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Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman. (review). Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein. Ohio Valley History, Volume 8, Number 1, Spring Rough Stone Rolling, the award-winning biography of Joseph Smith. Some believing Latter-day Saints have found the book troublesome, perhaps mis-. Not for Tourists: Richard Bushman's Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Section and Issue. Review Essay. from PDF (Download). $ Download PDF.
Bushman's portrait of Joseph Smith gave this prophet of the restoration some much needed dimension. Far less than the relative demigod he is often portrayed as in church materials, Joseph was a man, as imperfect as every other man, and every other prophet ever called.
He had some wholly human faults that didn't help the church at times, but he was also an extremely giving and compassionate man that tried to do what he felt he should. Results were not always positive, and for much of his life, debt was an ever present noose about his and the church's neck.
I found Bushman's account to be extraordinarily even handed, full of criticism, extrapolation, and understanding. I greatly appreciated the contextual details he gave to the period, and was shocked and amazed by some things, such as how citizens' Constitutional rights could be so severely trod upon in favor of states' rights, and how early on the party system became corrupted in the U.
All LDS church members should read this book to better understand the restoration and the origins of our faith, and the man who started it all. If you would like a book that uses much speculation, and broad suppositions to try to show how human, weak, and fallible Joseph Smith and his family were, then this is the book for you. I would agree with President Packer, who spoke of the dangers of trying to prove that the prophets are only men.
Richard Bushman would definitely fit into that category. I have read through this book twice and every time I opened the book I learned something new that expanded my testimony and opened me up to new areas of study.
This is a history book. I would not recommend this to everyone. If you want a testimony of the Prophetic call of Joseph Smith, there are many other books that will instill that testimony. Once you have a testimony of that truth, this book will strengthen your understanding of how he came to be the great man that he was.
It's was an amazing journey reading this book. I got to know the real Joseph Smith, the flawed man. We've all received accounts of Joseph Smith throughout our lives. These accounts were subject to the interpretations and failings of those who gave us those accounts.
I know I based my testimony on many of those stories. This book will give you the real Joseph Smith and allow you to contrast that knowledge with what you were taught as a child. It will affect your testimony, and you will have to rebuild it based upon the new knowledge you will receive. Then, your testimony will be built upon the real Joseph Smith, and not on the highly romanticized versions you heard as a child.
It will allow you to get even closer to our faith and its principles. I'm so happy Deseret Book carries this book. I've read this book twice, and it's really helped me understand and appreciate Joseph Smith: Thanks Richard Bushman!
I hope the lesson manuals at church start to reflect this sort of history. I think it would help a lot of people who are silently dealing with hard questions. As a missionary serving in the south I was confronted with anti-mormon literature constantly from people of other faiths. I have read many books about the prophet, each finding some new aspect or insight into his life but I must say this book presents a historical perspective unlike any other book about the prophet.
Bushman does quote many other authors, even Anti-Mormons in the perspective times, but it allows for the reader to be taken back into a completely different time and understanding of America and its culture as well as an understanding of Joseph's pressures as an untutored boy rising to greatness. A sometimes hard read but I recommend the book because it answered questions for me that could only be answered the way Bushman does.
Joseph Smith was indeed a rough stone rolling and was sculpted from an obscure boy to become a mighty prophet of God. This is likely the best historical and balanced study on Joseph Smith's life in print.
Richard Bushman as a historian strives for greater historical objectivity than is available from many other works about the Prophet, yet maintains his position as a faithful member with an active testimony Bushman is a current patriarch and former Stake President.
It does not shirk from providing a comprehensive view of the Prophet, including many facets that made Joseph human. This is not the "Primary" version of Joseph's history -- those having no interest in the human side of Joseph or those unable to tolerate some of puzzling aspects of early Church history including plural marriage may be better served by other books that take a more selective approach.
However, those genuinely interested in a full rendering of the man and Prophet can find no better volume. Although some have used Bushman's biography as a scapegoat to leave the church, any damage done by this book is simply due to unrealistic expectations of Joesph Smith.
Bushman presents an honest and fair portrait of the Prophet, admitting his bias as a church member, and explores not only Smith's life through letters, journals, and the accounts of others, but discusses key doctrines of the restoration as outlined in the Doctrine and Covenants. I find the academic approach refreshing and I don't feel Bushman reveals anything about Smith's life for shock value as many others do , nor does he sympathize with anti-mormon views; rather, he builds credibility by including multiple perspectives, both positive and negative.
Ultimately, Bushman prevails because he presents multiple views of the prophet, demands for an in depth look at Smith's life, and lets the reader decide for themselves. The author is a Harvard Ph. This book presents a detailed historical analysis of Joseph Smith. The book does not seek to increase or destroy the reader's testimony.
It just seeks to tell the historical story of Joseph Smith as it happened. A must read for any believing Latter-Day Saint, but a fair warning: If your testimony is based all on the heart and nothing from the mind and nothing from rational thought, you might have a hard time with this book. However, given the historical facts, one must deal with this information about Joseph Smith sooner or later. Personally, I embrace all the truth about the Prophet Joseph Smith, and this book did increase my admiration of him, and my testimony.
It might not do that for you. I came across this book while I was estranged from the Church due to my own moral failings. I didn't see the simpleness and the complexity of the Gospel and its messenger until I had read this book. When I was first converted to the gospel, it was because of the testimony of Joseph Smith, and through the diligence of academic thought Bushman utilizes I am a trained historian myself , I became convinced again of the Lord's divine restoration.
This is a profound and complicated work sure to cause controversy with some of it's assumptions and conclusions, but I would exect nothing less written about a man whose experiences have changed the face of modern Christianity. If you have any desire to read this, it would be better to read The Myth Makers by Hugh Nibley first. He touches on similar subjects with clarity and both deep scholastic knowledge and his references are taken from his own research from original sources, not relying on the work of others as this book often does.
