by Richard N. & Joan K. Ostling — The Mormon Church desires acceptance as a mainstream Christian Church, but do they deserve to be considered part of the broader Christian community? Perhaps the best general introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints available today.
Robert Bowman examines recent LDS-evangelical dialogue, and looks at two of the main books that engage it; Claiming Christ, by Robert L. Millet and Gerald R. McDermott, and Bridging the Divide, by Robert L. Millet and Gregory C. V. Johnson.
by Michael Marquardt — A collection and study of the original texts of Joseph Smith's revelations. Includes historical background and changes made to the revelations, as well as commentary on the significance of the alterations by contemporaries of Smith and Marquardt himself. Revelations are arranged chronologically and thoroughly documented.
The first sentence in the introduction to the Book of Mormon claims, “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.” Is the Book of Mormon an authentic ancient scripture? Is the Book of Mormon supported by the evidence of archaeology, as the Bible is?
by John L. Brooke — This book examines the evidence that the esoteric philosophical lore of "hermeticism" was a major influence on Joseph Smith's religious ideas. The author teaches history at Tufts University.
by Leslie Reynolds — While pursuing her Master’s degree in Christian studies at Regent College, the author had the opportunity to interview a number of Mormons, some currently involved in the church (of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), some in the process of transitioning out and a few who have left the church. This book relates the results of those interviews as well as giving valuable insights to the non-Mormon reader.
by Janis Hutchison — A culmination of Hutchinson’s master’s thesis, as well as a product of the many lessons she learned first-hand during her years of struggling to replace her formerly held Mormon worldview with a biblical one.
by John Krakauer, 2003, 373 pages — True story of Dan and Ron Lafferty, two Fundamentalist Latter-day Saint brothers who murdered their sister-in-law and her baby claiming they got a revelation from God to kill them. Insightful look at the Mormon and FLDS views of revelations and the dangers of revelation that is not open to critique or reason.
by Robert Lindsey — This gripping book is the best overall telling of the Hofmann forgery / murders story. It provides a candid look at the involvement of high ranking Mormon leaders in the purchasing and suppressing of documents deemed threatening to the Mormon Church.
by Grant H. Palmer — The word “Insider” in the title reflects his thirty-four years of experience as an Institute Director for the Church Educational System (CES); however, throughout the eight chapters Palmer challenges the many traditional claims that inspire members of the Mormon Church.
by David L. Bigler — After years of conflict in Missouri and Illinois, the militant millennial movement went to the Great Basin of North America, then in Mexico, to establish the Kingdom of God as an earthy state.
by Michael Marquardt & Wesley P. Walters — A meticulously documented study of Joseph Smith's early years, leading up to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the founding of what became the Mormon church.