Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Library book group, will discuss Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer at its next meeting this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m. New members are always welcome to attend Saturday Samplers meetings.
Under the Banner of Heaven is an examination of an extremist religion born and bred in America, that of the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints, an outgrowth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise know as the Mormon Church.
Centering on a savage murder by two Fundamentalist brothers in 1984, the narrative of this fascinating nonfiction book follows the Mormon faith from its inception to the splintering off of polygamous sects which have spread throughout the American southwest, Canada and Mexico. Mormonism as practiced by the modern LDS is also brought under the glare of Krakauer's far-reaching, well-researched book. The intertwining of faith, zealotry and delusion makes Under the Banner of Heaven a very compelling and thought-provoking book.