Available for pre-order—A brief theological intro to ‘Second Nephi’

We are excited to announce that Terryl Givens’s Second Nephi: a brief theological introduction is available for pre-order from the BYU Store here, right now! The book is being printed right this moment. We estimate copies will begin shipping in early April. The book will be available to pre-order on Amazon and through Deseret Book in the coming weeks, but the BYU Store is your best bet for getting a copy as soon as it's available. 

We've received many questions about the book series. Our original publication timeline proved too ambitious, given the vagaries of writing, editing, printing, proof-reading, and shipping twelve books in under a year's time. So here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn't answered here, contact our public communications specialist at

When will each volume be available?

Series volumes will appear periodically through the summer of 2020. Rather than announcing exact publication dates for each volume in advance, we plan to release each book as soon as its production is complete.

How can I know when new volumes will be available?

Newsletter subscribers like you will usually be the first to know! You can also be notified by following the Maxwell Institute on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Shipping date info should be available when you submit a pre-order, though dates are subject to change in the event of printing errors, etc.

What is the fastest way to get each volume?

The answer depends on your location. If you live in Utah, places like Deseret Book and the BYU Store often have books available on the shelf shortly before orders are shipped from online retailers. The BYU Store will have copies in stock and shipping before Amazon and Deseret Book do. We can’t provide exact estimates because we are shipping as soon as they come off the press! 

What’s taking so long?

We’re excited, too! This series was conceived in early 2019. We worked at breakneck speed, aiming for volumes to appear in tandem with the Sunday school curriculum for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We wanted the series to clearly represent the kind of care and attention we believe the Book of Mormon deserves. We’ve devoted the same special attention to every stage of production—from writing and revising, to design and typesetting, to copy-editing and proofing, to index creation, to stocking, shipping, and delivery. We are thankful to the many people who have worked hard at every step of the process to bring you the very best we can offer. And we are grateful to our readers for their patience!

How can I obtain a review copy?

Journalists, editors, bloggers, college instructors, and other reviewers can submit requests to Please include your name, publication, affiliation, and preferred mailing address.

What about audiobook?

We’re currently in the process of commissioning audiobooks. In the meantime, volumes will be made available in both print and digital.

What about a complete boxed set?

We hope to make a full set available—but not until each individual volume has already been published. We’ve purposefully kept the cost as low as possible for each volume ($9.95). A future box set will likely cost at least as much as the total of each individual volume purchased separately.

What even is a “brief theological introduction”?

Faithful scholars have long explored the Book of Mormon’s historicity, literary quality, textual history, reception, and more. This series focuses particularly on theology—the scholarly practice of exploring a scriptural text’s implications and its lens on God’s work in the world. What does scripture say? What does it ask of us? The original meaning of the term “theology” is something like “God talk”—learning and talking about God with a combination of faith and reason. This series doesn’t intend to declare authoritative “doctrine.” Its authors bring their faith and their academic training into conversation with scripture, leading to fresh discoveries and new challenges. Briefly, no single volume pretends to be comprehensive. Each invites readers to think about how their own backgrounds, hopes, questions, and assumptions shape the kind of answers scripture might provide. They are introductory because they are a beginning rather than a definitive conclusion.

How can I learn more about the series?

Check out interviews with each author on the Maxwell Institute Podcast. Watch presentations about each volume from the Institute’s recent lecture series, “Explorations in the Book of Mormon" here. More info to come!

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—Terryl Givens’s Neal A. Maxwell Lecture, “Apologetics and Disciples of the Second Sort”
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George Handley’s new book on Latter-day Saints and the environment is now available

Environmental catastrophe looms larger in public consciousness today than perhaps at any other moment in human history. Rising temperatures, air and water pollution, extreme weather—what could the restored gospel of Jesus Christ offer in a time such as this?

BYU professor George B. Handley believes the gospel offers hope—not by promising the faithful an escape from the responsibilities of our stewardship over God’s creation, but by urging us to confront the global reality of our situation with faith, diligence, and courage.

*Is climate change really something Latter-day Saints need to be concerned about?

*Are we caring too much about the earth rather than the people who live on it? What about the poor?

*What do the scriptures say about our stewardship of the earth?

*If the most drastic scientific projections are accurate, is there any reason for hope?

*What can Latter-day Saints do to help? 

The Maxwell Institute is excited to announce the next title in our Living Faith Series: The Hope of Nature: Our Care for God’s Creations. This collection of nine essays brings together over seventeen years of scholarship and writing by George Handley, a leading voice on the relationship between the Latter-day Saint faith and the environment.


Go behind the scenes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast in this special interview celebrating one hundred episodes! Jeremy King, the Maxwell Institute’s administrator and controller, invited host Blair Hodges to talk about how the show is made and what he hopes it offers to listeners.
February 14, 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of Utah women first exercising the right to vote, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution being ratified, granting voting rights to many women in the United States—but not all of them. This episode features the authors of Thinking Women: A Timeline of Suffrage in Utah—Katherine Kitterman and Rebekah Ryan Clark. Neylan McBaine joined us as well. She’s CEO of Better Days 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history.
Deidre Greenwrote the "brief theological introduction" to the book of Jacob. She presents Jacob as a vulnerable and empathic religious leader deeply concerned about issues of social justice. His testimony of Jesus Christ is inseparable from his personal experiences of suffering, his compassion for those on the margins of society, and his concern for equality.
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