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Five Classics by Truman G. Madsen Hardcover – October, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle Gate (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570087202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570087202
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This omnibus is destined to be the standard work on Trumanistic though for years to come. Each of these five books is a gold mine in it own right, but uniting the sticks of thought so that the become one in our hands and in our minds is sheer brilliance.
Dr. Truman Madsen needs no introduction, and like Hugh Nibley, or George Durrant has become a non-General Authority authority on matters of theology and all things Mormon. This man has a steel mind, but speaks with a soft voice, and this gentle tone carries over into his prose. I cannot say enough about this nice man who is also nice in person–I held the door open for him once at the BYU Library. A very Gracious man.
The Fantastic Five are:
ETERNAL MAN: Dr. Madsen locks horns and crosses swords with many of the current philosophies, and shines the light of the Restoration in many of the dark questions of philosophy. THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY HIGH-SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT IN THEIR SECULAR SCHOOL! You almost need a survey of philosophy class to understand this book, but the eager and industrious of any level can be rewarded with reading it.
After you read this book, get a copy of Dr. Madsen’s cassettes “Timeless Questions, Gospel Insights,” which rounds out his thought and brings the scholarship up to date.
FOUR ESSAYS ON LOVE: This alludes to C. S. Lewis’s “The Four Loves,” but attacks the question with the tools of the Restoration. Dr. Madsen discusses the sources of love, how to love and be loved (an essay on romantic/erotic love), Love at home, and tackles Human Anguish and Divine love. Not just for infatuated teenagers!
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Truman Madsen is a wonderful author with many thought provoking essays. These are books I will want to read several times over a long period. The odd thing is the Kindle version of "Highest In Us" is not exactly the same as the printed copy. The differences are not significant nor do they change the essence, but I found it very strange that some items were left out and others changed slightly.
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As always the content from Truman G Madsen is wonderful. However, it is painfully obvious that this was not reformatted after converting it to its digital format. For example footnotes are found in the middle of the text which can be very confusing
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Format: Hardcover
Truman G. Madsen is great, but do yourself a favor and buy hard copies of his work. The footnotes (of which there are many) are apparently placed based on their placement in the hard copy book--so, you're in the middle of a paragraph, and then all of a sudden (not set off by a blank line or anything) there's a number and some random footnote information. The footnote font, font size, etc. is exactly the same as the rest of the text, so this is very jarring. Footnote numbers in the text don't match the numbers on the corresponding footnotes.

There's no excuse for this--if you aren't prepared to produce a modern e-book with linked pop-up footnotes, at least spend an hour or two to move all the notes to the end of the chapter or make some reasonable formatting choice. Deseret Book should be ashamed of this, especially at this price. (Of course, Deseret Book also charges for books that are in the public domain and available free elsewhere, so it's hardly a surprise when one of their other Kindle offerings turns out to be a scam.)

As of my writing there are hardcovers of this book available for less than the Kindle price.
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This book is amazing. I re-read Eternal Man and have started the 4 Essays on Love and am excited, thoughtful, intrigued, and inspired by Madsen's writing. The content in this book is wonderful.

That said, the conversion to kindle is awful. The footnotes show up randomly breaking the text (presumably where the pages ended in the physical copy the footnotes are just scanned in as extra text) rather than linked to at the end of a chapter or other location where normal reading would not be interrupted. I'm afraid I have to recommend you pay a little more and get a physical copy or buy an electronic version from a different seller that may have done the conversion better if you want a truly pleasant reading experience, but like I said the content is great so it's definitely a good one to try and track down a version that is laid out a little better.
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