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Posted 19 Nov 2001   For week ended November 16, 2001
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New York Times Raves about LDS Historian's Latest Book
A review by Yale historian John Demos in this week's New York Times Book Review raves about the most recent book by LDS historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, calling the book, "The Age of Homespun," "remarkable" and an invitation to "reflect deeply and reconsider fully" in a time of cultural reckoning. Demos calls Ulrich a "supremely gifted scholar and writer" who in this book has "truly outdone herself."

Album Featuring MoTab Song Debuts at No.1
"God Bless America," a hastily compiled album of patriotic songs that includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "The Star Spangled Banner," debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 on October 24th.

God's Army, The Book, Hits Stores on November 14
Just over a year after becoming one of the top 30 independent films of 2000, God's Army is conquering new territory. A novel of the acclaimed film will hit stores Nov. 14.

LDS Soprano Jamie Baer Peterson to Perform in Salt Lake City
Critically-acclaimed New York based LDS performing artists Jamie Baer Peterson, soprano, along with violinist Winona Vogelmann Fifield and composer/pianist David Fletcher will present a concert of their originial and traditional Holiday Chamber Music on Saturday November 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City. The concert will highlight selections from their new Christmas CD "Rejoice Greatly" which is available on

New Products: Mormon News Brings New Products Listing Back
After a hiatus of several weeks, Mormon News is bringing back its weekly listing of new Mormon books and other products. Today's list includes both a recent nationally published book by an LDS author, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's "The Age of Homespun," as well as a host of new items from major LDS publishers. Of particular note are a number of doctrinal books and Excel Entertainment's first move to publish books in addition to its traditional music.

Saints at War Preserves a Legacy of Faith, Courage, and Sacrifice
As part of the groundbreaking Saints at War project, more than one thousand accounts from Latter-day Saint veterans have been gathered. Many of these accounts will be available in November with the release of the book, Saints at War: Experiences of Latter-day Saints in World War II. In addition, a Saints at War conference will be held at Brigham Young University on November 10, and a KBYU Saints at War documentary will air on Veterans Day, November 11.

Sharing Our Strength of Conversion with Others
Once we are converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ, how do we follow the Savior's admonition to "strengthen [our] brethren?" How do we reach out, as Latter-day Saints who have experienced "a mighty change in [our] hearts" to our families, friends, and associates? In his new book "When Thou Art Converted: Continuing Our Search for Happiness" (Deseret Book, $17.95), Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shows us how.

Bearing an Unwavering Testimony of Truth
"Although there are many things about this life that I do not understand, there are some truths about which I no longer have any doubt." With that introduction, Sheri Dew of the general Relief Society presidency offers a faith-filled account of what she believes, and why, in "No Doubt About It" (Bookcraft, $17.95). She bears a powerful testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ, that He care about us personally and will do for each one of us what He has promised He will do.

The Lord's Daily Presence in Our Lives
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in miracles, in the presence of God in our daily lives blessing us, his children, with love, patience, understanding, or just about anything we may need. Often that presence is manifest in small, almost indefinable ways. Sometimes, that presence is much more pronounced.

'Miracle Man' Examines Life of Lazarus
In the days leading up to the great Atonement, Jesus Christ stood before an open tomb outside of the little hamlet of Bethany and commanded, "Lazarus, come forth!" Shortly, a man came shambling out of the cave, still bound in gravescloth, in response to the summoning of the Master. But one might ask, whatever happened to Lazarus after his resurrection by the hand of the Son of God? Did he live, only to die of old age at a later time? or did he return from paradise a changed man, in a quickened state, to live on as an immortal among the children of men?

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