At the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association in June, The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology won the Best Book of the Year Award. Published by Oxford University Press, it is a key work to understand Mormon conceptions of priesthood, authority, and gender. With in-depth research, and never previously used documents, specific chapters explore ordination, temple “sealings,” baby blessings, healing, and cunning folk traditions.
Rosalynde Welch, at Times & Seasons, wrote Review Essay: “The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology”: Materiality and Performance.
By Common Consent hosted a roundtable with three reviewers:
- Hannah Jung, The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology
- Taylor Petrey, Roundtable on The Power of Godliness, Part II
- Matt Bowman, Roundtable on The Power of Godliness, Part III
The Juvenile Instructor also hosted a roundtable:
- Tona Hangen, Book Review: The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology (Oxford, 2018)
- Janiece Johnson, Accessibility and Nuance in Stapley’s *The Power of Godliness*
- J. Stuart, Roundtable: Stuart on *The Power of Godliness*
- Benjamin Park, Roundtable on Stapley, Power of Godliness: The Cultural Context(s) for Mormonism’s Priesthood
- Ryan Tobler, Liturgy and Practice in Stapley’s *Power of Godliness*
John Turner’s review appeared at The Anxious Bench.
Gavin Feller reviewed the volume for The American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion.
Gary Bergera’s review appeared in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
- Jonathan A. Stapley, “Last Rites and the Dynamics of Latter-day Saint Liturgy,” BYU Studies 50, no. 2 (2011), 97-128.
- Jonathan A. Stapley, “Adoptive Sealing Ritual in Mormonism,” Journal of Mormon History 37 (Summer 2011), 53-117.
- Jonathan A. Stapley and Kristine Wright, “Female Ritual Healing in Mormonism,” Journal of Mormon History 37 (Winter 2011): 1-86.
- Jonathan A. Stapley and Kristine Wright, “The Forms and the Power: The Development of Mormon Ritual Healing to 1847,” Journal of Mormon History 35 (Summer 2009): 42-87. Reprinted with revisions in Stephen C. Taysom, ed., Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies Reader (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2011).
- Jonathan A. Stapley and Kristine Wright, “‘They Shall Be Made Whole’: A History of Baptism for Health,” Journal of Mormon History 34 (Fall 2008): 69-112.
Selected Book Chapters
- “Women and Mormon Authority,” in Matthew Bowman and Kate Holbrook, eds., Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (University of Utah Press, 2016).
- “Pouring in Oil: The Development of the Modern Mormon Healing Ritual,” in Daniel L. Belnap, ed., By Our Rites of Worship: Latter-day Saint Views on Ritual in Scripture and Practice (Provo/Salt Lake City: Deseret Book/Religious Studies Center, 2013).