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BOOKS FOR LDS READERS

Lehi in the Desert, The World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites, by Hugh Nibley, Deseret Book Co., 40 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178; 464 pages, $16.95

LDS scholar Hugh Nibley first examined the Near Eastern roots of Lehi and the Jaredites in a series of articles published in the Improvement Era starting in 1948. The book, Lehi in the Desert, The World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites, marks the second time Nibley's groundbreaking research on Lehi and the world of the Jaredites has been bound into one volume. The first edition - minus There Were Jaredites, which Nibley didn't publish until 1956 - was released in 1952.

In this book, Nibley compares details in the Book of Mormon to what is known historically about the eras in which Lehi and the Jaredites lived. He examines their language, literature, archaeology and history, culture and politics. He deals with many issues only lightly touched upon in the Book of Mormon. For example, who was Lehi? What was his standing in Jerusalem? Where was his home? KS

Families in Danger - Protecting Your Family in an X-Rated World, by Randal A. Wright; published by Deseret Book Company, 40 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178; 144 pages, $9.95.

The same modern world that is blessing its inhabitants with unsurpassed technology is also placing the most basic of society's units - the family - in mortal danger.

In Families in Danger, Randal A. Wright examines some of these dangerous forces and cites and analyzes alarming facts. For instance, one study shows that television in the United States, over a specified period, displayed almost 20 times more "negative" social problems than it did "positive" social values.

The effect of television on families is examined in detail, as are movies, modern music and pornography. Wright, institute director at Lamar University in Vidor, Texas, also looks at the impact of peer pressure. He concludes the book with three chapters that offer practical suggestions on how LDS parents can battle negative influences in their communities and families. LW