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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Nationally Released Book Tells History Of Universe According To LDS Doctrine
Kent Larsen 22Mar00 A4

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- On the heels of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's groundbreaking book communicating common values to a non-LDS audience, a new book from a national publisher seeks to explain LDS doctrine in clear terms, free of LDS jargon and correlation. Coke Newell, who manages the LDS Church's Media Resource Development, has written a new book, "Latter Days," for St. Martin's Press, which released it to Utah bookstores this week and will release the book nationally on April 5th.

The book tries to explain LDS doctrine and history chronologically, starting with the creation and progressing through the history of the World and of the LDS Church before addressing the judgement and the life after this one. The publisher writes that "Latter Days" "explores in depth this unique paradigm of human purpose and destiny, a paradigm that reaches beyond grace, beyond works, beyond mortal religious choices and even beyond death."

Newell, a teen-age convert to the LDS Church, says he wrote the book to provide a "faithful look from a different perspective." Because he is a convert, Newell says that he is able to explain LDS doctrine and history from a non-LDS perspective, while maintaining the knowledge and understanding that only a member can have. Newell emphasizes that the book avoids LDS jargon and is not 'correlated' for an LDS audience.

An 'eighth-generation' westerner, Newell grew up in remote Colorado, seven miles from the nearest paved road. At 18 he read the Book of Mormon, which became a life-changing experience for him. He joined the LDS Church almost overnight. After spending several years writing songs and trying to become a country rock guitarist, Newell wrote a story about a dream he had, submitted it to a story-writing contest and won -- hooking him into writing.

The publisher, St. Martins Press, is pleased with the response the book is getting so far, and is hoping to attract additional attention from the media. Newell has a website that covers the book, located at:

See also: talks to Coke Newell (undated) A2


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More about Coke Newell's "Latter Days: A Guided Tour through Six Billion Years of Mormonism" at

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