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What's new: 'Let Us Reason Together' is an inspirational, thought-provoking collection of essays about Robert L. Millet

"LET US REASON TOGETHER: Essays in Honor of the Life's Work of Robert L. Millet," edited by J. Spencer Fluhman and Brent L. Top, BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, $26.99, 414 pages (nf)

"Let Us Reason Together: Essays in Honor of the Life's Work of Robert L. Millet" is, as the title suggests, a collection of essays celebrating the work of Brigham Young University professor Robert L. Millet, who is a former Dean of Religious Education at BYU and prolific author on issues of Latter-day Saint belief.

The volume has drawn together a range of scholars from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and wider Christian backgrounds to explore topics and themes that have been prevalent throughout Millet's career and writings.

The volume is split into three sections: doctrine, scripture and Christianity. Each of these, in turn, is explored. The editors use Millet's thoughts and works as a springboard for the different authors to explore for themselves elements of Latter-day Saint thought and engagement with a wider Christian audience.

The doctrine section contains essays discussing various issues including the immortality of the soul in which volume editor Brent L. Top surveys different strands and discussions around the eternal nature of humanity. All of the essays in this section are engaging and thought-provoking.

The scripture section builds on Millet's research around the Prophet Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible and also his love and engagement with scripture. There is a range of topics covered in this section, such as commentaries on revelation and the divine principle of friendship and symbolism in the parable of the two sons, and they are intriguing and interesting.

The third section, Christianity, utilizes Millet's work with evangelical Christianity to discuss issues of interfaith importance. The article by Richard Mouw, a professor of faith and public life and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary in California, who has collaborated with Millet in various endeavors, is very interesting in framing the questions that might move this discussion forward.

The collection of 19 essays from 21 contributors is an invaluable resource to a Latter-day Saint library. It will also help people fully situate Millet's work, which has been vast and inspirational.

James Holt is a senior lecturer in religious education at the University of Chester, UK. He occasionally blogs at jamesdholt.com and can be contacted at james.holt@chester.ac.uk.