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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Latter Days: A Guided Tour Through Six billion Years of Mormonism
Publishers Weekly pg86 24Apr00 A2
By Jana Riess

LATTER DAYS: A Guided Tour Through Six Billion Years of Mormonism By Coke Newell. St. Martin's, $24.95 (288p) ISBN 0-312-24108-9

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- In an unusually harsh review, Publishers Weekly called "Latter Days: A Guided Tour Through Six Billion Years of Mormonism" "poorly written." But the magazine did credit Newell with a novel approach to his subject, clearly communicating an insider's view of Mormonism.

Latter Days uses a chronological approach to focus on distinctive LDS beliefs, such as beliefs about the fall of Adam, the visit of Christ to the Americas and that the Garden of Eden was located in Jackson County, Missouri. According to Publishers Weekly, Newell also focuses on the LDS committment to and the eternal nature of "agency" or free will.

But ultimately, Publishers Weekly was disappointed with the book in spite of its "intriguing and fresh topic." The review complains that the book has "abrupt, short paragraphs tumbling upon one another without transition or adequate explanation."

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


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