Author(s): Hugh NibleyDownload
Approaching Zion is LDS scholar and social critic Hugh Nibley’s most popular book. More accessible than many of his scholarly works, it is replete with Nibley’s trademark humor and startling insights into history, religion and life. Well known and beloved in its text form, most of the essays in this book were originally delivered as speeches. This audio version, read by the author’s son, Thomas Hugh Nibley, evokes the original delivery of Hugh Nibley the speaker with his slashing wit, profound scholarship, and burning faith. In Approaching Zion, Hugh Nibley gives thinkers reason to believe, and believers something to think about.
Some Reviews: 109 in Goodreads.com
If you are LDS, this book will make you second guess everything you have been taught about your place and responsibility in the economy. Nibley certainly stirs up some controversy with this book and might even make you embrace some democratic views.
It is 600+ pages but kept my interest throughout and I read it fairly quickly. I don’t give it 5 stars as it is a compilation of his speeches and therefore has quite a bit of repetition but with that said, even the repetition helped drive some of the points home.
Definitely an interesting read.
Allright, this is a really good book, it is a compilation of Nibley’s essays on consecration. I was able to stay interested for several of his essays, but eventually I realized that it was mainly the same thing, over and over and over again. He puts a different spin on the Law of Consecration for each essay, that is he comes at it from a different view point and his points are all good. After about 300 pages I just lost interest. I would highly recommend this book though, even though I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I’ve learned a lot, I think everyone could benefit from this one.
So, this book is intense. I’ve read many Nibley books, but this one is the first where I’ve really been exposed to some of his politics. He certainly has no problem saying what he thinks.
The book was a little repetitive, since most of it is basically several different versions of the same basic essay, but the information in that essay was really good. I appreciated some of the later essays the most, especially “Goods of First and Second Intent” and “The Meaning of the Atonement.”
The book certainly changed my way to thinking about things and looking at the world, so that’s a good thing.
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