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The Book of Mormon (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition

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Holding an 1830 first edition of The Book of Mormon can stir the souls of bibliophiles and believers alike. -- The Salt Lake Tribune, October 3, 1998

Octavo editions give readers a firsthand experience of a milestone text: each includes page-by-page views, expert commentaries, and appropriate "marginalia." -- University of Chicago Magazine, October 2004

The copy used by Octavo is in extremely good condition and contains a rare four-page index tipped into the back. --Brigham Young University NewsNet, September 21, 1998 (lead story)

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  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619492466
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 2, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TMCF5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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330 of 399 people found the following review helpful By "Lament" on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a sociologist and member of the American Academy of Religion, I find most of the reviews of the Book of Mormon not be helpful, on the one hand, and kind of curious, on the other hand. Clearly, most are from partisans (either strongly for or against) and not about the text itself or as holy writ of a significant world religion to be accorded the kind of respect one would for sacred writings of other religions.

I am among those who (many years ago) received a free copy and read it, both as religious text and as literature. It is not the kind of reading one takes lightly or for fun (altho' apparently some read it for ridicule). But then, neither does one do so for the Bible or Upanshids or Koran, etc. As religious text I found it very interesting and worthy of study, as suggested by some major religious studies scholars, e.g., the eminent Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner and a prominent professor at Harvard Divinity (whose name escapes me for the moment). I found reading the Book of Mormon to be much more akin to the Bible than to such things as Calvin's "Institutes" and other systematic theologizing.

It is something one should read for oneself rather than decide on the basis of critics or supporters. It has many beautiful poetic passages and inspiring moral sermons, like some of the best sermons I have heard delivered by a few Protestant preachers.

Is it historically accurate? Is the Bible? Who knows? But the jury is still out on both of those. However, one should not read it as a history text but as a human story, as something that portrays principles about the human condition and human society as people pursue various values and beliefs.
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67 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Semich on January 22, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a review of MacMay's version of the Book of Mormon (Kindle edition).

This appears to be the standard contemporary version of the text, but is missing the LDS chapter summaries. Also it does *not* have a table of contents and is thus difficult to navigate. For starting at the beginning and reading straight through, it will suffice. But for going to any specific book or chapter, there is no easy way to do so except for text searching. Regarding the formatting, each sentence has a title. ie, a sentence will start:

1 Nephi 2:20
20 (a single sentence)

1 Nephi 2:21
21 (a single sentence)

complete with 2 or three lines of white space between each sentence. This makes the text look awkward and interrupts the flow, but it does give the user something to search on when navigating.

Recommended only for the price; if ease-of-use and/or readability is more important to you, I suggest getting a different version.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mcc on November 19, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This doesn't have a table of content so it is extremely hard to do snything but just read from start to finish. I just deleted it after purchasing. Not worth the effort. Great book, very poor app.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
The concept behind this book is interesting, whatever else may be said of the religion for which it is sacred literature. Is it colorful fiction? Divine revelation? Was it penned (as my one-time neighbor solemnly cautioned me) by a deceptive fiend straight out of Hell? I have no idea. I found the Book of Mormon remarkably readable and light compared to most liturgical tomes and was impressed a time or two by its quality, if not by its claims. I suppose my ultimate feeling is that if The Book of Mormon makes someone a better person for believing in it, then I see it as no less valid as an item of faith than any other holy work.
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85 of 110 people found the following review helpful By John Bradley on December 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Anachronisms and racism abound in a book that in all reality has very little to do with the current LDS church. The text reads much more like Methodist fan fiction then another testament it claims to be. The sixteenth century English sticks out like a sore thumb and there are more "And it came to pass" then the actual King James version. The central thesis of the book contends to be to convince the gentiles that Jesus is the Christ. I find this to be somewhat humorous because where Jesus makes his entrance he delivers absolutely nothing new that we couldn't have gotten from the text of the New Testament. In fact those chapters are lifted in large part word from word including the 1611 KJV mistakes that would have been eliminated if Joseph was translating the book from an actual historical record. There is nothing new in the book.

The only question the book tends to answer is the major theological contentions surrounding the second great awakening. Infant baptism is condemned but most theologians who are no longer wrestling with this question because it has been thoroughly dealt with in the literature.

The predictive powers of the book are also quite telling. Predicting most perfectly all the events that had already occurred up until the time the book was published, but the book is all together silent in making any other concrete prediction except that the the world may get more evil or other banal prophecy.

I have read this book more than ten times and it has made an particular mark on my life. As the great author Mark Twain opined, “All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the “elect” have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake.
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