Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

Emma Smith did not document her life in a diary or journal. This book is a biographical reconstruction of Emma Smith's life from documents and evidence other than the few letters and one page of blessings she left behind....

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Title:Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
Author:Linda King Newell
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith Reviews

  • Lucy
    Dec 17, 2007

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

  • Rex
    Jan 27, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

  • Lisa
    Sep 10, 2015

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

  • Jessica
    Jun 22, 2009

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

    This is the second (possibly third?) time I've read this and I'm going to put a note to myself in the front cover this time so that I don't read it again. I know three stars means "I liked it" and I don't like it, but not because it is a bad book, just because the subject matter is too...

    Bar none, the best biography on the often overlooked Emma Hale Smith, who suffered greatly through the losses of several children, the early practice of polygamy without her consent or knowledge, and the eventual murder of Joseph. ...

    This book will break every Mormon woman's heart. ...

    The only real biography of Emma, but definitely a product of the New Mormon History, and with an eminently American feminist appeal. ...

    Meet Emma like you've never met her before. This book gave me so much more compassion for Emma Smith than I would have imagined. It's worth the time. ...

  • Erin
    May 21, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

  • Nancy
    Mar 21, 2009

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

  • Janet Kincaid
    Dec 16, 2007

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

  • Sharon
    Feb 25, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

    This is the second (possibly third?) time I've read this and I'm going to put a note to myself in the front cover this time so that I don't read it again. I know three stars means "I liked it" and I don't like it, but not because it is a bad book, just because the subject matter is too...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 20, 2014

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

  • Brent
    Aug 25, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

  • Hillary
    Feb 02, 2010

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

  • Heather
    Nov 04, 2010

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

  • Amandalynn
    Aug 03, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

  • Joe Spencer
    Feb 28, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

    This is the second (possibly third?) time I've read this and I'm going to put a note to myself in the front cover this time so that I don't read it again. I know three stars means "I liked it" and I don't like it, but not because it is a bad book, just because the subject matter is too...

    Bar none, the best biography on the often overlooked Emma Hale Smith, who suffered greatly through the losses of several children, the early practice of polygamy without her consent or knowledge, and the eventual murder of Joseph. ...

    This book will break every Mormon woman's heart. ...

    The only real biography of Emma, but definitely a product of the New Mormon History, and with an eminently American feminist appeal. ...

  • Barry
    Mar 05, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

    This is the second (possibly third?) time I've read this and I'm going to put a note to myself in the front cover this time so that I don't read it again. I know three stars means "I liked it" and I don't like it, but not because it is a bad book, just because the subject matter is too...

    Bar none, the best biography on the often overlooked Emma Hale Smith, who suffered greatly through the losses of several children, the early practice of polygamy without her consent or knowledge, and the eventual murder of Joseph. ...

  • Char
    Oct 25, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

  • Tanya W
    Mar 13, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

  • Nate
    May 28, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

  • Anna
    Nov 08, 2014

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

  • Emily
    Jul 16, 2008

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

  • Karin
    Apr 06, 2010

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

  • Wade
    Apr 30, 2010

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

  • Leslie
    Jan 09, 2010

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

  • Erin
    Mar 22, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

  • Jennefer Walden
    Mar 13, 2011

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

  • Aaron
    Oct 25, 2012

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

  • Ryan
    Oct 14, 2014

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

  • Josh
    Nov 11, 2016

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

  • Amaryah
    Jul 07, 2019

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

  • Katie
    Jan 22, 2016

    Mormonism has had a bit of a schizophrenic relationship with Emma Smith. Over 150 years, she's been seen as everything from a "devil" to the epitome of the stereotypical selfless at all times, saintly, angelically feminine Mormon woman (the apparent most-favored status of Mormonism tod...

    OK. I think that when a book helps a feminist Mormon get closer to terms with a long, internal battle with polygamy it should get a "hurrah" and 5 stars. I loved reading this book. I know it had a lot of controversy when it was first published, but I found it non-biased and was surpris...

    because it is the ONLY biography of Emma Smith, who I would LOVE to better understand and sympathize with, and because it IS loaded w/ research, I have to give it credit, but as SIL Kristen pointed out, it's the bibliography, not the writing that made the book. Honestly, I felt like I ...

    This book failed me on two accounts first on a historical account and second on a spiritual one. I?ll start with the first. I think it is lacking at best to use references written 40 years after the events took place, it is slanderous and defamatory at worst to do so. For example, th...

    I had an excellent RS lesson on Emma Smith the summer I was married. I grew to respect her deeply, and even named my eldest daughter after her. This book opened my eyes even more to Emma's plight. She had such a difficult life, and I honestly can't say that I would have handled things ...

    I feel like such a history buff. I read this at a friend's suggestion and I'm glad I did. It's true that history changes depending on who wrote it because this book has a very different feel than the Bushman book on Joseph Smith I read a couple of months ago. I think Emma Smith mus...

