Hugh Nibley Biography

A Consecrated Life
Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life

Boyd Petersen is the author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life, which won the best biography award from the Mormon History Association in 2003.

Praise for Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life

Petersen is a careful scholar who provides helpful historical context. Although Petersen married into Nibley’s family, and sometimes defends Nibley and his inconsistencies from his many critics, this project is far from hagiography. It fills an important gap in LDS history and will appeal to a wide Mormon Audience.

–Publishers Weekly

Although the author is Nibley’s son-in-law, he has written a highly literate, fully researched and balanced biography that both Nibley critics and admirers will enjoy. . . . Petersen has used both documents and his living subject to provide powerful evidence and narrative strength. This careful biography is likely to stand the test of time.

–Dennis Lythgoe Deseret News

Written in a lively style, the book is a skillful portrait of the man who, during the 1950s and 1960s, established parallels to obscure, ancient texts as the best defense for the sacred texts and ceremonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. . . . Petersen’s biography amply fulfills his intention “to be balanced, [in] showing the human side of a man who has become a legend.”

–D. Michael Quinn Journal of Mormon History

In his landmark biography–what I think is the most important biography of a non-General Authority Latter-day Saint–Petersen makes it clear how Nibley became the Church’s exemplar disciple-scholar.

–Richard H. Cracroft BYU Magazine