Lehi's Epic Journey Detailed in New Book
The seamless blend of scholarship and artistry of the Maxwell Institute's DVD documentary Journey of Faith continues in expanded form in the new book Journey of Faith: From Jerusalem to the Promised Land. Complemented by numerous additional threads of historical detail and scholarly insight, this visually stunning look at Lehi's trek through the harsh Arabian desert reflects a synergistic collaboration of talented scholars, artists, and photographers seeking to illuminate an epic event in scriptural history and situate it in a real-world setting.
The popular DVD version generated much interest as well as numerous requests to publish the original artwork that was featured in the documentary. That response and the fact that a lot of excellent content had to be left out of the film argued for essentially publishing the documentary in book form. As a result, the book contains commentary and many images from the DVD but also much more: a foreword by the editors, FARMS director S. Kent Brown and movie producer Peter Johnson; Brown's and Johnson's reflections on the project in two separate chapters; additional commentary by scholars; an appendix on the famed Incense Trail across the Arabian Peninsula; a bibliography; and for the first printing of the book a free DVD: A Filmmaking Odyssey: The Making of Journey of Faith.
The evocative artwork of Joseph Brickey and Howard Lyon is combined with the superb photographs of Justin Andrews and David Lisonbee to create page after page of stunning color layouts. And the contributing scholars' insightful observations, not only those included in the film but many more now available for the first time, bring rewarding perspectives on the great faith and sacrifice of Lehi's party as they journeyed in the desert in obedience to God's command. With all this information now in book form, the reader can better contemplate and absorb the ideas and images presented.
"It helps us to visualize the story of Lehi and Sariah," says Brown. "Whether we are talking about the challenges inside the family or about the territory through which they passed, it places these experiences in a vivid, real setting."
The documentary was filmed in the Middle East at locations that scholars believe mark or approximate the route that took Lehi's party across Arabia to reach the seaside location where they eventually embarked by ship to the New World. Journey of Faith: From Jerusalem to the Promised Land will enrich your study of the opening chapters of the Book of Mormon. To order a copy, go to the FARMS Web site and, at the bottom of the notice for this book, click on the "more" link to the BYU Bookstore.