Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Beginner's Guide to Talmage {Deseret Book Review}

Do you wish you could read (and understand) the writings of James E. Talmage?

When I told my husband I would be reviewing a book about the writings of James E. Talmage he just told me "Wow, good luck with that."  I'm not gonna lie...Talmage can be hard to read!  The man was incredibly smart and his writing can often be one step ahead of my reading level!  But--I've always wanted to read Talmage.  I've tried, unsuccessfully in the past, to get through Jesus the Christ but, I've just never made it.

Now, check out this new book from Deseret Book!  It is called A Beginner's Guide to Talmage by Calvin R. Stephens.

Instead of Talmage's full books this handy guide is made up of excerpts from his writings arranged topically.   With an introduction giving the reader some info behind the writings of Talmage and a great Life Sketch section that gives you some interesting historical data behind the man himself this new book has a common sense approach to reading Talmage.

Sections/chapters are:
1.  The Plan of Salvation
2.  The Godhead
3.  Jesus the Christ
4.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ
5.  Mortal Probation
6.  Satan is an enemy to God and Man
7.  The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times
8.  Church Government
9.  Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel
10.  Missionary Work
11.  Scriptures
12.  Responsibility of the Covenant People

Each chapter has pulled references from the Articles of Faith, Conference Reports, The Great Apostasy, The House of the Lord, Jesus the Christ, The Parables of James E. Talmage, The Story and Philosphy of Mormonism, and The Vitality of Mormonism

Each reference gives a subject heading to help the beginner like me have a better idea of what subject in that section I am reading about.  Voila!

The actual writings of Talmage have not been diluted in any way...the book has just been rearranged to allow for easier study!

Do you want to study the writings of James E. Talmage too?  It's easy to get your own copy!

A Beginner's Guide to Talmage retails for $13.49 as a paperback or $11.99 as a Bookshelf eBook on

Disclaimer:  A hearty THANK YOU to Deseret Book for proving a copy of A Beginner's Guide to Talmage free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.  

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