As someone recently quipped, “I’m so glad Nibley’s not letting a little thing like being dead slow down his publishing schedule!” ((http://www.mormonapologetics.org/index.php?showtopic=36841&view=findpost&p=1208466338))
Another volume in the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley series is being officially released on August 6, 2008 (it’s already available in Deseret Book stores). This volume will be the third volume published since Hugh Nibley’s passing at age 94 in February 2005, and with rumors of at least two more volumes to come. The title of this 544-page book is Eloquent Witness: Nibley on Himself, Others, and the Temple, and will be volume 17 in the series. This will be an exciting book to read! Here’s the jacket’s description:
One of the stunning aspects of Dr. Hugh Nibley’s genius was his persistent sense of wonder. That trait induced him to range widely through very disparate subjects of study- all covered in volume 17 of The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley on Himself, Others, and the Temple. In this compilation of materials, most of which have been published previously outside the Collected Works volumes, Nibley explores the ancient Egyptians, the temple, the life sciences, world literature, ancient Judaism, and Joseph Smith and the Restoration. The contents of this volume illustrate the breadth of his interest through autobiographical sketches, interviews [including a transcript of the documentary Faith of an Observer], book reviews, forewords to books, letters, memorial tributes, Sunday School lessons, and various writings about the temple.
Thanks to Reed for pointing this out to me!
Truman G. Madsen is also publishing a new 224-page book to be released in just a few days on July 30, 2008 entitled The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth. It is probably already available in Deseret Book stores. The description reads:
In his youth,Truman Madsen watched his grandparents take their large family to the temple almost every week. Decades later, a friend said, ” Your spiritual life began with the temple and everything since has flowed from that.” The messages in this book attest to his love of temples. The author of many bestselling books and CDs, Truman teaches how we can gain access to the light and truth offered in the temple. He discusses the relationship of the temple to the Atonement, Joseph Smith’s contribution to our understanding of temples, and how the scriptures and the temple illuminate each other. This is a powerful book on a crucial topic by one of the greatest teachers and scholars of our time.
Oh how I love books!
I’m looking forward to these. I am going to checkout DB here in Mesa to see if they have these. Even better, I’ll go to Seagull books across the street to see if they are cheaper!
Bryce, shame on you for making me spend even more time buying books! I will definitely have to get these two.
Believe me, I feel your pain. 🙂
How is it that great books are published much faster than I can read them?
At Deseret Book in Orem, they had both of those.
Nibley was $39.99
Madsen was $23.99
and my wife wouldn’t give me permission to buy those…she said things like gas are more expensive
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Yay!! Just in time for my birthday–I’m drooling already. (Is it just me, or is Nibley giving Tupac Shakur a run for his money in the posthumous prolificness department?)
As good as this Nibley book sounds, what ever happened to “One Eternal Round” – the one about Abraham Facsimile #2, that he was working on until his death? Any clue when that might see the light of day?
Nibley’s “One Eternal Round” is planned to be published in 2010. The editors are having to sift through 40+ boxes of notes and manuscripts for that one. It’s going to be great!
How about a review of the books? Based on a quick browse, it seems that the Madsen book may be a compilation of previously published material, much of which I already have. Any thoughts?
Good question Rick. I haven’t personally looked at them yet, but I am planning on making a “Book Reviews” section of this website in the future. Anyone else?
I bought the Madsen book and have browsed through it but am finishing up with some other books before I start. My worry is that he re-hashes a lot of old stuff but Truman hasn’t disappointed me yet.
I looked at the Nibley book at DB and it seemed interesting, but the chapters seemed to be focused more on him than typical Nibley collections. While that’s not bad, I just have so many other things I want to read before I take the time to study that out and I therefore passed on it.
A review of “Eloquent Witness” has just been posted to my website:
Excellent review! Thanks!