Since my Sista’ in Zion is dissing on Sheri’s little company over at T&S, I thought I’d give them some love. It is Christmas after all, and even Ms. Dew needs love at Christmas. So, in no particular order, here are the 10 books I have read the most that are published by Deseret Book.
1. The Peacegiver by James Ferrell- It’s simple prose may be derivative of the Patrick Lencioni style of business self-help books, but the doctrine relating the atonement here to the concept of “self-deception” is very well-done and I believe has within it the power to change our theological landscape for good.
2. The Redeemer by Various- With writings from Madsen, Covey, Millet and Holzapfel, this book takes many of Deseret books best Authors and asks them all to do their best to really talk deeply about Jesus, yet in a devotional way. It’s no Blake Ostler, but I go back to the Covey and Madsen (Ann and Truman) chapters again and again
3. Jesus the Christ by James Talmage- This book, while a little dated, is foundational to understanding the roots of the LDS perspective on Jesus. Many have tried to write a replacement, but no one yet has.
4. 6 Events by Stephen R. Covey- I think Stephen R. Covey is perhaps one of the most underrated theologians in the Church. In this book he takes the best of all his theological ideas and hammers them into a magnum opus.
7. The Presidents of the Church by Truman G. Madsen- Okay, I am cheating a bit on this one, since it is audio and not actually a book (Well, it is a book, but I’ve never read it). I just love Truman Madsen, and this is my favorite of his. When I first joined the Church, I bought this set of tapes the first time I went to the Temple. I listened to them over and over again for two years. It is because of these tapes I first gained a testimony of each President of the Church, and began to know and care about who they are.
8. The Mormon Faith: A New Look at Christianity by Robert Millet- This is the first LDS book I ever read, before I even had received a Book of Mormon. While to most saints, it may just be a written version of “The 6 Discussions”, to me it was a gateway to new life, and I still open it up and enjoy Millet’s simple, clear, exegesis.
9. Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball by Ed Kimball- Definitely in the top 4 LDS biographies I’ve ever read.
10. The Savior and the Serpent by Alonzo Gaskill- Professor Gaskill’s take on the metaphorical meanings tied to the creation story, while imperfect, comes to my mind every time I go to the Temple, sending me home to take another peak and to think about it a bit more deeply.
So what are your most read Deseret Book?
*- Please note, the JSPP is not published by Deseret Book, but Church Historian’s Press. (Or whatever)