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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: John Whitmer Books (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934901024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934901021
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Newell G. Bringhurst, PhD, recently retired from twenty-five years teaching history and political science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where he and his wife Mary Ann live. Newell is the author or editor of numerous books, including Saints, Slaves and Blacks, Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century, and Reconsidering No Man Knows My History, and The Mormon Quest for the Presidency.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badger on May 2, 2011
Since coming across Steven Shields' excellent Divergent Paths of the Restoration, I've become interested in the various Latter Day Saint churches. For the record, I'm a former member of the LDS church. Growing up, the only other Latter Day Saint church I even knew about was the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as the Community of Christ. Later on, I came to know about the existence of the Fundamentalists, especially in Colorado City. As for the others, I knew very little about them.

This book is especially valuable, since it covers lesser known sects of the Latter Day Saint movement. There are a couple of excellent articles on the Cutlerites. The article on Fundamentalist Mormons is written by Anne Wilde, herself a plural wife. The article on the Bickertonites, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ (headquartered in Monongohela, PA) is written by a member of that body. There are also articles on Strangites and how many of them ended up in the RLDS church. Finally, there is article on a recent schism within the Community of Christ (RLDS church), namely the Restoration Branches movement.

It's all very interesting and should be read by all interested in the history of the Latter Day Saints, especially by those who have an interest in the lesser known Latter Day Saint groups.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 23, 2011
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Newell Bringhurst is also the author/editor of Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer's Life, The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy (Volume 1), Black and Mormon, Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century, etc.

In his Foreword to this 1007 book, Steven L. Shields (author of the extremely useful book, Divergent Paths of the Restoration (A History of the Latter Day Saint Movement)) writes, "The Latter Day Saint movement is a richly woven fellowship of wonderful diversity... Over the 150 or so years since Joseph's death, there have been at least 400 different expressions of the little church that began so humbly..."

The editors state in their own Introduction, "As of 2007, the number of distinct Latter Day Saint groups large enough to field an active congregation is estimated to be approximately eighty. Such schism has resulted in a literal 'scattering' of the latter Day Saints geographically, organizationally, and doctrinally." They add, "There are at least four major causes of Mormon schism. The first obvious factor was Joseph Smith's failure to designate a clear successor in the event of his own demise...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Tady on April 3, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading about all of the other sects (some still functioning, others, not so much) that have as their foundation a belief in Joseph Smith as a prophet and the Book of Mormon as holy scripture. The essay about the modern-day practice of polygamy, written by a woman who is a practicing polygamist (and a historian), was AWESOME, and worth the price of the book alone. I particularly liked the underlying message of her essay: the FLDS church is NOT highly though of by the other polygamous sects.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Truth Searcher on June 20, 2013
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With over 400 separate organizations calling Joseph Smith their prophet and 80 still meeting, this book outlines the history of a dozen or so of the big ones. Some started big and have gone away, some are hanging by a thread, some of have grown. This is a collection of essays, so each chapter has a unique and different approach to their topic or subject matter. Most are well written, a couple put me to sleep. But glad I have this in my library.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2009
I was introduced to this book a year or so ago and I finally got around to reading it recently. This book is very informative and educational. I think Bringhurst and Hamer did a great job with collecting stories and research in the creation of this great work.

It is difficult to understand why so many Mormons that come from the Salt Lake (LDS) branch simply don't recognize or even understand the hundreds of additional branches within Mormonism.

This book is a must read for any Mormon that is unaware of the different divisions in their religion.
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