- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 2nd ed. edition (June 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252062914
- ISBN-13: 978-0252062919
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith 2nd ed. Edition
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My only criticism of the book is that is that in the first third, which covers the origins of Mormonism, it seems to suspend any critical thinking and to simply accept Joseph Smith's version of events. This is rectified during the rest of the book which does not defer to Smith or Brigham Young, but treats them with the scrutiny that should be afforded historical figures. I also wished that the rise of Mormonism had been put in context, rather than simply seen as inevitable. But these are small quibbles with a very compelling book. Emma was an intelligent, kind and courageous woman caught up in an extraordinary moment in history. I loved getting to know her and was sad to close the covers when her life, and the book, ended.
Generally accepted as a pathbreaking book, "Mormon Enigma" rehabilitated the image of Emma Smith as the obstinate and faith-shirking figure that had long held sway among the Mormons and at the same time debunked the image she enjoyed in Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now the Community of Christ, which she joined in 1860. In that tradition she was "holier than thou," a good samaritan who faithfully discharged her responsibilities to ensure that her son, Joseph Smith III, became president of that dissident group. In both instances the result was positive. The book placed Emma Smith into an interpretive framework which taught Mormondom much about its trials and sacrifices, triumphs and tragedies. The work made possible, along with other historical workds, a major reinterpretation of the formative period of Mormonism.
This book is must reading for anyone who even pretends to be well-versed in the history of Mormonism. Buy it, read it, pass it on to your friends.
Without resorting to theological conclusions or endorsements, Mormon Enigma presents the difficutlies associated with Emma's marriage to the charismatic religous leader, Joseph, and gives insights into the turmoil that accompanied her throughout her life. Her opposition to polygamy, ridicule by Joseph and his companions, and her influence on the evolving culture of the church are all well discussed.
A reader's perspectives and beliefs can be challenged, but the integrity of the authors cannot. A highly recommended read for those interested in the history of the early Mormon church.