Award-Winning Books

The Religious Studies Center has received numerous awards for many publications. We thank our authors and the contributors for all the quality work they have done in Church history and Mormon studies.

2016 Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Church History and Doctrine, Gospel Scholarship)

“The analysis of the Manchester-Fayette dispute is a marvel of historical sleuthing. It is an example of the documentary editor’s art at its best. I was entirely convinced by [Dr. MacKay’s] explanation for the mislocation in the Book of Commandments. All the evidence is carefully reviewed and then brought to a head.” —Richard Lyman Bushman, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University


2013 Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Church History and Doctrine)

“It is a book worth owning and reading, again and again. The Civil War’s battles were far removed from Utah, but that does not mean that the conflict had little impact on the Mormons, which Alford and his contributors have successfully shown.” —Nate Ricks, Juvenile Instructor


2009 Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History, Mormon History Association

“A fascinating window on a critical period of Mormon history. . . . Engaging.”
—Blair G. Van Dyke, instructor at the Orem Institute of Religion and an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University


2006 Steven F. Christensen Best Documentary Award, Mormon History Association

“In these professionally edited twenty-three journals are the records of both the rich history of a Mormon community and also the life experiences of a major contributor to that community.” —David J. Whittaker, curator of Western and Mormon Manuscripts, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, and associate professor of history at Brigham Young University


2015 Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Church History and Doctrine, Gospel Scholarship)

“The book’s greatest contribution is assembling the vast amount of bibliographic information on Nauvoo and Hancock County in one place.” —Jeffrey W. Hancks, EdD, Baxter-Snyder Professor of Regional and Icarian Studies, Western Illinois University Libraries
“Kip Sperry is an expert who has worked in the field for many years. Many persons are descendants of ancestors who lived in Nauvoo and Hancock County. This work will put them in touch with their heritage and deepen their love for these forebears.” —Raymond S. Wright III, PhD, professor emeritus, Brigham Young University


2014 Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Ancient Scripture)

“Illuminating. . . . Geared toward those who desire to seek learning ‘by study.’” —Miranda H. Lotz, Deseret News


2013 Best International Article Award, Mormon History Association, “The Role of Local Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century England,” by Ronald E. Bartholomew
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“A delightful and inspiring book. The stories that fill its pages are both comprehensive and personal.” —Scott Livingston, Deseret News


2012 Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Ancient Scripture)

“Intended to help the reader gain a better understanding of these topics in a faith-promoting, but scholarly and honest environment, against the flood of misinformation available online today. . . . Useful reading for those preparing to serve a mission, for families, and for any individual interested in learning more about these issues or defending the church.” —Trevor Holyoak, FairMormon


2011 Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History, Mormon History Association

“The large number of surviving photographs, which Minert has reproduced, add to the immediacy of the narratives. . . . Outstanding as an example of meticulous record-keeping.” —John S. Conway, University of British Columbia “Compelling stories. . . . A great resource for those who want to learn more about their German heritage or just about the Church in Germany. Minert has done a fantastic job bringing this little researched community to life.” —Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, PhD in history, University of Michigan 2015, Juvenile Instructor


1993 T. Edgar Lyon Award of Excellence, Mormon History Association “Discipleship: Brigham Young and Joseph Smith,” by Ronald K. Esplin

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