Why Books Make the Best Father’s Day Gifts: Part 1

Books do make the best Father’s Day gifts and it is easy to see why.

Ideally a Father’s Day gift would be useful, attractive and enjoyable, and a good book fulfills all those conditions. In addition, books are generally displayed on a shelf where fathers can continue to enjoy them even when not reading them, and of course they are constantly being reminded of what a good son or daughter gave them to them.

 Here are some Father’s Day suggestions from our bookstore.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.

 Perhaps the greatest history ever written, it is also a masterpiece of English prose. Covering nearly a millennium and a half of history, it is in the words of Thomas Carlyle “a kind of bridge that connects the ancient with the modern ages. And how gorgeously does it swing across the gloomy and tumultuous chasm of these barbarous centuries.”

The Old West by Time Life.

The Old West by Time Life.

 In 26 volumes beautifully bound in a brown leatherette with intricate decoration one is taken through the old west covering everything from cowboys and Indians to pioneers, gamblers, scouts, women and everything else. One of Time-Life’s most popular and respected series ever.

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, by Frank Esshom

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, by Frank Esshom

 For the father who loves local and Mormon history this is a must have. Full of biographies accompanied by pages of plates this is an impressive and beautiful book.

The Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts.

The Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts.

 Written by Mormondom’s most important early historian and intellectual, the Comprehensive History is still unmatched in its breadth and style.

The Works of Charles Dickens in 34 volumes, with a two volume biography.

The Works of Charles Dickens in 34 volumes, with a two volume biography.

 Dickens surely needs no introduction; suffice it to say that this is a beautiful and impressive set.

The Harvard Classics

The Harvard Classics

 Everything you need to know to be an educated person, and it fits on two shelves!

Teachings of the Latter-Day Prophets, in 16 vols.

Teachings of the Latter-Day Prophets, in 16 vols.

 This is beautiful set that is also extremely useful. Instead of some of the more predictable choices it includes the most useful collections of teachings. For example, instead of the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith it includes The Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith’s Teachings, which is larger and more complete and much easier to reference. The index references the teachings of each prophet, making it an incredibly useful tool for research. Did I mention that it looks great on the shelf?

The Historians’ History of the World

The Historians’ History of the World

 This is a history of the world made by taking the pertinent works of each of the greatest historians of each epoch. For example, the history of the later republic of Rome is taken from Gibbon. Isaac Asimov featured this set in one of his short stories and in an epilogue admitted that it was the only thing that he had ever been tempted to steal!

Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible by Adam Clarke.

Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible by Adam Clarke

 One of the truly classic bible commentaries, it has influenced many theologians, including James Talmage and Bruce McConkie. This is a full leather edition from the mid 1800s.

Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, edited by William Smith.

Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, edited by William Smith

 The classic bible dictionary; in one form or another it has been in print for over a century and a half. We have two sets, both of which are the original unabridged version: one in a gorgeous full leather fine binding and the other in a nice brown cloth.

Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History

Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History

 I hate to use the word classic so much but this is another book that truly merits the moniker. Published at the end of the 18th century it is still relevant and enlightening. Six volumes in contemporaneous full leather bindings.