With stories that include spiritualist séances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young’s leadership and authority. William S. Godbe and his associates protested Young’s demanding community and resented what they perceived to be Young’s intrusion into matters of personal choice.
Excommunicated from the church, they established the “New Movement,” which eventually failed. Both a study in intellectual history and an investigation of religious dissent, Wayward Saints explores nineteenth century American spiritualism as well as the ideas and intellectual structure of first- and second-generation Mormonism.
Distributed for BYU Studies.
About the Author
Ronald W. Walker is the author of "Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of Utah's Mormon Pioneers" and "Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections."
“A compelling story, and the author has a compelling way of drawing the reader into it. I recommend it.”—Klaus Hansen, author of Mormonism and the American Experience
“Ron Walker is a master of historical narrative. His collective biography of a set of fascinating individuals makes a whale of a good story.”—Jan Shipps, author of Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons