November 1971

“Books,” Ensign, Nov. 1971, 39


The Coming of the Lord
By Gerald N. Lund
Bookcraft, 256 pp., $3.95

In preparing this inspirational work on the Savior’s second coming, the author has two objectives: first, to inform the reader of pertinent passages of scripture and authoritative statements made by men sustained by the Church in this dispensation as prophets, seers, and revelators; and second, to present the event from a positive, uplifting viewpoint with a doctrinal background. For Latter-day Saints there are few subjects that engage the mind to a higher degree than the second coming of the Savior.

In The Coming of the Lord, Gerald N. Lund dispels anxious feelings about this great predicted event and, while recognizing the difficult times that lie ahead, relates the Lord’s words of comfort for his saints, words of instruction on how a person should prepare for the second coming with joyous anticipation. Particularly important are the conclusions drawn concerning when and how the righteous may find their security in the days ahead.

Book of Mormon Stories for Children
By George Bickerstaff
Bookcraft, 96 pp., $4.95

Following closely the text of the Book of Mormon, this first of four volumes of stories from the latter-day scripture, written and colorfully illustrated specially for children (ages 5 to 11), is simply but comprehensively told, preserving the drama, excitement, adventure, and beauty of the original.

Throughout the book, the influence of gospel principles is demonstrated by the use of appropriate analogies applicable to everyday-life situations.

Following the story of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s vision, the first volume recounts the earliest beginnings of the Book of Mormon and concludes with Lehi’s long and memorable journey across the desert from Jerusalem to the Arabian coast.

References to the original text are noted throughout the book.

The Church that Jesus Built
By Emma Marr Petersen
Bookcraft, 112 pp., $2.95

This collection of stories from the New Testament, adapted from the text of the Bible, was written to appeal to children; and while intended for the very young to encourage reading of the scriptures, it serves the needs of parents who would instill in their children a love of the Bible and an understanding of the role of the restored gospel. Simple and direct, the stories appeal to children because of their elements of human interest, such as bravery, endurance, and honor, and the consequences of the eternal battle between good and evil.

A Teacher’s Quest
By Reed H. Bradford
Brigham Young University Press, 77 pp., $1.95

Directed toward teachers, both young and old, experienced and inexperienced, A Teacher’s Quest is divided into two sections: motivations and goals, and the principles of effective teaching. Dr. Bradford, who obtained his doctoral degree from Harvard, has been a successful teacher for many years, during which he has observed and analyzed the elements that are fundamental to the needs of students and teachers. In this book he emphasizes the elements that he feels are most important in any teaching situation in school, church, or home.

Harmon Killebrew—Baseball’s Superstar
By Dr. Wayne J. Anderson
Deseret Book, 490 pp., $6.95

Sportswriters, fellow players, and baseball fans alike have great respect for Harmon Killebrew, one of the game’s greats. It is not alone on his outstanding ability on the field, but also on his performance as a man that he is measured and subsequently awarded national recognition. Top sportswriters have named him as Player of the Year and member of all-star teams. This story of his life tells of his experiences at home and in his colorful career, with all the drama of big-league baseball and the people who are in it. It tells of his early struggles, his trials and his successes and his devotion to the Church. The book is generously illustrated with photographs of Harmon Killebrew’s inspiring career.

Publishers Reviewed

Bookcraft, Inc., 1848 West 23rd South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah 84601

Deseret Book Company, 44 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111