I am VERY disappointed. I've have been using this book and the Institute manual together to go through the Book of Mormon. For the most part, it’s like reading the same book with a few exceptions.
I’m not sure how the authors get away it. Don’t waste your money. Just use the Institute manual. This book literally adds very little more to your BoM study.
I am so moved by what I learned in just the first few pages.I have been inactive for 30 years and started studying the Old Testament but was hesitant to return to the Book of Momon .I read how Nephi 's name is a representation of his nature "Goodly and that his name Nephi is derived from an ancient Egyptian word NFR. An adjective that means good. I instantly knew in a moment Joseph Smith woldl not have know something of that nature in those times. Old Testament names are descriptive of the person and from the moment on I knew I was going to learn more than I EVER thought.
Thank you for all the work put into this book. It will touch many lives.
I just received my copy of THE BOOK OF MORMON STUDY GUIDE and find that it is difficult to put down. Having studied Institute of Religion manuals and Gospel Doctrine manuals in the past... I am finding that this new book is far superior with so much more data from LDS scholars and teachers and the writings of the General Authorities. It definitely is the best study guide I have yet encountered.
As others have mentioned, this book is a wonderful companion while studying the Book of Mormon. Filled to overflowing with quotes from both the Brethren and scholarly works and study guides, The Book of Mormon Study Guide has enhanced my understanding of this sacred work. I love the Book of Mormon, and have studied it extensively for many years, yet there were many insights in the study guide that helped me consider sacred truths in new ways. Highly recommended.
I can only vouch for the ebook version with the added content. Earlier reviews stating that there was no table of contents page are now out of date. With this revised version you can easily navigate to any chapter in the book. So far I've found this book to be the best study guide available. There is so much insight into even the introduction of the Book of Mormon. For example. 1 Nephi 1:1 alone has almost 2 pages of information on the meaning of the world goodly in context and the origin/ meaning of Nephi's name in relation to it. It also contains graphs, images, maps, you name it. As a recent convert and soon-to-be missionary. I can't praise this book highly enough for how easy it brings many sources together and provides background information, context, historical records and the words of the prophets together in an easily digestible format. Thank you!
The content is of exceptional quality and volume.
It is easy to locate books chapters and verses for reference using the table of contents.
The hyperlinks work to direct you to any referenced book that is included in your library.
The things that I have seen as negative reviews have been fixed in this e-book volume. Thank you.
I recommend this book to anybody with an iPad, because you will need to screen size.
I very much enjoy the ease of study using this as a supplement to my personal studies along side the BYU-I Pathways studies.
Best Book of Mormon study guide available! Period.
Although it contains the most comprehensive, and thorough commentary, currently available, it is presented in a way that allows its contents to be easily and effortlessly absorbed; not only this but its easy to understand language, layout, and structure, make it a true pleasure to read/study, and quite addictive I might add ;) Although it is ripe and chock-full of new material, it also incorporates a comprehensive collaboration of inspired material from church leaders, religious scholars, church manuals, and other commentary books, making it the most complete and comprehensive Book of Mormon commentary currently available!
The eBook contains a lot more material than the paperback, making it a clear winner in my opinion. As far as I can tell, all of the issues concerning the eBook version have been fully resolved in this current updated edition; including the hyperlinks and incorporation of individual chapter hyperlinks; it's amazing!
Indeed, if you are looking to either rekindle your enthusiasm for the BofM, or simply desirous to increase your depth of understanding thereof, there is simply no better, or more valuable, study guide currently available than this masterpiece. I LOVE IT!
Great very useful content but a terrible interface!
This make the information you are looking for very hard to find with much scrolling. It needs an index, both for content and for chapters and verses. If it had this it would be a great source but as it is you can't even use it in Sunday School during the lesson.
I ended up studying just 17 pages for 3 hours and still I am studying!! I have learned so MUCH! I encourage everyone to buy this book!!!
I received a copy of this for Christmas and love it. I purchased a second for my wife because we can't share. When I discovered that there was additional content on the DB electronic edition, I purchased that as well. I guess what I am saying is that I think I'm personally responsible for this book being #1 on the DB best seller list. The commentary is different from anything you would get anywhere else and I'm impressed with the questions and the charts inserted throughout the book. Well done!