    Understand--by giving this book 3 stars, I am NOT giving Emma Smith 3 stars. Growing up, there were two people my mother would never let me speak ill of: John Denver and Emma Smith. So that was kind of ingrained from the beginning. And as I've studied more about Mormon history, my resp...

    I enjoyed this very interesting but challenging biography, especially the perspective presented of Emma Smith?s family after the death of Joseph in 1844. Emma is often maligned for her decision to stay in Nauvoo rather than go west with the rest of the Mormons in 1846. After reading ...

    Wow, what an eye-opener. I read this book once, 8 years ago, and just barely re-read it. This historical non-fiction book is written by 2 LDS women authors. It is available at Deseret Book. This is the real story of Emma Smith's life - Everything from her courtship with Joseph Smith...

    I wish so badly that Emma had kept journals. What a loss to have so few first-hand accounts of her history and experiences. That being said, I feel the authors did their best to recreate her history through second-hand accounts and historical context. They may have taken some liberty, ...

    This book is to Emma Smith what Rough Stone Rolling was to Joseph Smith, and both should be read in tandem as I learned so much about early church history from each of them. Painstakingly researched, I really got a feel for Emma's side of the story in this one, why she decided to stay ...

    This is a meticulously researched and thorough look at Emma Hale. The reader leaves with an increased awareness and respect for Emma and the trials she endured. However, I felt like the intended focus on Emma and her needs had an alternative effect of unfairly portraying Joseph Smith. ...

    This seems to be an impartial, fair book which helps us learn more about Emma Smith and her feelings about polygamy. It includes history that can make our LDS community uncomfortable, but I think I can read it and reserve judgment. Emma was certainly a strong and admirable woman... it'...

    If you never read another book (and I'm not sure there are others) about Emma Hale Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, you'll be none the worse for content. This is, at this moment, the quintessential biography of the First Lady of Mormonism. She gets short shrif...

    I learned quite a bit from this one, and I'm very glad I read it. "Rough Stone Rolling" made Joseph Smith more like a real person for me. This book did that for Emma, and it also made Joseph Smith more real as a husband and father. I enjoyed reading about Joseph and Emma in domestic se...

    When I first began learning LDS church history as a senior in high school, I found Emma to be one of the most perplexing figures. How was it that a woman who had a testimony of the one and only true church could just leave it after her husband died? The woman had suffered so much up to...

    I learned things that I did not know about the Prophet Joseph Smith, which does, however not change my conviction that he is the prophet of the restoration. Emma Hale Smith was an extremely charitable soul who took everyoen into her home. Even while she knew about her husband's plural ...

    Overall, quite an enjoyable read. It was refreshing to read a biography of Emma rather than one focused on the many men in the church, though even this book does on occasion feel like it's more about Joseph or Brigham or Emma's sons. (Part of this is due I'm sure to the lack of informa...

    My biggest complaint is that Emma is nothing more than a side note for large portions of the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about church history and Emma was just thrown in for effect. I think there are 3 reasons for this: 1. Until Joseph Smith's murder and the saints ...

    A year after portraying Emma Hale Smith Bidamon in a film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I finally read her biography. Yep. Naughty Anna. But hey, I was in grad school AND a working actor. I chose Mormon Enigma as my jumping off point, because I had heard from ma...

    Absolutely fascinating history. *Shaking my head in disbelief* page 175 "Emma urged the women to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as he taught them 'from the stand,' implying that his private teachings should be disregarded...When Emma had the women take a public oath with their...

    Not really sure how this book left me feeling. I was intrigued to read it because I wanted to know what happened to Emma after the Saints all left Nauvoo. I know that she had remarried but that was it. Not sure that this book satisfied that curiosity, in the prologue they said that the...

    Looking at the reviews here, I am in the infinitesimal minority. I did NOT like this book. It was written by feminists who belong to the group that believe the only way to make one person 'good' is to make the people in their life 'bad.' The treatment of Joseph Smith in this book is no...

    It took me awhile to get through it, but it was worth it. It was very well researched. It helped me better understand polygamy when it was introduced by Joseph Smith. I guess I sort of thought it was more acceptable to women back then because it was so long ago, but it doesn't seem to ...

    Fantastic "warts and all" book about Emma Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith. Very well researched and did not in the least feel biased one way or the other. I enjoyed learning how compassionate she was to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Also interesting to learn how she dealt...

    This is the second (possibly third?) time I've read this and I'm going to put a note to myself in the front cover this time so that I don't read it again. I know three stars means "I liked it" and I don't like it, but not because it is a bad book, just because the subject matter is too...

    Bar none, the best biography on the often overlooked Emma Hale Smith, who suffered greatly through the losses of several children, the early practice of polygamy without her consent or knowledge, and the eventual murder of Joseph. ...

    This book will break every Mormon woman's heart. ...