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The Lincoln Hypothesis: A Modern-day Abolitionist Investigates the Possible Connection Between Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth US president during a very dark time in America's history. Author Timothy Ballard explores the crucial role that President Lincoln played to bring this nation closer to heaven. Readers will see Lincoln as a man inspired of God who invoked a covenant relationship between America and its makernot unlike the national covenants invoked by ...more
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Published May 12th 2014 by Deseret Book Company
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Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Thoroughly enjoyed this one! I think I'm going to start calling this the "Year of the Lincoln." While this book is speculative (only documents that we can try to connect the dots with) it still was packed with goodness. Author Timothy Ballard speculates Abraham Lincoln's relationship with the LDS church as well as his spirituality and his views on the spiritually damning institution of slavery. Also some pretty killer miracles that happened during the Civil War.
The author says, "perhaps the
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
In this book Timothy Ballard asserts that Lincoln not only read the Book of Mormon, but that it was perhaps the most important document that influenced his political thinking during the Civil War. I began this book as a skeptic, and left unconvinced of his theory.

In addition to Ballards claims about Lincoln and the Book of Mormon, he asserts that the United States was formed under a covenant with God to preserve liberty, especially religious liberty. What Ballard fails to mention is the federal
Linda Hart
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a simply amazing book! I enjoyed it so much and learned so much that two days after completing the audio version I listen to it again ! I then ordered the hardbound copy, which I am currently reading along with the author's other book, "The Washington Hypothesis." LDS readers will gain some new insights and non-lds readers will find this a fascinating historical perspective and an interesting hypothesis. It is the subject matter and the historical events presented in the book that make ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read many, many books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. I am a Latter-day Saint also and have studied and taught LDS history and doctrine for the last twenty years. Reading this book reminded me of a comment a colleague made after a recent symposium talk we attended. The speaker made some very compelling arguments and offered some intriguing possibilities. As we drove away, I asked him what he thought about the presentation, and he said something like, 'A lot of what he said was good ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american-history
The reason I read the book was out of curiosity. Having been LDS myself, I was quite interested in seeing how the Book of Mormon would possibly fit within the story of Lincoln and the Civil War. It wasn't too bad, when taking in mind this was only a thesis. The author takes us along on his journey of discovery, and while there were many interesting parts, most of the evidence was indirect and circumstantial, and thin at best. Even though Lincoln checked out a copy of the Book of Mormon, and it ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I typically don't consider myself as one who enjoys history. Perhaps I've been reading the wrong books. This book was fascinating. Lincoln, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon in a light I've never considered before. Lots to think about. Tim Ballard is a modern-day abolitionist. Inspired by Abraham Lincoln he does a great work rescuing victims of sex crimes. Will definitely read his next book.
James Badger
Dec 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
What an awful assault on established methods of research and logical argument. Ballard seems to think that personal anecdote, speculation, claims of personal spiritual experiences, metaphor, and flimsily-drawn connections count as sturdy evidence. After making his inane argument, he claims that, "Much of this information is substantiated and corroborated." Where was this done? In a separate book, perhaps? There is absolutely no convincing evidence offered in this book whatsoever.

After assembling
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
The concept and premise of this book is intriguing. Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith are fascinating figures and as a Latter-Day Saint it is exciting to contemplate Lincoln being impacted by the Book of Mormon. The author was clearly passionate about the subject and the book was well researched.

The low rating came because I found the writing style infuriating. Take me from A to B in a logical way. Don't tell me about B and get me excited about hearing about B only to reveal that you need me to
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about the Book of Mormon and Abraham Lincoln? Yes, please!!! While this book is founded on conjecture, the hypothesis is fascinating. Did President Lincoln actually reading the Book of Mormon that he had signed out of the Library of Congress and had in his possession for 9 months? The evidence laid forth in this book doesnt make it absolutely certain, but one would have to draw that conclusion amongst the staggering amount of data and documentation. I am always amazed at the massive about ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Lincoln has always been my favorite whether Ballard's hypothesis is correct or not, I believe Lincoln was placed where he was placed to do what he did.
I would like to read a book about Ballard's current work fighting slavery.
Drew Johnson
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writing is hokey but subject matter is powerful. Ballard makes a compelling case Lincoln viewed his role and duty as president as fulfilling a covenant relationship with God. While it isn't politic to discuss in today's environment, Lincoln's references to his calling by God to deliver the country out of the sin of slavery is clear. After the Gettysburg address, with extensive references to God, the audience said amen instead of clapping.

Further, the circumstances with respect to Mormons is
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all, I have to say that I really respect Timothy Ballard for the great work that he does to rescue children who are caught up in sexual slavery. The work of Operation Underground Railroad is so important!

I wanted to love this book, but it was hard for me. I found many parts of it to be far too repetitive and dry, so I did a fair amount of skimming just to get through it. There were certain parts which were inspiring, and I appreciated the "connections" between Joseph Smith and Abraham
Amber Spencer
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of books that speculate. I honestly don't even know what made me get this book from the library AND read it.
But once I started, I couldn't stop. This book is not so much about Lincoln reading the Book of Mormon, but about the covenant of a covenant people on a covenant land with God. And the God of this covenant land is Jesus Christ.
I thought I'd have a hard time with this, but ended up loving the insights and, more importantly, the desire to stand up for freedom and liberty and
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Lincoln Hypothesis is an incredible book! Not only did Lincoln check out a copy of The Book of Mormon from the Library of Congress during his presidency (and during the bleakest part of the Civil War), there is much evidence that is presented in this book that he actually read it (or parts of it) and believed its message! Some of this is conjecture and speculation by the author, but he explains his reasoning in a convincing way and provides much historical evidence which doesnt prove ...more
Kellie's Book List
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2018
Thoughtful, well-researched, and enlightening read. It was slightly speculative, but we were warned from the beginning.

