The LDS canon's four books carry equal weight of authority. All are read as historical witnesses to God's promise of salvation.
book of mormon
It has become fashionable to narrate the lives of books. Paul Gutjahr offers a brief and readable account of the Book of Mormon's history.
Mormons are in the familiar situation of being on the defensive theologically and politically. But they are also in terra incognita: they are viewed as leading the way in preserving family values.