Thursday, February 28, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion {Deseret Book Review}

Latter-day Saints have often wished for an encyclopedic dictionary devoted to latter-day scripture, the Doctrine and Covenants in particular. This volume is exactly that. More than seven years in the making, it addresses some 850 topics — people, places, words, phrases, doctrines, historical context and overviews of each section, and much more — as it provides expansive research in easy-to-read language and format. Numerous photographs of historical documents, places, and persons, as well as maps, charts, and tables, enhance the study of the revelations given to Joseph Smith as the Lord restored his Church in the latter days. 

The entries in this reference companion have been prepared by some of the finest scholars in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: faculty members from Brigham Young University, BYU-Idaho, and BYU-Hawaii, teachers in the Church Educational System, research personnel from the Church Historical Department, and others. Contributors include James B. Allen, Alexander L. Baugh, Susan Easton Black, Larry E. Dahl, Steven C. Harper, William G. Hartley, Andrew H. Hedges, Glen M. Leonard, Truman G. Madsen, Robert J. Matthews, Robert L. Millet, Camille Fronk Olson, Larry C. Porter, Andrew C. Skinner, Brent L. Top, and Robert J. Woodford — more than 125 in all.

If you have ever desired a comprehensive encyclopedia of Church History then THIS is the companion guide for you.   Compiled by Dennis L. Largey and Lerry E. Dahl, a total of 127 authors have collaborated to prepare 850 topics that provide the reader with a simple & unique approach to better understanding the revelations found in the Doctrine & Covenants.  Each entry combines scripture with cross-references and the teachings of Latter-day prophets.  This is more than just a D&C companion though -- this is really a full history reference complete with entries that cover places, people, phrases, doctrine by topic, historical context and overview and a whole lot more!

The first section is an alphabetical reference guide by topic while the second section provides an historical overview of the Doctrine and Covenants sections 1-138.  Tie this up with a large appendix in the third section and comprehensive index at end and you have a reference guide that is easy to use.

Did I mention huge?  This book is about 2.5" thick, 920 pages and literally weighs about 5 pounds (think bag of sugar!).

This book is a real treat for the Gospel Doctrine teacher but still a handy tool for anyone studying through Church History or the Doctrine & Covenants!  I love reference books and I know I will be using this one frequently!   (I'm thinking I may need to consider adding the Book of Mormon Reference Companion to my library as well!)

Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion currently retails at Deseret Book in hardback for $50.99.  Want something lighter?  You can get this as a Bookshelf eBook for $29.99 or the hardback/eBook combo for $59.99.

Disclaimer:  I received Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion free of charge in Exchange for an honest review.  Thank you so much Deseret Book!!

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