Book Discovery: Miracles and Malice: The Inspirational Story of a Prophet and His People by Shell B
" An inspiring and beautifully written piece about faith and resilience. "
— Shirley Carrigan,The BookWalker
The modern-day prophet Joseph Smith Jr. was born to a life of poverty and hardship, but it did not stop him from fulfilling his divine mission to re-establish the true church of Christ. Shell B. Abegglen’s Miracles and Malice: The Inspirational Story of a Prophet and His People chronicles the life and works of Joseph Smith Jr. It examines the miracles and the malice that he went through, starting right after his first encounter with the divine—the appearance of “the Son” and “the Father” to Joseph when he was but fourteen.
Unable to decide what church to join, fourteen-year-old Joseph went into the woods to ask for God’s guidance in his decision. Unbeknownst to him, from that very day, his life would never be the same again.
The Son and the Father appeared to Joseph and set his life on a completely different course. The religious authorities of their community refused to believe the young boy. They discounted his experience in the woods, and they spread malice about him and his family. Joseph’s faith and mission, however, did not waver even though they were poor, and hard physical labor took up most of his time and energy. Joseph endeavored to learn more about God, until one night, an angel named Moroni appeared to him to deliver a message from the Father.
Those who are familiar with Joseph’s story know that he translated the golden tablet entrusted to him by God. With the help of other believers, The Book of Mormon was published. Although Joseph’s life was full of miracles, especially the divine encounters with angels, it was not a life without struggle. People did not believe Joseph and his witnesses. Joseph experienced extraordinary events and was blessed with miracles, yet he was also maligned, and his and his family’s safety was threatened on more than one occasion. They were driven from one place to another to protect themselves and their miraculous faith.
Miracles and Malice: The Inspirational Story of a Prophet and His People is indeed an inspiring story of faith, resilience, and courage. Author Shell B. Abegglen writes beautifully in spite of the heavy nature of the topic, the book does not come out difficult to digest. The book is an excellent reference material, both for scholarly pursuits and for personal inspiration.
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" An inspiring and beautifully written piece about faith and resilience."
—Shirley Carrigan,The BookWalker
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The author was raised in a rural area of NE Utah, graduated from Brigham Young University, and served his army tour at Fort Rucker Alabama. After working as a petroleum geologist all over the Rocky Mountain area for eleven years, he became a public schoolteacher for the next twenty years, and then retired to St. George Utah to relax, write four books, and teach geology classes for six years in the Community Education Program at Dixie State College. He has been married to his wife Catherine for 48 years. They have four grown children and 12 grandchildren, who they adore.