Thirty Conditions Any Writer Must Meet to Produce a Comparable Book
The Challenge the Book of Mormon Makes to the World takes its name from a remarkable document authored by Hugh B. Brown which outlines thirty conditions any writer would need to meet to write a book comparable to the Book of Mormon. With these conditions as framework, the book provides extensive evidence in support of the assertion that neither Joseph Smith, an unlearned farm boy, nor the most celebrated of scholars, or anyone else, could have produced the Book of Mormon without divine aid.
Among the many evidences found in this meticulously researched book, are what have been called “infallible proofs” of the Book of Mormon—literary, linguistic, archaeological, doctrinal, historical, prophetic—along with many beautiful stories of conversion. The Challenge is written to help brighten the flame of testimony in everyday Latter-day Saints, in those in which it may have dimmed, and in sincere investigators of the restored gospel.
"There's not, to my knowledge, another book about evidences of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon that is so readable, so accessible, and so meticulously researched. It's a most helpful summary-defense of that volume."
Retired BYU Professor of English
Language and Professional Editor
About the Author
Grace Guymon Jones has made extensive contributions to both her church and community since she graduated from Brigham Young University in 1950 where she was editor of the BYU yearbook. In 2001, BYU awarded Grace with a “Special Recognition Alumni Award” in honor of her public and church contributions.
While living in Ukiah, California, Grace served many years as a Public Affairs Director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has published hundreds of articles about the Church. She served as a Stake Public Communications Director for over thirty years, and then for fourteen years, she was the Santa Rosa Region Public Communications Director, an area that included several stakes and extended from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. Her diligence was recognized in The Church News, “Her Successes Bring Church into public View.”
Grace wrote and illustrated a weekly column on positive parenting in a local newspaper for several years. Her ideas were later published in a book titled Family Phrases—What Is Your Child Hearing? In 1987, this mother of six was selected as “Mother of the Year” by a local newspaper. She also was an elementary school teacher for a short period.
With her husband, Dr. Milton B. Jones, she has served two missions for the Church in Scotland and in Georgia where a son, Richard, was their mission president. Dr. Jones spent his academic career as a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Range Science with the University of California, Davis Campus. Pursuant to his academic position, they have also taken sabbaticals to New Zealand and Brazil. Along with their six children, they have thirty-seven grandchildren and nearly forty great grandchildren. They moved to Provo, Utah, in 2005.