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What's new: '500 Little Known Facts about Joseph Smith' is a fast, accessible read

“500 Little Known Facts about Joseph Smith” proves to be a fast, accessible way to learn more about the Prophet Joseph Smith.
“500 Little Known Facts about Joseph Smith” proves to be a fast, accessible way to learn more about the Prophet Joseph Smith.

"500 LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT JOSEPH SMITH," compiled by Wayne J. Lewis, Jana Lee Cox and Lee Nelson, Cedar Fort, $17.99, 288 pages (nf)

“500 Little Known Facts about Joseph Smith” proves to be a fast, accessible way to learn more about the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Many books on the life of Joseph Smith contain long prose and chapters exploring his life in detail, requiring a long time to read. Instead, this book provides an overview of his life in an easy to read format.

This is a book that can be read cover to cover in a short period of time, but it also lends itself well to being studied over for a longer period of time. The book includes of a wide variety of quotes and facts organized into different sections, allowing readers to quickly pinpoint certain areas of the Prophet’s life that they wish to know more about. However, readers can also read the book cover to cover and find it an enjoyable read.

Authors Wayne J. Lewis, Jana Lee Cox and Lee Nelson did a great job of finding interesting quotes from a variety of sources that may have been overlooked in other books on the Prophet’s life. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is that it gives perspectives on the Prophet by many contemporaries who were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These quotes give an insightful look into the Prophet’s life.

This book promised to share facts about Joseph Smith that many people do not know and lived up to that promise. The book explores a variety of topics ranging from how many angels Joseph saw to what American scholars have since written about the Prophet to quotes from his own letters and journals and the insights from his contemporaries.

The vast amount of material covered in this book and the user-friendly way in which the book is written makes it an excellent resource to use while preparing for lessons in church or family home evening lessons.

While these facts and quotes can be found individually in hundreds of other books, this collection is unique because all of them are compiled into one book. That makes this book a great addition for those seeking to know more about the beloved Prophet.

Danica Baird is currently attending BYU and is pursuing a double-major in English and journalism.