The JWHA Best Book Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following nominees in four categories. 2019 was another spectacular year in Restoration Studies with top scholarship published in the world of Restoration Studies.

Books published in the calendar year prior to the award will be considered. The committee will select the best books (privileging works that are most relevant to Community of Christ history and values, regardless of the time period they encompass).

Best Book

Bradley, Don. The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon’s Missing Stories. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2019. Coviello, Peter. Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Foster, Craig L. and Marianne T. Watson. American Polygamy: A History of Fundamentalist Mormon Faith.  Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2019. Givens, Terryl with Brian M. Hauglid. The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
Harper, Steven C. First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Johnson, Jake. Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America, Champaign, IL. University of Illinois Press, 2019.
Luffman, Dale E. Commentary on the Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants, Volume 1: The Joseph Smith Jr. Era. Independence, MO.: Herald Publishing House, 2019. Lyman, Edward Leo. Finally Statehood!: Utah’s Struggles, 1849-1896. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2019.

Best Anthology

Fenton, Elizabeth and Jared Hickman. Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Hafen, Jane P. and Rensink, Brenden W. Essays on American Indian and Mormon History. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2019.
Larsen, Christian. The Ancient Order of Things: Essays on the Mormon Temple. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2019.

Best Biography

Johnson, Melvin C. The Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2019. Newell, Quincy D. Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
Shepherd, Gordon and Gary Shepherd. Jan Shipps A Social and Intellectual Portrait: How a Methodist Girl from Hueytown, Alabama, Became an Acclaimed Mormon Studies Scholar. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2019.  

Best Documentary

Bleak, James Godson (Aaron McArthur and Reid L. Neilson, eds.) The Annals of the Southern Mission: Record of the History of the Settlement of Southern Utah. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2019. Heath, Harvard S., ed. Confidence Amid Change: The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay 1951-1970. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2019.
MacKay, Michael Hubbard and William G. Hartley.  The Rise of the Latter-day Saints: The Journals and Histories of Newel K. Knight. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2019. Morris, Larry E.  A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
Rogers, Brent M., Mason K. Allred, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brett D. Dowdle, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 8: February-November 1841. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2019. Smith, Alex D., Christian K. Heimburger, Christopher James Blythe, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 9: December 1841-April 1842. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2019.