It will not be very long before this book is in the homes, minds, and bookshelves of the majority of Saints who are interested in learning about Church History. Rarely does a book come along that not only is true to the Historical aspect of biographies where they just tell things like it is, and that's it , but also appeals to the spiritual, inspirational side as well.
Bushman shows Joseph in his true colors as an imperfect person like ourselves, the only difference is he had a Prophetic calling. It feels like you grow up with young Joseph as he tries to figure out his place in the plan of the Father while still trying to grow up in the first place.
My favorite chapters in the book are the ones about the Book of Mormon, Moses, Enoch and Joseph, and then the one about polygamy.
No one has ever written with such clarity on such 'controversial' aspects of Joseph's life like Brother Bushman does. Out of the many hundreds of religion-related, books I have read, I would rank this as my second favorite--The infinite Atonment being first. I have felt for years that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, but I had a lot of questions about his life.
I did not feel like I knew who Joseph Smith was or why his critics attacked him. I often could not help wondering in the back of my mind if there might be some merit to their claims. Bushman has presented the facts clearly.
His research is impecable and as objective as a believer can be. He answered my questions about aspects of Joseph Smith's life that today would seem strange, or controversial. I now feel like I understand much better Joseph's talents, gifts, personality, and family.
I am amazed at the work that the Lord was able to do through him despite the chaos of the times and circumstances. I know now much more surely than before that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the doctrines revealed through him truly were of God.
The truths of the gospel that I love so much were revealed through a man who sought to do the Lord's will in all things. I see the book as a manifestation of what historians do.
They do not make judgement calls. Is Joseph a prophet? Is what he what did right or wrong? Is it all true? Not the historians problem.
Bushman just gives what happened and tries to portray Joseph through the manuscripts. I think most critics of this book are viewing Joseph as he exists beyond the manuscripts, personal Holy Ghost given testimony. History is about telling us Jospeh as a man, Church, theology, spiritual experience are telling us Joseph as a Prophet.
Michael Quinn. How should a historian depict a man's life when that man, and his religion, remain a mystery to so many years after his birth? Bushman, an emeritus professor at Columbia University and author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism , greatly expands on that previous work, filling in many details of the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and carrying the story through to the end of Smith's life.
Many continue to view Smith as an enigmatic and controversial figure. Bushman locates him in his historical and cultural context, fleshing out the many nuances of 19th-century American life that produced such a fertile ground for emerging religions.
The author, a practicing Mormon, is aware that his book stands in the intersection of faith and scholarship, but does not avoid the problematic aspects of Smith's life and work, such as his practice of polygamy, his early attempts at treasure-seeking and his later political aspirations.
In the end, Smith emerges as a genuine American phenomenon, a man driven by inspiration but not unaffected by his cultural context. This is a remarkable book, wonderfully readable and supported by exhaustive research. For anyone interested in the Mormon experience, it will be required reading for years to come. All rights reserved. Joseph Smith claimed that he was visited by an angel who gave him golden plates from which he transcribed the Book of Mormon, and he had organized a church before he was twenty-five.
His personal charisma and his administrative genius helped spread Mormonism throughout the Western United States, turning the sect into a legislative federation complete with social and political institutions. There were always those who thought Smith a charlatan and a fanatic, and, in , at the age of thirty-eight, he was fatally shot by an angry mob.
Bushman is both an emeritus professor of history at Columbia and a practicing Mormon, and his exhaustive biography carefully treads a path between reverence and objectivity, as when he investigates the phenomenon of "plural marriage"; Smith, in order to establish "a Righteous race. See all Editorial Reviews.
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Thoroughly documented this book neither attacks nor glorifies Joseph Smith but transports the reader to Joseph Smtih's time and gives him the freedom to arrive at his own conclusions. Thanks Dr. Highly informative, well-researched and thought-provoking for those interested in this religion that grew up in the American frontier of the midth century.
It deals with the personality of Smith and his family influences as well as his mysticism and his amazing organizational talent.
He was a remarkable individual with a passionate commitment to innovation and a huge imagination. His mistakes bring out his humanity, and his humility in the face of setbacks as well as his accomplishments in such a short period of time are quite fascinating. Kindle Edition Verified download. As painful as it is sometimes, God does allow us our agency and this book demonstrates the cause and effect of said agency on Joseph and his closest associates lives.
Audible Audiobook Verified download. As far as I can tell Bushman has provided a historically accurate accounting. He does not whitewash the history like some LDS historians. This is a "warts and all" history, that shows both the positive and amazing things Joseph Smith accomplished while including a description of some of his faults and shortcomings.
I highly recommend this book for people interested in LDS history. One person found this helpful. The author has presented an honest , detailed, thorough, depiction of the events, personalities, and cultural perspectives of a unique American who left a mark on history. It is told with little bias and without whitewashing, aggrandizing or vilifying and with no hidden agenda to sway opinion. Much appreciated. I applaud Mr. Bushman for writing such a well researched book.
The notes are amazing it takes 1. Some are difficult pills to swallow for active LDS members, but are nonetheless important points to discuss. JS was not a perfect person as I'm sure he would have admitted and Mr. Bushman appropriately shows the virtues and vices that JS had. Amazing book. A must-read for any Latter-day Saints or someone interested in Mormon history.
Book is really good. We'll written, however the physical makeup of the actual book sucks. I've got chunks of pages falling out all over and I've been really gentle with it. I take care of my books, so when they don't stand up to even a first read, I can't recommend it to someone else.
I'd download the book in a different format than paperback. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway. This item: Joseph Smith: