IJMS Review

A glowing review just released in the International Journal of Mormon Studies: “Sam Brown is one of the brightest minds in Mormon Studies at the moment.”

Positive review in Books & Culture

Professor John Turner reviews In Heaven in the Sept/Oct issue of Books & Culture:

In Heaven merits a broad readership that stretches beyond the confines of both Mormonism and academia.

Gracious endorsement on MSH blog

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities had kind words to say about In Heaven.

Patheos: “Sorry, Grim Reaper–Families are Forever”

Ben Park at Patheos writes,

All historians of early Mormon thought must come to terms with Samuel Brown’s remarkable scholarship, which should prove to be foundational for all future work on Joseph Smith. Exhaustively research, creatively imagined, and powerfully written, In Heaven as it is on Earth is prime evidence for the maturation of Mormon Studies.

Religion in American History

At the Religion in American History blog, historian John G. Turner praised In Heaven as “a rich and persuasive reinterpretation of Joseph Smith’s most significant theological and ritual innovations.”

CW Pick for City Weekly

City Weekly has a very gracious review and designated the book a “CW Pick”:

In Heaven is “compelling new book” and “a detailed piece of social history.”

Brad Kramer at BCC

Brad Kramer’s highly complimentary review at BCC:

With apologies to all the relevant parties, this is quite simply the best work on early Mormonism yet published.

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

In this groundbreaking and important volume, Brown . . . delves deeply into the many streams of thought that informed Smith’s formulation of the life hereafter. . . . a masterful look at this intriguing aspect of the Mormon worldview. This is must reading for students of the American religious tradition.

Publishers Weekly .

Association for Mormon Letters, November 2011

“[T]his book is one of the most significant Mormon titles to come out in a while . . . an interesting and well-researched version of Mormon history . . . Brown’s work is a major accomplishment and an example of where Mormon historiography is headed.”

–Bryan Buchanan
Association for Mormon Letters

Booklist (Starred Review), November 2011

“in Brown’s ambitious reinterpretation of the oft-misunderstood faith that Smith established, victory over death emerges as a theological motif . . . . Careful research enables Brown to highlight the ways that mortal experience strained death-defying Mormon doctrines . . . readers . . . will have ever
more reason to consult Brown’s extended inquiry into [Mormonism's] controversial affirmation of immortality.”

–Bryce Christensen

Banner image is of Mount Mkinwartsveri (Kazbek), with the Church of St. Mary foreground left, image © Samuel Brown 2000