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Joseph Smith the Prophet Hardcover – August, 1989

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Truman G. Madsen received graduate degrees in philosophy and the philosophy of religion from the University of Utah and Harvard. He served as the director of the Judeo-Christian Studies Center at BYU and as director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is widely recognized as an expert on the life and teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brother Madsen, who passed away in the summer of 2009, was a prolific author who is also known for his memorable audio and video presentations on a variety of gospel subjects. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Bookcraft Pubs; First Edition edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884947041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884947042
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Evans VINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Truman Madsen here draws on a deep well of primary (and other) sources to bring the reader to know the prophet Joseph. Madsen writes, "If my elementary shifting of documents and sharing of impressions moves others to look not simply at Joseph Smith but through him to the Master - and, with those efforts, to take a searching look at themselves - my efforts will have been more than worthwhile" (p5).

This book is the written adaptation of Madsen's famous Joseph Smith tapes, recorded from a series of lectures at BYU's Education Week. I heard these tapes when I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1994 or 1995 and was deeply inspired. A few years ago, I borrowed a copy of the tapes from my brother and had a very different reaction: I found Madsen's wildly dramatic delivery of the lectures distracting and annoying. But the stories were still powerful, so I obtained a copy of the book. I'm very glad that I did.

The book could be subtitled, "Marvelous and powerful stories you don't know about the prophet Joseph Smith and his friends," for ultimately - beyond the structure Madsen places on them - that is what the book entails. Much of the deliciousness appears in the footnotes, where Madsen gives his sources (again, most of them primary) and tells stories that don't fit in the lectures.

The book starts from the assumption that Joseph Smith is a prophet and a good man. For a more historical and thorough treatment of Joseph Smith (also by a member of the Church), try Bushman's Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling.

I found it very inspiring. It indeed led me to look beyond Joseph and the other early members to the Savior: their love for Him and for His work inspires me to seek to do and to be better.
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Truman Madsen has always been a favorite author of mine, and these lectures on Joseph Smith reinforce that feeling. I have read much on the life of Joseph Smith, but these lectures brought out several stories that I had not heard before. Madsen does an excellent job highlighting the prophetic and human qualities of the great latter day seer. One can feel the love Madsen has for Joseph Smith in his voice.

I recommend this series of lectures for those that want to learn more about Joseph Smith from a believing scholar who has spent most of his life studying him.
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Truman G. Madsen is one of the most knowledgeable and respected LDS Church lecturers one can find. Throughout his life, Madsen has lectured on Mormonism, both to friendly, and not-so-friendly audiences alike. All the while, gaining the respect of many scholars, writers and theologians.

These series of lectures present the life of Joseph Smith in a way that is both powerful and unique. From his early life, to his study of religion, to his founding of the LDS Church, to his relationships with family and others close to him, to his death at Carthage Jail, Joseph Smith is discussed in Madsen's lectures in an easy to understand format. Regardless of what you may have heard already about Joseph Smith, these lectures are enjoyable.

Nothing Madsen discusses is sugar coated here. He goes over, in detail, Smith as boy, young adult and a man. Weaknesses, strengths and everything in between. There's no question Joseph Smith was a complex individual, and many aspects of Smith's personality and character are discussed here.

I totally recommend these series of lectures to LDS Sunday School teachers, soon-to-be missionaries, and anyone else, regardless of their faith or background, who really wants to understand more about the life and mission of Joseph Smith.
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This book is full of wonderful stories of the prophet as told by early converts to the church he founded. It's hard not to believe in his divine calling after reading this book, that is unless you think he had some uncanny ability to fool hundreds, if not thousands of honest God fearing persons. I have also read "Rough Stone Rolling" so I am aware that Joseph Smith was not perfect and that some of the less than flattering details of his life have not been readily known until the explosion of the internet. This book helped me to worry less about the prophets imperfections and appreciate more his miraculous life. He did so much in such a short time with unimaginable opposition. He deserves the title "The Prophet."
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Truman Madsen writes like an Oxford Scholar. The story of the Prophet Joseph Smith was amazing. Madsen covers some of the most powerful stories of trial and trumphet in the prophets life. This is a small book and readable in a few hours, but total engrossing in its content. This is not a dry documentary about the prophets life, but describes the incredible pressures, criticism, and divine interventions that established Joseph Smith as one of America's greatest figures in history. More people around the world are awakening and wanting to learn more about Joseph Smith and I recommend this book as a great introduction.
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Truman Madsen is a treasure trove of information and testimony of the the Prophet's life. I wish I knew a quarter of what he knows. I am currently going through his second set on the life and teachings of Joseph Smith and the book Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman. It has been an amazing journey to understand the life Joseph Smith led and his strengths and flaws. The Spirit truly testifies that these things are true!
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