Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Mortal Messiah, Book 1, by Bruce R. McConkie

The best biography of the Savior is James E. Talmage's Jesus the Christ, but it deals primarily with the mortal ministry of the Savior. McConkie has expanded the scope, writing a biography of Christ from the creation to the end of the world.

That alone is fairly ambitious. In my opinion, McConkie goes beyond "conscientious" into "overkill" range, with the inclusion of every possible piece of information applicable to the life of Jesus. This book contains a 180-page section of succeeding chapters with titles like "Jewish Worship in Jesus' Day," "Jewish Sabbath in Jesus' Day." Et cetera. The frequent detours from the actual thread of the Savior's actions makes it hard to stay engaged. Luckily, it appears I'm past the worst of it. From here on out in the series (two books down, four more to go), it should be clear sailing.

Rating: five out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.

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