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Press Release from St Martins Press

Mormon Book Achieving Notice Nationwide
St Martins Press Press Release 19Jun00 A4

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- A new book on the Mormon faith is selling well across the nation and gaining comment in some unusual places. Utah author Coke Newell says his book "Latter Days: A Guided Tour Through Six Billion Years of Mormonism," released nationally by New York's St. Martin's Press only a few weeks ago (April 5), has risen quickly to the top one percent of sales at online superstore And it appears the book is appealing to audiences outside the Mormon heartland.

All of the publishing industry magazines have reviewed it, says Newell, referring to Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, the Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, but it has begun to show up either in review or as a reference work in places like the Baltimore Sun, the Ft Worth Star Telegram, the Arizona Republic, and the Nashville Tennessean. One of Newell's favorite reviews to date appeared in an online Christian bookstore not customarily kind to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

" excellent, albeit one-sided and besparkled, delineation of Mormon ideas, theology and history. A bold and nerve-filled presentation of Mormon beliefs and history that accentuates the positive -- as much as possible." (See Tekton Apologetics Ministries )

Another is from Allan Carlson, president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and a committed Lutheran: "Latter Days [is] a most welcome volume. False and flawed opinions about Mormon beliefs and practices aboud. Coke Newell's forthright, clearly written, even fascinating account of Latter Day Saint doctrine and history should help clear the air. I truly enjoyed the book." (See )

The publication of "Latter Days" marks the first time any national trade publisher has ever published a book on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints written by a Church insider -- Newell works out of headquarters as the Church's manager of Public Affairs for eastern North America. And it stands apart from other Mormon books in a number of ways, all apparent within mere moments of reading either the dust jacket or the preface. Its tone is different; its approach is different.

And its author is differet: ironically, or perhaps appropriately, the author of this first "faithful" book on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to come from a national trade publisher is a convert to the faith. In the author's own words from the book's Preface:

"straight out of the rock-n-roll, vegetarian, whole earth and homeschool homeopathic Colorado mountains. And still into most of it.


The author's web site contains extensive extracts fromthe book, a contents listing and a biographical sketch. See it at .

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See also:

Latter Days More about Coke Latter Days" at

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