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For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Best of all, while always smart, the book bears the indelible stamp not only of Spencer's mind but of his heart. This is not just a work of scholarship, it's a call to take seriously, once again, God's continuing invitation to consecrate our whole lives and everything in them back to him.
Spencer makes a convincing argument that the hope for establishing a Zion community lies at the center of scripture--esp. in Paul's writings and in the Doctrine and Covenants, but also in the Book of Mormon. More importantly, this book will fundamentally change the way that hope--and, by implication, faith and love--are understood.
An instant classic and game changer, time and money spent on reading and rereading this book will be richly rewarded.
Spencer writes with precision and clarity, leading even the reader untrained in theology along a clearly marked (if also highly comprehensive) argument that comes satisfyingly together in the final passages. But beyond the particular theological arguments that Spencer is pursuing, he also demonstrates how theology can be done well, particularly in a Mormon context. "For Zion" is powerful not only for what it says, but how it says it, with its openness to a broad range of sources as well as intense attention to the scriptural texts on which it is based.