If you have ever desired a comprehensive encyclopedia of Church History then THIS is the companion guide for you. Compiled by Dennis L. Largey and Lerry E. Dahl, a total of 127 authors have collaborated to prepare 850 topics that provide the reader with a simple & unique approach to better understanding the revelations found in the Doctrine & Covenants. Each entry combines scripture with cross-references and the teachings of Latter-day prophets. This is more than just a D&C companion though -- this is really a full history reference complete with entries that cover places, people, phrases, doctrine by topic, historical context and overview and a whole lot more! The first section is an alphabetical reference guide by topic while the second section provides an historical overview of the Doctrine and Covenants sections 1-138. Tie this up with a large appendix in the third section and comprehensive index at end and you have a reference guide that is easy to use.
Did I mention huge? This book is about 2.5" thick, 920 pages and literally weighs about 5 pounds (think bag of sugar!)
This book is a real treat for the Gospel Doctrine teacher but still a handy tool for anyone studying through Church History or the Doctrine & Covenants! I love reference books and I know I will be using this one frequently! (I'm thinking I may need to consider adding the Book of Mormon Reference Companion to my library as well!)
This Book has blown me away. My first thought was how a book could possibly cost $60.00, and now that I have one I can't believe that it only cost's $60.00. When my book came in the mail I was so surprised by the size of it. It is easily 4-4.5 inches think. It is very heavy and it is printed and bound so beautifully. I was completely shocked and amazed at the contents. Not only is this book visually impressive, the contents are so valuable. Over 125 authors have contributed to the content covering more than 850 topics. The first 711 pages contain an alphabetically arranged Topical index covering people, places,phrases, words, doctrines, beautiful illustrations, pictures, charts, maps and more. Then there is a section covering the historical context and overview of Doctrine and Covenants 1-138. Every home should have a copy of this reference guide. It is well worth the money and so easy to use. I am so grateful for this new tool to help me understand the doctrine and history of the church more fully. I am so thankful for the timing of this book release also, it is really helping with my Sunday School study this year.