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Summarized by Covenant Communications Press Release

Pillar of Fire Brings Book of Mormon to Life

AMERICAN FORK, UTAH -- David Woolley has written what everyone has been waiting for, an epic series based on The Book of Mormon, says Robby Nichols, vice president of marketing for Covenant Communications, Inc. Already, we have bookstores asking when the second novel is coming, and the first has yet to be released to the general public.

Pillar of Fire, (Covenant, 544 pages, $21.95) the first of nine epic novels that follow the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi and his family to the Promised Land. With over 2,000 copies of Pillar of Fire pre sold, a record number for a first time fiction writer from Covenant, some booksellers are predicting that this series will surpass sales of the extremely popular "The Work &The Glory" series. "Pillar of Fire" will be available in bookstores in the first of September.

Why all the excitement about Pillar of Fire? Woolley did precise and extensive research to make "Pillar of Fire" as historically accurate as possible. He used information from the most recent and accurate sources available, including research from F.A.R.M.S., writings from Hugh Nibley, and many other books. Shirley Ricks, an editor at F.A.R.M.S. who read an early version of the manuscript says, "'Pillar of Fire' is a fascinating story that brings to life the world of Lehi and his family." Richard Cracroft, professor in English at BYU, called it "A work of first class fiction grounded in authenticity. "Pillar of Fire" is a triumph of literary imagination and a significant event in the history of Mormon fiction."

"To read the Book of Mormon is to yearn to know these people, walk the streets they walked, hear what they heard, and feel what they might have felt," says Woolley.

According to Shauna Nelson, managing editor of fiction at Covenant, "'Pillar of Fire' is the perfect blend of fact and fiction. After reading 'Pillar of Fire', you'll never read the Book of Mormon the same way again."

The story takes place in 601 B.C. The Babylonians have come and gone, leaving Jerusalem plundered, weak, and broken. The power hungry Elders in the city council have banished and murdered the prophets. Anyone foolish enough to voice their support for the prophets has been labeled a "Rekhabite," a dissenter, a traitor -- worthy of death. In the midst of this turmoil, Jonathan the blacksmith has moved his family from Sidon to Jerusalem, bringing with him knowledge of the secret alloy, steel. Torn between heeding his wife's warnings and a fear of not providing for his family, Jonathan becomes a pawn in the hands of the Elders and Laban, the captain of the guard.

Aaron, Jonathan's crippled son, receives a blessing and a promise of healing, and is told that he will save the life of a prophet. When he is hired by the oil merchant Lehi, Aaron's life changes forever. So begins the first volume of "The Promised Land" series a sweeping epic telling that chronicles the incredible beginnings of the Book of Mormon.

A woman who read a galley proof of the book said, "I dare you to read it and not love it." So the challenge has been issued: read it and love it.

Established in 1958, Covenant Communications, Inc. is the largest privately owned LDS publisher. Covenant publishes over 100 titles per year including fiction, non fiction, children's books, software, and audio products. To see how you can become a published author, read the Author's Guidelines at


Pillar of Fire Brings Book of Mormon to Life
Covenant Communications Press Release 27Jul00 A4


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