This Book could not have come out at a better time. My ward is piloting the new curriculum, and I am the youth Sunday school teacher. I was a little unsure about what resources would best complement my lesson preparations, but this book has made lesson planning a cakewalk! It is so helpful! The more I use it, the more I fall in love with it!
It also makes the perfect supplement for family scripture study in a family filled with teenagers. We started with the book, and now I just purchased the e-book too.
This study guide has been quite useful for me and my family. We have been using it every morning for the past several weeks. My seminary age teens have been captivated by the resources. They seem to actually be listening! It has quotes and references from General Authorities that I have never read before. I would highly recommend it for a serious scholar/ for any LDS family.
I expected just another Book of Mormon commentary with so-called scholars giving a few good insights here and there. However, I was overwhelmed with the thoughtful selection by the editors of prophetic commentary, Church magazines and material, and only the highest respected scholarly commentaries. It pulled so many resources together it was like having dozens of commentaries all packed into one book!
In addition, the eBook allowed me to go deeper where I wanted and contained even more commentary that the print version.
The day I received this book I'm not quite sure what I was expecting and gave a hurried and unfair review. I want to admit I was not only wrong but I was very wrong. The more I use this volume the more impressed I am. I didn't realize how each verse or verses were tied into one another and in a sense create a book that could be read alone without cross-reference. But I am knocking one star off due to I still think it unfair that those whom purchased the ebook have access to many more quotes than we who payed out thirty dollars, they should still give us a link to read and review these other comments.
This is the most comprehensive Book of Mormon study guide available. Instead of telling you what certain verses mean, like those guide mentioned by other reviewers, this book provides evidence through scripture and prophetic quotes. It is a great companion book to use for personal study and a perfect aid for use during Gospel Doctrine and class discussion.
What I found most interesting was the eBook Version. This is the most comprehensive eBook that Deseret Book has released to date. The eBook includes an astounding 600 additional pages of material over the paper copy. When I read the scriptures on my iPad or iPhone, I find it extremely convenient to be able to quickly switch from scripture study to the eBook to read the commentary.
I purchased this book because the sales description sounded like it would be a great, comprehensive aid for the Book of Mormon study this year. The book itself was quite disappointing, the cover was very thin and the text paper inside is a very poor quality. I was reading from the Book or Mormon today to try out this new volume. Out of five verses I looked up only two were covered. One was not even mentioned. I was under the impression that this was a verse by verse study guide but most verses are limped together in groups of four or more. I was very disappointed on one verse I was having trouble with so I found it and it was just questions, no help at all, I already had my question, I wanted answers.
But what bothered me the most and I think it is not good business is that they have all these little dots after verses and you can see much more information from the ebook version. I view this as in very poor taste and a way to force the reader to purchase the ebook so one can read all the quote. For $30.00 I think they could give the purchaser some type of link to read all the material that the product description alludes to being all complete in the paperback. I would have saved $20.00 and bought the ebook instead if I had know this. The book has some very nice features but I think I was gipped by almost false advertising.
I LOVE David Ridges Book of Mormon Made Easier series. It's available in eBook, paperback, and a deluxe version with photos. If you've never purchased a study guide it's the perfect one start with. I have also read the Verse by Verse series as well. The Book of Mormon Verse by Verse is lacking in my opinion and I haven't picked it up in a long time, it's my least favorite study guide of the 3.
That being said, I enjoyed this study guide. It's completely different in what it has to offer from the Ridges books. The Q&A format is easy to read and thought provoking. It's a great resource if you are studying to teach Gospel Doctrine, the questions can be used to encourage class discussion.
OK if you've never purchased another Book of Mormon study guide. But, I also have a copy of "Verse by Verse: Book of Mormon". This study guide has the same feel and seems to use the same references and examples of the previous book. I think both books leave the "student" wanting more. I much prefer the David Ridges series "The Book of Mormon Made Easier". You get the same references and much more including many opportunities to be introspective by asking the right question. I hope the David Ridges series is converted to an ebook. And when it does, my suggestion would be to keep the scripture verses in one column and the commentary in a second column. That way, I can move freely back and forth between the two in a real "study" mode. To make it even better, allow me to insert some of my own favorite talks, quotes and scriptures into the ebook.