One of my favorite books
As an avid reader and book lover, this book is just great. But as a parent of children, the book is more than great – it’s fantastic!
For my oldest daughter  it seemed she had one epiphany after another while reading – never mind the family home evenings and morning devotionals she has been a part of for as many years lol. As a parent it was wonderful to have the book ‘stolen’ from me and enjoyed so much by her. It reinforced principles already taught and gave a clear understanding to its reader. She re-read these stories from scripture to capture the new perspective and is always eager to share this new found knowledge.
The ways in which humor and gospel truth have been woven together show a master’s touch that can reach to young and old alike. It’s a fresh perspective never truly approached before and doesn’t fail to make its impact on gospel understanding.
This book is destined to be re-read and re-read as each younger sibling begins to question as our oldest did – I just have to first get it to the book shelf, instead of finding it under her pillow, again. Love it!
This was definitely worth the reading time (will be re-reading repeatedly, I'm sure) and purchase price. Very informative book showing us where those guys we consider bad guys went off-course and how to learn from their mistakes without having to make those mistakes in turn. Also very entertaining read, with a very nice balance between humor and serious teaching. Looking forward to this author's next book, whatever it may be. ;)
I had a conversation once with another Book of Mormon novelist about characterizing the infamously “wicked” King Noah. The other author thought he was wicked through and through, with no redeeming value. Perhaps that was the case toward the end of his life, although we cannot truly know the deep motivations or potential of another. I considered the “why’s” and “how’s” of King Noah and his evil court. What had led him through the series of events that culminated in sentencing a true prophet of the Lord to a fiery death? (See Mosiah 17.)
Did King Noah have a lousy childhood while his father, King Zeniff, was busy running a nation and his mother attended to her vast queenly duties? Perhaps Noah was mistreated by a nanny who raised him; or perhaps he was the brunt of schoolyard jokes . . . Was he uncoordinated? Did he have a hard time making real friends? Was he a lousy hunter?
Whatever drove Noah to spiral down the path of greed, selfishness, and eventual destruction, one thing is clear: we can learn from his choices. They were certainly subtle in the beginning. Maybe he stopped saying his prayers, he chose the wrong friends, or he let his pride swell exponentially as he prepped to become the heir to the throne.
This same sentiment is echoed by author Dennis Gaunt in his non-fiction book, Bad Guys of the Book of Mormon. Reading about the villains of the scripture can teach us how to avoid the same pitfalls.
Gaunt makes an excellent case for learning the enemies’ strategy in the ever-escalating spiritual war—a war in which two sides are battling for our souls. If we want to win, we must think like a military leader. A successful military leader studies every move his enemy is making. Gaunt suggests that we plan our own counter-attack by educating ourselves on the “bad guys in the Book of Mormon. Let’s learn to be smarter than they are. Let’s learn their tactics. See what tricks they used. Peek at their maps and plans. Pinpoint their lies. Point out the holes in their arguments. Let’s see how faithful people just like you and me resisted and defeated them in the past. Let’s be ready to face the bad guys of today” (8).
I couldn’t agree more. I echo Gaunt’s petition that we must stay proactive, we must stay diligent, and we must stay educated and aware of the adversary’s power, so that, we can “rejoice and exult in the hope” of Christ (Alma 28:12).
I highly recommend this book to adults and youth alike. Gaunt is witty, humorous and insightful, sharing personal experiences in a highly readable and entertaining way.
Dennis Gaunt has a fun writing personality. I love how he dived into the lives of the Bad Guys. He shares neat insights - things I never even considered - and makes it all so interesting. This is definitely not a dry gospel book. Be prepared to laugh one minute, then sit back the next and ponder how a certain statement effects your life. How you can be a hero and defeat the evil forces tempting you.
This book is written for teens and young adults - who I am positive will LOVE it. But no way can they have all the fun and knowledge! Adults - college students, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas - y'all need to read this one! It's absolutely unique and one to definitely add to your gospel library.