I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn the truth about polygamy. 2. I have since moved on from the church, initially prompted by coming to grips with this polygamy issue, which opened my eyes and mind to being receptive and willing to look into other aspects of church history and doctrine and practice that were different from the correlated version I had been taught. I had always heard about polygamy but honestly never understood any of the details and certainly did not realize it started with Joseph Smith, not with the crossing of the Plains and the pioneers. View a wide selection of Books: Religious and other great items on KSL Classifieds. An honest and successful attempt to tell the stories of these extraordinary women. As a leading woman of early Mormonism—a poet, female activist, secret polygamous wife to Latter-day Saint (LDS) church founder Joseph Smith, and later a wife of Brigham Young—Snow seemed significant enough to warrant further attention, even though much had already been written about her. The "sacred loneliness" refers to Smith's promise of salvation combined with the solitude of the forsaken multiple wives. Valuable for both lay readers and scholars, this is recommended for public and academic libraries with good collections in history and women's studies. My interest, among other things, was Eliza R. Snow’s pioneer diaries, housed in the Huntington’s impressive document collection. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Paused You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Paused You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. 4.0 • 1 Rating; $8.99; $8.99; Publisher Description. Learn more. Others stayed in the Midwest and remarried, while one moved to California. Follow the author Todd Compton + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. In Sacred Loneliness The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Todd Compton. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. Amazing to get to finally understand and unpack that item I had on my shelf all these years. These were passionate relationships which also had some longevity, except in cases such as that of two young sisters, one of whom was discovered by Joseph’s first wife, Emma, in a locked bedroom with the prophet. Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015. No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men, Formerly at UCLA and now the editor of Mormonism and Early Christianity, Compton has compiled a meticulously researched and masterly study of Mormon Joseph Smith's 33 wives. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. They went through all the beginning years of the Mormon church and suffered the consequences. The unspoken poverty in our culture is a poverty of spirit, a real hunger for what the West has forgotten: that not just individual life but all of creation is sacred. With a full chapter for each wife, an detail from both before and after their lives with Joseph, this book was eye opening to say the least. It was wonderful to know their relationships and personalities. Sacred Loneliness is a fitting title. To identify these women, I knew I would have to consult reliable lists of the marriages of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Joseph Smith. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirty-three women married Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. I think if the same information was covered by a completely objective third-party non biased person, it would be more critical. Eventually I concluded that a full, complete, up-to-date list of Joseph Smith’s wives would be a valuable addition to Mormon studies, and my project on Eliza Snow metamorphosed into an investigation of all of the wives of Joseph Smith, with Snow being one among many. In Sacred Loneliness The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Jeffery Johnson had published a good list of Brigham Young’s wives, and Stanley Kimball had provided a full list of Heber’s. After all, if you don't know why to marry, you won't know who to marry. Meticulously researched and written without bias or pre-conceived attempt to persuade others to feel one way or another. Please try again. Reviews of In Sacred Loneliness:. The women were strong and loving to each other. See all 3 images. So in that regard I would not call it and biased either way, if anything to me it is still a little bit biased towards the faithful perspective. The author does a good job of showing The Human Side of each of the women, as well as the positive aspects of the church and their experience in it, despite this troubling aspect. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. I was a little disappointed on some of the limitations of Compton's research on Hannah Ann Dubois Dibble and some of the other more controversial extramarital relationships of Joseph Smith, Jr. Expertly researched and the most informative book on the topic. Sufi teacher and author. Todd M. Compton, Ph.D., classics, UCLA, is the author of In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, editor of Mormonism and Early Christianity, a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Mormonism and Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism, and has been published in the American Journal of Philology, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Classical Quarterly, and the … (Smith also proposed to at least five women who turned him down.) Nevertheless, this book furthers research on these women, provides an update to Brodie, and attempts a more balanced evaluation than her book offered. In the 1950s, Stanley S. Ivins compiled an unpublished list of eighty-four women, but many of these were only sealings to Joseph after his death. Loneliness and the Sacred Web of Life. Copyright © 2020 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirty-three women married Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. Review of claims made in In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. One of the best resources available about the plural wives of Joseph Smith. See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I have copies of their journals. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 2010 Preview SONG TIME The Call of the Abyss. Todd Compton. In addition, some of the wives hinted that they bore Smith children—most notably Sylvia Sessions’s daughter Josephine—although the children carried their stepfather’s surname. Compton contends that "Mormon polygamy was characterized by a tragic ambiguity": infinite dominion in the next life vs. a social system that did not work, thus resulting in acute neglect of the wives. Amazon Price New from Used from Kindle Edition "Please retry" CDN$ 9.99 — — Hardcover … Signature Books, 1997 - Religion - 788 pages. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirty-three women married Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. One of the best resources available about the plural wives of Joseph Smith, Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017. A plenary reference and bibliography and a collection of the wives' photographs fill out this tome, making it a fascinating work. Please try again. This book is great history, Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2015. There was a problem loading your book clubs. ?Kay Meredith Dusheck, Anamosa, IA, Todd M. Compton, Ph.D., classics, UCLA, is the author of. Can't believe I never knew any of this after 25 years in the church, Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020. In Sacred Loneliness devotes a full chapter to each woman, ages 14 to 54, Smith married between 1833 and 1843. Reading this doesn’t shake my testimony which is built on Jesus Christ but it does make me wish there was far le Exhaustively researched and written. Nevertheless, for Smith himself, I could not find any definitive listing of his plural marriage partners. Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017. In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Hardcover – Dec 15 1997 by Todd Compton (Author) 4.3 out of 5 stars 73 ratings. I guess I can say, no wonder I was not told this for my first 25 years in the church after joining as a young adult. These were passionate relationships which also had some longevity, except in cases such as that of two young sisters, one of whom was discovered by Joseph’s first wife, Emma, in a locked bedroom with the prophet. 1. Index of claims. Very interesting book documenting the lives and views of the Polygamous and Polyandrous wives of Joseph Smith.