The JWHA book award committee is pleased to announce the following nominations for our Best Book, Best Documentary History, and Best Anthology awards. Readers of Restoration Studies scholarship have been enjoying a wealth of top books published in 2022.

Each year, the committee accepts nominations of books published during the previous calendar year. The committee selects award winners from these nominated materials, privileging work that is most relevant to Community of Christ history and values, regardless of the time period examined.

Our Best Book nominations are:

Belnap, Heather, Corry Cropper, and Daryl Lee. Marianne Meets the Mormons: Representations of Mormonism in Nineteenth-Century France. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2022.


Bruno, Cheryl L., Joe Steve Swick III, and Nicholas S. Literski. Method Infinite: Freemasonry and the Mormon Restoration. Salt Lake City, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2022.

Hendrix-Komoto, Amanda. Imperial Zions: Religion, Race, and Family in the American West and the Pacific. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2022.


Kline, Caroline. Mormon Women at the Crossroads: Global Narratives and the Power of Connectedness. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2022.

Mohrman, K. Exceptionally Queer: Mormon Peculiarity and U.S. Nationalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2022.





Our Best Documentary History nominations are:



Carruth, LaJean Purcell and Ronald G. Watt, eds. Liverpool to Great Salt Lake: The 1851 Journal of Missionary George D. Watt. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2022.


Compton, Todd M. In Sacred Loneliness: The Documents. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2022.


Heimburger, Christian K., Jeffrey D. Mahas, Brent M. Rogers, Mason K. Allred, J. Chase Kirkham, and Matthew S. McBride, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 13: August-December 1843. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2022.


Our Best Anthology nominations are:



Blythe, Christine Elyse, Christopher James Blythe, and Jay Burton, eds. Open Canon: Scriptures of the Latter Day Saint Tradition. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2022.


Bolton, Andrew and Casey Paul Griffiths, eds.  Restorations: Scholars in Dialogue from Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book with the Religious Studies Center and John Whitmer Books, 2022.

Park, Benjamin E., ed. DNA Mormon: Perspectives on the Legacy of Historian D. Michael Quinn. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2022.


Townsend, Colby, ed. Envisioning Scripture: Joseph Smith’s Revelations in Their Early American Contexts. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2022.

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