The list author says: "In the reorganization of the website (http://mormongandhi.com), I was inspired by MLK Jr.'s Principles and Steps of Nonviolence, as well as Hugh Nibley's article A House of Glory on the significance of Temples in LDS Restoration theology: Let us analyze Section 109 of the Doctrine and Covenants": ... "(verse 5) First of all, the temple is a place in which God manifests himself, a place of appointment, a meeting place... The temple is where the people come together at a particular prescribed time and place... What people? (verse 6) The answer is all the Saints in "solemn assembly." This makes them a special society which is to initiate the work of bringing all things together Â a sort of grand unifying theory toward which all the sciences seem to be looking today, bringing everything together in one. (verse 7) They are to bring their brains with them, that is the first qualification, that your brain and intellect may be clear and active. We are to "teach one another learning even by study and also by faith." Out of the best books? Where is the list? Why no syllabus? Because we are to do the seeking. It is we who must decide which are the best books and to do that we must "prove all things [and] hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We must make our own syllabus as part of organizing ourselves and preparing "every needful thing." This is what this list is all about!"
"This book was published the same year (1893) that the SLC Temple was dedicated. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian thinking. Tolstoy sought to separate Orthodox Russian Christianity, merged with the state, from what he believed was the true message of Jesus Christ, the Sermon on the Mount. Gandhi wrote that this book "overwhelmed" him and "left an abiding impression.""
"The autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, covering his life from early childhood through to 1921, when he was elected chairman of the Indian National Congress. "I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography...""
"As I closed my eyes and was passing my fingers over the books on that particular shelf, it just happened that I did feel something as I approached the middle of the shelf. I said to myself, Âthis canÂt be?Â I opened my eyes and reached for the book in question. Imagine my excitement! I opened the book and on the cover page I could read this title."
"For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other, either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into destruction."
"Fun summer reading. But behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth cconfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls. (Alma 37:6-7)"
"MLK said: Though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus and extremist for love: So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?"
"if you can't listen to these speeches on youtube, it is worth reading them in this book... Bought this book while I was waiting at the airport in Nairobi for a flight home to Norway. It was an uplifting plane ride."
"If you want to know more about Mormonism from a scholarly perspective and from someone who is not Mormon and not bias against Mormonism: this is an excellent book. I think I learned more about Mormonism by reading this book than any other book! Well done, Douglas Davies!"
"The apparent conflict between pacifistic interpretations of Ahimsa and the just war prescribed by the Gita has been resolved by some individuals by resorting to allegorical readings. Mahatma Gandhi made clear in his commentary on the Gita that it was "an allegory in which the battlefield is the soul and Arjuna, man's higher impulses struggling against evil.""
"This book led me to peace studies. Galtung was one of its founders. Born in 1930 in Norway, he definitely has challenged the idea of studying international relations without taking a normative point of view based on the pursuit of peace and justice in the world! Want to know more about the ABC triangle of conflict. This book explains it!"
"Why aren't more people reading this book?? An example of the life of a Muslim committed to nonviolence. Gandhi had a Muslim friend in Badshah Khan. But in the same way that people dismiss Gandhi, they dismiss Badshah Khan as irrelevant to the world today. Think again!"
"Why neo-liberal peacebuilding ain't going to work... Thanks to Roland Paris, we are all rethinking the kind of help one should give to nations trying to recover from the ravages of war... This book should be read in conjunction with Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine!"
"Excellent book... You think you know what's going on in the world. You read this book and you go, wow... Ok, perhaps now I get it??? In any case: SCARY reading, because a lot of it makes sense - and stresses the point that we live in the latter days."