reviews. While I am quite skeptical of many of his thoughts I did ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Out of the box LDS history. Very good.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book with an open mind and loving heart is highly likely to leave the reader raw and exposed, and begging for greater light, knowledge, and understanding. This is as it should be.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Heavy hearted and hopeful all at the same time. Would love to discuss with friends.
Jaxon Peterson
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don't stop reading it. Finish to the last chapters and it all makes sense. ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I almost finished this book, quitting on page 462 out of 499 pages. I should have finished it, but I just lost interest.

His preface begins with, "History is comprised of pretty rough stuff. The neat contours we tell one other after the events are not actual history, but myth attempting to explain what happened in hindsight. The more important the historical topic, the greater the tendency to replace the rough, contradictory, failings of the past with an overall message of triumph or redemption."
Elaine Curry
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how to rate this book. At times I liked it a lot, and at other times it really challenged my thinking. I couldn't put it on the shelf for long when the urge was to leave it and walk away. This is the most revealing of Snuffer's books that I have read, and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. In the beginning he says something like, "if you this bothers you, put it down and walk away.... but if you choose to read it, you must read it to the end." I took him for his word and I am g ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
A couple of my children consistently went to Bro. Snuffer's study group for years and introduced me to his books 7 years ago. I tried to read 2 of them but hated them and stopped. Then they recently told me about this one that was "really interesting" but it is a difficult read because it contains little-known negative history about the Church with the caveat "if you start reading it you better not stop--finish it and it will all make sense." I read it quickly because a. the negative history fel ...more
Austin Archibald
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormonism
I appreciate new angles and interpretations, but I was pretty underwhelmed by his arguments and their supporting evidence. He has a very contrived and narrow interpretation that he seems to try and convey as "the only true and living" view of the church's history. It doesn't help that he, in other places, claims to have seen Christ and received revelations about the Church falling into apostasy. Not to mention his completely ridiculous (historically impossible) opinion regarding Joseph's polygam ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
I'm not sure I agree with everything written here . . . but it certainly made me think. Not only that, I learned something (actually, a lot of things), and that hasn't happened at church since I was in Primary, personal desire and longing for learning notwithstanding. I can't speak for everyone but this was just what I've needed for longer than I've even known I needed it. ...more
Andrew Lavin
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not sure why all the hubbub.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think it's not a book that many practicing Mormons would feel particularly comfortable reading, but I found it to be very interesting. ...more
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