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  • Series: The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol 9
  • Hardcover: 631 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co; 2nd Printing edition (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875792529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875792521
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the keystones of my "intellectual bibliography." It has changed my thoughts, words, and deeds. I cannot praise it too highly. It deserves six or seven stars!
This book is a collection of talks that circulated underground at BYU, and were finally solidified into this terrible tome. Terrible in that you get shaken to the core, and forced to stare at your crass nakedness. The book discusses the distinctions between Zion and Babylon, and why the two will never mix.
Chapters include "Zion: a distant view," "Work we must, but the luch is free," and its follow-up"What kind of work." Also, exemplifying Nibley's scintillating humor, there is "How to get rich." And the perennial "Zeal without Knowledge" is worth the price of the book.
Non-LDS readers will seee the Latter-day Saints at theri best and worst--the best dreams, ideals, and hoped that come from their religion are elaborated. And their worst shortcomes are also held up to the light in all their uglyness. This book is a gateway into the soul of what Latter-day Saints are trying to do and trying to be.
Latter-day Saints will have the perceptions of their religion burnt, melted down, and recast. You will never hold Family Home Evening again in the same way. Your sights will be lifted and your hearty renewed and set like flint back to heaven.
!!READ THIS BOOK!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gaglione1@juno.com on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Approaching Zion" is THE most powerful book I have ever read. In it, Nibley characterizes the ideological differences between Zion and Babylon -- an unyielding quest for money, power and fame verses a single-minded devotion for gaining knowledge and wisdom. He denounces society's preoccupation with gaining wealth and our compulsion to convert and measure life, trees, animals, time and earth into cold, hard cash. He shows how we as individuals use the concepts of business, career and economy as a modern day golden calf which allow us to close our eyes to discrepancies between the things we value and the things we accept and do. The cause of poverty is not over-population or idleness, according to Nibley, but greed and the desire to be better and have more than the Jones's. After we have sufficient for our needs, we cannot in all good conscience watch others suffer from a lack of the simple necessities of life. In the eyes of Nibley every one is equal and deserves equal, regardless of intellect, strength or professional status. This book is not recommended for member's of the million dollar CEO's club and is intended primarily for member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (Mormon's).
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Walsh on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read most of the published writings of Hugh Nibley and this book is my favorite. Drawing lessons from the past, Dr. Nibley shows us exactly how far we really are from the Zion ideal and what we must do to get there. And the changes required do not leave us in our comfort zone. A must read for any person truly wanting to reach a high spiritual plane. I would rate this book as one of the great classics in LDS literature. John Walsh, Editor, All About Mormons web site.
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Format: Hardcover
This is Hugh Nibley at his most personal and most challenging. Here he expresses his faith, insights, and commitment to trusting the Lord and taking his covenants most seriously. He hammers home again and again that we receive everything from the Lord and that we are blind to many of the blessings we have all around us. We refuse to take them because we are after the things of this world and are of no worth, though we have been warned to turn away from them.

Dr. Nibley implores us to begin living the Law of Consecration. He gives us no quarter. We know what it means, we know how to do it, and we know the covenants we have made. We also know the promises the Lord has made to us concerning this Law. I don't know about you, but I find this beyond what I can do understand or do in my current circumstances. Yet, I feel the need to ponder what the author is telling me and to move towards this principle of life.

These are essays and papers that were written since the 1970s. Many are published here for the first time (unless you read them as papers from FARMS). As I say, these are very challenging writings. Not because they are hard to understand, but because they are challenging in very serious ways. Dr. Nibley takes the gospel very seriously and literally. He points out to us that we have too often inverted values to our detriment. He deplores the way education has changed and that learning and thinking have been replaced by feeling and degree accumulation.

The last few essays in the book are among the most directly challenging to our present way of life. His discussion of Aristotle's notion of goods of first and second intent is wide-ranging and quite informative. The last essay on the atonement is quite beautiful and insightful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Probably no other book, outside the scriptures, has affected me as profoundly as this one.

My experience reading this book surprised me, to put it mildly. Some have complained about the repetition of the stories and examples form chapter to chapter. Get over that and absorb the subject matter. This wasn't written as a book; it's a compilation of talks given over many years. So naturally he may use some of the same stories and explanations.

From my point of view, nobody else talks about these things so convincingly and with such passion. So I was happy to read through many of his examples multiple times to help me understand what he was saying.

Be advised that this book is freely available broken into chapters from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship website hosted by BYU. (Just do a search using these words and you'll easily find it.) They are the holders to the copyright, so I guess they are happy to share. You can copy the chapter, paste it into a word document, then e-mail it to your Kindle. (Now maybe there's a way to drop a donation to them for providing such wonderful words for free!)
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