All of the direct quotes were really what drew me in. I feel like I understand Lincoln's character a bit better now than I did before, as well as the events (and miracles) of the Civil War. Also, I feel like a lot of the evil mindsets regarding minorities are applicable to many in our country today.

As a nation we began by declaring that all men are created equal. We now
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
There are so many things I loved about this book! Finding out that Abraham Lincoln checked out the Book of Mormon from the Library of Congress, had it in his possession for months, returned it, then issued The Emancipation Proclamation. For those who believe that America is a promised land, and land of liberty, even a land of covenant, this is amazing information. This is the tip of the iceberg, and I could go on.
For a brief synopsis of the book, read this article from the author by clicking on
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It wasnt all speculation, like I feared. It had so many facts. I love reading most stories about Abraham Lincoln and his presidency. This book made me love him even more. I enjoyed learning that he had checked out the Book of Mormon from the library of Congress, and had it for a long while after his son passed away. I also enjoyed looking at him in a different light, comparing Seward and him to Hyrum and Joseph in some aspects, standing up for what is right, and what ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reading brought a whole new light to the situation our country was in during Lincoln's administration and the heavy responsibility that was his. It caused me to consider beliefs in a way I'd never though about before. It was my first book by Ballard and I look forward to reading his other books. Quite fascinating reading!
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ive read several books on Lincoln but none with the focus and energy this one had. It was an awesome book.

Between this and The Washington Hypothesis I used almost a whole can of Book Darts. I feel closer to knowing the heart and soul of both of these American leaders and feel a much deeper sense of regard for them.

So glad I read these books. Kudos to Timothy Ballard for researching, discovering, and writing both books.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tim Ballard is not a polished writer ... he is an abolitionist. I agree with many of the reviews I read that his style of writing was hard to get through in some places. The material he covered on the other hand was inspiring. Lincoln is a favorite of mine. The more I learn about him the more I feel inclined to honor him. This book was the crown of all other books Ive read. Loved all the connections Ballard made that I hadnt put together before and I loved the personal stories he injected. I ...more
Kathy Hyde
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting and thought provoking. I have never thought of the Civil War in the light of a Book of Mormon battle. I dont know why, because it makes so much sense. Ballard has great sources, well researched. I felt his writing style and tone was a bit simple and chatty compared to the subject matter he was presenting. Want everyone to read it. ...more
Teresa Harding
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Seriously worth the read. Excellent job making sure it's clear that this is not all grounded in provable facts, yet he then proceeds to give so much proof it is incredible. There are very few books I give 5 stars. This is one! Well done!
Lindsey Sanders
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot about Lincoln and the civil war from this book. Definitely a subject I want to learn more about. Very interesting to read about Lincoln from an LDS perspective.
Stephan van Velzen
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me so incredibly sad. I believe every word of it. Unfortunately, since the book was published, The United States have drifted miles upon miles away from the American Covenant, as described by Timothy Ballard.

It is unlike me to write long reviews, but I'd like to edit this review and write down some of my thoughts to explain why I believe the above. Warning: this will get political!

The Lincoln Hypothesis never quite goes into detail about the American Covenant (Ballard actually
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, I didn't care for his writing style, a bit wordy. I liked what he had to say though, and after reading team of rivals, it is obvious the change in Lincoln and his devotion to God half way through his first term. He clearly was guided by God or could not have done what he did. This book is a reminder that our nation is protected by God when we keep God's commandments. Makes me nervous about our future as a nation.
Andrea Cramer
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved learning about Lincoln and his spiritual gifts!
4.5 stars -- I finished The Lincoln Hypothesis in one sitting. Once I started reading, I was intrigued and didnt want to stop. The authors life experiences and study give him a unique perspective on the subjects discussed in this book.

While I am not a scholar of US history, I do enjoy reading about it. However, I have never before considered Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War quite this way. I enjoyed the writing style and voice of the author. My curiosity and the presentation of events kept me
Max Evans
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I first heard about this book as a review and I thought it might be interesting, but didn't want to pay for it. Wrong. I saw someone at Church reading this book and asked if I could borrow it. I read about half way though the book and bought my own version of it.

The amazing thing about this book is that it's written in a way that I usually hate. This a book that talks about the importantce Book of Mormon, which is alright, but he uses personal experiences to highlight why he thinks it's
Julie Carpenter
Ah, the first part of my review was deleted, my crazy phone.

I really enjoyed this book about Abraham Lincoln and the ideas and hypothesis of Timothy Ballard. Whether you agree with his hypothesis fully, just parts of it or not at all this is still an amazing read.

I know I want to learn more about President Lincoln after reading this. I have always loved learning about Lincoln and admired him and all he did for our nation.

Some other books recommended to me about Lincoln that I want to check out
Christian Petrie
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
For the first that I can remember, an author is up front saying you might or might not believe this story. He admits his case would not hold up in court as it is circumstantial evidence and depends on how you can infer the information. This is a breath of fresh air to hear. With knowing this, how good is this book?

The first item to get out of the way is this book has religious overtones to it. If you are not religious, you might be put off by this. The second part is that it religious on the LDS
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TIMOTHY BALLARD graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish and political science, then went on to receive an MA (summa cum laude) in international politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as well as an agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He is also the author of The American Covenant: One Nation ...more

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